The Ultimate Road Trip From Melbourne To Torquay

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With a large crowd of visitors flying into Melbourne Airport, here’s the only guide you’ll ever need for the ultimate road trip to the seaside town of Torquay (and our Torquay Holiday Park).

Photograph: Pink Lake (Duration: 15-mins)

It’s best to visit the Pink Lake at Port Melbourne on a sunny and hot day for that Insta worth shot. This natural phenomenon is due to a perfect mix of very high salt levels, high temperatures, sunlight and lack of rainfall.

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Pink Lake at Port Melbourne. Source: Wabi + Sabi Blog.

Hike: You Yangs (Duration: 1 to 3 hours)

Lace up those walking shoes and go for a bush walk at You Yangs Regional Parkthe traditional lands of the Wadawurrung Aboriginal people. The distinctive granite peaks offer fantastic walking and wildlife viewing opportunities – we’ve spotted numerous wallabies and echidnas roaming around the trials! If you’re after a short but rewarding hike, climb up Flinders Peak (3.2km, 1-hour return) starting from the Turntable car park. This challenging 450 steps provides panoramic views at the highest point of the You Yangs. For something easier on the knees, East-West-Walk (4.5km, 2 hours return) provides just as great views of the park and surrounding countryside.

TIP: Bring a picnic and soak in the amazing views around you, there’s plenty of picnic areas, seating and bathroom facilities throughout the park.

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Flinders Peak at You Yangs. Source: Tropic of Camera.

Discover: Geelong (Duration: 1 to 3 hours)

The second biggest city in Victoria – Geelong offers so much more than just a pretty waterfront city. Cool down after your hike and take a dip in the swimming pool along Eastern Beach, or take a leap off one of the many diving platforms into the enclosed (shark proof!) sea bath.

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The Diving Platform along Eastern Beach’s swimming enclosure. Source: Travel Drink Dine.

Hang around Geelong waterfront and discover wooden sculptures scattered along the way. You won’t be able to miss the most-photographed people in this area – The Geelong Bollards. With more than 100 of these along the trail from Rippleside Park towards Botanic Gardens, these painted icons represent a fascinating and fun chronicle of the city’s past, focusing on some of the unique characters who played a part in shaping this city.

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Geelong Bollards along Geelong’s Waterfront. Source: Melbourne Blogger Blogspot.

Eat and Drink: Bellarine Taste Trail (Duration: 1 to 2 hours)

Take a mini detour towards the Bellarine Peninsula and discover food and wine destinations filled with celebrated restaurants and award-winning wineries. Make sure you come here with a big appetite!

Using only the freshest local produce and ingredients from land and sea, the locals are very proud of their very own produce and want visitors to experience the best the area has to offer!

If you’re after seafood, try waterfront restaurant 360Q in Queenscliff Harbour, or grab a few pies from one of Australia’s leading pie makers – Rolling Pin Pies and Cakes. The choice is endless and there’s something to please every taste bud.

Download the Bellarine Taste Trail map here.

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Map of the Bellarine Taste Trail. Source. Bellarine Taste Trail.

After your bellies have filled, its time to make your way towards Torquay and our holiday park.

Make Torquay Holiday Park the base for your next trip, book with us today!

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