Barwon South West
Guide to Barwon South West
The south-east state of Victoria in Australia is well known for its natural beauty along with its many and varied attractions. The attractions are so plentiful that the entire state is relatively compacted with something to enjoy at (figuratively) every turn. From its coastal drives, to its quaint towns and mountainous National Parks, visitors can take in the landscape while doing a hanglider, canoe or horseback riding tour.
The regions attractions
Here is a brief summary of some of the fun and attractions visitors will be able to enjoy and take advantage of while in the Barwon South West region.
Great Ocean Road
Easily one of the world's most scenic coastal drives, this attraction allows visitors to see the 12 Apostles, take in iconic surf breaks and simply revel in the sight and sound of waterfalls. There are also a number of things visitors will be able to enjoy along the 400 km (250 mi) long Great Ocean Road. These include gorging on unique gourmet meals and downing cool climate wines in the wine regions of Geelong and Henty and playing golf on wonderful golf courses, such as The Sands at Torquay, which was designed by Stuart Appleby the Australian golfer. Added to the beauty of nature and local wildlife of the area, visitors can also take the Great Ocean Walk from Apollo Bay on to the twelve magnificent limestone formations jutting out from the ocean, the 12 Apostles. Along the walk, there are beautiful parks, deserted beaches, and rugged coastline that make the adventure all the more intriguing.
Torquay is the official start of the Great Ocean Road and the surfing capital of Victoria. Vacationers, who enjoy surfing activities, can holiday here with their family and enjoy playing on one of the private beaches. Those who are more experienced surfers may opt to go to the nearby Jan Juc and enjoy the huge swelling waves of Bells Beach.
Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula
Just outside of Melbourne and laying at the gateway of the Great Ocean Road is Geelong, Victoria's second largest city which is also the gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula. Geelong is ripe with activities and the region is home to diverse wineries. Visitors will enjoy an array of very beautiful historic seaside villages where visitors can enjoy fine food and wine. This was Victoria's largest grape growing region in the 1800s, and with the rediscovery of rich soils and an ideal climate, winemakers of the region seem set to return to this robust activity.
This beautiful seaside town encompasses a Mediterranean feeling while offering beautiful scenery. Visitors will enjoy the area's natural attractions such as the Great Otway National Park, along with the beautiful Erskine Falls which cascades into a beautiful fern gully. Along the Cumberland River banks, visitors can take relaxing strolls or they can opt to enjoy the view over Loutit Bay.