A little more than an hour's drive from Melbourne you'll discover the beauty and tranquillity of the Bellbrae Country Club, 33 acres of bushland amongst the hills overlooking Torquay, and just five minutes from world famous Bell's Beach. Bellbrae offers all the luxuries of a resort, such as heated indoor pool, sauna and spa, BBQ, tennis, and massage, while maintaining the friendly feel of a farm, with chickens, rabbits, goats and ducks!
The Bellbrae Country Club is surrounded on all sides by farmland and native Australian bush. Two golf courses are located within five minutes of the resort and fishing is nearby at Anglesea estuary. Kids will love the mini-golf, games room, and the resort’s own mini farm where they can feed the animals in the paddocks.
You can also enjoy bushwalks, great restaurants, potteries and art galleries in this peaceful, relaxing area.
Torquay, including Bellbrae and Jan Juc is one of Victoria’s most popular day tripper seaside destinations and is situated on the Bellarine Peninsula. Located 95km south-west of Melbourne and 22km south of Geelong at the eastern end of the magnificent Great Ocean Road, Torquay is known as the 'Surf Capital of Australia'.
The area is also the official start of the Great Ocean Road - one of Australia's most spectacular coastal drives which covers over 200 kilometres of the south-western Victorian coast, passing through areas such as the scenic Otway Ranges and the rugged Shipwreck Coast west of Cape Otway.
The magnificent 13000 hectare Otway National Park, with its towering rainforest trees, straddles the Great Ocean Road as it nips inland west of Apollo Bay.
Torquay's beaches are, of course, its raison d'etre. As Torquay has been a holiday resort since the late 19th century its beaches are modelled on English seaside resorts with immaculate grassed areas and shady trees for a post-paddling promenade.
Scenic walking tracks extend through much of the town's foreshore, and good views can be enjoyed from Yellow Bluff and at Point Danger with its Anzac Memorial perched high above the ocean on the headland.
The settlement is mostly sandwiched between Deep Creek to the north-east and Spring Creek to the south-west. Both empty into the ocean. The beach-walker heading south-west from Deep Creek will find themselves on a stretch of Zeally Bay which is known locally as Fishermans Beach or Fisho's. As the name suggests it is a noted fishing, as well as a sailing spot. There is a boat ramp and sailing club. To the rear is a neat lawned area for picnics with electric barbecues provided.
In Bellbrae, you’ll find an interesting museum with a fine collection of horse-drawn carriages.
There are a couple of local wineries, producing red, white and sparking wines, open for tastings and cellar door sales.
If you’re into a round, then the Torquay Golf Club is not to be missed with its panoramic views and a challenging 18 hole layout. Nearby Angelsea is also a lovely spot to stop for a round of golf because you’ll share the course with grazing kangaroos.
Another must-do in this area is to see if from the air. You’ll be awe-inspired by the amazing views so a sightseeing flight or tandem skydive will provide lasting memories.
Winter or summer, the area is one of Australia’s priceless treasures and has all the ingredients for a superb family holiday.