Did you know Victoria’s Ocean Grove is closely related to Ocean Grove in New Jersey? Or that in 1887, the beachside town was once planned to be free of the making or sale of alcohol?! Now you know these two curious pieces of local history, you can enjoy everything the beautiful seaside town has to offer right now. We’ve put together a list of the top 15 things to do in and around Ocean Grove so get out there, explore and enjoy!
Ocean Grove Surf Beach
Swim, surf and enjoy the sun at the Ocean Grove Surf Beach – the number one attraction in town!
Sail, canoe, stand-up paddle board and fish in the Barwon River. Wander the boardwalk along the river at Barwon Heads, taking in the birdlife, mangroves and sunset over the water.
Adventure Park, Geelong
At Victoria’s biggest theme park you can enjoy a huge variety of water and family rides suitable for people of any age. The perfect summer activity!
Ocean Grove Bowling Club
Head to this popular local entertainment spot to enjoy a game of bowls, the family-friendly bistro with kids playroom, premier sports bar and TAB lounge, Fox Sports, plus the Members Lounge overlooking the bowling green.
Ocean Grove Golf Course
Enjoy a peaceful round of golf by the Barwon River and Connewarre State Game Reserve.
Take a heritage steam train ride on the Bellarine Railway or rock out on The Blues Train special.
Ferry to Portsea
If you’d like to pop across Port Phillip Bay, jump on Searoad Ferries for a day out exploring the Mornington Peninsula.
Wineries and breweries
Explore local wineries and breweries including the Queenscliff Brewhouse, Mt Duneed Estate, Flying Brick Cider House Co, Jack Rabbit Vineyard, Oakdene Vineyards, Leura Park Estate, Terindah Estate and Basils Farm.
View the whole region from the sky with Adventure Flight Co. See the Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles from the air whilst keeping an eye out for whales, seals and dolphins.
Queenscliffe Maritime Museum
Learn local shipping history at the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum, before taking a tour of the Point Lonsdale lighthouse.
Surf Coast and Great Ocean Road
Take a short drive to the Surf Coast towns of Lorne and Torquay, the gateways to the world-renowned Great Ocean Road.
Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary
Enjoy a safe, up-close experience with Australian wildlife like koalas, wombats and echidnas.
The Rip Lookout
Watch the big ships come into Port Phillip Bay at The Rip lookout in Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff.
Tour the 19th-century coastal fort famous for firing the British Empire’s first shot of WW1, when a German ship desperately tried to escape through Port Phillip Heads before Britain’s official declaration of war.
‘Battle of the Bridge’ – Barwon Heads Football Club v Ocean Grove Football Club
Always a big match, get a dose of local AFL football rivalry when neighbours Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove clash on the footy field.
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