The Bellarine Peninsula spoils us for choice:
Events & Festivals
Queenscliff Music Festival
Queenscliff Music Festival is an institution. The Queenscliff Music Festival delivers and develops excellence in Australian contemporary music within a family friendly atmosphere under big tops by the sea.
Toast to the Coast
Held over the Melbourne Cup long weekend, this iconic festival is one of the most anticipated events on the local calendar and showcases the best wines and gourmet food from around the Surf Coast, Moorabool Valley and Bellarine Peninsula. The two-day event just an hour out of Melbourne offers guests the chance to taste, drink and eat their way across a selection of award-winning wineries while enjoying the picturesque vineyard settings and live entertainment.
National Celtic Festival
This winter festival is regarded as Australia’s premier Celtic Festival and attracts over 15,000 people to the region over the three day long weekend event each June. The event commences on Friday evening and concludes on Monday afternoon (over 4 days). The Festival uses a range of venues within the town, including community halls and spaces, the hotel, restaurants, cafes and churches. Marquees are also set up on the foreshore to provide additional venues; these include the Village Stage, Celtic Club, Wine Bar, and Celtic Markets. The National Celtic Festival program offers a broad and diverse range of arts experiences that capture the Celtic culture in its many interpretations within the Australian setting. The setting of the Portarlington foreshore and surrounding township is an ideal location for the festival and showcases the region.
Portarlington Mussel Festival
The Portarlington Mussel Festival is held from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM on the second Saturday in January every year in the picturesque village of Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria. Since its inception in 2007, the festival has grown year on year and now attracts around 30,000 people. Initially established to promote the Portarlington Mussel Industry, the festival now boasts a full day of activities for the whole family.
Wreck 2 Reef
This event, combined with the Flying Brick Bellarine Sunset Run in February, is a perfect way for families, couples and individuals to experience the best of the magestic Bellarine Peninsula. The event is held in the calm, safe and protected waters of Half Moon Bay, Indented Head. The Jack Rabbit Wreck2Reef Open Water Swim is an officially timed event.
Flying Brick Bellarine Sunset Run
4 km, 10.5km or 21.8 km. You choose.
The race starts from Portarlington pier then through Indented Head to St Leonards with the Melbourne skyline and the You Yangs providing a spectacular back drop as you gaze out to sea. All runners will need to navigate their way through the pirate aid stations on course, having to ignore the hospitality of the local community and tourists offering beverages and bbqs whilst dodging water cannons (hoses) as you are cooled off through the caravan parks.