So, you’ve finally managed to get away for a much-needed mid-year break after what can only be described as an unpredictable few months … but what is there to do on the Bellarine with kids in winter?
Unlike summer holidays – when all you need to do is rock up, park the van or set up the tent (or unpack your belongings in the cabin) and the job’s done – a beachside break in Victoria during winter calls for a little more imagination.
We’re here to help, with five ideas to keep the family busy these school holidays:
1. Play in Portarlington
It’s easy to entertain the kids in Port. Explore the harbour, walk along the pier and watch the fishing boats, or watch the kids fly on the redeveloped play space at WG Little Reserve. Then wander up into the main street for boutiques, gift shops, Daniel’s Donuts and the lolly shop.
2. Go fishing
If long walks on the beach sound like a yawn, try your hand at fishing. Drop a line off the pier at Portarlington, or head out off Point Richards for whiting and squid. You could even take the family on a fishing charter for something truly memorable. Bellarine Fishing Charters runs 1/2 and full day trips all year-round, weather dependent.
3. Get glowing
A new winter festival is set to enthral families visiting the Bellarine: Winter Glow at Wallington’s Adventure Park features snow, dazzling light installations, spectacular fire twirling and ice-sculpting displays. It’s on throughout the school holidays and bookings are a must.
4. Take a magical train ride
Bellarine Railway is combining the thrill of a heritage train ride with a magic show and workshop these school holidays. Join Dazzling Dan the Magic Man for an experience the kids will never forget on board a heritage train from Queenscliff station. Book your seat with Bellarine Railway.
5. Visit a village
They say it takes a village to raise a child, and we’ve got villages aplenty to keep them busy. Bellarine towns all have a unique character and something different to offer:
That should fill a few days!