Areas of a low-lying dune system, herb-rich woodlands and a mosaic of wetlands traverse the coastal landscape providing habitat for flora and fauna and a source of natural history. The headlands and cliffs are distinctive features of the landscape which continues to evolve, creating character that is much loved by locals and visitors alike. There are many important heritage features dotted along the coastline, and places that tell the Aboriginal history and continuing connection to country.
An extensive network of walking trails, including the very popular Bellarine Coastal Trail, provides access to a variety of coastal landscapes and 17km of temperate coastal waters. Meander along the Bellarine Coastal Trail and marvel in the expansive coastal vistas or watch groups of tiny red‐capped plovers feeding in protected area of the coastal saltmarsh.