St Leonards is home to just over 2000 residents with a well-earned reputation as a friendly bayside village with a seemingly endless beach, an abundance of grassed foreshore and a centrally located pier that is popular with anglers and visitors year round. The town of St Leonards developed in 1855 and in 1858 consisted of a hotel, six houses and a store. The post office opened in 1860 and a primary school was established in 1874. Today the town consists of a small supermarket, several cafes and take-away food stores, a few retailers, and the iconic St Leonards hotel with its renowned beer garden overlooking the bay.
St Leonards was a filming location for the hit TV series SeaChange (shown on the ABC in the late ’90s), with the local pub featuring prominently in the series. It is also home to the Miller Boys Memorial, a rock cairn on Bluff Rd commemorating the lives of two brothers who drowned in 1942, an 18-hole golf course, Edwards Point Wildlife Reserve and the St Leonards Lake Reserve.
Bellarine Bayside operates two seasonal camping grounds in St Leonards, Bengalat and Karrong, (formerly known as Area 3 and Area 4). These names were selected in conjunction with Wadawurrung, the traditional inhabitants of the region, with Bengalat the name of the original clan and Karrong meaning ‘site where people camped’. In addition to Bengalat and Karrong camp grounds, we also maintain a four lane boat ramp and lease the Sirens Boathouse & Kiosk on the pier during summer.