The bustling commercial and holiday centre of Ocean Grove is situated on the southern coast of the Bellarine Peninsula, separated by by the Barwon River from its twin coastal town of Barwon Heads.
Being the largest town outside of Geelong on the Bellarine Peninsula, Ocean Grove offers a wide selection of shopping facilities including major supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and speciality shops, spread between the main shopping strip near the coast along The Terrace and the Ocean Grove Marketplace shopping centre to the north on Shell Road.
Coastal attractions include the surf beaches which front Bass Strait and several walking tracks that offer good views along the beach. The focal point on Ocean Grove's main surf beach is the Dunes Cafe & Bar, next to the Surf Life Saving Club, which is surrounded by lawns, native gardens and bollards carved and painted into people depicting the life and times of the area. The Barwon River, near the river mouth, offers safe and sheltered swimming along its sandy shoreline, while further upstream is a jetty and boat ramp.
Ocean Grove & Surrounding districts
Ocean Grove is less than 5-10 minutes drive from beautiful tourist towns Queencliff, Barwon Heads, Point Lonsdale and only 20 minutes from Torquay. 20 minutes also from Geelong. There is so much to do, whether its surfing or swimming at the beach, checking out the local attractions and tourist towns or shopping in Geelong.
The ferry from Queenscliff can take you across to Sorrento where you can cafe in style or browse the relaxing beachside & shop in its gorgeous boutiques.
Experience year-round diving around Victoria's Port Phillip Heads and explore shipwrecks including the scuttled HMAS Canberra, kelp forests and scallop beds. Snorkelling adventures amongst seals and other marine life also available. Departures from either Portsea or Queenscliff. See Dive Victoria.
A picturesque and challenging course fronting the Barwon River. See Ocean Grove Golf Club
The surfing development experts with instructional programs aimed at beginners, intermediate or advanced surfers. Lessons held at Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove. See Surf Sessions.
Take an adventure flight on a supercharged military fighter trainer aircraft with aerobatic manoeuvres ranging from mild to wild, departing from Barwon Heads Airport. Alternatively, a relaxing scenic flight along Victoria's Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula can be arranged. See Warbird Air Adventures.
Operating learn to surf and bodyboarding classes with fully qualified and friendly instructors at Anglesea, Torquay and Ocean Grove. Enjoy snorkelling in a safe, controlled setting at the sheltered reefs, wrecks and piers at Clifton Springs, St Leonards, Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale and Torquay. See Westcoast Adventure.
Geelong Adventure Park
Located 6 kilometres north of Ocean Grove at Wallington, this theme park offers land and water-based rides and activities for the whole family, plus several food outlets, BBQ and picnic areas