Werribee Mansion, Geelong & Queenscliff
This tour arround the bay, takes in historic Werribee Mansion, on the way to Geelong.
WERRIBEE MANSION will leave you gaping, when you realise that one family could have owned so much of Victoria - which isn't a small place.
For the people who journeyed to the Mansion from Melbourne, it must have been like going to a different country.
The mansion is now under the control of the State Government and Parks Victoria, and it also contains the National Rose Garden, a must for any gardener-visitors to Victoria.
Laid out in the classic "Palaces of the rich and royal" style, you'll spend the whole time wandering around with your nose stuck in the petals, smelling the different fragrances (and there are quite a few of them).
The Mansion is quite fascinating and not just one of those "not another mansion/church/monument" tourist stops. The history of the property, which really was more like a small country, gives you an insight into the time.
The style is art deco, with pools, fountains, grand staircases, lights and kiosk all reflecting the theme. Beautiful lawns, huge palm trees and picnic shelters reinforce imagery born out of the 1920s and 30s.
The machinery, skills, textiles, magic and mystery of wool and quite a few sheep as well. This museum is very dynamic, with changing displays, as well as the permanent and incredibly interesting displays. It's all housed in a fantastic historic bluestone woolstore from 1872. Not to be missed. This is enthralling.
From Geelong, we head out to one of the most famous surfing beaches in Australia - TORQUAY.
We pass the factory outlet headquarters of RipCurl, Billabong and various other Australian surf manufacturers.
We can stop if you wish to buy any genuine Australian surf gear.
On to Torquay beach and then the surf beach, which will give you a very good contrast between the 2 types of beaches.
We continue on to Bell's Beach, which is one of the world's great surf beaches. It's all to do with the Southern Ocean approach to the shore and the break. "Point Break" the movie, featured Bell's Beach, as the ultimate surfing destination.
We return to Geelong (and Melbourne) via the small beachside
We pass through Queenscliff, one of the oldest of Victorian
The opening shots in both world wars were, however, fired from here.
Queenscliff still gives you an idea of the original affluence of the town, which has continued, as Queenscliff has retained it's position as a beach-holiday and weekender spot for the wealthier Melburnians who don't holiday at Portsea, or those who had the foresight to buy early.
There are some magnificent homes here.