Local Businesses & Accessible Services

We strongly support local businesses and those with disabilities. Below you will find Accessible Attractions, Services, Eateries and some some great local businesses.

Restaurants

The Beach House.  Barwon Heads

Once the old Fire Station, BeachHouse Barwon Heads showcases some of the Bellarine Peninsula's fine produce, wine, cider & beer.  The Beach House serves up a modern Australian cuisine for breakfast, lunch & dinner and all times in between.

There is ramped access to the main double doors at the front of the restaurant, with generous space between tables.

Phone:  03 5254 3376 beachhousebarwonheads.com.au

At The Heads - Barwon Heads

At The Heads is perhaps the most photographed and iconic restaurant on The Bellarine Peninsula. The restaurant is located on the riverfront and has beautiful views of the water from just about any table.  There is ramp access to the restaurant and a viewing platform around the edge of the restaurant which leads to a concrete walkway alongside the river which leads to the bluff.

Testimonial:  "Access from the car park to the restaurant is very good, with a ramped entranceway.  The tables are spread out and plenty of room towards the rear of the restaurant to move about.  The bathroom facilities are appropriate for wheelchair users"

Testimonial:  "Access from the car park to the restaurant is very good, with a ramped entranceway.  The tables are spread out and plenty of room towards the rear of the restaurant to move about.  The bathroom facilities are appropriate for wheelchair users"

Phone:  52 541277 - www.attheheads.com.au

The Dunes Restaurant - Ocean Grove

Napona aim is to provide Ocean Grove and the Bellarine with a new, quality and exciting experience. Expect to find fine food featuring both Asian and Mediterranean influences in a relaxed atmosphere with exceptional service.

"Plenty of parking, friendly service and a bright sunny north facing deck"

Flying Brick Cider House - Wallington

The Flying Brick Cider House is all about fabulous food without the 'fancy'.  Executive Chef, Dwayne Bourke, has created a contemporary and distinctively different menu designed to inspire, share and indulge. Local produce and community group partnership are both key features. The Flying Brick Cider House has an innovated space in combination with spectacular al fresco and lawn area, a tasting paddle of ciders, great food, the best Bellarine wines around, a solid selection of beer and fair trade coffee.

Phone: 03 5250 6577 - Web:  www.flyingbrickciderco.com.au

Attractions

Great Ocean Air

Great Ocean Air operates from the Barwon Heads airport and offers luxurious air-conditioned Airvans seating seven passengers in spacious cabins with panoramic windows.

Choose from a variety of private flights and tours, charter flights, and half day scenic tours. The Airvans have a 1.2-metre wide side door and offer ramped access for those wishing to avoid steps into the aircraft.

Airvans have extra large windows to capture all that our beautiful region offers.  Make your journey part of the destination - Experience Great Ocean Air and Live the dream.

Airvans have extra large windows to capture all that our beautiful region offers.  Make your journey part of the destination - Experience Great Ocean Air and Live the dream.

Marine Discovery Centre - Queenscliff

The Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre (MFDC) provides education services that create awareness about the importance of commercial and recreational fishing and the marine and freshwater environments.

Located on the shores of Swan Bay in Queenscliff approximately one and half hours from Melbourne, the MFDC provides curriculum-based education for early childhood, school and tertiary groups as well as specialised programs and programs for the general community.

Our facilities include a visitor's aquarium, student laboratory and classroom as well as being surrounded by a diverse range of habitats, ideal for field activities such as rock pool rambles and mudflat activities within our intertidal zones.

Phone:  52 58 3344     http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/fisheries/education/marine-and-freshwater-discovery-centre

Disabled Surfers Association - Ocean Grove

The Ocean Grove DSA is all about putting Smiles on Dials! Their goal is to provide an inclusive experience for all people with any disability to experience the rush of riding a wave.  They have world-class beach facilities that help disabled surfers 3make your experience as inclusive as possible.
This includes:

heir Specialised Beach Wheelchairs are available for use along the Bellarine and Surf coast free of charge by the community at any time by arrangement. This enables a person with special needs to experience the beach at any time with family and friends all year round.

Please email dsaoceangrove@gmail.com to get further event information, register your interest as a volunteer or if you would like to sponsor our branch in some way.

Carers or participants can contact Nicole on 0422 066 734  
http://disabledsurfers.org/vic/ocean-grove-branch/

Adventure Park - Wallington

Victoria's biggest water park/theme park is chock full of fun activities and opens in October each year.  As well as many water sports, there're also plenty of non-water activities such as train rides, archery and mini-golf - Tracks in the park are paved.

Phone: 52507200 - http://www.adventurepark.com.au/

The Bluff - Barwon Heads

The Barwon Heads bluff is the south easternmost beach access in the town.  Access to the bluff requires vehicle access, but once you reach the top, there are lovely wooden deck areas and designated unpaved tracks so you can see the beautiful view as far to the east as the Mornington Peninsula, and Torquay to the west.

Walking/riding tracks meander through beach and reserves for many kilometres and go straight past The Dunes restaurant in Ocean Grove which is accessible and best of all - has fantastic beach views.   The Barwon Heads Bridge (right) offers a fully accessible pedestrian bridge and with continued access along the beach and into the Barwon Heads shopping strip.

Bellarine Aquatic Centre

Welcome to the Bellarine Aquatic & Sports Centre (BASC). Previously known as Surfside, this centre has been serving the Bellarine Peninsula for many years. The centre provides the opportunity for life-long involvement in sports or community activities for all ages.

BASC has something for everyone, including a hoist system. The team at BASC invites you and your family to visit their centre to see all it has on offer - Shell Road Ocean Grove and Centres also in Norlane, Whittington and Belmont.

P: 03 5256 2111 - Follow the link for further info:  Bellarine Aquatic Centre

Observation Tower - Queenscliff

Catch a lift or walk the stairs to the top of the Queenscliff Harbour Observation tower which soars 40 metres into the air and has spectacular 360-degree views of Queenscliff and its surrounds.

From the lookout tower, you could spend hours soaking up the incredible views or watch the pilot boats return from their trips through Port Phillip Heads.

The view of the boats and beyond to the Queenscliff boatyard, where a crane capable of lifting craft up to 150 tonnes out of the water for service or maintenance, is breathtaking.

Operating hours are seven days per week 9am till 4:30pm - Visit Queenscliff Harbour or call (03) 52 585459 for more details.

Geelong Library

Choose from a variety of private flights and tours, charter flights, and half day scenic tours. The Airvans have a 1.2-metre wide side door and offer ramped access for those wishing to avoid steps into the aircraft.

Set in the heart of Geelong's Cultural precinct, this iconic architecture houses a future-ready sphere of reading, learning and fun that will change the way you think about libraries.

Designed to be an inspiring, multipurpose space, the centre will be many things to many different people: a place to meet and socialise; to read and study; to attend events, and use new technologies. Each level is unique with gathering places, reading spaces, the latest technology, spectacular collections, children's and youth hubs, function zones, café and more.

Under the domed roof of this classically-inspired space, the past and future coexist effortlessly. As the new home of the Geelong region's vast collection of heritage archives, the Dome provides a tangible and extremely important link to the history of the area.

Simultaneously, the innovative and technology-rich facilities steer us boldly towards the future.

Our library corporation is immensely proud to be able to deliver services from this flagship in the corporation's network of 16 libraries and 2 mobile libraries. Situated in Geelong, it is the central library for the four municipalities which our corporation serves and sets the benchmark for service delivery excellence, and provides a training ground for staff in the use of new technology and innovative customer service initiatives - View their website - Click Here

Geelong Waterfront

The Geelong Waterfront is one of Australia's most stunning waterfronts. Having started from humble beginnings when Geelong was founded as a port in 1836, the Waterfront has now attracted a series of prestigious awards. The cosmopolitan and vibrant area is a hive of activity with restaurants and cafes, beautifully landscaped gardens, attractions and public art, all with a fantastic view of Corio Bay.

There are plenty of possibilities to explore and view the Waterfront: take a ride on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, or the trackless train if you prefer a more leisurely look around check out the view from the air in a helicopter or take a boat cruise along Geelong's spectacular Waterfront. When the weather heats up, cool off on the Waterfront at the Eastern beach swimming promenade. Children's pool, enclosed sea baths, diving platforms, all patrolled by lifeguards on duty during the summer months.
For more info - Click Here

Otway Fly Treetop Adventures

Otway Fly Treetop Adventures offers a whole host of experiences with the two core activities being The Treetop Walk and The Zipline Tour.

The Treetop Walk is a 1-hour rainforest walk experience that is approx 2km in total and features a 600mt long and 30mt high steel structured treetop canopy walkway that takes you right into the treetops. It's the longest and tallest walkway of its type in the world and includes a thrilling cantilever.

The Zipline Eco-Tour is a 2.5 hour, fully guided experience and including training and simulation, 8 cloud stations, 6 flights and 2 suspension bridges. The ticket price also includes the world famous Treetop Walk. This Zipline Tour is the only Zipline Tour for Victoria!

Less than 3 hours away from Melbourne (via Princes Hwy inland route) and 1.5 hours from Geelong (via Princes Hwy) makes us the ideal destination for a day trip. To truly experience this great region we recommend that you stay and play longer in this spectacular part of the world.  
For full details visit www.otwayfly.com or call (03) 52 359200

Searoad Ferries

Carrying more than 700,000 people every year, Searoad Ferries is Australia's favourite car and passenger ferry.

It began crossing Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay with a single vessel in 1987, capable of transporting up to 300 passengers and 30 cars. Just a few thousand visitors and vehicles then travelled each year between Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula and Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula.

The spectacular journey soon boosted the ferry's popularity, and the 60-metre all-weather MV Queenscliff was introduced in 1994, carrying up to 700 passengers and 70 vehicles. In 2000, the new MV Sorrento doubled capacity and enabled hourly departures from both ports.  There is a lift on the boat.

The Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry is now a 'must do' attraction at both historical villages, and a highlight of the Victorian coastal travel experience.

Ferries depart both Queenscliff and Sorrento every hour, on the hour from 7am to 6pm daily. An extra twilight service operates at 7pm from 26 December to 31 January, every day; in February and March on weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sundays) and on Public Holidays as well as the Easter Long Weekend (Friday – Monday).  Visit www.searoad.com for bookings.

Services

Feel Human Again Massage

Liza is located in Ocean Grove and has enjoyed her role as an in-house masseuse to our guests for many years. Liza specialises in deep tissue and relaxation therapy and in reconnection. "Healing takes place at a cellular level while bringing the mind, body and spirit into balance," says Liza, who is passionate about her craft.

For bookings and general enquiries, please call Liza on 0408361322

Pictured to the left with the author, Christine Smith.

Aida Care Health Care Equipment

Aida Care is the leading provider of ward-based equipment and hire products in the region.  There is an office in Fyans Street Geelong, where products can be hired.  But be sure to contact us at Great Ocean Stays first because we do stock a lot of mobility aides at our properties - all of which are included in room tariffs.

Aida Care can be contacted on 1300 133 120 or Click Here to view their website.h.

Karingal

Karingal is a not for profit organisation providing a range of services for people with a disability or mental illness, older Australias and those who are disadvantaged.  Services include individualised support and activities and community support.

Karingal can be contacted on 03 52 498900 or click here to view their website.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is correct at the time of publication. You should conduct your own research on each of the businesses to ensure accuracy, content and to satisfy your requirements that accessible features have been maintained, eliminated or improved.

This list is by no means exhaustive, we intend to be a sample only.

If you are a business and would like to list (it's free), please email us at enquiries@oceangrovestays.com.au