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Andrew from Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre introducing us to a couple of his friends
A 45-minute ferry ride across Port Phillip Bay from Sorrento to Queenscliff Harbour is all it took to reach our final region . And with the motorhome unloaded shortly after docking , we were on our way before we knew it .
For our Bellarine Peninsula stay , we based ourselves at the Big 4 Beacon Resort at Queenscliff .
With our limited knowledge of the area , we joined a 90-minute heritage walking tour arranged by the visitor ’ s information centre to learn more . We were quick to learn that Queenscliff oozes history at every turn .
On the foreshore , Fort Queenscliff was built in 1860 and was just one of our peninsula highlights . Originally built to defend the
entrance to Port Phillip Bay , today it ’ s an active Australian army base with public guided tours available .
If we hadn ’ t squeezed enough out of our seven days touring along the Go Beyond Melbourne route by now , our last stop was Geelong ’ s Gaol Museum . Another place on our list for a while , our visit finally came to fruition .
Without giving too much away , let ’ s just say our night tour was interesting ! Originally opening in 1853 , the gaol ' s history spans nearly 140 years in some shape or form , before closing its doors in the 1990s to become a museum .
We found the four regions of the Go Beyond Melbourne route well-suited for travelling with an RV , with our large RV ’ s size not posing any issues with parking or access . Our initial research on the Go Beyond Melbourne website made selecting attractions and destinations easy , but it was the trip planning tool that went a long way towards stress-free navigating .
This alone is worth its weight in gold . Yes , we crammed a lot into the seven days we were on the road , and you could easily spend a week or two in each of the regions . So you could say we ’ re treating our week-long sojourn as an excellent introduction and we can ’ t wait to go back .
We made a quick visit to Cape Schanck on the Mornington Peninsula
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