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With coronavirus restrictions eased, now is the perfect time to be a tourist in your own backyard.

Tourism Greater Geelong & The Bellarine acting executive director Tracy Carter says exploring the region will help local businesses as they emerge from a challenging time.

“There’s so much to offer in a compact space. In Geelong, there are some really great places to eat and drink, and cultural venues attracting world-class performances and exhibits,” she says.

“Within about half an hour of the CBD you can surf, drink award-winning wine, climb a mountain or set sail on a boat adventure. The region really is greater than the sum of its parts.”

According to Ms Carter, the coastal drive from Portarlington to St Leonards is one of the region’s “under appreciated” tourism experiences, offering plenty of places to “stop and splash” and great options for eating, drinking and shopping at either end.

For more inspiration, visit: visitgeelongbellarine.com.au

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