Explore Victoria’s Bass Coast

The Bass Coast in Victoria is pretty special. Located just a two-hour drive from the city of Melbourne, it’s the perfect place to enjoy for a couple of days when either needing a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, or for the next stop on your travel adventures. With one of the main attractions of the Bass Coast being the incredibly beautiful and largely untouched coastline combined with the luscious hinterland, it’s easy to see why this is such a favoured spot amongst locals and tourists alike. Plus, there is the added bonus of Phillip Island located nearby. Phillip Island is home to some world-class beaches, penguins, and some of the tastiest fish and chips you’ll ever have. This blog will be all about the Bass Coast here in Victoria so that if you ever choose to visit, you know where to head, what to do, and how to make the most of such a beautiful location.

Steps leading down to the beach on a sunny day.
Explore the Outside

There are over 40 different trails and bush walks on the Bass Coast, which means it’s a great location for those that want to get out and explore nature. Make sure to pack some comfy activewear and a good pair of walking shoes to make the most of being in this beautiful area! 

One of the best walks here is the Bass Coast Rail Trail, which is 23 kilometres of coastal walk. It’s Victoria’s only coastal rail trail, which means this is the only spot in the state to get the beautiful backdrops and views while walking alongside the main train line. Plus, it takes you through the lush hinterland, so you’ll be able to appreciate the change from the beach to the bush while out on your walk. It’s a six-hour hike one way, so it’s achievable in a day (with rest stops). While it might be a challenge, it’ll definitely be worth it - particularly if it’s the right weather conditions. 

Another great option is the Cape Woolami walks. Technically, this is on Phillip Island, so again we’d recommend visiting it if you’re on the Bass Coast, as it’ll be worth it. There are plenty of walks to choose from when you’re here, each with beautiful coastal views. You could try the Pinnacles walk, the Old Granite walk, or even the Cape Woolamai Circuit.

There are simply so many other walks to choose from, each absolutely beautiful in their own right. These include the Conservation Hill and Rhyll Inlet Walks, Cape Paterson Foreshore Walk, and Coronet Bay to Corinella Walk, for example. If there’s one thing clear here, it’s that getting outside and exploring the Bass Coast will be a fantastic thing to do while staying here!

Enjoy the Activities

If walking isn’t your favourite pastime, don’t worry! There are still plenty of other activities you can get up to while staying on the Bass Coast. From exhilarating activities like Drift Adventures in Wonthaggi, where you’ll speed through the sand dunes on a mountain e-bike, to the Whale Trail on Phillip Island, there’s surely something for everyone. 

There are plenty of ways to get up close with local wildlife, like the Wildlife Coast Cruises, Moonlit Sanctuary, and Pioneer Kayaking, where you’ll glide through tranquil blue waters off of the Phillip Island Coast. And if being outside isn’t your thing, then head to inside activities like Grumpy’s Crazy Golf, the State Coal Mine, and Clip n Climb to just name a few. There’s something for all the family here, so make the most of it while you’re visiting. 

People clinking wine glasses over a cheese board.
Have Some Food

For many who visit the Bass Coast, the food is one of the highlights of the trip. The lush hinterland is home to some incredible locally grown produce. There’s plenty to try, from locally grown and produced wines, to grass-fed meats, and delicious, creamy cheese. While you’re here make sure to try some of the locally owned cafes, restaurants, wineries, breweries, and bars - it’ll be well worth it, and will give you a taste of the local produce. There’s plenty to choose from, like Macca’s Farm, Fig and the Bay, Kilcunda General Store, and so many more. 

There’s something pretty magical about the Bass Coast. A beautiful combination of beach and hinterland, you’ll have endless fun exploring and discovering all the hidden gems here. Be sure to make the most of it and plan your stay to the max, because it’s unlike any other stay you’ll enjoy in Australia. Whether it’s for an extended break from the city of Melbourne or a visit from another state, you’ll have a wonderful time enjoying all that there is to offer here.

To explore Victoria's Bass Coast, hire a car from Melbourne or Wonthaggi today!

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