Spotlight on the Bellarine

  • Bellarine Peninsula
  • Andrew Carroll

Picturesque beaches, wineries and great food — the Bellarine Peninsula has always been a hot-spot for holiday makers. But as more housing developments open across the region, people are now turning their eyes to the Bellarine for a more permanent sea change.

And there’s little wonder why. With sleepy, seaside towns, such as Indented Head, St Leonards and Portarlington, situated a stone’s throw from Geelong and only 1.5 hours to Melbourne by ferry, you really can have the best of both worlds.

When it comes to lifestyle, the Bellarine Peninsula is all about making the most of its beautiful surrounds. For those who like to fish or get out on the water, jetties and boat ramps, such as St Leonards Pier, are scattered along the coastline. In Barwon Heads, one of the region’s most popular towns, the Barwon River meets the Bass Strait and provides a variety of spots to enjoy the water.

There’s also a great community feel with many community groups and clubs. Surf and sail clubs hold pride of place on the beaches of most towns along the coastline. One of those clubs, Bancoora Surf Life Saving Club on the popular Bancoora Beach, was inspiration for Hamlan’s Bancoora range of homes, which draws from the relaxed lifestyle that those living in the area enjoy.

The Bellarine Peninsula’s beaches are great swim and surf spots, but without the crowds you find closer to the city. For those who enjoy hikes or bush walks, there are scenic walks around Portarlington, Indented Head, St Leonards and Barwon Heads.

Although there’s a definite relaxed, village feel across the region, there’s also always something to do or see each week in the Bellarine Peninsula.

The region plays host to many big annual events including the Portarlington Mussel Festival, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, Bellarine Show in Portarlington, Queenscliff Music Festival and the National Celtic Festival. There’s also plenty of smaller events, from farmers markets to community workshops.

For foodies, you’re spoilt for choice. With its rolling rural areas meeting the coast – there’s a long list of the fresh gourmet products that come out of this region. In terms of dining, the options range from fish and chips on the beach to fine dining. Then there’s the wine — the Bellarine region is known for its cool climate wine making. There’s also cider and beer brewed here too.

When it comes to homes in the Bellarine Peninsula it’s a mix of old-world charm, classic beach style and contemporary architectural design.

And while many of the properties across the region are holiday homes, more and more are becoming permanent residences.

If you have decided that the Bellarine region is the place for you, or perhaps you’ve already bought land in the area — you’ll want to know that the builder that you have chosen, understands the region but also the people and lifestyles that make it.

Hamlan Homes, which started in Anglesea after the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires, draws reference to its Great Ocean Road origins in the design of its homes — from view enhancing designs to coastal materials and colour palettes.

And as locals ourselves, we’re familiar with the region’s lifestyle, landscapes and suppliers.

We design and build homes that are purposeful with architectural flair. We’re well-known for our functional and beautifully finished homes.

If you want to complete your sea change with the perfect home to match then we’re the builders for you. For more information, call Hamlan on 1300 426 526.

You can submit your enquiry here.