After taking over the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula, food and wine tourism operators Hop It are setting their sights on the Bellarine Peninsula. With their hop-on, hop-off bus service, you can escape to the Bellarine and explore all the different brewers, distillers and cool-climate wines that the region has to offer, without having to worry about a designated driver. Hop It will open their new route from Saturday April 1.
Hop It in the Bellarine Peninsula
The new Hop It route will showcase both small and medium sized producers and makers from around the Bellarine Peninsula. Spots on the line-up include:
- Lethbridge @ Hat Rock
- Bellarine Estate Winery
- Bennetts on Bellarine
- Terindah Estate
- Jack Rabbit Vineyard
- The Whiskery
- Scotchmans Hill
- Leura Park Estate
- FarmDog Brewing at McGlashan Estate
- Flying Brick Cider
- Oakdene Vineyards
If you’re not sure how it works, the Hop It bus follows a set timetable, and you get to decide where you want to hop on and off. You can use their timetable to plan your day, and make a fully customised experience, without having to worry about other travellers.
There’s three different ways for you to try their new Bellarine Blue Route. If you live in Melbourne, jump on a ferry from Docklands to Portarlington, thanks to a partnership with Port Phillip Ferries. Once you arrive, simply head to the Hop It bus, and visit the stops of your choice. This option costs $109.95, and includes the ferry ride.
Otherwise, if you’re in Geelong, the Hop It bus will leave Cunningham Pier and make its way around the Peninsula. Tickets for this are from $94.95.
Meanwhile, those that live in the Bellarine itself, or are already holidaying in the region, can jump the bus at any of the stops along the Hop It route timetable. Tickets are from $89.95.
The new route will launch on April 1, and run every Saturday. There are plans to extend to further days in the future. Tickets are available now, and you can find more information here.