The townships of Drysdale, Clifton Springs and Bellarine are situated in the centre of the Bellarine Peninsula about 16 kilometres to the east from central Geelong along the Bellarine Highway on route to Portarlington.
Over the years Drysdale has become one of Geelong's great rural hubs. Its sandy loam soil was perfect for potato farming and more recently canola crops. The area is also home to beef, horse breeders and some lamb.
In between Drysdale and Portarlington lies Bellarine (the town) and is home to many of the Peninsula's best wineries including Scotchman's Hill, Kilgour Estate Winery and the Spray Farm just to name a few. Many have open cellars where you can try and buy and some even have gourmet cafes or restaurants. There are many small farms specialising in "boutique" stock including speciality cattle even llamas or angora goats; while others are trying their hand at olives or organic fruits and vegetables and other produce.
Drysdale has a well developed town centre with large supermarket complex and smaller shops. There are plenty of cafes and speciality shops for visitors to explore including some local craft shops. One well worth checking out is the Drysdale Community Crafts which is in the old library on the main street next to the beautiful Uniting Church.
A popular tourist experience is to travel on the Drysdale to Queenscliff historic steam train which operates every Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday year round with extra running days on most public holidays & during Summer School Holidays. Drysdale Station situated beside the tranquil Lake Lorne is open on all running days and hosts a kiosk, small museum and tourist information centre.
The area offers magnificent views of the surrounding hilly Bellarine Peninsula and breathtaking views across Port Phillip Bay with views of the You Yangs and even the skyscrapers of Melbourne on a good day.