Ocean grove

History

One of the first reports of settlement in OCEAN GROVE was in 1854 when william bonsey ran a property and established a small leather tanning business using local wattle bark as the preservative.

OCEAN GROVE received its name from a town of the same name near new jersey in the united states. During the 1870’s the american methodist church set up a religious camp near new jersey and due to its success decided to set up camps overseas. They set up forces with methodists in victoria and decided on setting up a camp near point lonsdale. This proved successful so they purchased a large area of land to set up their australian version of OCEAN GROVE in 1882.

In 1887, 25,00 blocks of land were subdivided after being purchased by charles james and james grigg. The land had an interesting covenant on it- Being strong methodists james and griggs forced “no part of the above land shall be used for the manufacture of sale of malted spirituous or vinous liquors”, this meant that no grog was allowed to be sold or manufactured on the land.

In 1927 the town was linked by the BARWONS HEADS bridge to BARWON HEADS on the other side of the river, previous access being by rowboat.

Until recently it was impossible to buy liquor of any type in OCEAN GROVE other than at the outskirts of town in collendina, at the collendina hotel. Today the rules have been relaxed and the terrace now features a pub and a liquor store or two.

The town never really took off as a holiday town until after the second world war when it’s potential was really seen, with the popularity of cars and camping the town went from strength to strength. Then along came surfing and OCEAN GROVE never looked back. Before this time OCEAN GROVE was really just a fishing village.

Now OCEAN GROVE is the largest town on the bellarine peninsula, and is growing rapidly with new housing estates, new sporting facilities and big shopping complexes. It’s no wonder why with many people commuting the easy 25 minutes to geelong, only an hour extra to melbourne and having one of australia’s most amazing beaches at their back door.

Real estate and design

OCEAN GROVE is the largest town on the bellarine, covering about 20 square kilometres to the east of the barwon river mouth. More and more residents commute to geelong, and the relative number of holiday homes has declined but OCEAN GROVE is still a thriving holiday resort.

Much of OCEAN GROVE is spread over the undulating hills and valleys which characterise this section of the bellarine peninsula, giving good views down to the ocean and of the surroundings.

In the early 1990’s the permanent population of OCEAN GROVE was just over 8000 residents, however today that number has nearly doubled. During summer with the large number of visitors to the town, the town experiences a huge boom and is a buzz of activity.

Shopping

Being the largest town outside of geelong on the bellarine peninsula, OCEAN GROVE offers a wide selection of shopping facilities including major supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and specialty shops, spread between the main shopping strip near the coast along the terrace and the OCEAN GROVE marketplace shopping centre to the north on shell road.

Sports fitness and recreation

Signification infrastructure development in OCEAN GROVE during 2008-2009 has resulted in two soccer pitches, indoor swimming complex complete with a 25m pool and a four star skate park with a bowl suitable for boards, blades and bikes. There is a local football club called the grubbers, along with tennis, bowls, cricket and soccer clubs.

Distance from the CBD and transport

Ocean Grove is situated on the southern side of the bellarine peninsula and is approximately 20km from geelong, 90km from melbourne and 15km from the queenscliff ferry, which takes you across Port philip bay to sorrento, on the mornington peninsula

Famous landmarks and attractions

OCEAN GROVE is home to some of australia’s best beaches.The surf beaches are superb with golden sands and protected dunes. There is also a sandy beach up from the mouth of the barwon river overlooking BARWON HEADS which is very popular with families looking for calmer waters for the children. Smith’s beach facing bass straight is a favourite for swimmers surfers and people who just want to soak up the sun. There is also good beach fishing along the wide sandy strip.

Flowing from the OCEAN GROVE beach right through to the otways, the barwon river is a lovely spot to spend an afternoon. Fishing is popular along the river, which is salt water. Mullaways are the prized catch of this region of the barwon, while downstream of the bridge whiting, snapper and mullet can be caught. Popular for a stroll, the river looks breathtaking at sunset and is suitable for swimming over the summer time. The walking track runs all the way from OCEAN GROVE golf club to the BARWONS HEADS bridge, which has a pedestrian pathway to take you to the delightful town of BARWON HEADS. Boating down the river is also popular, with crafts ranging from canoes to speedboats. The river can also provide great conditions for windsurfing.

OCEAN GROVE is home to two of The Bellarine\'s favourite mini golf courses. Visit the challenging courses at bellarine adventure golf and a Maze\' games to test out your accuracy.
OCEAN GROVE nature reserve contains the only significant example of woodland on the bellarine as it was prior to european settlement.

Visitors can take a walk through the reserve and should keep an eye out for some of the native animals that live in the reserve. It is a haven for birds and the reserve\'s bird hides provide a great location for viewing some of the 130 different species that have been spotted there.

There are also two lakes in OCEAN GROVE. Both are tranquil spots where birdlife abounds. The walking track around the lake is great for a short bike ride or half hour walk and the playground across the road is popular for families. Ducks, pelicans and swans are all residents at various times of the year. The lakes are a very pretty spot for a picnic, and it is well-loved by locals.

Restaurants and cafes

OCEAN GROVE\'s restaurants offer something to please every taste - from authentic Thai, to modern gourmet, to a tub of chips and gravy. The main street of OCEAN GROVE is lined with al fresco dining opportunities, all with delicious fresh foods. For a casual lunch after a morning in the sand the local chicken shop is very popular with the younger generation, whilst the ice cream bar across the road is guaranteed to get your mouth watering when the sun is shining. More formal restaurants are also available, with a variety of quality meals and service offered for that special evening out.

The Dunes, located right on top of the OCEAN GROVE main beach, is a magnificent way to dine with a spectacular view, and further along grubb road, towards the queenscliff highway is award winning oakdene vineyards & restaurant.

OCEAN GROVE epitomizes cafe culture. Casual coffees with friends on the weekend is almost obligatory to the locals and the pleasure is shared by most visitors. With plenty of spots along the main strip to stop by and enjoy a homemade cake or a light lunch, it\'s almost impossible not to.

Schools & education

OCEAN GROVE has two local Primary schools, a catholic primary school and is home to the junior campus of bellarine secondary college.

Events

There are an abundant range of events in the town, many featuring the beach with various surf life saving events, beach runs including the annual rip to river event. OCEAN GROVE was one of the major venues for the 2007 surf lifesaving games which attracted lifesavers from around the world.
  • Suburb:Ocean Grove
Address Suburb Bed Bath Car Price
2/10 Draper Street OCEAN GROVE 2 1 1 $455,000-$500,000 View Property
89 Dare Street OCEAN GROVE 3 2 2 $1,450,000-$1,550,000 View Property
31 Bramwell Street OCEAN GROVE 5 3 2 $765,000-$840,000 View Property
5 Parker Street OCEAN GROVE 4 3 2 Expressions Of Interest Closing 1st May at 5pm View Property
3/61 Tuckfield Street OCEAN GROVE 4 2 2 Big Bang For Your Buck View Property
14 Highview Court OCEAN GROVE 3 2 2 $975,000-$1,050,000 View Property
103B Madeley Street OCEAN GROVE 3 2 2 $860,000-$940,000 View Property
3/91 Shell Road OCEAN GROVE 3 2 1 All Bids Welcome View Property
6 Greyhound Alley OCEAN GROVE 0 0 0 $265,000-$285,000 View Property
26 Eggleston Street OCEAN GROVE 3 1 2 $675,00-$735,000 View Property
32 Belvedere Terrace OCEAN GROVE 3 2 1 $625,000-$675,000 View Property
1/1-3 Callistemon Court OCEAN GROVE 2 2 1 $625,000-$685,000 View Property
284 Thacker Street OCEAN GROVE 3 2 2 $780,000 View Property
37 Empress Boulevard OCEAN GROVE 3 2 2 $665,000-$715,000 View Property
36 Lelean Street OCEAN GROVE 4 2 2 $1,250,000-$1,350,000 View Property
7 Battersea Rise OCEAN GROVE 4 2 2 $775,000-$825,000 View Property
1/70 Bonnyvale Road OCEAN GROVE 2 1 1 $445,000-$485,000 View Property
94 Draper Street OCEAN GROVE 3 2 4 $865,000-$945,000 View Property
14 Aquilae Street OCEAN GROVE 2 1 2 Current Bid - $505,000 View Property
14 Janelle Way OCEAN GROVE 4 2 4 $725,000-$775,000 View Property
96 Draper Street OCEAN GROVE 5 3 2 $895,000 - $945,000 View Property
Address Suburb Bed Bath Car Price
96 Orton Street OCEAN GROVE 4 2 1 $800 Per Week View Property
94B Draper Street OCEAN GROVE 3 2 2 $595 Per Week View Property
99B Powell Street OCEAN GROVE 4 2 2 $800 per week View Property
11 Marmion Circuit OCEAN GROVE 3 2 2 $460 Per Week View Property
15B Heath Close OCEAN GROVE 3 2 2 $460 Per Week View Property
7/66 Thacker Street OCEAN GROVE 3 2 1 $480 Per Week View Property
22 Daintree Way OCEAN GROVE 3 2 2 $445 Per Week View Property
7-9 Powell Street West OCEAN GROVE 4 2 2 $750 Per Week View Property
22 Melanie Place OCEAN GROVE 3 1 1 $390 Per Week View Property
9/175 Bonnyvale Road OCEAN GROVE 1 1 0 $210 Per Week View Property
86A Eggleston Street OCEAN GROVE 2 1 0 $410 Per Week View Property
24 Arcturus Road OCEAN GROVE 3 1 1 $355 Per Week View Property
Address Suburb Sold Date Bed Bath Car Sale Price
2/40 Fraser Crescent OCEAN GROVE 31-03-2020 2 1 2 $535,000 View Property
20 Aldebaran Road OCEAN GROVE 26-03-2020 4 2 2 $710,000 View Property
18 Lynwood Court OCEAN GROVE 20-03-2020 2 1 1 $540,000 View Property
31 Kalinga Road OCEAN GROVE 18-03-2020 2 2 1 $705,000 View Property
18 Seagull Grove OCEAN GROVE 18-03-2020 3 2 0 $640,000 View Property
64 Cerberus Drive OCEAN GROVE 12-03-2020 4 2 2 $627,500 View Property
57 Oakdean Boulevard OCEAN GROVE 6-03-2020 5 6 4 $1,019,500 View Property
28 Bonnyvale Rd OCEAN GROVE 6-03-2020 3 1 2 $625,000 View Property
3 Fernwood Court OCEAN GROVE 4-03-2020 3 2 2 Undisclosed View Property
47-49 Yellow Gum Drive OCEAN GROVE 4-03-2020 0 0 0 Undisclosed View Property
2 Bulga Place OCEAN GROVE 2-03-2020 3 1 1 $550,000 View Property
1 Ashcombe Lane OCEAN GROVE 28-02-2020 3 2 2 $650,000 View Property
43 Marmion Circuit OCEAN GROVE 28-02-2020 3 2 2 $630,000 View Property
99B Orton Street OCEAN GROVE 26-02-2020 3 3 4 Undisclosed View Property
1 La Bella Street OCEAN GROVE 20-02-2020 4 2 3 $700,000 View Property
1/100 Devlins Road OCEAN GROVE 20-02-2020 0 0 0 Undisclosed View Property
7/100 The Parade OCEAN GROVE 17-02-2020 2 2 1 $745,000 View Property
21 The Avenue OCEAN GROVE 14-02-2020 0 0 0 $1,395,000 View Property
12 Mowbray Drive OCEAN GROVE 12-02-2020 4 2 2 $795,000 View Property
4a Inskip Street OCEAN GROVE 11-02-2020 4 2 1 $1,740,000 View Property
24 Wallington Road OCEAN GROVE 11-02-2020 3 1 1 $790,000 View Property
Address Suburb Leased Date Bed Bath Car Lease Price
46 Wallington Road OCEAN GROVE 15-05-2019 3 2 2 Undisclosed View Property
22 Baradine Drive OCEAN GROVE 25-04-2019 4 2 2 Undisclosed View Property
7/19-21 Wallington Road OCEAN GROVE 18-04-2019 2 1 1 Undisclosed View Property
5/12-14 Dalkeith Crescent OCEAN GROVE 18-04-2019 3 2 2 Undisclosed View Property
1 Eggleston St OCEAN GROVE 8-03-2019 3 2 4 Undisclosed View Property
3 Butters Lane OCEAN GROVE 27-02-2019 3 1 1 Undisclosed View Property
57 The Parade OCEAN GROVE 23-02-2019 4 2 2 Undisclosed View Property
6/19 Lake Avenue OCEAN GROVE 13-02-2019 1 1 1 Undisclosed View Property
1/10 Wilkinson Court OCEAN GROVE 9-02-2019 2 1 0 Undisclosed View Property
8/105 Eggleston Street OCEAN GROVE 29-01-2019 3 1 1 Undisclosed View Property
5/175 Bonnyvale Road OCEAN GROVE 19-01-2019 1 1 1 Undisclosed View Property
23 Belvedere Terrace OCEAN GROVE 10-01-2019 3 2 1 Undisclosed View Property
1/44 Epworth Street OCEAN GROVE 10-01-2019 3 2 1 Undisclosed View Property
29 Ocean Throughway OCEAN GROVE 23-12-2018 3 2 2 Undisclosed View Property
56 Janelle Way OCEAN GROVE 22-12-2018 4 2 2 Undisclosed View Property
126 Aldebaran Road OCEAN GROVE 21-12-2018 3 2 1 Undisclosed View Property
2/134 Powell Street OCEAN GROVE 14-12-2018 3 2 2 Undisclosed View Property
8 Ashcombe Lane OCEAN GROVE 10-12-2018 4 2 2 Undisclosed View Property
51 Tareeda Way OCEAN GROVE 1-12-2018 4 2 4 Undisclosed View Property
53 Mermaid Avenue OCEAN GROVE 24-11-2018 4 2 2 Undisclosed View Property
10/175 Bonnyvale Road OCEAN GROVE 12-11-2018 1 1 1 Undisclosed View Property