3-4 November

3-4 Nov

SURFCOAST | MOORABOOL VALLEY | BELLARINE PENINSULA

Geelong’s Ultimate Wine Festival

Held over the Melbourne Cup long weekend, this iconic festival is one of the most anticipated events on the local calendar and showcases the best wines and gourmet food from around the Surf Coast, Moorabool Valley and Bellarine Peninsula.

The two-day event just an hour out of Melbourne offers guests the chance to taste, drink and eat their way across a selection of award-winning wineries while enjoying the picturesque vineyard settings and live entertainment. Now in it’s 17th year, Toast to the Coast is a true celebration of our unique Geelong wine region, the perfect day out or weekend away, and also includes a multitude of family-friendly venues. Weekend passes include a commemorative take-home Geelong Wine glass which doubles as your passport to free wine tastings at all host vineyards. This year’s event is set to be a sell-out so make sure you take advantage of the Early Bird Offer.

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Held over the Melbourne Cup long weekend, this iconic festival is one of the most anticipated events on the local calendar and showcases the best wines and gourmet food from around the Surf Coast, Moorabool Valley and Bellarine Peninsula.

The two-day event just an hour out of Melbourne offers guests the chance to taste, drink and eat their way across a selection of award-winning wineries while enjoying the picturesque vineyard settings and live entertainment. Now in it’s 17th year, Toast to the Coast is a true celebration of our unique Geelong wine region, the perfect day out or weekend away, and also includes a multitude of family-friendly venues. Weekend passes include a commemorative take-home Geelong Wine glass which doubles as your passport to free wine tastings at all host vineyards. This year’s event is set to be a sell-out so make sure you take advantage of the Early Bird Offer.

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EVENT PROGRAM

everything you need to plan your weekend

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EVENT PROGRAM

everything you need to plan your weekend

Toast to the Coast Ticket Prices

Ticket includes unlimited entry to Toast To The Coast winery events across all Geelong subregions, wine tastings and commemorative wine glass.

SATURDAY 3 NOV

10am-5pm

$40 STANDARD

SUNDAY 4 NOV

10am-5pm

$40 STANDARD

BOTH DAYS

$60 STANDARD

SHUTTLE BUS TICKETS

PURCHASED AS ENTRY + SHUTTLE BUS TICKET
(shuttle bus tickets are not sold separately)

Limited Early Bird Tickets SOLD OUT

SHUTTLE BUSES

UNLIMITED HOP ON/HOP OFF ACCESS

The Shuttle Bus ticket gives you unlimited hop on/hop off access to event shuttle buses servicing participating wineries.

Buses are scheduled outbound to the below regions at the beginning of the day from Geelong Railway Station/ Ocean Grove Post Office (approx. 9:30am-1:30pm) and inbound end of the day (approx. 4:00pm-5:30pm). Or you can catch your first shuttle from one of the below wineries (if you have already collected your wristbands/glasses from your nominated collection venue).

MOORABOOL VALLEY

Clyde Park

Austins & Co

Del Rios of Anakie

Moorabool Ridge

Spence Winery

SURF COAST

Mt Duneed

Bellbrae Estate

Nicols Paddock

BELLARINE NORTH

Leura Park*

Bellarine Estate

Scotchmans Hill

BELLARINE SOUTH

McGlashans Estate*

Basils Farm

Oakdene

Shuttle buses will depart wineries regularly in each hour. A detailed timetable will be available in October to help you plan your day.

*Connecting shuttle buses also run between Leura Park and McGlashans Estate.

If you’d like to visit Bellarine wineries and Moorabool or Surf Coast wineries – you will have to catch the Geelong inbound/outbound buses to get from one region to the other. Please consult the timetable to plan your day as the travel distances add up quickly and you’re time at each winery will be limited.

See FAQs for more info about shuttle buses.

PRIVATE CHARTER BUS

REGISTER A BUS GROUP

PRIVATE BUS REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL

ALL GROUPS ATTENDING IN A PRIVATE CHARTER BUS (SELF-DRIVE, TOUR OPERATOR, MINIBUS OR COACH – 10 OR MORE PASSENGERS) MUST NOW REGISTER ONLINE AND CALL US TO BOOK YOUR ARRIVAL TIMES AT WINERIES. YOUR GROUP GETS A UNIQUE REGISTRATION NUMBER AND EVENT ITINERARY FOR THE EVENT DAY.

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EVENT FAQs

What time does the event run on Saturday and Sunday?
10am-5pm both days. Wine serving and music will end at 5pm however please note that shuttle buses will commence final pick-ups from 4pm.
What's on at each winery? Is there a program of activity?
Download the event program to see what’s happening at each winery. You are welcome to start wherever you like*, and your ticket gives you access to all participating wineries across the three regions. *Note: to ensure we don’t go over venue capacity, private bus bookings are required to book in a route of visits at wineries.
How do I choose the right ticket for me?
If you’re attending for just one day, purchase a Saturday OR Sunday ticket. If you’d like to attend both Saturday and Sunday, you can save money by buying the Weekend ticket. If you’d also like to use our shuttle bus service, select the Saturday/Sunday/Weekend + Shuttle Bus ticket option. Note: Shuttle bus tickets are not available for sale separately. They must be purchased with the entry ticket.
Can I buy a ticket on the day of the event?
Tickets will be available (via Ticketebo website) on the day unless sold out prior. The event was a sell out for Saturday last year, and we anticipate it will be just as popular again. We recommend you purchase your tickets now to avoid disappointment.
I haven’t received the email with my tickets. I can’t find my tickets. I want to change my tickets. Who can I contact?
Ticketebo is our ticket provider. Customer service contact: 1800 381 939 / service@ticketebo.com.au
Am I allowed to bring my own food to the event?
No B.Y.O food is allowed at Toast to the Coast.  All participating venues have food options for you to purchase and enjoy.
How do we collect our wristbands and tasting glass?
Please print (or present your electronic ticket on your smartphone/tablet) at a ticket collection venue and it will be exchanged for a wristband & festival glass. Collection of wristbands and tasting glasses is available on event day. We also offer pre-event collection on select days before the event. You will be asked to select your preferred venue and day (event day or pre-event collection) during the ticket purchase transaction.
Where are the event day collection venues?
Collection of wristbands and tasting glasses is available from a few venues on event day. These venues will not have wristbands and glasses before event day. You will be asked to select your preferred venue and day for collection during the ticket purchase transaction. Options for event day collection include: Geelong Railway Station, Clyde Park, Leura Park Estate, Mt Duneed, Ocean Grove Post Office. These ticket hubs will be open from 9:30am on event day.
Where/when are the pre-event collection venues?
If you prefer to collect wristbands and glasses before the event day, you can select a venue and date for pre-event collection during the ticket purchase transaction. Note: pre-event collection is available ONLY during the times/days as listed below. These venues will not have wristbands and glasses for collection at any other time. Thursday 25 October – 4:30pm-6:30pm: Ocean Grove Post Office Friday 26 October – 4:30pm-6:30pm: Event Kit Office, Level 1, 62 Lt Malop Street Geelong Saturday 27 October – 10:00am-12:00pm: Event Kit Office, Level 1, 62 Lt Malop Street Geelong
Can I collect wristbands and tasting glasses for my friends?
Yes, you’re welcome to collect them. Please ensure you have a copy of each of their tickets as they are each scanned individually. We also recommend you bring a bag or a box to carry the wristbands and glasses – they can be bulky and tricky to carry when you have a group of 4 or more!
I don't want to drive so I can enjoy the wine. What are my options?
SHUTTLE BUS Select the General Entry + Shuttle Bus ticket – it gives you unlimited hop on/hop off access to event shuttle buses servicing participating wineries. This ticket also provides you with an entry wristband, Toast to the Coast glass for tastings, and access to all the participating wineries, wine tastings, live music, entertainment and more! PERSONALISED TOURS Need text here… PRIVATE CHARTER BUS Organise to hire a bus with friends and split the cost. Select the General Entry ticket and register your private bus booking before the event. Note: all private buses must be registered and booked in for a specific time to visit each winery. Registration and winery bookings must be made before the event. View all Transport details (need link) DESIGNATED DRIVER Bring along a designated driver for the weekend. We welcome designated drivers so while they can’t participate in the tastings, they do get free entry and free tea and coffee. They are also encouraged to buy a bottle or two to take home with them!
I don't drink/ I'm the designated driver. Can I still attend?
We welcome friends who don’t drink and designated drivers. There is plenty of food, entertainment and non-alcoholic drinks on offer at wineries. While you can’t participate in the tastings, you can get free entry and free tea and coffee as an official Designated Driver. You are also encouraged to buy a bottle or two to take home with you!
Can children attend?
Young children are welcome to attend this event. Children do not need any tickets to attend, as they will not be participating in consuming alcohol. Parent/ Guardian supervision is required at all times while at participating venues. Children are allowed to use the shuttle bus (they do not need a shuttle bus wristband), however please note seats are limited and shuttle ticket holders take priority during peak hours.
Will I be filmed or photographed at the event?
When you enter the Toast to the Coast event space, you enter an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any exhibition, streaming, web casting, televising, or other publication of these materials. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, audio, or video recording taken by Toast to the Coast or the person or entity designated to do so by Toast to the Coast.

BUS/TRAVEL FAQs

I don't want to drive so I can enjoy the wine. What are my options?

SHUTTLE BUS 

Catch the Toast to the Coast Shuttle Bus. The Shuttle Bus ticket gives you unlimited hop on/hop off access to event shuttle buses servicing participating wineries. You do not have to book in specific routes or times to visit wineries when catching the Shuttle Bus.

When purchasing your ticket, select General Entry + Shuttle Bus ticket – it gives you unlimited hop on/hop off access to event shuttle buses servicing participating wineries. This ticket also provides you with an entry wristband, Toast to the Coast glass for tastings, and access to all the participating wineries, wine tastings, live music, entertainment and more! 

PRIVATE CHARTER BUS 

Organise to hire a minibus or coach with friends. Note: all private buses must be registered and an itinerary of scheduled visits to specific wineries must be booked via our ticket provider before the event.

1. Select the General Entry tickets
2. Register your private bus and follow the prompts to book in your itinerary for the day.

DESIGNATED DRIVER

Bring along a designated driver for the weekend. 

We welcome designated drivers so while they can’t participate in the tastings, they do get free entry and free tea and coffee. They are also encouraged to buy a bottle or two to take home with them!

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What are the Shuttle Bus routes?

SHUTTLE BUS ROUTES – FEEDER BUS

Feeder bus (Geelong) – departs Geelong Railway Station to Clyde Park, Leura Park, McGlashans, Mt Duneed

Feeder bus (Bellarine) – departs Ocean Grove Post Office to McGlashans

SHUTTLE BUS ROUTES – WINERY LOOPS

Bellarine North Loop

  • Leura Park*
  • Bellarine Estate
  • Scotchmans Hill

Bellarine South Loop

  • McGlashans Estate*
  • Basil’s Farm
  • Oakdene

Moorabool Valley Loop

  • Clyde Park
  • Moorabool Estate
  • Austins & Co.
  • de Rios of Mt Anakie
  • Spence Wines

Surf Coast Loop

  • Mt Duneed Estate
  • Bellbrae Estate
  • Nicol’s Paddock

*Connecting shuttle buses also run between Leura Park and McGlashans Estate

How does the Shuttle Bus work?
The Shuttle Bus ticket gives you unlimited hop on/hop off access to event shuttle buses servicing participating wineries. Unlike the private buses, you do not have to book in specific routes or times to visit wineries.

There are two types of shuttle bus routes operating in the area: “feeder buses” and “winery loops”.

Feeder buses take you out to the various regions at the beginning and end of the day, and winery loop shuttle buses circulate amongst wineries within each region. Each of them will operate on a set timetable that will be published in the Event Program.

You will be asked to book in your departure time on the Feeder Bus when you purchase your shuttle bus tickets – this is to help us book the right amount of buses. You may arrive earlier or later that initially selected, however please keep in mind that there may not be any available seats on the buses at that time, and you may have to wait a little longer to get a seat.

You must show your bus wristband whenever you board the bus.

There is no drinking of alcohol allowed on the buses.

Do Shuttle Buses connect different regions?
Feeder buses do not transfer patrons between regions, they only run back and forth to Geelong Station or Ocean Grove Post Office.

If you would like to attend multiple regions, you do have the option of catching the first bus out to one region and then catching a returning Feeder bus back to Geelong Station to transfer over to a Feeder bus to another region. Please consult the bus timetable in the Event Program for times.

Feeder buses are scheduled for transfers to the regions at the beginning of the day (approx. 9:30am-1:30pm) and end of the day (approx. 4:00pm-5:30pm).

How do I purchase a Shuttle Bus ticket?

Tickets for the Shuttle Bus are purchased as a package with the Entry ticket. Tickets must be pre-purchased online – please select Entry + Shuttle Bus. Tickets will be available until sold out.

As with the Entry ticket, you will be asked to exchange your ticket for a wristband at a nominated collection venue. You must wear both your entry wristband and shuttle bus wristband during the event for access to the shuttle buses.

What is the Shuttle Bus schedule?

The Shuttle Bus schedule will be available for download in October.

How do I book a Private Tour Operator?
Leave the car at home and let someone else do all the driving!

FOR THE LOVE OF GRAPE 2 – 10+ people Call: 0408 388 332 VISIT WEBSITE

Jump on-board with the crew from For the Love of Grape Specialty Wine Tours and enjoy the festival in comfort.  Our experienced hosts will escort you to the great wineries of the Bellarine, Surf Coast or Moorabool Valley and remain with you throughout the day.

Don’t be stuck in queues waiting for crowded shuttle buses! Enjoy the experience and knowledge of our local hosts who know the area well and its wineries intimately. Included is our door to door service which removes the need to drive.

Toast to the Coast special rates of $90pp with discounts for groups of 10 or more (does not include your Toast ticket or lunch) for a full day tour. Get a group of friends together and book your own private vehicle for the day or join one of our public tours.

GEELONG WINERY TOURS 2-7 people Call: 0412 066 000 VISIT WEBSITE

Geelong Winery Tours is a boutique tour company focused on giving its customers the experience they are really hoping for. We cater for couples or smaller groups wanting more of a hassle-free, stress-free wine tour.

How do I organise a Private Charter Bus?
Leave the car at home and let someone else do all the driving!

Private charter buses are booked directly by you. There are loads of awesome charter companies working around the region. Here is a selection of them to help get you started:

VIEW CHARTER BUSES IN GEELONG

Once you have booked your private minibus or coach, you must then notify us by registering your bus and booking in your itinerary.

It is now event policy that all private buses be registered and booked in for a specific time to visit each winery. This includes all private charter buses/minibuses (e.g. with a professional bus driver, self-drive, or with a tour operator).

  1. Purchase General Entry Tickets
  2. Register your private bus via our online form (organisers contact details, bus company details, copy of your licence is required). You will then be emailed a unique bus registration number (to display in your bus) and a bus booking phone number (to call to schedule in your group’s detailed itinerary of winery visits for event day).
  3. Please review the event program and map of wineries to plan a detailed itinerary of winery visits (e.g. plan your preferred route and arrival times to each winery) BEFORE calling to book in your itinerary. Note: wineries will have limited space in each arrival time-slot so ensure you have a few alternatives routes worked out.

Registration and scheduled itinerary bookings must be made before the event. Wineries will not accept buses without a booking.

How do I register our Private Charter Bus?
It is now event policy that all private buses be registered and booked in for a specific time to visit each winery. This includes all private charter buses/minibuses (e.g. with a professional bus driver, self-drive, or with a tour operator).

  1. Purchase General Entry Tickets
  2. Register your private bus via our online form (organisers contact details, bus company details, copy of your licence is required). You will then be emailed a unique bus registration number (to display in your bus) and a bus booking phone number (to call to schedule in your group’s detailed itinerary of winery visits for event day).
  3. Please review the event program and map of wineries to plan a detailed itinerary of winery visits (e.g. plan your preferred route and arrival times to each winery) BEFORE calling to book in your itinerary. Note: wineries will have limited space in each arrival time-slot so ensure you have a few alternatives routes worked out.

Registration and scheduled itinerary bookings must be made before the event. Wineries will not accept buses without a booking.

Registrations open when tickets go on sale.

Can we drink alcohol on our private charter buses or shuttle bus?

No. Drinking, and carrying of opened, alcohol on all buses is prohibited. Patrons must not consume alcohol in any vehicle; this includes all cars and private charter buses/minibuses (e.g. with a professional bus driver, self-drive, or with a tour operator).

Toast to the Coast is committed to the responsible serving of alcohol and we aim to provide a safe and friendly environment for our guests and staff and want to abide by our legal obligations under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998. It is understood that you agree to abide by the code of conduct when you participate in event.

Download the Code of Conduct PDF

Can my non-drinking friend buy just the shuttle bus ticket, if the event is free for them to attend?

Shuttle buses are only for ticket holders. The purpose of the shuttle bus is to provide an alternative to allow them participants to drink alcohol and not drive. 

Seats are extremely limited for shuttle buses and so priority is given to ticket holders only.

Non ticket holders therefore can’t buy a shuttle bus ticket. 

We understand that a non drinking friend may want to attend with their friends – in which case we’d recommend they become a designated driver for friends who are ticket holders.

Can I bring my own car?
Yes absolutely. Please note that parking space is limited at some wineries.

Geelong is a 45 minute car trip along the Princes Freeway from Melbourne.  The three sub regions where Toast to the Coast winery venues are situated are all a short drive from Geelong – heading out towards the Moorabool Valley, Surf Coast and The Bellarine.

If you are traveling to and around Toast to the Coast by car please plan ahead, nominate a designated driver and follow our tips on how to enjoy the Festival.

All of our Toast wineries have a special offer for Designated Non Drinkers and entry to all participating venues is free (without wine tastings).

What other transport options are available?
FERRY  Port Phillip Ferries this year will be operating on both days of the event. You can then drive, or catch Uber/taxi, to Leura Park Estate to collect your tickets and join the shuttle bus which will take you around to other nearby wineries.

TRAIN Leave the car at home and catch a V/Line train to Toast to the Coast.  Geelong is about an hour by train from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station. Trains to Geelong depart Southern Cross Station frequently, and are met at Geelong Station by shuttle buses.  Travelling V/Line is easy, convenient and good value. To check timetables and fares, and to buy tickets, visit www.vline.com.au or call 136 196.

PLANE Interstate travellers can easily access Geelong via Avalon Airport.  The airport is only 20 kilometres from Geelong CBD, a quick 15 minute drive.  For more information about Avalon Airport visit www.avalonairport.com.au

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