Separated by the Barwon River from its twin coastal town of Barwon Heads. Being the largest town outside of Geelong on the Bellarine Peninsula, Ocean Grove offers a wide selection of shopping facilities, restaurants, cafes and speciality shops, spread between the main shopping strip near the coast along The Terrace and the Ocean Grove Marketplace to the north on Shell Road.
Coastal attractions include the surf beaches which front Bass Strait and several walking tracks that offer good views along the beach.
The focal point on Ocean Grove's main surf beach is the Dunes Cafe & Bar, next to the Surf Life Saving Club, which is surrounded by lawns, native gardens and bollards carved and painted into people depicting the life and times of the area. The Barwon River, near the river mouth, offers safe and sheltered swimming along its sandy shoreline, while further upstream is a jetty and boat ramp.
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.
Blue Waters Lake and the Begola Wetlands are two major inland water attractions at the bottom of the town's valleys, featuring walking tracks and a collection of birdlife.