Geelong Victoria Australia

The Great Ocean Road Victoria Australia Accommodation and Information

 Location  Geelong 3220
 
Pop: approximately 198,000

Location: 75 kilometres south-west of Melbourne

Accommodation         Tours

The name ‘Geelong’ is derived from ‘jillong’, the Aboriginal word for bay, which means ‘a place of the sea bird over the white cliffs’. This waterfront city offers a diverse range of food, wine, cultural and recreation attractions and colonial history evident in the city’s 100 National Trust-listed buildings. Geelong is also the major gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula and Great Ocean Road.

Geelong takes full advantage of its unique north-facing bay with fabulous waterfront eateries, landscaped gardens and walking paths set against the backdrop of Corio Bay. Stroll past the sculptured bollards dotted along the foreshore that chronicle characters from the city’s past and present, including dapper young ladies in neck-to-knee bathing costumes, 1930s lifesavers, traditional Aussie families, a Geelong footballer, jaunty sailors, fishermen and a town band. Close by is Eastern Beach, which features an art deco-style pool, promenade complex and the restored pavilion that houses a pleasant restaurant, café and kiosk.Pakington Street, the wide tree-lined avenue linking the suburbs of Geelong West and Newtown, is also worth a visit and is only a few minutes from the city. There are many different restaurants and eateries to try as well as delicatessens, wine merchants, a park to relax in and a street ambience to experience..

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         Werribee  Zoo                   Seal & Dolphin Swim Cruise       Sea Kayak Tour 

THINGS TO DO :

Dine - on freshly caught local seafood at a waterfront restaurant

Delve into the history of wool at the National Wool Museum, housed in an impressive three storey historic bluestone wool store dating back to 1872

Visit the Ford Discovery Centre - Australia’s first automotive technology discovery centre in Geelong, which showcases seven decades of Ford manufacturing

Enjoy - a live performance of top local and international acts at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Skilled Stadium - Catch the action of an Australian rules football game

Geelong Art Gallery's - take in the outstanding collection of Australian paintings, sculpture and decorative arts

The Heights and Barwon Grange - See how well-to-do early settlers lived at the National Trust’s two historic homes

Botanic Gardens - Explore the blend of Victorian-era and twenty-first century styles

Barwon River Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the River

Wine - Taste the region’s fine wines at various vineyards around Geelong

Ride or walk -the beautiful Bellarine Rail Trail.

MAJOR EVENTS :

Skandia Geelong Week -(formerly the Festival of Sail and Waterfront Festival) – January

Geelong Waterfront Festival – January

Pako Festa – March

Highland Gathering – Queens Park Geelong – March

Geelong Cup Carnival – October

Speed Trials – Waterfront Geelong – November

Toast to the Coast – November