Geelong is Victoria's secret weekend escape destination being only 75km from Melbourne and the gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula and the fabulous Great Ocean Road. Picturesque Corio Bay, with an historical waterfront promenade and child friendly beach (enclosed netted swim pool) with many events and nearby Tourist centre and Wool Museum. A 100 year old carousel, gardens for picnics and playgrounds only 5 minutes’ walk to the Department stores, Jamie Oliver cooking classes, bus interchange, great shopping, bars and cafes and restaurants. Which is overlooked by bustling cafes and restaurants. A major sailing event is held every year, Australia Day weekend hosting the Festival of Sails not only great for sailing enthusiasts but the whole family including music, stalls, food and fireworks. Geelong also holds many cycling and marathon events. Eastern Park, the Botanic Gardens boast a dramatic new extension to its collection of old and rare trees and plants. The adventurous type may enjoy sailing, fishing, and a bay cruise, a ride on a Harley Davidson or a jet boat ride. There are bikes and mopeds for hire, or the family train, running along the waterfront to Eastern Beach.
Also worth visiting are the bluestone National Wool Museum, Old Geelong Gaol, Geelong Art Gallery and Maritime Museum. As well as the central business district, you'll find shopping, arts and crafts and dining precincts in Pakington Street, Belmont and Highton.
Stretching around the eastern coastline of Port Phillip Bay, the Bellarine Peninsula is studded with popular seaside villages such as Portarlington and Ocean Grove, award winning wineries and top-class golf courses. Geelong and Bellarine region has more than 20 wineries producing cool- climate chardonnay, pinot noir, and Shiraz wines some have opened cafes with a vineyard or sea views. Just to mention a few to visit: are: Oakdene Vineyards, Restaurant and Cellar Door, Jack Rabbit Vineyard, Leura Park Estate and Scotchman’s Hill.
The elegance and old-world charm of Queenscliff is dominated by the towered splendour of the 1880's hotels. Once a sleepy fishing village is now a fashionable holiday resort. And only 20 minutes’ drive from Geelong. Queenscliff is compact enough to explore on foot, with plenty of opportunities to find a congenial spot for coffee and cake, a glass of wine and a snack or leisurely meal. Queenscliff has a thriving arts and crafts community whose works- many with a seascape or maritime theme - you will find on display and for sale in local galleries.
At the start of the Great Ocean Road - 30 minutes’ drive from Geelong - is bustling Torquay and its world-renowned beaches. Most famous is Bells Beach, home of the Rip Curl Pro, international surfing event with more than 50 years of history. If you want to catch the action, it is held over Easter.
Beyond Torquay along the Great Ocean Road you come to other little villages like Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Lorne and Apollo Bay. All have their own character and you'll never get tired of the view - have your camera ready. You will never run out of things to do. You can enjoy the beaches, rock pools, surfing, skydiving, coastal walks along cliffs, playgrounds, horse-riding, forest walks, waterfalls and wildlife. Highly suggested you visit the Aireys Inlet Light House, The Otway Fly (Cool climate rainforest) and the historic rock formation The 12 Apostles.
Every Sunday of every week
A large indoor/outdoor market featuring craft & bric a brac. A small entry fee applies.
20 min walk to Barwon Valley Activity Centre
1 Barwon Heads Road, Belmont 3216 Enquiries: (03) 5243 7718
Geelong Highland Games
The Geelong Highland Gathering, will include Scottish Heavy Games, including caber tossing. The Victorian Pipe Band Championships will be held a feature of the Gathering, first held on the plains of South Geelong, then open space and now a heavily populated Geelong suburb, in 1857. The Gathering went into recess during the Depression, but was revived by the then Newtown City Council in 1957 and has been held continuously ever since at picturesque Queens Park, often referred to as “the Braemar of Australia”. www.geelonghighlandgathering.org.au/index.php
Royal Geelong Show
The Royal Geelong Show is held over 4 days. Come along and see Horse events, Prime Lamb and Beef Carcase Judging, Cattle and Sheep judging, Homecraft, Woolcraft and Horticulture exhibits and demonstrations. Geelong Showgrounds, 79 Breakwater Road www.royalgeelongshow.com.au
Geelong Computer Swap Meet
9am—4.30pm, Sundays (except Christmas Day and Nrew Years Day)
Geelong Clearance Centre, 7 Malop St - Geelong Enquiries: (03) 9886 1466