They say a picture is worth a thousand words – and we couldn’t agree more! So, we’ve gathered photographs of the highlights and best things to do in Geelong. Flip through these pictures and you’ll get to know the second-largest city in Victoria like the back of your hand.
Geelong has it all: city, coast and country! Highlights of Geelong include its iconic waterfront, a historic carousel originally built in 1892, the Royal Geelong Yacht Club and the Geelong Baywalk. You can also explore a 19th century ocean swimming enclosure and sprawling green spaces, from the Steampacket Gardens to the Botanic Gardens.
Australia’s First Nations People have inhabited and cared for the land for over 65,000 years. Find out more about their culture and interact with native animals at Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Entry is free, and you can enjoy a wide range of cultural education programs. There are also several displays of tools, weapons and artwork for you to check out. Feeling thirsty? Head to the onsite café and treat yourself to a delicious coffee.
The Geelong Waterfront is the perfect place to meet friends for a picnic, take a walk and discover the famous Geelong Bollard Trail. Take an afternoon ride on the Waterfront Train or taste the local flavours by grabbing a coffee from Wharf Shed or a cone from Bliss Ice Cream. If you’re in need of fresh produce, head to the Geelong Waterfront Makers and Growers Market on the first Sunday of every month. You’ll stock your fridge and support local vendors, so everybody wins!
If you’re wondering where to go in Geelong, opt for some fresh air in one of the city’s gorgeous green spaces. The Geelong Botanic Gardens provide a tranquil space in the CBD to relax and walk amongst ancient trees and stunning roses. While you’re there, make sure you don’t miss A Feast of Shakespeare, an outdoor production of Shakespeare classics performed in the Gardens. Performances are spread out throughout the year, so check the Ozact website for updates on the next show.
Geelong is home to some beautiful beaches where you can relax in the sand and enjoy a variety of water sports, such as surfing, swimming and kayaking. Some of the best Geelong beaches include the enclosed Eastern Beach Reserve and the lesser-known Rippleside Beach.
The seaside town of Queenscliff is a water playground for kids and adults alike! Spend the day fishing or frolicking in the water with friendly sea creatures like dolphins and seals. For those who would rather stay on dry land, check out the many cafés, shops and wineries nearby. If you happen to visit in November, head to the annual Queenscliff Music Festival for some incredible musical stylings.
With stunning dome-style architecture, the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre (The Dome) is a great example of why the city is Australia’s first UNESCO City of Design. Hint: be sure to visit the fifth floor for amazing views over the city! Consult the library’s website to sign up for free special events, such as author readings and intriguing panel discussions.
Similar to the library, the Geelong Arts Centre is one of the architectural highlights of Geelong, combining old and new design. Here you’ll find colourful entertainment in all forms; theatre, dance, circus performances, comedy shows – you name it and the Geelong Arts Centre probably has it.
You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to the selection of restaurants in Geelong. When considering where to go in Geelong for lunch and dinner, check out the al fresco dining along Little Malop Street, the cosmopolitan Pakington Street or dine in the sea breeze along the Geelong Waterfront.
Images 3, 4 and 5 courtesy of Amy Lee Carlon