Geelong is located around 100 kilometers southwest of Melbourne and is the gateway to the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula, as well as a key stop for travelers heading off down the Great Ocean Road. Alongside these merits, Geelong stands up on its own as a destination well worth exploring.
Whether you are planning on moving to Geelong, or just looking to find out a bit more about the area, this short guide to the ten must-see places in Geelong will get you off to a great start.
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Located right on the city's waterfront, this beautiful slice of Geelong is well worth a visit. The scenic reserve has a huge range of free amenities, including picnic and barbecue facilities, so why not make a day of it? Start off with a dip in the cooling brine of the ocean or sea bath before warming up in the sunshine and enjoying a classic barbecue by the beach. After lunch, you can enjoy a game of frisbee or cricket in the parklands. Be sure to snap a picture with the Baywalk bollards!
The Australian history of wool and textiles is steeped in hard work and rough conditions and was hoisted upon the shoulders of skilled craftspeople who made the Australian wool industry what it is today. The National Wool Museum was established in 1988 to celebrate the Australian wool story and houses two permanent galleries along with two other galleries which house regular touring exhibitions from across Australia and internationally.
Free entry awaits you when heading to Geelong Botanical Gardens, but that's just the beginning of all that is wonderful about these lush grounds! Home to an incredible range of plants, both international and natives, these gardens are a wonderful place to spend a morning exploring — although an entire day would still not be enough to take in every corner of these impeccable Geelong Botanical Gardens. Hungry? This important botanic site is not only beautiful — it's also the perfect spot for a picnic lunch.
Established in 1896, the Geelong Gallery is a precious part of Australian art history. Home to a truly magnificent collection of Australian and European paintings, sculpture, print, and decorative artworks, a trip to this fine Gallery is best done without hurrying so that you can take in all there is to see. We recommend setting aside at least half a day to truly take it all in.
When your thirst needs slaking, only a fine brew from the folk at Little Creatures will do! This wide-open beer hall has everything you need to shake off the week or slide into the weekend in style. Take in a brewery tour, or just gather your mates and order a share plate to match the myriad beers and ciders on offer.
This macabre site was Victoria's longest-running colonial gaol and today you can embark on a truly spooky tour that will leave you feeling for the miserable folk who spent their days (and lives) here. The gaol was built based on the Pentonville system, where the order of the day was separation and silence. Your tour will take in the tiny rooms and cramped cells where murderers, convicts, the sick and dying, and even soldiers during World War Two, spent their days. The Geelong Gaol closed in July 1991 and tours have been running since 1995.
When those hot days come a-calling, the cool of the Buckley Falls is the perfect freshwater spot to enjoy a calming dip. If you fancy exploring the local area you will find a range of walking trails and mountain bike/cycling tracks to head out on. The best part is that the falls are located just out of the centre of town, so you can be here in no time!
Heading out for a picnic with friends? Steampacket Gardens is the perfect spot to meet with mates and watch the sunset over another perfect Geelong day. You might like to coincide your visit with the monthly markets held here, where you can grab a coffee before finding your own patch of lawn to grab some sun and laze about enjoying the best of the weekend people-watching.
Get those legs pumping and head out on the bikes to see Geelong from a different vantage point via the Bellarine Rail Trail. This trail offers a great way to explore the region from Geelong down to Queenscliffe, with the 35-kilometre each-way journey offering a recreational day out for families, day-trippers, and weekend cyclists.
This incredible venue is perched right out at the end of the pier at Geelong and is a great spot to visit for beautiful photos or a wonderful venue for weddings or special events. There really is only one word for Cunningham Pier: iconic. Find out for yourself why so many special events are held at Cunningham Pier, and why this classic spot never goes out of style.
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