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Geelong

Geelong is a city on the move and the signs of change are everywhere, from the stunning waterfront and urban precinct to the craft breweries and hole-in-the-wall cafes that have reclaimed and reshaped the city's old industrial landscape.

Bayside frolics

Get a dose of sunshine with a stroll along the waterfront, taking in public artworks, landscaped gardens, ice-cream parlours and eateries. Cool off in the art deco-style pool and kick back in the promenade complex and restored pavilion at Eastern Beach.

Sign up for an eco-adventure tour, use it as a base to explore the famous Geelong wine region, or take your pick from a wide range of adrenaline-charged activities.  

Artisans and cellar doors

Take full advantage of Geelong's unique north-facing bay at fabulous waterfront restaurants and cafes, from Cunningham Pier to Eastern Beach. Grab a bite to eat on Pakington Street and visit delicatessens and wine merchants for some take home goodies.

Take things up a gear with a special night out at Igni, The Age Good Food Guide's Regional Restaurant of the Year, or settle in for an evening of fresh, modern flavours at Tulip. Got time for a drive? Spend a day or two sampling craft beers, ciders and renowned local varietals at vineyards and breweries across the region.

Art and heritage

Discover the wealth of public art works along the waterfront from the whimsical Baywalk Bollards to the iconic Shark Fins and Cargo Boxes. The sculptured bollards chronicle characters from the city's past and present, including dapper young ladies in neck-to-knee bathing costumes, 1930s lifesavers, traditional Aussie families and jaunty sailors. For an inside look at the city's vibrant contemporary art scene, check out Boom Gallery in the industrial area of Geelong, a complex that houses, galleries, workshops, studios and an event space. Urban art enthusiasts will love the Powerhouse Museum, home to work by some of the country's finest street artists.

Explore the city's 100 National Trust listed buildings, delve into the region's history at the National Wool Museum, and take the kids for a ride on the historic wooden carousel. Art lovers will enjoy the outstanding collection of Australian paintings, sculpture and decorative arts at the Geelong Art Gallery, including Frederick McCubbin's A Bush Burial from 1890.

Come together

With a packed calendar of events celebrating everything from sport, music, film and theatre to food, wine and community activities, there's always plenty going on. Watch a game of Aussie Rules at Simonds Stadium, bring your bike to take part in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, or join 100,000 fellow revellers at Pako Festa, the largest free celebration of cultural diversity in Australia. Sea dogs will want to time their trip for the Festival of Sails – one of the oldest sporting events in Victoria and the Southern Hemisphere's biggest annual keelboat regatta.

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Cycling

Bellarine Rail Trail

Discover the Bellarine Peninsula, cycling along the old railway line from bustling Geelong past wildflowers and native birdlife to Queenscliff.

Art galleries

Geelong Gallery

Established in 1896, the Geelong Gallery is one of Australia’s leading and oldest regional art galleries. Since its establishment, the gallery has...

Water sports

WSUP Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle boarding, or SUP, is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world for adults and kids. SUP lessons, tours and fitness classes...

Swimming

Eastern Beach

Dive into the art deco swimming enclosure, take a scenic stroll along the boardwalk, or hit the kids' pool in Geelong's spectacular summer playground.

Parks & gardens

Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens

The Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens were founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit community organisation to support the beautiful Geelong Botanic...

Food & wine

Geelong wine region

Explore the Geelong wine region's diverse sub-regions from surf coast to volcanic plains making its food, wine and landscape resist any label.

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Great Australian Beer Festival Geelong

The sixth annual Great Australian Beer Festival returns to the Geelong Racecourse. Over 200...

Geelong Half Marathon

The Geelong Half Marathon is held annually on the first Sunday after Easter. It begins at Belmont...

2017 Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards

2017 Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards are a nationally acclaimed acquisitive prize exhibition,...

Geelong Cats v Richmond

See the Cats play at their home, Simonds Stadium, as they take on the Tiger's in a traditional...

Pako Festa - A Celebration of Cultural Diversity

Pako Festa is Geelong's much loved, award-winning, free annual community cultural festival and the...

Piccadilly Market

Piccadilly is an indoor artisans market located on the Geelong Waterfront showcasing over 80 stalls...

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