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Art & culture

See the works, hear the stories and be inspired by Geelong and the Bellarine region's buzzing creative community. Wander through galleries and artist studios, check out public artworks, and delve into the local history on display at villages up and down the peninsula.

Art and about

Admire the genius of a Frederick McCubbin masterpiece at Geelong Gallery, one of the oldest regional galleries in Australia, visit the Powerhouse Museum to see works by some of Australia's finest street artists, or be challenged by the modern sculpture, ceramics and artwork on display at Salt Contemporary Art in Queenscliff.

Choose a special artwork or pick up a craft piece for that special someone at local galleries, markets and boutiques. See the artists at work in their own spaces and wander through galleries full of works reflecting the local landscapes.

Take a walk and see the iconic bollards on Geelong's waterfront, each painted with its own identity and story, and take in the many installations, sculptures and curios artfully woven into the region's landscape just waiting to surprise and delight.

People get ready

Time your visit so you can join in the fun at cultural events all year round. Attend literary gatherings, exhibitions and community events at the world-renowned Geelong Library and Heritage Centre or catch theatre, live music and comedy at the Geelong Performing Art Centre.

Big festivals bring big fun. Kick up your heels at the Queenscliff Music Festival and join in the merriment at Pako Festa, Geelong's multicultural celebration.

Days of old

From city to surf, explore the deep and rich history of a region defined by its natural landscape, mercantile prowess, Indigenous heritage and creative energy.

Hear stories of the Dreamtime, learn how to throw a boomerang, and immerse yourself in the local Indigenous culture at the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Delve into maritime history at the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum or visit the National Wool Museum and soak up the fascinating story of how this simple material transformed the region and took the world by storm. Petrol heads can learn all about Victoria's 'motor city' on a visit to the Geelong Museum of Motoring + Industry.

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History & heritage

Old Geelong Gaol

The Old Geelong Gaol and Museum has a great variety of displays that tell the history of the gaol and visitors get hands on experience of the harsh...

Art galleries

Brian Chappell Fine Art Photography

Brian Chappell Fine Art Landscape Photography Gallery is located in Grovedale, Victoria. The photography focuses on producing large quality images...

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...

Art galleries

Boom Gallery

Discover both emerging and established artists at this vibrant and active contemporary-art and design gallery set in a historic mill since 2011.

Museums

National Wool Museum

The National Wool Museum is housed in a beautifully restored 1872 bluestone wool store close to the vibrant new Waterfront Geelong. The Museum is...

Architecture & design

Portarlington Mill

Located just 300 metres from the beach, the Portarlington Mill was constructed in 1856 with rough local sandstone and Baltic Pine floors. The...

Art galleries

Metropolis Gallery

Metropolis Gallery is a contemporary art gallery with an impressive range of Australian paintings, limited edition prints, art glass and jewellery by...

Museums

Queenscliffe Maritime Museum

Sea, sand and sail are the key to Queenscliff’s history. Visit Queenscliffe Maritime Museum to discover the treasures of its rich maritime heritage,...

Museums

Lara Museum

One of Lara's oldest historic buildings, The Lake Bank Hotel, is Lara's only surviving 19th century hotel. It was constructed for Scottish immigrant...

Museums

Armor Antiques

Located in central Geelong, Armor Antiques is locally owned and operated. This private collection has been passionately sourcing and displaying one...

Art galleries

Cloth by Artist Anna Reynolds

Situated in a studio cosseted at the Parisienne end of Hesse Street, award winning Artist Anna Reynolds creates bespoke and wearable art. Cloth...

Art galleries

Salt Contemporary Art

Salt Contemporary Art Queenscliff exhibits the works of contemporary Australian artists. Housed in an historically significant former drapery store,...

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