The Geelong metropolitan area is the second most populated area in the Australian state of Victoria and the largest non-capital city. It is famous for its stunning waterfront, so many of the things to do and see are focused around this area. Once a thriving port, the waterfront has been transformed into a bustling, vibrant hub for recreation and entertainment and is overflowing with restaurants, cafes, Geelong accommodation, gardens, public art and attractions. Visiting the Waterfront is by far the most popular thing to do in Geelong.
The Waterfront not only offers a range of places to eat or enjoy a cool beverage, but also provides the opportunity to cool off on a hot summer’s day. Take a dip at Eastern Beach in the curved Art Deco swimming enclosure built in the 1930’s – the wooden promenade is ideal for an early morning or evening walk to enjoy the beautiful view. For the kids, there is a separate enclosed children’s pool patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months. Shady spots to spread your picnic blanket abound and there is also plenty of room to play some football, cricket or do a cartwheel if you’re so inclined.
Away from the coast, there is still plenty to do in Geelong and the Bellarine Rail Trail is definitely a highlight. The Trail is a 35 kilometers gravel trail alongside the train line stretching from Geelong to Queens cliff – ideal for riding bikes or long hikes. If the thought of the return trip is too much to bear, you can hop on a train – bikes are welcome too! The low gradient of the trail make it ideal for all levels of fitness.
The National Wool Museum is another great way to spend a day in Geelong. Learn the story of the wool industry in Australia along with seeing exciting contemporary exhibitions. The wool museum has an ever changing calendar of exhibitions and events. There is also a restaurant, a renowned gift and a souvenir shop that stocks an impressive collection of woolen clothing and knick-knacks. If you are textile lover, you will enjoy this for sure.
The Geelong Art Gallery is another must see thing to do in Geelong. There is a great selection of art depicting the history of Geelong along with art from such famed sources as the Heidelberg school, Von Guerard, Bunney and Buvelot. Art lovers will appreciate the excellent display of porcelain and the ever-changing guest exhibits means there is always something new to see.
A ghost tour of the old Geelong Gaol is a unique thing to do in Geelong and an experience you’ll never forget. The 90 minute tour takes you through the three storey nineteenth century convict prison whilst you listen to tales of murderers, lunatics, amazing personal stories and the realities of brutal prison life. If you’re more interested in the supernatural side of life then the paranormal investigation tour may be right up your alley. Armed with a range of sophisticated equipment including infrared goggles, EMF detectors and laser thermometers you will explore the depths of the gaol in search of paranormal activity.
Geelong is a cosmopolitan and busy city, which has many things to do, restaurants and cafes, attractions and activities. There is a great selection of accommodation in Geelong to choose from whether you are travelling with your family, a partner or on your own.