Located on the shores of Port Phillip Bay, Geelong is the gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula and the famous Great Ocean Road. Wander along the stunning waterfront of Victoria's second largest city past public artworks, landscaped gardens, ice-cream parlours and eateries. Take a dip in the art deco-style pool and kick back in the promenade complex and restored pavilion at Eastern Beach.
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. Got time for a drive? Spend a day or two exploring the many cellar doors at vineyards across the Geelong wine 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.
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, one of only 200 in operation around the world. 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.
With a packed calendar of events celebrating everything from music, film and theatre to food, wine and community activities, there's always plenty going on. Join 100,000 people fellow revellers at Pako Festa, the largest free celebration of cultural diversity in Australia or time your trip for the Festival of Sails – one of the oldest sporting events in Victoria and the Southern Hemisphere's biggest annual keel boat regatta.