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From world-class surfing and ocean swims to folk music and wine, the Great Ocean Road region hosts a diverse range of festivals and events.

On the peninsula
In Geelong see stunning aerobatics at the Australian International Airshow or watch colourful spinnakers fly on Corio Bay in Geelong during the Festival of Sails – Australia's largest regatta. On the Bellarine Peninsula take in the best in Australian blues, rock, pop, funk and jazz music at the Queenscliff Music Festival in November.

Down the coast
Bells Beach is home to the Rip Curl Pro, the world's longest running professional surfing event and one of the most sought after titles on the World Championship Tour. Not content being a spectator? Get amongst the 4,000 people taking part in the Lorne Pier to Pub, the world's largest open water swim, or test your stamina on the gruelling Surf Coast Century course. Cyclists will love the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, with its concept inspired by the prestigious Spring Classics of Europe.

Feel the beat
Get musical in March at the Port Fairy Folk Festival – a four-day celebration of folk, blues, jazz and country music or land in Queenscliff in November for a big weekend of music by local and international stars. Check out Pako Festa and join over 100,000 people for a smorgesboard of food, folk dancing, parades, workshops, exhibitions and free activities. Visit the Bellarine Peninsula in June for the National Celtic Festival, boasting all the magic of Celtic music, dancing, pipers and drummers. 

Something for the foodies
Summer in Portarlington brings the Portarlington Mussel Festival, with food and wine, music and lots of fun for the kids. Prefer something more grown-up? Celebrate the best of the region at Toast to the Coast, held at wineries in The Bellarine, Moorabool Valley and the Surfcoast.


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The ultimate seafood lunch overlooking the Apollo Bay Harbour

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival

20 Feb 2016

Apollo Bay

Seafood lovers take note. Grab your family, friends and picnic rug and head on down to Victoria's own Paradise by the Sea at Apollo Bay for the fifth...

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2012 Overall Winner - Adam Cassar

All Ford Day - Geelong

21 Feb 2016

Waurn Ponds

From $10 - $30

Come down to Deakin University for the largest display of Ford vehicles anywhere in Australia. The day will include: Over 1,200 Ford vehicles on...

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Faulty Towers -  the Dining Experience

Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience

6 Nov 2015, 11 Dec 2015, 18 Dec 2015, 15 Jan 2016


From $130 - $130

Be abused by Basil, amused by Manuel and charmed by Sybil as the cast perform this fabulous, hilarious and truly chaotic show amongst the restaurant...

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Mower Racing

Heywood Wood, Wine & Roses Festival

27 Feb 2016


From $15 - $25

Heywood Wood, Wine & Roses Committee will be celebrating their 23rd Annual Festival on 27 February 2016. Entertainment is available for all...

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Pako Festa A Celebration of Cultural Diversity

27 Feb 2016

Geelong West

Pako Festa, now in its thirty forth year is Geelong's much loved, award-winning, free annual community cultural festival and the biggest of its kind...

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Corangamite Foodies Feast

Corangamite Foodies Feast

4 Mar 2016


From $115 - $115

The Corangamite Foodies Feast is back in 2016 for its fifth year. The Corangamite region is fast becoming renowned for quality local produce. The...

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Wallington Strawberry Fair

Wallington Strawberry Fair

6 Mar 2016


Come and celebrate the humble strawberry at the annual Wallington Strawberry Fair held on the first Sunday in March. Each year the Fair welcomes...

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Port Fairy Folk Festival

11 - 14 Mar 2016

Port Fairy

Twenty venues host one of Australia's largest music festivals presenting roots, celtic, folk, country, bluegrass, blues, jazz, rock, crossover and...

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Motor City Music Festival

Motor City Music Festival

11 - 13 Mar 2016

East Geelong

From $39 - $97

Geetroit Rocks as Motor City Music Festival celebrates Geelong's past and present, with a great live soundtrack. Held over the (Victorian) Labour Day...

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2016 Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong

2016 Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong

12 - 14 Mar 2016


The Royal Geelong Yacht Club is once again hosting the Wooden Boat Festival. This will be the seventh consecutive bi-annual event and will be...

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Aireys Inlet Open Mic Music Festival

18 - 20 Mar 2016

Aireys Inlet

The ninth annual Aireys Inlet Open Mic Music Festival will be held from 18th to 20th March 2016. The festival caters for all types of music and size...

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Arts Trail in the Studio

Golden Plains Arts Trail 2016

19 - 20 Mar 2016


The Golden Plains Arts Trail 2016 is a weekend adventure showcasing the work of artists of the Golden Plains region. Visit usually private studios...

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Fanning, in his quarterfinal against Jordy

Rip Curl Pro

23 Mar - 3 Apr 2016 (dates to be confirmed)

Bells Beach

Surf's up at Bells Beach every Easter, when the world's top ranked surfers carve up the waves and compete for the most sought after trophy in surfing.

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The Virtual Arboretum Project Portland

28 Mar 2016 (dates to be confirmed)


The Virtual Arboretum Project is a virtual artistic pathway linking regions across Australia. The very first pilot of this artist led project is in...

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Cytotoxic Cyclists

Woody's Murray to Moyne Annual Cycle Relay

2 - 3 Apr 2016

Port Fairy

Woody's Murray to Moyne Annual Cycle Relay is an annual cycling relay with approximately 1500 riders and support crews. Around 100 teams from...

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Geelong Half Marathon

Geelong Half Marathon

3 Apr 2016


From $55 - $55

The Geelong Half Marathon will be held on the first Sunday after Easter. The course follows the Barwon River paths to Breakwater and Fyansford before...

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Athletes wind their way along stunning challenging course

GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathon

14 - 15 May 2016


If only every marathon had views like this. Run, walk or ride along the rugged Great Ocean Road while looking out over the wild Southern Ocean.

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International Lighthouse Weekend at Point Lonsdale Lightstation

International Lighthouse Weekend at Point Lonsdale Lightstation

20 - 21 Aug 2016

Point Lonsdale

From $5 - $10

Tour to the top of Point Lonsdale Lighthouse which overlooks the dangerous entrance to Port Phillip, and see and hear the historic foghorn in action...

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Geelong Cross Country Anglesea Eight Kilometre Footrace

28 Aug 2016


On Sunday, 28 August 2016 the Geelong Cross Country Club will conduct a handicap race for runners 16 years and older starting near the Anglesea Surf...

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a 20 X 10 metre marquee will be used in 2016

Geelong National Bottle and Collectables Show

21 - 23 Oct 2016


From $5 - $5

Geelong Bottle and Collectables Club is proud to announce it will host the 2016 National Bottle and Collectables Show. The first time Geelong has...

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Australian International Airshow

Australian International Airshow

3 - 5 Mar 2017


Bring the family, meet the pilots and celebrate the power of flight with stunning aerial displays of vintage, commercial and military aircraft.

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