With its palm-fringed, ‘50s-inspired waterfront and breezy, laid-back outlook, Geelong is firmly on everyone’s must-visit list. At its heart is the utterly charming Little Malop Street precinct, where an enticing melting pot of food, wine, bars, coffee and culture awaits.
Tucked away from the bustling regional city’s major commercial throughfares, Little Malop Street is Geelong’s emphatic answer to Melbourne’s famous laneways and eat streets. A mecca not only for foodies, but lovers of live entertainment and a cheeky cocktail or two.
Coffee and culture
During daylight hours, any exploration should begin with a heart-starter from Cartel Coffee Roasters. Wander up to see some art at the Geelong Gallery, featuring a trove of permanent and revolving exhibitions that hero renowned local talent such as Rone; as well as hosting touring displays of international significance.
Next door, the stunning Geelong Library and Heritage Centre is an architectural marvel, set over five floors featuring a diverse collection of print, multimedia and heritage items. The library also offers spectacular views across the city and the bay.
Take a tranquil walk through adjoining Johnstone Park with its palm trees and heritage rotunda, then stroll back past the imposing edifice of Geelong Town Hall.
For lunch, pull up a chair at Pistol Pete’s Food ‘n Blues for a Southern-inspired feed of gumbo or PoBoys, or get into Sober Ramen for dumplings or the hot and fresh ramen noodles they’re renowned for.