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Scottish Heritage On Show
The 2018 Geelong Highland Gathering celebrates 161 years since the first gathering was held here on New Year's Day 1858 and the 60th anniversary of the modern era event, which dates back to 1958.
You'll be entertained by pipers and drummers of all ages at the 2018 Geelong Highland Gathering. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
This year's program promises everything you might expect from a Highland Gathering; massed pipe bands, Highland and Scottish dancing, heavy games, clan & heritage displays and re-enactments by the 42nd Highland Regiment.
The event will also host the 2018 Victorian Pipe Bands Championships and the 2018 South Pacific Heavy Games Championships.
The program kicks off at 9 AM with Highland Dancers, the Official Opening and Pipe Bands are on at 10 AM, the big men take to the arena for the Heavy Games at 11.30 AM and the Massed Bands will stir any skerrick of Scottish blood in your veins from 5 PM.
Food and drink vendors will be on site from 9 AM.
The Heavy Games will feature Caber Tossing ....
..... and other feats of strength by some very big men dressed in kilts. Photos: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Tickets cost Adults $15, Concession $10, Children 5 to 16 years $8 and under 5 years Free. A Family Ticket (2A 2C) costs $40.
Corio is 68 kilometres south of the Melbourne CBD, about a 55-minute drive via the M1 Freeway to the Bacchus Marsh Rd/C704 intersection then the C704 to the venue.
Alternatively VLine operate regular services on the Geelong Line stopping at North Geelong with buses running to Corio Shopping Centre. Goldsworthy Reserve is just a short walk, about 8-minutes, from the shopping centre. Go to the Public Transport Victoria website for details and timetables.
If there's any Scottish blood at all coursing through your veins you won't want to miss the 2018 Geelong Highland Gathering to be held at Goldsworthy Reserve, Corio on Sunday March 18th. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank