Geelong is a really lovely place to holiday in. I have created a list of places to see and things to do in and around Geelong. Please come to Geelong and visit our lovely city and experience the sights and sounds of a small regional city. There is so much on offer. We have great beaches, Torquay, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Lorne - to name a few.
The Geelong Waterfront is an absolutely wonderful place to visit, with families and couples invited to take the "Bollard Walk", fly in a helicopter, dine in one of the restaurants along the Waterfront, swim in the enclosed swimming pool, or even keep on walking until you arrive at Eastern Park.
There are always many festivals happening in Geelong. Currently, the Toast to the Coast
festival is occurring, with this event running until Melbourne Cup Day. Geelong has its annual Sidewalk Sales on November 3rd 2015 as part of the Melbourne Cup Day holiday celebration. I read somewhere recently that there are over 1000 festivals in Geelong per year.
Come to Geelong for a holiday or come to Geelong to live. Geelong is a 45 minute drive down the highway from Melbourne, or about a 55 minute train ride from Melbourne to Geelong.
There is accommodation a-plenty. If you're traveling with a family then a caravan park is an affordable option. You can hire a cabin or bring your own caravan. There are motels, hotels, units, bed and breakfasts available all over Geelong and all the way down the coast. For overseas students, I am sure we have hostels in Geelong for affordable accommodation. I'm just not sure where the hostels are and I don't know much about pricing.
Geelong Terrace Houses, with Iron Lace Work
Geelong boasts beautiful Corio Bay, with small suburbs dotted around the Bay. Geelong City itself leads down to Corio Bay. For a longer stay or for a day out, you can drive down The Great Ocean Road, and find a beach to swim at, picnic on the beach, have a barbecue, or dine in at one of the many hotels and restaurants that you find in your travels.
In my list below, you will find some of the great places to visit when you come to Geelong. Also, for a fun day out there is always so much to see and do in Geelong. The Geelong writers, some of who are listed below, also share my passion for this wonderful "almost country" City. The sprawling, friendly city of Geelong welcomes you!
The Bollard Walk:
Architecture in Geelong
Geelong Writers love The Bollards so there are a few articles written about the Bollards.
Bollard Sculpture Walk, Geelong by Julie Mundy
Geelong's Waterfront Bollard Trail by Ian Gill
Sunset at Geelong Waterfront By Tabitha Page
Geelong - The City on Corio Bay Fun Things to Do in Geelong
Geelong Waterfront - Fun and Food Geelong Waterfront
School Holiday Activities in Geelong
St Helen's Beach, Geelong
10 Free Activities in Geelong 10 Free Activities in Geelong during the Children's School Holidays
Geelong School Holiday Activities Geelong School Holiday Activities, for Term One 2014
Walking Trails and Playgrounds
St Helen's Beach Playground
I'm still in the process of reviewing some playgrounds. I have written reviews about a few of the playgrounds in Geelong. There will be more reviews to come. I usually take my daughter and granddaughter out, my granddaughter gets to play in the playground, and I take photos of her and of the equipment, so that I can write a review. It seems like a fair deal.
We recently visited North Shore playground, St Helen's playground and a few others. I find I don't have enough hours in a day, and I want to write about so much, and each time I dine out or travel somewhere, there is another place for me to review. A woman's work is never done.
Playgrounds Around Geelong - North Shore Moorpanyal Park
Playgrounds Around Geelong - St Helen's St Helen's Beach and Playground
Hovells Creek Trail - Grammar School to Lara Grammar School to Lara Walking Trail
Family Adventure Parks
North Shore Beach
Top 3 Family Adventure Parks Near Melbourne Including Adventure Park Geelong - by Julie Mundy
Photography - Landscape / Buildings
Historic Geelong Town Hall
Dog Rocks Dog Rocks and Rolls
Buildings to Photograph in Geelong Deakin Waterfront Campus Geelong
Where to Eat / Dine
You can eat simple fare or you can dine first class. I have reviewed hotels and restaurants around Geelong. My favourite restaurant, for a wholesome, affordable meal is The Corio Bay Roadhouse
. The food is well presented, the meals are big and the coffee is tasty. What more could you ask for? This restaurant is off the highway, in the service road, in Corio. It is a family friendly restaurant with dining indoors and outside. No playground, however it does have high chairs and indoor toilets.
I also recommend Texas Hamburger and Pizza House
, in Mercer Street, Geelong.
Geelong and the Bellarine's Best Fishing Spots by Nicholas
Fishing on the Bellarine Peninsula by Michaelx
Sunset in Corio
There is a lot more to see and do in Geelong. This list is a small sample of places to go, things to do, play parks, fishing spots, and activities in Geelong. Welcome to Geelong. Come for the views, the wineries and breweries, and stay for a weekend or a year. My list is far from complete. I haven't included accommodation places, or more family friendly restaurants. Keep your eye on this site - for more lists of activities in and around Geelong.