I'm in Melbourne often enough - so why not write a bit about some places I've seen :)
Published September 3rd 2012
Geelong is a little bit like Melbourne - except the traffic is minimal in comparison, the air is cleaner, and you're able to walk through the shopping center during school holidays without weaving through the tight-knit congestion of human traffic.
But that's not even part of the reason why you should visit Geelong during these school holidays.
The train is so convenient, accessible and cheap. You'd be crazy not to take advantage of the train from Southern Cross to Geelong. With family fares and concessions available, as well as kids under three travelling free, the quick hour train ride is a great way to kick of the day and enjoy the scenery as you race down to Geelong. Once you're at the station, it's only a quick ten minute walk into the town center or the waterfront before your Geelong adventure begins.
The Geelong city waterfront is a tourist attraction on good merit. You'll understand why once you're strolling along the lovely walking pathways as the kids run along the sand right beside you. Enjoy a swim in the bay or the well-designed pool, set up a picnic on the rolling green hills, and make sure you stop for some ice-cream along the way!
Still on the waterfront, the iconic carousel is bound to delight kids young and old. Celebrating it's 120th birthday on October 12, this carousel has impressed locals and visitors for many years. Prices are as low as $3 and with wheelchair access, the carousel is something for all to appreciate and enjoy.
Westfield Shopping Center Geelong is a surefire way to ensure the kids are loving their school holidays. With an abundance of kids shops from Pumpkin Patch to Toyworld, the little ones are sure to find something they like. When you're in need of a rest, head upstairs on the Westfield walkover. This enclosed bridge with glass windows is filled with cafes for you parents to indulge. The best part is while you sit down for a coffee, the kids can play in the free 'kids corner' and burn off some energy.
The Geelong National Wool Museum is a fun way for kids to learn a bit history without realising they're learning. On the school holidays, the kids can Step Right Up to an exhibition on the history and magic of the carnival with interactive games and illusions to enjoy. Wander through the whole museum to explore Geelong's role in the colonial wool trade and stop off at the souvenir shop where the whole family is sure to find something fun to take home.
The Wool Museum
These are just a few reasons why Geelong is guaranteed to impress you during the school holidays. The best way to delight in the bayside town is come down and see for yourself. The list of reasons will keep growing and keep inviting you back.