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A great spot to visit if you are visiting the Geelong area is Rippleside and The Geelong Quay, also known as Cunningham Pier. We recently went to Rippleside and wandered quite a long way via the boardwalks along the beach and investigated the waters edge, bird life and the painted bollards which are scattered all along the Geelong Foreshore; there are over 100 in 48 different sites. Some of there are very quirky and all of them will put a smile on your face. Look for the rabbit's painted on many of the bollards. There is history behind the rabbits, some locals give a different spin on it. There are so many different and varied painted bollards, police, life savers, nuns, sailors, beach beauties, musicians and many many more.
There are a few restaurants and bars along the foreshore and on Cunningham Pier, there is the actual Pier Restaurant. We stopped and had Fish and Chips at the King George, it was very nice. Don't forget the to visit the Carousel on the Quay, it has some lovely restored carousel ponies and various others old fashioned delights. We actually went to the Carousel many years ago for a Wedding – it made for quite the unique venue (and yes, we all rode on the carousel ponies too). You can stroll, ride, walk, jog quite a long way on the boardwalks which span the entire area, there are also parks and amenities available. Not far from the Quay you will find many Cafe, Restaurants, shops as well as the Water front Campus of Deakin University.