GeelongGeelong is the second largest city in the state of Victoria, and is the largest regional centre in the state. A major industrial centre and port, Geelong is the gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria s Surf Coast and the Great Ocean Road.
Where is it?: Victoria: Western Districts. Geelong is 75 kilometres south-west of Melbourne on the shores of Corio Bay, a south-western inlet bay of Port Phillip.
Geelong Visitor Information Centre
National Wool Museum
Corner Moorabool and Brougham Streets, Geelong, Victoria 3220
Ph: (03) 5222 2900 / 1800 620 888
Because of its close proximity to Melbourne, Geelong is an ideal destination for a day trip from the state s capital, either by car or by train. There is plenty of things to do in and around the inner city, parking is plentious, the traffic is manageable, and if you take the one hour journey by rail, the major attractions for visitors are all just a short walk from the railway station.
There are a number of Arts and Culture Walking Trails through the city area, taking visitors to a variety of locations, including art galleries, historic and significant buildings, Geelong Botanic Gardens, the Eastern Beach bathing complex, and Geelong s hand carved wooden carousel, one of only 200 in operation around the world and takes pride of place at Waterfront Geelong. A booklet with details of the walking trails is available free from the information centre and museums around the city.
Lookouts: Observation Tower, Ceres, south west of Geelong.
Bellarine PeninsulaJust over an hour from Melbourne and with the townships generally not more than ten kilometres apart, there is plenty to see on the Bellarine Peninsula, be it on a day tour or to stop in one place for the perfect short break. For many years, this coastal strip on the western shores of Port Phillip has been a popular destination for families taking their annual holidays.
In recent times, the Bellarine has been building a reputation as a food and wine destination and The Bellarine Taste Trail brings together many of the gourmet offerings of the region including wineries, restaurants and cafes and producers of beer, fresh produce, goats cheese, olive oil and seafood.
Geeling Wool Museum
Ryrie Street, Geelong