Geelong, the second largest city in Victoria is located 75km south west of Melbourne CBD. Geelong runs from the plains of Lara in the north to the hills of Waurn Ponds to the south, with Corio Bay to the east and the Barrabool Hills to the west. If you are planning to visit only the Geelong City and not the Bellarine Peninsula, this makes a perfect one day or two days tour from Melbourne. There are many attractions in and around Geelong suitable for people of any age.
Attractions of Geelong
National Wool Museum
National Wool Museum regales the timeless story of wool, fibre and textiles alongside a range of contemporary exhibitions, public programs and special events.
Address: 26 Moorabool Street, Geelong
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday – 9:30am to 5pm / Saturday – Sunday – 10am to 5pm
Phone: 03 52724701 / Web: www.nwm.vic.gov.au
Detailed information: https://tomelbourne.com.au/national-wool-museum-geelong/
Old Geelong Gaol
The prison was built in stages from 1849 to 1864 but became functional from 1853. Government closed it in 1991 and turned it into a museum. A gallows exhibit recreates the 1863 hanging of James Murphy, who battered Constable Daniel O’Boyle to death.
Address: Corner Myers and Swanston Sts, Geelong
Opening Hours: Open 1pm to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The Gaol also open on School Holidays and some public holidays.
Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Geelong’s award winning aboriginal cultural centre Narana offers visitors an opportunity to experience world’s oldest living culture.
Address: 410 Surf Coast Hwy, Grovedale
Geelong Botanic Gardens
Geelong Botanical Gardens is the fourth oldest Botanical Gardens in Australia. Established in 1851, the gardens have an amazing plant collection
For detailed information Click: https://tomelbourne.com.au/geelong-botanic-gardens/
Address: Garden Street, East Geelong VIC 3219
Adventure Park Geelong
This is Victoria’s biggest water theme park. If you are with children, this is a must visit place. Its water rides are very popular with children.
Established in 1896, Geelong Gallery is one of Australia’s leading and oldest regional art galleries. The Gallery holds a magnificent collection of Australian and European painting, sculpture, printmaking and decorative arts dating from the 18th century to today.
Open Daily from 10am to 5pm
Address: 55 Little Malop Street, Geelong / Phone: 03 52293645 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Located at the north facing shores of Corio Bay, Geelong waterfront is a tourist and recreation area well known for the Piers, Parks, Bollards, Carousal Pavilion and the Eastern Beaches. For Details visit: https://tomelbourne.com.au/geelong-waterfront/
The Eastern Beach Reserve
Situated at the heart of Geelong, Eastern Beach Reserve is home to boardwalk, shark proof – enclosed sea bath, Children’s Pool, floating islands and playgrounds. The facilities here make it ideal for a family outing. It has safe swimming areas patrolled by lifeguards during summer, picnic tables and BBQ facilities, public toilets and plenty of parking. Above all, this reserve with the look of an upper-class resort is free to enter and enjoy.
For details Visit : https://tomelbourne.com.au/eastern-beach-reserve-geelong/
Buckley Falls Reserve
Located a few minutes’ drive from City Centre, this underappreciated location is a must visit destination in Geelong. The stunning views of the Buckley falls and the surrounding river areas justifies spending a few hours walking or cycling along the tracks. For most visitors Buckley Falls could turn out to be an exaggeration to be called a Falls – but its tranquil, pristine beauty covers for its inadequacy.
For Details Visit : https://tomelbourne.com.au/buckley-falls-reserve/
Next Level Skirmish
Next Level Skirmish is Geelong’s access to the exciting world of battlefield sports. An urban battlefield is created for children with latest laser tag technology.
Address: 15 Douro Street, North Geelong
Web: https://www.nextlevelskirmish.com.au / Phone: 0401290560 / Email: email@example.com
Attractions Near Geelong
Fairy Park at Anakie
This is a place best suitable for children upto the age of 10. Fairy Park recreates fairy-tale scenes in castles, cottages and caves including Snow White, Cinderella, Pinocchio and many more.
Address: 2388 Ballan Road, Anakie / Phone: 03 52841262 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You Yang Regional Park
You Yang Regional Park is situated around 25km from Geelong and offers Magnificent views, birdlife and a mecca for walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers. The distinctive granite peaks of this park rise abruptly from the flat plains below. Flinders Peak and Big Rock have panoramic views out to Melbourne, which is just an hour away.
The park has nearly 50 kilometres of purpose-built mountain bike trails fit for beginners and experts.
Climb Flinders Peak, the highest point in the You Yangs and be rewarded with uninterrupted views out to Melbourne and Geelong.
Address: 5 Branch Road, Little River VIC 3212 / Phone: 13 1963
Serendip Sanctuary is located near the You Yangs and the town of Lara, around 20 km north of Geelong. The Wildlife Walk at the sanctuary is a popular walk offering close encounters with wildlife. There are nearly 150 species of birds which breed at or visit Serendip Sanctuary
Address: 100 Windermere Road, Lara, Victoria, 3212
By Air: Avalon Airport is the nearest, just 20 minutes from Geelong by car or via Skybus service
By Sea: Searoad Ferries connects Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula and beyond to Phillip Island on a 40 minutes bay crossing between Queenscliff and Sorranto. This service operates every hour on the hour between 7am to 6pm every day. Details at www.searoad.com.au
By Rail: V line trains run regularly between Southern Cross Station in Melbourne and the Geelong line including stops at key Geelong suburbs between Lara and Waurn Ponds. Suburban buses link train services with greater Geelong and the townships of The Bellarine.
By Road: Geelong is an hour from Melbourne via West Gate Bridge and Princes Fwy.