What was once an industrial town built on the wool trade is now an edgy city with quite an international feel. The woollen cargo that lined the pier has been replaced with fancy restaurants, former wool stores are now trendy cafés and old mills are home to high-end shopping. Yep, Geelong has certainly come a long way in the last century, and is now the second- most populated city in Victoria.
With bucket loads of culture and plenty of things to see and do, this waterfront city is a travelling boatie’s mecca. The boat ramp is just minutes from the CBD, there’s an exciting foreshore to explore and thankfully the fishing ain’t too bad, either.
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“WE WENT HERE” – THE MUST-DOS IN GEELONG
1. Pop into Sailors’ Rest for a freshly squeezed orange juice and ‘The Jack Sparrow’ for brunch.
2. Go for a spin on the beautifully restored carousel right on the Geelong Waterfront.
3. Get lost in a maze of greenery at the Geelong Botanic Gardens.
4. Cruise down Cunningham Pier at sunset.
5. Head on over to the Little Creatures Brewery and grab a tasty ale and a gourmet pizza.
6. Go for a victory lap of the waterfront at 1,000 feet with Geelong Helicopters.
7. Walk Eastern Beach and see how many bollard sculptures you can spot.
8. Tread the timber boards that surround the Eastern Beach ocean pool or jump in and cool off the gills.
9. Hunt out a bargain at an antique shop.
10. Go back in time at the Geelong Naval and Maritime Museum.