Stroll down the Geelong Waterfront
Dubbed one of Australia’s most striking waterfronts, this is one of the town’s most iconic destinations. Founded as a port in 1836, Geelong Waterfront is now a cosmopolitan hub brimming with cafés and restaurants, art installations (including Jan Mitchell’s 100-plus Baywalk Bollards) playgrounds and beautifully landscaped gardens, all with expansive views over the waters of Corio Bay.
Wander the halls of the Geelong Gallery
Established in 1896, this is considered one of the country’s oldest regional art galleries, and an unmissable stop for everyone visiting Geelong. Counting over 6000 works in its collection, the halls of the Geelong Gallery are filled with striking pieces from celebrated Australian and international artists, as well as contemporary paintings, decorative arts, ceramics and sculptures.
Splash at the Eastern Beach
Nestled on the bustling city’s waterfront, Eastern Beach Reserve is an ultra-popular destination in Geelong – frequented by tourists and locals alike. Built in the 1930s and reminiscent of the Art-Deco style, this scenic stretch of beach is perfect for families and features picnic facilities, numerous playgrounds and a shark-proof sea bath. Hop on board the Ferris wheel, located right next to the reserve, and soak up beautiful views over the beach, bay and Geelong.
Discover the Botanic Gardens
Take a stroll through the fourth oldest botanical garden in Australia, set within the perfectly-kept grounds of Geelong’s Eastern Park. Spread over seven hectares of the park, these botanic gardens are a treasure of unique flora from all over the world, including colourful flowers, exotic plants, lush roses and beautifully manicured lawns, making this the ideal spot for a break amid nature.
Take a tour of Little Creatures Brewery
One of Australia’s most popular brands of craft beers, Little Creatures’ brewery can be found in the heart of South Geelong, in what once was a 1920s wool and textile mill. Join one of the guided tours and let an expert brewer show you all there is to know about craft beers, the history behind the original wool mill and the story behind the brand, as well as the secrets behind Little Creatures’ beers. Make sure you end the tour with a tasting paddle at the bar, of course.