Discover Geelong

Things to do

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, it 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.

Eastern Beach

Nestled on the bustling city’s waterfront, Eastern Beach Reserve is an ultra-popular destination in Geelong. Built in the 1930s in true Art-Deco style, this scenic stretch of beach is perfect for families and features picnic facilities, numerous playgrounds and a shark-proof sea bath. The reserve is also home to the Ferris wheel, which offers beautiful views over the beach, bay and Geelong.

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, the 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.

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 gallery are filled with striking pieces from celebrated Australian and international artists, as well as contemporary paintings, decorative arts, ceramics and sculptures.