Geelong – Victoria’s second-largest city – is positioned perfectly on Corio Bay in the south-west corner of Port Phillip. First settled in 1836, Geelong acts as the gateway to the Great Ocean Rd, the Shipwreck Coast and – travelling the other way – Melbourne.
Geelong’s waterfront attracts more than just the keen swimmers - dotted with eateries and lined with landscaped gardens, the Waterfront Precinct is also popular place for diners and picnickers. Parks, pools, promenades and public art wind along the water’s edge, and the iconic antique carousel at Eastern Beach is a favourite with kids.
Just a few minutes from the water lies leafy Pakington St, home of the Pako Festa – an annual celebration of multiculturalism featuring art exhibitions, musical acts, dancing displays, workshops and activates, as well as the famous Pako Parade.
Head away from the bustle of the city centre and you’re likely to run into one of the area’s 60 wineries. The Geelong Wine Region’s historical roots date back to the early 1800s – today, the Region produces some of Australia’s best wines.
Aside from fine wines, lively entertainment and seaside attractions, Geelong is also well-known as the home of Ford Australia since 1925. Enthusiasts can learn more about automobile technology and the history of the company at the Ford Discovery Centre.
Any discussion of Geelong would be incomplete without a mention of the city’s Aussie Rules team – the Geelong Cats. The Cats are the second oldest team in the AFL, and the city of Geelong is completely devoted to them. Drop in during the Finals to see the whole area decked out in the team’s navy blue and white.