Geelong is located 74km southwest of Melbourne on Corio Bay. The beachfront city focuses around the fabulous foreshore where there is plenty of entertainment on offer, particularly during the warmer months.
The Cunningham Pier on Western Beach Foreshore is a good start. At the end of the city’s iconic pier is a selection of dining options from elegant sit down meals in stylish surrounds to a more relaxed café setting serving homemade meals and fish and chips.
at the opposite end of the foreshore offers a beautiful waterfront park with a children’s pool and an enclosed pool in the bay waters. Cafes and restaurants border the foreshore and make a lovely spot to sit and watch the kids at play. The pools are patrolled by lifeguards daily when the flags are displayed.
The Giant Sky Wheel often makes an appearance on the eastern foreshore. See the city and its picturesque Corio Bay from high above in the sky wheel. Come along after dark and enjoy the lights.
The Botanic Gardens in Eastern Park are very pretty and feature Australian grass trees, succulents, towering palm trees, roses, bright blooms of different varieties, ferns, shady trees and manicured lawns. Tea rooms are also situated in the gardens which are open daily from 7.30am to 5pm and on Sundays during February the gardens stay open until 7.30pm as Music in the Gardens kicks off at 5pm. Entry fees apply on music Sundays, the tea rooms are open and BYO is permitted.
Fishing enthusiasts will need to know where the local boat ramp is and Limeburners Point is your answer, on the eastern side of town. The protective rock groyne allows easy launching and retrieval of vessels, the launching facilities here are excellent.
Geelong is a lovely waterfront city only an hour drive from Melbourne and makes a great day trip to escape one of the busiest of cities or a nice stopover when passing through. It is also the gateway to the magnificent sights of the Great Ocean Road.
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