Corio - Playgrounds, Parks & Recreation ReservesWhen I talk about Corio and Norlane I also mean the Northern Suburbs of Geelong - this area has the following suburbs in it:CorioNorlaneNorth GeelongDrumcondraBell ParkBell Post HillLovely BanksToday's tip is about places to play - sometimes when you are travelling a huge distance, you might like to...more
In Corio / Norlane (these suburbs lie side by side - divided by Cox Road) you can - visit the John Drysdale Library, - take in some shopping at Corio Shopping Centre or Bell Park Shopping Centre,- go to Norlane Waterworld for swimming, gym, spa or for the water slides- take in Centenary Hall if there is an exhibition on- go to Stead Park and watch...more
The Sphinx Hotel is on Thompson Rd, North Geelong (there are about four or five suburbs that are called Northern Geelong including Corio, Norlane, Bell Park, North Geelong, Bell Post Hill and Drumcondra - all these suburbs are on the northern side of Geelong). The Sphinx Hotel is probably one of only a few pubs (hotels) that has kept its original...more
If you want a game of cards or if you are in to dancing, or computer classes, you can come to a local community centre at night. Apart from the community centres and the neighborhood houses, there is not much night time activity that happens in Corio / Norlane. If you want the night life you need to go in to the city of Geelong and check out our...more
Corio and Norlane have two major hotels on the Princes Highway.Gateway Hotel / Acyes Bistro is the first hotel you will come to - it is in Corio.When you come through Lara (from Melbourne) on the Princes Highway, the next suburb you come to as you enter Geelong is Corio. Gateway Hotel / Acyces Bistro is on the left hand side of the road as you come...more
Benders Buses are a Geelong name, widely known and recognized all over Geelong.
In Corio and Norlane you can generally catch a bus every 20 minutes to half an hour. We have two major bus routes - Melbourne Road or Thompson's Road.
Both the major bus routes can be caught from or near Corio Shopping Centre.
We live close to Purnell Road so we can catch a bus in Purnell Road every half an hour, and likewise we can get a bus to Purnell Road from Geelong every half an hour. My daughter attends a high school in Geelong North so she heads off to Purnell Road every morning to catch her bus.
The buses are clean and tidy. School peak times can be hard as you will find at 3.30 pm to about 4.30 pm the buses from the city are quite full with lots of school children on them.
The photos in this tip show Bender's buses dropping children off to Norlane Waterworld. Local primary schools hire the buses to transport the children to and from Norlane Waterworld for swimming lessons. Geelong is a water smart, sun smart city!
Corio Shopping Centre has just had a major upgrade and it looks very nice.New wider walkways between the shops.New specialty shops.A food court. Coffee shops - Coffee Club and Gloria JeansA Patisserie StoreTwo major supermarketsTwo ButchersBakers DelightA newsagentA new Post Officeand more . . . .more
Patti's Fruit Market is our local fruit and vegetable shop.They also sell soft drink, milk, bread, newspapers, magazines, and lollies.Patti's prices are very reasonable and it is worth the drive to Patti's. They are located on the corner of Cox Road and Princes Rd, Corio. Patti's is a shop out on its own away from our main shopping centre of Corio....more
Sometimes I take a photo that is truly amazing and this next photo is one of those - mind you it doesn't happen real often so I feel that it is okay to brag occasionally.This photo was taken towards the end of the festival when we were starting to clean up. This lovely lady worked tirelessly during the festival. Here is a photo of some water, some...more
Corio celebrates new and exciting events by holding community festivals.Flinders Peak Secondary College was funded for a community garden. To raise awareness about the community garden they held a festival to welcome local people in, to encourage them to come and use the community garden and to get together to celebrate a community project.There...more
I moved my "Mum and Dad's Roses" pages to the appropriate area.I did have them in under my Geelong pages but they belong over here - in the Northern Suburbs. My parents live about 15 minutes drive away from me.Dad has always been a keen vegetable gardener. In the last ten years he has got right in to growing flowers. He used to say "if you can't...more