The latest craze to hit Geelong is... Juice bars! Yes! Geelong is going healthy (or at least this is our attempt at being healthy). Juice bars are popping up more frequently there are 5 or 6 in central Geelong alone. There is a 'Juicy Stuff' in Moorabool St and another in High St. Belmont. You will also find a 'Boost' juice bar in Market Square.
I love Boost juices - try their 'Tropical Storm' or 'Pure Passion' smoothies!!
If you are going to be in Melbourne or Victoria as a whole during the last week in January (Australia Day weekend), then you should definitely consider making your way down to Geelong, where you will get the chance to watch some yachting, have a brew or two, and do some shopping as you cruise the waterfront looking for all the beautiful people.
The Royal Geelong Yacht Club has hosted 142 of these festivals and regattas, so rest assured you will have a great time!
Even on the opening website, this is listed as "A must do" event!! With that kind of necessity, you have to be here, otherwise you might start thinking you were square!
Just in case you are unfamiliar with Australia's Public holidays they are all (for 2006) listed here for you. Just note that if the 'day' is on a weekend the public holiday will be on a weekday instead (ie: New Year's Day holiday being on the 2nd instead of the 1st).
Also unless it has a specific State or Territory in brackets afterwards it applies to all of Australia.
2nd - New Year's Day
26th - Australia Day
13th - Labour Day (Victoria)
13th - Adelaide Cup Day (South Australia)
13th - Eight Hours Day (Tasmania)
20th - Canberra Day (ACT)
14th - Good Friday
17th - Easter Monday
18th - Easter Tuesday (Tasmania)
25th - ANZAC Day
1st - May Day (Northern Territory)
1st - Labour Day (Queensland)
5th - Foundation Day (Western Australia)
12th - Queen's Birthday (except Western Australia)
7th - Picnic Day (Northern Territory)
16th - Royal Queensland Show Day (Queensland - Brisbane metro only)
2nd - Queen's Birthday (Western Australia)
2nd - Labour day (Western Australia/South Australia/New South Wales)
7th - Melbourne Cup day (Victoria - Melbourne Metro only)
25th - Christmas Day
26th - Boxing Day (except South Australia)
26th - Proclamation Day (South Australia)
We also celebrate Remembrance Day (WWII) on November 11th, but it is not a public holiday.
From the website: http://www.oztourism.com.au/ozhols.htm#public06
Geelong's Waterfront is one of my favourite places to go on a sunny day.
Come to Geelong on the 6th of November to celebrate the Carousel's 6th Birthday.
You can get to Geelong by plane - to Tullamarine Airport or Jetstar (Avalon), or by train or by bus. Or you can drive down the Princes Highway to Geelong.
Fondest memory: When I take my daughters with me to Geelong Waterfront, we usually have a nice long walk along Eastern Beach and Western Beach. Sometimes they have a play at Poppy Kettle Playground - you are never to old to release your inner child so adults are allowed to play here too!
Then we either have a gelati from the gelati van at Eastern Beach or we walk up Yarra Street to the ice cream parlour (Sweet Susies) that is located not far from Bay City Plaza and Market Square (almost on the corner of Malop Street and Yarra Street).
Australian currency is in dollars ($AUD). There are 100 cents to a dollar. We have 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent pieces (coins), which are silver, 1 and 2 dollar coins, which are gold.
We also have 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollar notes. Each note is a distinctively different colour and they each have a 'clear window' in the notes. "Australia was the first country in the world to have a complete system of bank notes based on plastic (polymer). These notes provide much greater security against counterfeiting. They also last four times as long as conventional paper (fibrous) notes." (taken from: www.dfat.gov.au/facts/currency.html)
For more information - like who are the people on the notes see the website above.
There are two main FM stations in Geelong: K-rock at 95.5, and Bay FM and 93.9.
K-rock plays a lot of new stuff, mainly top 20 chart and also a variety of music from the 80s and 90s - check their website for more info: www.krock.com.au
Bay FM plays a bit of new and old, the new stuff isn't always top 20 chart, but you'll know the artists, so you can go from listening to Britney Spears to the Righteous Brothers. Their website is at: www.bayfm.com.au
Walking. You see more on foot then you do in a car or bus. Walking in any city or town is a way to get closer to understanding a culture, because you're not looking at it through a window, you're in amongst the crowd.
Fondest memory: Since this is my home town, (when I go away) I miss the familiarity of knowing exactly where things are. Other than that, being outdoors, playing cricket with the family, or going down to the beach.
The times I travelled to Geelong from Melbourne was usually on business and not so much for sightseeing. The distance from Melbourne is around 72km and I always found the main highway to be long and straight and therefore boring to drive. You had to be really careful at night or if you were tired to keep your concentration, otherwise you could find yourself drifting off.
Geelong Victoria is the States second biggest city behind Melbourne and is roughly an hour or so drive from Melbourne or less if you drive like my girlfriend does(ha ha)(just had to change that to my wife )
Geelong has a population of about 120,000 and has a host of shops ,bars pubs night clubs ect.
just out side of geelong Lies some of our states best small coastal towns many with in 30 mins drive .
places such as queenscliff and torquy and also the famous bells beach.
other towns Such as Lorne are very very popular and I can give you my word are all worth seeing if you happen to venture to this side of Victoria.
In Geelong if your not married to your brother or sister you are not normal and you must own 5 pairs of tracky dacks .
Fondest memory: Lorne is basically the start of the great ocean road said to be one of the most senic roads
in the world
Having spoken to people who have traveled all over Australia and the world for that matter all without exception have rated the Great Ocean Road as a brillant coastal drive with breath tacking views .
This pic of the great ocean road must be one of the most photographed places in Victoria .
In color the area is amazing hope this teases you enough to want to see it for yourself
Spirt Spirt -
This is the Aboriginal name for this lake, we camped out next to it in the Grampions.
308-310 High Street, Princes Highway M1, Belmont, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Good for: Couples
14-16 Settlement Road, Belmont Geelong, Geelong, Victoria, 3216, Australia
Good for: Business
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