The Australian International Airshow, also called the Avalon Airshow, is a large show held biennially at Avalon Airport, near Geelong, Victoria. The airshow is a three day, action-packed public event, with thrilling flying displays and an amazing ground exhibition of aircraft.
Meet the pilots and crew, and get up close to the amazing aircraft as you wander the airshow grounds.
Patrons from metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong can travel on public transport to the Airshow and back on the one V/Line ticket.
When you are out from the Geelong Station, first thing you will see is this Johnstone Park. You might think it is just a park, in fact it is an small central park in the middle of Geelong surrounded by Geelong Art Gallery, Library, City Hall, State Office, and The Gordon Institute of TAFE campus. So, it is nice to walk around and see the real community in Geelong.
You can do many things in Geelong downtown. You can shop at Geelong Shopping Mall, visit historical building like the old Geelong theater and churches, dine in one of those local restaurants, and etc.
Bollards are those big wooded toys with different characteristics display. These Bollards are the main attraction for people to visit Geelong. There are more than 100 of them with colorful symbols of life and telling the history of Geelong. They have different characteristics include lifesavers, families, footballers, sailors, town bands, fishermen and etc.
They are located along the waterfront beaches along Corio Bay.
Cunningham Pier is an important tourist attractions in Geelong, located at Western Beach. Locals and tourists come here for fishing, walking, dinning, drinking, and enjoying views of Corio Bay. I came here to take photo with one of the cutest Bollards of all in front of the entrance.
Along the walking tracks near Geelong's Waterfront there are 104 Bollards to be found. These bollards are colourful and inspired. They each represent an aspect of Geelong - mainly to do with our history, culture and heritage.
They were painted by a local artist - Jan Mitchell. And you will notice that they all (or one, if there are a couple together in a group) will have a rabbit on it.
*Also on the picture of the 'Nurse' bollard - her tin can says 'Mother Hubbards Cupboard'.
For more information visit one of Geelong's Tourist Information Centres (TICs).
The open zoo has improved alot since my first
visit and each year it seems to be a little better this pic i took in april this year .
It show just how close you get to these Animals giving us glimpse of africa in our own back yard so to speak.
From what I seen on tv's getaway program you can stay over nigh in tents or cabins (i'm not sure which)
The keepers give you guided early morning tour.
it's amazing just how far modern Zoo's have come from the horrible days of distressed looking animals confined to what was nothing better than a cell block .
I couldn't say just how many varieties of animals roam here
nor could I tell you the size the zoo is set on.
What i can tell you for sure is it a worth while trip and even just 2 hours might be enough if your pushed for time
When your in the geelong area you may note that your not to far away from the town of werribee .
Werribee host 2 major places of interest 1 The werribee mansion and also the werribee free range zoo.
Lucky both are right next door to each other
both are well worth a look and are some what in between both geelong and melborne.
the mansion has great gardens as well as historic interior.
It gives a insight in the more well to do folk of 100 or more years ago
Johnstone Park is a nice park just to the west of the city centre. Now, it may not be as nice as the waterfront, but it is a nice park all the same. Beautiful green hills of grass, shady trees to sit beneath. Plus you are just near the Geelong Library, GPAC (Geelong Performing Arts Centre) and the Geelong Art Gallery.
Every year in Geelong 'Carols by Candlelight' is held in Johnstone Park on Christmas Eve. More for the younger crowd, but it's a lot of fun sitting there singing Christmas Carols out on a warm summers night. In fact it was at 'Carols by Candelight' in 2004 that my sister's fiance propsed to her (and she said yes)!
Sky-diving! Skydive City is just 15 minutes south of Geelong and you jump over Torquay and Barwon Heads (Ocean views)
You can do a tandem sky-dive or take the Advanced Skydiving Program.
I haven't actually sky-dived myself (hope to one day). But my brother went sky-diving with Skydive City and said it was unbelievable.
Geelong and District Peace Memorial
Notice this is called a Peace Memorial - not a war memorial - one of the foundation stones was laid in October 30th 1922 by Ald (Alderman) Howard Hitchcock - Mayor of Geelong.
Ths building, found in Johnstones Park, Geelong honors the fallen in
- The Great War 1914 - 1918
- and it honors our other wars but I have lost the photos of those plaques so I will add them later - I like to be accurate in my details.
Churches and old architecture are my favourite thing to photograph - yeah I know boring old thing that I am - but I love history and our heritage and old buildings just fascinate me.
This building is Matthew Flinders Girls High School. It is on a city block so the streets that are around the city block are Latrobe Terrace, Fenwick Street, Myers Street and (I think) Little Myers Street.
I attended this high school from form 3 to form 6 (now year 9 - year 12).
My mum attended this school and so did my nana (obviously not at the same time as I did because they are a bit older than me).
The Emblem on the Gate reads "Matthew Flinders G.S.S. (Girls State School) Geelong - Looking Forward. The Gates were dedicated to celebrate the schools Centenary so the second plaque reads "Centenary Gates 1856 - 1956 Dedicated 30 June 1856".
Geelong uses a lot of blue stone in our buildings - now blue stone is really expensive to buy. A lot of buildings that were constructed out of blue stone have been listed as Heritage Buildings now.
Before you come to Geelong you need to consider how to get here:
You can fly to Tullamarine Airport - Melbourne
and then hire a car (or use the Gull Airport Services) and drive to Geelong.
You can fly in to Tullamarine Airport and get a connecting flight to Avalon Airport using Jetstar.
Once you get to Avalon Airport you can use the Shuttle Bus Service to take you to your hotel, motel, caravan, on site van, back pack accomodation, etc. Some of my tips have links to accomodation in and around Geelong.
In Geelong there are so many destinations, historical and heritage locations to visit.
If you stay near the Waterfront you can spend a day touring along the Waterfront. You could:
-do the Bollard Walk
-go to the Wool Musuem
-go to the Ford Discovery Centre
-dine at some of our local restaurants
-put the children on Thomas the Tank or the Carousel
-visit the Geelong Art Gallery
-visit the Geelong Botanical Gardens
-take a tour of the bay on a cruise boat
-or just stroll along our beautiful, revamped Waterfront and take in the scenery
There are lots of locations that you can go to from Geelong:
-The Bellerine Peninsula
-The Great Ocean Road
-The Barwon River
You can join a winery tour or tour the wineries on your own.
So much to do - so much to see - come to Geelong and learn about our history, taste the culture - Narana Creations has Koori food tasting, boomerang throwing displays and folklore to learn about. Take in the Buckley walking trail - dedicated to William Buckley.
Visit some of the waterfalls around Geelong - Buckley Falls at the Barwon River is one of the waterfalls not to be missed.
If you are in to architecture and heritage here are some photos to whet your appetite, and to entice you to come to Australia, and let Cassie take you on a tour of the old Geelong buildings.
Uniting Church in Australia, South Geelong is located in South Geelong on the corner of Moorabool Street and Fyans Street. (First photo).
Austin Hall, corner Carr St & Yarra St, South Geelong (photo two).
St Mary of the Angel's Church, corner of Yarra St and Myers St, Geelong (photo three). Better known as St Mary's to any Geelongites. The steeple or spire of St Mary of the Angel's is visible from the other side of the bay and is also a landmark on the skyline over most of Geelong.
Sir Charles Hotham Hotel - corner Brougham St and Mercer St, Geelong (photo four).
When I have some more information about these buildings I will come back to this page and add some more information.
Geelong and Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre
Not sure what to do or where to go? Not sure about accomodation?
Go and check out the Geelong and Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre web site - it will tell you all you need to know about what's on in Geelong, where to stay and things to do.
The Geelong and Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre is located on the Princes Highway, near the corner of St Georges Road as you come in to Corio. It is directly behind KFC, Corio and McDonald's, Corio.
The link to the Geelong Otway Tourism web site is:
Both of these web sites also have lots of information about places to go and visit, things to see and do, accomodation, events, etc. in Geelong.
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