Geelong Travel Guide

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    Lovely stand of mature trees
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Geelong Things to Do

  • Geelong Waterfront

    Eastern beach has a beautiful hill landscape for jogging, a gated swimming area, stunning views of Corio Bay. Locals and tourists come here to spend morning walk, jogging, photo shooting, and etc. You can continue walking along the coast all the way to western beach. This is a must visit place in Geelong... not to miss the stunning views and a...

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  • The Great Ocean Road

    The road starts at Torquay and ends at Allansford . Drive along the Great Ocean Road (243 kms long) and see the 12 Apostles, limestone stack formations that are a little way out, standing in the ocean. There are also several blow holes and naturally formed caves to see.

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  • Geelong Botanic Gardens

    From my emails at the time: "A diffused sun pushed its wan light below the clouds as I surveyed the morning scene overlooking the bay and pondered the advantages of a motorhome; parked here with million dollar views and not a soul to disturb me though I knew that would change. Behind me was Geelong Botanical Gardens. Last time I’d been there the...

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Geelong Hotels

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  • Rose Garden Motel

    14-16 Settlement Road, Belmont Geelong, Geelong, Victoria, 3216, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Abbotswood Motor Inn

    308-310 High Street, Princes Highway M1, Belmont, Geelong, Victoria, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Geelong Riverview Tourist Park

    59 Barrabool Road, Belmont, Geelong, 3216, Australia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

Geelong Restaurants

  • Smorgy's Family Restaurant & Buccaneers

    4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing how many people still head out the Pier in search of Smorgys restaurant when it's been closed now for two years. It's now a fantastic restaurant, the best place for weddings party's anything, and it has a magnificent lounge bar on the top floor. RIP smorgys, the place is now a world class venue that is is a great night out. that's the best...

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  • The Wharf Shed Cafe'

    4 out of 5 stars

    This place really is a wharf shed - it has huge windows with views of the waterfront (which is less than 5 metres away - you're right on the bay). It's an open - very casual - kind of place with a beach/bush feel to it. Service is efficient and prompt and the staff are very friendly. (4 of my photos for this tip were taken with my phone, so the...

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  • Fishermen's Pier Seafood Restaurant

    4 out of 5 stars

    This is a lovely spot for that special occasion. We were fortunate to get a table by the window which overlooks the Bay. The candlelit tables, fresh linen, comfortable chairs and mellow music makes for a romantic yet very comfortable setting. The service is fantastic with the waiting staff quick to fill your glass if required. They seem to have...

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Geelong Nightlife

  • Pubs & Nightclubs

    The Eureka (pronounced U-ree-kah), is a mainstream kind of place. The music they play is top 20 (so mainly pop and R'n B), there is a dance floor, pool tables and big screen TVs (that often show sports: footy, soccer, etc.). Its 2 stories, but the 2nd floor isn't always open. It has an easy going atmosphere. More of a club for people 18-25yrs...

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  • Movies

    Red Rum Film Society screens movies for members on the first Tuesday of each month at Beav's Bar, 77 Little Malop Street Geelong. Expect to see films that don't often make it to the major cinemas in town. Grab a glass of wine and pick out a comfy couch, then sit back and relax. Red Rum screens a variety of movies from Art house to Classic with a...

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  • Pokies

    Buckley's is a great place for a night of eating, drinking, and just having a good time with friends. Some nights there is live music, and they have some pretty famous people performing here.. Past entertainers, have been 'The Hollies, Angry Anderson... and coming up soon, will be Ross Wilson - from Daddy Cool fame. Casual or Dressy..

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Geelong Transportation

  • V/Line Train

    Geelong Station is located 500m from Johnstone Park, which is part of downtown of Geelong. You can get here from Melbourne, Werribee, Warrnambool, Port Fairy, Mount Gambier and Ballarat by either bus or train. Geelong Station serves Vline buses and trains. Please check out vline.com for for timetable for buses and trains.

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  • GTS Bus

    The Benders buses (local buses to suburbs in Geelong) and McHarrys (which go down to Torquay and Anglesea, etc) now operate on the myki system. It is an electronic card so you swipe on when you enter the bus and swipe off when you leave and it calculates the lowest fare for your trip (which is usually around $1.80 for an adult). You can top your...

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  • Travel by Car

    I usually recommend car for getting anywhere around vast Australia, and this is no exception. Sure there are buses that can get you to the Great Ocean Rd, and 'off the beaten track' bus tour companies like Oz Experience, but there are so many great off the beaten track things to see that if you don't have your own transportation, you'll miss a...

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Geelong Shopping

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  • Main Shopping Centre in Town Pt. 1

    In my opinion Westfield Bay City has a better variety of shops than Market Square and the centre itself looks a lot nicer too. Recently famous english fashionistas Trinny and Sussanah visited the centre and did a walk around tour (April 2009). For shopping in central Geelong this is the place to come.Some of the stores in Westfield Bay City...

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  • Main Shopping Centre in Town Pt. 2

    Market Square is a large shopping centre in the heart of Geelong. Unfortunately it is not as good as it once was, and you can usually find better shops in the Westfield centre across the road. Half the businesses have either closed or are under construction. Compared to Westfield it always feels empty in here.In this centre you will find the...

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  • The best music store!

    Sanity is one of the better music stores in Geelong. They have a huge range of CDs and DVDs. If they don't have it in instore then they offer to order it in for you.There are often many great sales (like 2 CDs for $44 or 3 DVDs for $50). They have excellent customer service and the staff are always friendly and helpful.Sanity also has a free...

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Geelong Local Customs

  • Pako Festa

    The Polish/Australian community.. in their lovely traditional costumes. Many of these people have special schools operating, in the hope that their children will not forget their heritage, language and culture. These classes usually take place once a week, for a couple of hours.

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  • Baywalk Bollards

    Too often people drive right through Geelong on their way to the famous surf beaches. With money being poured into redevelopment in Geelong (especially the waterfront) Geelong is fast becoming one of Australias most beautiful, modern exciting cities. Without forgetting the past Geelong is moving forward in leaps and bounds.

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  • Clothing

    Well... this is another Scandinavian related tip. As when I was in Scandinavia I noticed that a lot of guys wear white pants. Just letting you guys know however that 'Aussie blokes' (guys) here don't wear white pants unless their going to play a game of cricket.Sure some of them might wear a light pink t-shirt (if it's by 'Quicksilver' or some...

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Geelong Warnings and Dangers

  • Geelong, Safety on Coastal Beaches

    No matter where you travel in the world, the main thing is to enjoy your holiday and to arrive home as healthy and well as when you left home.Australia has many wonderful coastal beaches - most of the more popular beaches are manned by lifeguards and it is advisable to swim between the flags as instructed.Life guards go to the beach before they put...

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  • Night

    While Geelong is a very safe city, like every other city or town, you should still not walk around at night by yourself (male or female). Luckily we don't have a lot of crime (of the physical violence kind) here.**UPDATE**: Unfortunately the above statement that I wrote about 2 years ago is not so true today. Over the past 8 months there has been...

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  • Don't Get Hosed, eh!

    Sometimes you need to keep an eye out for those crazy bollards... every once in a while they will be out to hose you!Unless you are Canadian, you may not understand this tip, so do not worry.... just don't become a hoser, eh!

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Geelong Tourist Traps

  • Fingered Food

    There is a restaurant at the end of Cunningham Pier called Smorgy's (as in smorgasboard). At night this restaurant looks beautiful sitting at the end of the pier, lights on all around. So the scenery is nice.The food is a different matter. This is the place that you hear horror stories about, from the people who used to work there. Unfortunately...

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  • None- Tourists love this...

    None- Tourists love this place, upon entry, you have 400km of beauty to unravel, including the 12 APOSTLES (pictureD)

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  • Pictured here is one of the

    Pictured here is one of the most beautiful towns along the Great Ocean Rd. 'Lorne'. When I'm staying in Geelong, I love coming here, seeing the sites, and having a nice casual lunch. Makes for a wonderful day. I am not aware of any tourist traps in Geelong, but that doesn't mean there aren't any :)

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Geelong What to Pack

  • Summer - Bring your shorts, sunblock,...

    If you are headed here in January, there is just one requirement.... your sunblock. Wear what you like, or as little as you can. This place gets hot in January!! It was about 108 degrees today, which is close to 40 degrees Celsius.I would definitely also remember your sunglasses, and your shorts.... but the most important again is that...

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  • Slip! Slop! Slap!

    Australians are taught from an early age to 'Slip! Slop! Slap!' - meaning to 'slip' on a t-shirt, 'slop' on some sunscreen and 'slap' on a hat. This is because of UV rays from the sun. You can buy all different kinds of sunscreen from any shop that sells toiletries (pharmacies/K-mart/Target/Supermarkets, etc.).It is very important that in summer...

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  • Don't forget the aerogard

    Backpacks are good if you are travelling lightly.If your accomodation is hotel, motel or hostel then do pack suitcases, favourite pillow, etc. If you intend to go off the beaten track you need your steel capped work boots. No thongs or sandals. Bring the aerogard and have a good weekend. Insect repellent is a necessity and if you do get bitten...

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Geelong Off The Beaten Path

  • Great Ocean Road & Otways

    Geelong to the Great Ocean Road One part of living in Victoria that I love is our beaches, and the history of those beaches. Along the Great Ocean Road there are numerous places where many ships and mariners died off the coast in the 18th and 19th Century. Warnambool is a particularly good place to go to find out about all things maritime (Check...

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  • Bellarine Peninsula

    The Bellarine Peninsula - Meander around the Bellarine Peninsula - a trip of about 86 kilometres. The Bellarine Peninsula follows the Portarlington Road out of Geelong to historic Drysdale and to nearby Clifton Springs. Then you can drive to Portarlington, through the rolling Peninsula Hills, with views over vineyards to Port Phillip Bay. Follow...

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  • Werribee Mansion and Zoo

    Werribee Park Mansion - is the state's largest private residence, it was built between 1874 and 1877 by two of Victoria's most substantial landholders - Thomas and Andrew Chirnside. A vehicle departs the Gate Lodge every 30 minutes from 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. for an audio tour of the property. You can stop at 5 different points in the park and...

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Geelong Sports & Outdoors

  • Baseball

    Geelong is the proud home of a newly built baseball stadium (although not a stadium like Telstra Dome in Melbourne). Three new diamonds have been built and the main diamond has lights for night games. During the summer it is the home of the Geelong team and during the winter it is home to the Saints and Lara.Update: This summer the Japanese team...

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  • Footy!

    One of the biggest sports attraction in Geelong is AFL (Australian Football Rules). Geelong has one team in the AFL - the Geelong Cats. Their uniform is navy blue and white stripes - blue for Corio Bay and white for the seagulls above the bay, the club has existed since around the turn of the 20th Century.Watching AFL is about as Aussie as you can...

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  • Triathlons

    Another spectator sport - Triathlons. Spring-Autumn Geelong often hosts Triathlons. the latest one was the Australian Triathlon Championships held on the 27th of March. So we get the big ones, but there are also smaller triathlons, and local schools giving it a try as well.They are usually held down at Eastern Beach and the surrounding area. Hat...

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Geelong Favorites

  • Baywalk Bollards

    There are over 100 bollards which have been made out of hughe wooden pylons;many recovered from the Yarra Street pier,which was destroyed by fire in the 1980`s.The bollards are painted as historic people and remind about events and history of Geelong.The painting artist was Jan Mitchell.The bollards are to be seen from Ripleside Park till...

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  • The Great Ocean Road

    The whole Great Ocean road is great, though not everyone has time to see it in its entirety. I'd recommend starting the trip at the trendy surf town of Torquay with its world famous competition surf beach, Bells Beach. The next major small town on the map is Anglesea, more of a fishing town and less commercial, followed by Lorne, almost as famous...

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  • Geelong Waterfront

    All the parks along the foreshore are lovely. Palm trees, as well as shade trees are everywhere. During the summertime, it can get a little crowded here, as there are many visitors from the surrounding regions, as well as Melbourne.

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