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Situated on the Coral Bay segment of Port Phillip Bay, Geelong can be found within the Australian state of Victoria, 70km south west of the city of Melbourne. This vibrant coastal city is brimming with fascinating cultural experiences and unique attractions, designed to generate an exciting and diverse atmosphere throughout the region. Geelong boasts a fantastic array of parks and gardens, historic landmarks and buildings as well as a modern, bustling city centre filled with excellent restaurants, shops and bars. The region's beaches are also very popular amongst both locals and tourists, with a wide range of thrilling coastal activities available for people of all ages. This dynamic and idyllic part of Victoria is also famous for its association with the arts, media and popular culture, due to the many events and festivals staged there every year, which create a distinctive ambience and have augmented the regions appeal as an exceptional holiday destination.
A wide selection of water sports and coastal activities are available on the beaches of Geelong, including surfing, snorkelling and sailing. The city is also situated close to a number of sophisticated wineries, at which guests can observe the wine making process and relax in the picturesque vineyards. Some lucky visitors may even receive free samples. Excellent access to the state capital of Melbourne and the world-famous Great Ocean Road make Geelong a great place to stay for visitors hoping explore the state of Victoria.
A wonderfully restored Carousel is located on the city's fabulous waterfront. This Armitage-Herschell portable steam-driven, hand-carved wooden carousel is one of only 200 in the world and was original made in 1892. The carousel features 36 horses and 2 chariots and in 1996 it was meticulously restored by the Steampacket Place Development Board.
Geelong Botanical Gardens
Relax in picture perfect surroundings and observe an incredibly range of beautiful flora and fauna from across Australia and the rest of the world. Guests can look in the park's intriguing Curiosity Cabinet and see a variety of fascinating carnivorous plants. The Geelong Botanical Gardens is one of many parks and green spaces found in the region.
National Wool Museum
This surprisingly entertaining attraction is packed full of interesting exhibits, celebrating the enduring yarn of Australian wool. The museum features a range of colourful displays charting the history of wool in the region and also contains a gift and souvenir shop as well as a splendid restaurant.
Two of the largest shopping malls in Geelong are the Market Square and Westfield Shopping Centre, where visitors can purchase a wide variety of gifts and souvenirs as well as general amenities. A collection of smaller independent speciality stores are also situated around the centre of town, offering an array of both quirky and practical items.
Geelong is home to an excellent range of restaurants, cafes and bars serving a variety of dishes from across the world. Locally caught seafood and international cuisine is available in a number of fabulous eateries, many of which use only freshly sourced local ingredients.
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