Soak up the good life in the Geelong and Bellarine region. Wander down historic streetscapes and tee off at lush golf courses, perfect for summer afternoons. Explore the burgeoning foodie scene, complete with craft breweries, local wineries, farm gates and provedores. Surf, paddle and swim at bay and ocean beaches, and get close to local wildlife in Port Phillip Bay.
Geelong is a city on the move and the signs of change are everywhere, from the stunning waterfront and urban precinct to the craft breweries and hole-in-the-wall cafes that have reclaimed and reshaped the city’s old industrial landscape.
Get a dose of sunshine with a stroll along the waterfront, taking in public artworks, landscaped gardens, ice-cream parlours and eateries. Cool off in the art deco-style pool and kick back in the promenade complex and restored pavilion at Eastern Beach.
Sign up for an eco-adventure tour, use it as a base to explore the famous Geelong wine region, or take your pick from a wide range of adrenaline-charged activities.
Artisans and cellar doors
Take full advantage of Geelong’s unique north-facing bay at fabulous waterfront restaurants and cafes, from Cunningham Pier to Eastern Beach. Grab a bite to eat on Pakington Street and visit delicatessens and wine merchants for some take home goodies.
Take things up a gear with a special night out at Igni, awarded two hats by the Good Food Guide, or settle in for an evening of fresh, modern flavours at Tulip. Time for a drive? Spend a day or two sampling craft beers, ciders and renowned local varietals at vineyards and breweries across the region.
Art and heritage
Discover the wealth of public art works along the waterfront from the whimsical Baywalk Bollards to the iconic Shark Fins and Cargo Boxes. The sculpted bollards chronicle characters from the city’s past and present, including dapper young ladies in neck-to-knee bathing costumes, 1930s lifesavers, traditional Aussie families and jaunty sailors. For an inside look at the city’s vibrant contemporary art scene, check out Boom Gallery in the industrial area of Geelong, a complex that houses, galleries, workshops, studios and an event space. Urban art enthusiasts will love the Powerhouse Museum, home to work by some of the country’s finest street artists.
Explore the city’s 100 National Trust listed buildings, delve into the region’s history at the National Wool Museum, and take the kids for a ride on the historic wooden carousel. Art lovers will enjoy the outstanding collection of Australian paintings, sculpture and decorative arts at the Geelong Art Gallery, including Frederick McCubbin’s A Bush Burial from 1890.
With a packed calendar of events celebrating everything from sport, music, film and theatre to food, wine and community activities, there’s always plenty going on. Watch a game of Aussie Rules at Kardinia Park Stadium, bring your bike to take part in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, or join 100,000 fellow revellers at Pako Festa, the largest free celebration of cultural diversity in Australia. Sea dogs will want to time their trip for the Festival of Sails – one of the oldest sporting events in Victoria and the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest annual keelboat regatta.
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70s-Style Retro Stay
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1 bath
In the heart of Geelong’s city centre, this fantastic apartment is surrounded by galleries, shopping, cafes and breweries and is just a short stroll to the waterfront and Eastern Beach. Bright and airy, the apartment has been recently updated to pay homage to its enduring 70s style while featuring all the creature comforts of home. It creates a warm and welcoming space with a fully catered kitchen, comfortable living area, queen-sized bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and sunny private balcony.
Hideaway Evergreen: Edwardian Cottage in Geelong
6 guests3 bedroom6 bed1 bath
Experience the best of Geelong from this character-filled cottage, just a short drive from the CBD, restaurants, galleries and the Waterfront precinct. A classic Edwardian design, this home has retained its original features with a layout consisting of three bedrooms, bathroom, well-equipped kitchen and open plan living and dining. There is a paved and sunny backyard where you can relax with a book. This home is conveniently located near major roads, which can be noisy at times.
Pet-Friendly Belmont pad
4 guests2 bedrooms2 beds1 bath
In the heart of Belmont just a few hundred metres from High St, this property is a delight for anyone working or holidaying.
With the Great Ocean Road and its beaches and hinterland right on the doorstop, this neat older-style property is the perfect place for a comfortable base. The townhouse is in a quiet street and backs on to a creek and reserve.
It’s close to Belmont strip shops, as well as Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre and only a few minutes drive from Geelong CBD and Eastern Beach.
9 guests4 bedrooms6 beds2 baths
Feel instantly at home the moment you enter this eclectic, light-filled family home. Newly renovated and beautifully furnished, enjoy an open plan kitchen, dining and living area and four plush bedrooms. Guests can sit on the furnished deck overlooking the private backyard, cook up some BBQ, or wander out to the lush lawn and garden surrounds.
Beaming Belmont: A Coastal Indoor-Outdoor Haven
6 guests3 bedroom3 bed2 bath