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Things to Do in Geelong

Go Discover Geelong

Join in the hive of activity and vibrant events in Geelong’s Waterfront and CBD. The precinct is alive with restaurants, cafes, landscaped gardens, the famous bollards, attractions, public art – all with the million-dollar water views as a backdrop.

You can explore on water or on land, and when the weather heats up, you can cool off on the Eastern Beach swimming promenade. There’s just so much to do.

Be sure to check out this great resource on where to shop, eat, play and explore in Central Geelong  Click Here

Geelong Day Trips

Geelong waterfront has been growing and expanding particularly over the last 10 years. The beautiful city is reminiscent of a second Melbourne these days and it’s somewhere that has something for the whole family.  Check out some of the ideas and attractions below.

5 Fun Family Ideas Under $20 – Geelong

Geelong’s Waterfront and surrounds make for a fabulous fun-filled family day out, even on a budget – rail, hail or shine!  AND you’re guaranteed to find something for everyone! The Waterfront is where you’ll depart your vessel and begin your day, and there’s no shortage of fun-filled activities to choose from. Warm up as you…

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June 17, 2021

Geelong’s 5 Most Instagrammable Hot Spots

When you step off Port Phillip Ferries and into Geelong, you step into a land of Insta magic.  Vibrant hues, contrasting landscapes and colourful characters, there is an Insta picture waiting to be snapped around every corner.  Check out five of our faves that are all located just a short stroll (if that) from the…

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February 16, 2020

Art In Public – Geelong’s Creative Scene

Look to the streets, to the walls, to the paths, Geelong is absolutely bursting with public art. Statues, murals and art installations have been beautifully created by talented artists and perfectly placed across this great city. And the best part… they are all FREE to admire. So, pop on your walking shoes, take to the…

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January 7, 2020

Some Geelong Package Ideas

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Geelong Attractions

There are countless attractions in Geelong, that can make your next holiday really exciting for the whole family. The only tough decision you’ll have to make is where to start! In South Geelong, the Geelong Art Gallery, has some amazing local artists and works that are a once in a lifetime experience. If you’re a bit of a history buff, the National Wool Museum is the place for you, with interesting exhibits about the historic events surrounding the wool industry and the Bellarine Peninsula area.

If you prefer scenic views and serene picnics, Geelong Botanic Gardens, is absolutely stunning. Geelong locals will often gather here when the weather is nice for a midday stroll, and a relaxing lunch. Make your next trip to the Bellarine Peninsula memorable by getting involved in some of the local events in Geelong region. Come see it for yourself today with Port Phillip Ferries!

National Wool Museum

Geelong terminal: 3 min walk

The National Wool Museum is the only comprehensive museum of wool in Australia and aligned with Geelong’s UNESCO City of Design designation. Explore the regions 60,000 years of human endeavour and industry, from Australia’s first Nations living culture and heritage to emerging and advanced industries of today.

Add to the above there are always other exhibition showing at the National Wool Museum such as the Wildlife Photography and Pako Festa Exhibitions.

The Carousel

Sitting next to the Geelong Ferry Terminal, the Armitage-Herschell portable steam driven, hand-carved wooden carousel was constructed circa 1892 and is one of only 200 in operation around the world. Featuring 36 Dare horses and 2 chariots, it was purchased by the Steampacket Place Development Board in 1996 and painstakingly restored.

There’s something magical about the beautifully restored Carousel… that when you see it in real life it sparks the ‘kid’ in your heart. A whimsical ride on these hand-carved horses and chariots is a must-do for the kids (both big and little).

Eastern Beach Swimming Enclosure

Geelong terminal: 15 min walk or 5 min bike ride

Get wet… in the large open water swimming enclosure, with diving platforms, an 1920s art-deco pool with beautiful grassed surrounds. Or stay dry and enjoy the stunning walk around the enclosure (with a pre or post ice-cream) from the nearby kiosk. Click here for details.

MoPA - Museum of Play & Art

Geelong terminal: 17 min walk (Children 1-7 yrs)

Visiting Geelong with kids? You simply MUSN’T miss out on visiting MoPA: Museum of Play and Art – one of Australia’s most acclaimed children’s museums. Based in one of Geelong’s oldest buildings, MoPA is home to a huge range of immersive exhibits and experiences that will entertain the kids all day.  To learn more and book your tickets, visit the MoPA website click here. Conveniently, many of MoPA’s play sessions align well with the ferry schedule Thursday to Sunday – so why not make a day of it!

Famous Bollard Walk

Get up close and personal with the locals… well at least 104 of them on the Waterfront’s famous Bollard Walk! From bathing beauties to a city surveyors and life savers too… don’t forget your camera for a group photo or two! Click here for details.

Geelong Botanic Gardens

The gardens are free to enjoy and only a short walk from where the ferry pulls into Geelong’s Waterfront on weekends.

Perhaps one of Geelong’s best-kept secrets, the Botanic Gardens (located in Eastern Gardens) is a colourful plant collection full of amazing scents and textures. A renowned regional garden with peaceful surroundings and perfectly groomed lawns – it’s worth the walk. Featuring a great tea house where you can have a cuppa or a meal.

Play Space at Eastern Gardens

Geelong terminal: 20 min walk or 6 min bike ride

We challenge you to find a more fun playground around! The Play Space and Sound Garden (in Eastern Gardens) is super fun for the little ones. Will oversized musical instruments, bamboo gardens and pirate ships with working audio systems… the fun never stops! Click here for details.

Edge Restaurant Geelong

Geelong restaurant Edge is the most exciting place to drink and dine. Located on Geelong’s spectacular waterfront, the views are gorgeous and the food is delicious! The north-facing bar presents breathtaking views of Corio Bay. Their seasonal breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus feature a variety of large dishes to suit all appetites, as well as smaller plates for a quick bite.

Palais Geelong

Geelong terminal: 19 min walk up Moorabool Street

A jewel in Geelong’s cultural crown, Palais Geelong is a beautiful art deco ballroom restored to its former glory, offering a diverse program of performances, events and activities. A versatile space, it maintains its historic charm while providing a unique opportunity to experience first-class entertainment in a stunning National Heritage building.

For bookings and information, click here.

Local Tours and Transport

Looking for more to do or need some tips on transportation in Geelong? Check out some of the best local tours and transit options we’ve put together.