5 things to do around Geelong, Victoria
The second largest city in Victoria is a great travel destination. Not only does Geelong offer easy access to some of Victoria’s best known beaches, but you’ll find a wide variety of things to do from wineries and fine dining, to hiking and camping spots. Read below for a selection of some of the best things to experience when heading to the Bellarine Peninsula.
Water fun in the sun
If you’re the type that seeks out theme parks and water activities, consider making a stop at Adventure Park which is around 15 minutes from Geelong city centre. Great for an entire day or long afternoon, the largest theme and water park across Melbourne and the state has rides to suit all ages and recently opened a giant waterslide which is 7.5 storeys high, the Tornado. Also of note is ample shade facilities sited around the water park – a must for those who suffer after being in the harsh Australian sun all day. Entrance ticket will include unlimited rides for the entire day.
Well known by locals and regular visitors are the outlet shops in Torquay, which are about 30 mins from Geelong by car. Found in a concentrated precinct along the Surf Coast Highway you’ll find a good 20 surf shops selling everything you need for aquatic sports or relaxing by the beach. These days they’ll stock the latest ranges as well as great bargains on sale items.
Food and coffee
For casual dining you’ll find the newly opened Pizza Religion in Geelong West, also check There There (with Captain bar out the back) or the restored pub, The Lord Nelson. The Hot Chicken Project will satisfy your southern fried chicken cravings. Lovers of decent coffee are also well catered to at places such as Coffee Cartel and John Doe Specialty Roasters serving their own locally roasted brews. King of the Castle, Geelong West Social Club and the Pickers Union will also serve a good cup along with good all day brunch options. It’s almost a given that you should also grab an ice cream while you take a walk along the waterfront taking in the historic carousel, pier and Eastern Beach precinct.
Back to Nature
Aside from the stunning coasts you may opt to head further inland to explore areas such as the Brisbane Ranges National Park or the You Yangs Regional Park. Brisbane Ranges offers a mix of short walks up to three day trails and is a popular camping and picnicking site. The You Yangs also offers great trails and is particularly popular for activities such as mountain bike riding, rock climbing and abseiling.
Surf lovers are well catered for with the world famous Bells Beach that hosts the Rip Curl Pro located in this area as well as Fairhaven, Thirteenth Beach and Raffs Beach that are also worth a visit. For calmers seas and family friendly waters try Eastern Beach, Port Arlington, St Leonards and the Torquay front beach, aka Cosy Corner.