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Theatre, music & the arts

There is a lively music scene in the region, with many towns and villages hosting some of the country's favourite concerts and music festivals.  Falls Festival at Lorne, the Queenscliff Music Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival and Meredith Music Festival are all popular destinations, attracting quality performers and supportive crowds.  The Blues Train, based in Queenscliff, transforms the vintage steam trains of the Bellarine Railway into a rockin' and rollin' good time.  Four of Australia's best blues acts perform in the four train carriages, making it a progressive party you'll never forget.

Geetroit rocks on the March long weekend with Motor City Music Festival hitting town on 5 stages over 3 days.  Friday and Saturday are for grown ups, while the Sunday family day includes cool tunes, carnival rides and fireworks.

Motor City Music Festival

 

Theatre buffs will find something of interest across the region. As well as the main performing arts centres in larger towns that host a variety of plays, shows and concerts, there are many small theatres in towns and villages where local theatre groups and travelling performers can be seen.

The Geelong Gallery houses a fantastic collection of art including well known pieces by Eugene von Guerard, Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton.  Entry is free.  The Geelong Gallery is just one of the places to visit on the Central Geelong Arts & Culture Walking Trails map, which is available at local visitor information centres.  The guide also has details and maps for public art, iconic heritage buildings, museums, galleries and the Geelong Botanic Gardens.  It is also available for download by clicking here.

 

Highlights

The Blues Train

Victoria's historic coastal town of Queenscliff is home to the world's one and only Blues Train. It is a unique experience that combines four of Australia's best live acts and the beautiful scenery of the Bellarine Peninsula on the Drysdale Railway line while aboard a real moving vintage heritage train. One of Australia's most spectacular entertainment experiences, it is a mini festival in one night, a progressive party you will never forget. The Blues Train leaves Queenscliff Railway Station after guests have enjoyed a hearty meal complemented by a selection of Australian and local wines. The steam train then makes its way along 16 kilometres of track, gently rocking from side to side, seemingly in beat with the music. At each of the stops, Suma Park and Drysdale, revellers swap carriages to see another of the acts, so by the end of the night patrons have seen all four acts performing on the train. Drinks are available from the mobile bar that appears on each platform (from the converted guard's van). You can sit back, relax and listen to the music with a drinking on one of the seated carriages or get up and boogie the blues away in one of the dance carriages. Please visit the website for available dates.

Motor City Music Festival

Geetroit Rocks as Motor City Music Festival celebrates Geelong's past and present, with a great live soundtrack. Held over the (Victorian) Labour Day long weekend each March at the Geelong Show Grounds, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you like rock, roots, blues, country or a great tribute act, we've got you covered. Friday night and Saturday is for the over 18s. Enjoy the mix of over 40 acts over five stages (one open air) as you chow down on fare from the famous food trucks. Sip on a craft beer from the beer hall or relax in one of the cider or wine bars in between sets. Don't forget to download the free MCMF App and plan your weekend. You can also share your photos in real time, as a live feed to Motor City Music Festival wall will be showcasing your snaps. On Sunday kids are free so bring the tribe and enjoy quality family entertainment. There will be vintage steam engine displays and a steam truck driving around the site dispensing Beer Goodness. Watch the air guitar competition, Totem Tennis Open or compete in the colouring in competition. There is a great line-up of children's entertainment. The weekend will culminate in the now-famous Motor City Music Festival fireworks display. With free on-site parking and free carnival rides all weekend, head to Geelong's own Motor City Music Festival and help celebrate what's great about the town.

Motor City Music Festival 6 - 8th March

The Motor City Music Festival taking place on 6th - 8th March 2015 has something for everyone! Grown-ups will rock out on fully licensed Friday and Saturday (day and night) at five stages (over-18s only). On family-friendly Sunday, bring the kids, tweens, teens and the grandparents for an all-ages family day featuring the fun of the showgrounds, a wider musical spectrum plus kids’ entertainment. Pass outs are allowed all day on Sunday, so you can come and go as you like, spend a few hours in the morning or afternoon and then leave and come back for the fireworks. We wrap up the festival weekend on Sunday night with a huge fireworks display at 8.45pm. With a large range of music, one open-air and four undercover stages, gourmet food vans, lots of well-stocked bars, carnival rides, market stalls and ample free parking, what’s not to like about the Motor City Music Festival? So come together and celebrate some of the special things about Geelong and the region. We’re proud of our community, our icons past and present – icons like Ford, tractors and trucks from International Harvester, our agricultural past and our food and wine will all be encapsulated at the fantastic Geelong Showgrounds.

Surfcoast Images

Surfcoast Images is a gallery carrying an extensive range of West Coast photography from The Apostles to The Bellarine Peninsular by Kevan Way. Large high resolution panoramas are a specialty and can be printed in-house to any size. Kevan was a Commercial Photographer in Melbourne for 30 years, and also carries a wide range of Art Photography, as well as landscapes from around the world. He also represents surf photographer Peter 'Joli' Wilson and and abstract small wave photographer Deb Morris exclusively in Torquay

Boom Gallery

Boom is a vibrant and active contemporary art and design gallery. They present the work of emerging and established artists. Launched by Ren Inei and Kate Jacoby in 2011, Boom has become a multi faceted centre for a range of creative activity and events. Situated in a historic woollen mill Boom houses art and design galleries, an extensive stockroom, education and workshop area, cafe and event space and a dynamic studio complex.

Geelong Gallery

Treat yourself by visiting the Geelong Gallery, one of Australia's leading and oldest regional galleries. From iconic colonial masterpieces to compelling contemporary works of art, the Geelong Gallery is the perfect place to unwind and be inspired. Each year the Gallery presents a vibrant program temporary exhibitions along with a diverse range of artist talks, tours, workshops, lectures and family-friendly activities. Home to a number of iconic works such as Eugene von Guérard's 'View of Geelong' (1856), Frederick McCubbin's 'A bush burial' (1890) and Arthur Streeton's 'Ocean blue, Lorne' (1921), the Gallery's significant collection spans the art of Australia from the colonial period to the present day and includes Australian and international paintings, works on paper, sculpture and decorative arts. For further information please view the Geelong Gallery website or connect on Facebook. Drop-in tours of the permanent collection each Saturday from 2pm. Entry is free.

Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Geelong Performing Arts Centre is a hub for live entertainment in the region, attracting some of the best performers from throughout Australia and overseas. Located in the heart of the Geelong city's cultural precinct, Geelong Performing Arts Centre includes two theatres, the recently refurbished 800-seat Playhouse, and the more intimate 325-seat Drama Theatre, as well as a cafe, bar, foyer area, meeting rooms and rehearsal studios. The centre also manages the 2000-seat Costa Hall, located at Deakin University's Waterfront Campus, which is used for large-scale concerts, lectures and conferences. Geelong Performing Arts Centre presents a range of performances through its Family Magic, Musical Mornings and Theatre Season programs, as well film festivals, touring productions, concerts, local theatre and school productions, so there is always something on at Geelong Performing Arts Centre. Visitors to the region will appreciate the venue's central location and proximity to restaurants and accommodation. Since opening in 1981, Geelong Performing Arts Centre has undergone several facelifts, most recently the three million dollar refurbishment of the Playhouse to create a modern, technically superior and accessible theatre. To find out what's on at Geelong Performing Arts Centre, go to their website.

Metropolis Gallery

Metropolis Gallery is a vibrant art gallery with an impressive range of paintings, limited edition prints, art glass and jewellery and an exciting calendar of exhibitions that can be previewed on the website. As well as paintings by contemporary Australian artists, Metropolis exhibits limited edition prints by top Australian printmakers including Jazmina Cininas, Robert Clinch, Graham Fransella, David Frazer, Rona Green, Lucy Hardie, Deborah Klein, Michael Leunig, Adrian Lockhart, Marco Luccio, Vida Pearson, Deborah Williams and Joel Wolter. Metropolis Gallery also presents exhibitions of Indigenous Art in association with several important Aboriginal Art Centres including Papunya Tula Artists, Tjala Arts, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Hermannsburg Potters and Watercolour Artists from Ngurratjuta Many Hands Art Centre. Metropolis Collectors Shows feature significant, smaller works by major Australian Artists including Rick Amor, Charles Blackman, Lloyd Rees, Arthur Boyd, Garry Shead, Brett Whiteley, David Larwill, John Olsen and many more. Always attracting attention at Metropolis are works by glass artists Philip Stokes, Amanda Louden, Brian Hurst, James McMurtrie and Keith Rowe, and a unique selection of designer jewellery is also helpful for those looking for a special gift. If you're visiting the Bellarine Peninsula and the Great Ocean Road, Metropolis Gallery is well situated in central Geelong with convenient street parking out front in Ryrie Street.

Gourmet Photo Travels

Gourmet Photo Travels is photography workshops based along the Great Ocean Road. Gourmet Photo Travels teaches photography in all aspects including landscape, portrait, architecture, lifestyle, street and travel photography with particular emphasis on travel photography to get you ready for your next travel experience. By the end of the Gourmet Photo Travels workshop you will be shooting with greater knowledge and control of your camera, shooting in manual mode with confidence. You will understand exposure and exposure compensation, aperture and depth of field, ISO and speed, white balance, composition and will begin a creative journey with your photography. Gourmet Photo Travels will also teach skills in photographing people of different cultures gaining confidence in approaching and connecting with their subjects, increasing their quality and enjoyment of travelling in the process. Techniques will be taught in"post" using popular software like Photoshop and Lightroom to help those images to be even better. The workshops are held over a weekend and on singular days, with the weekend workshops the participants will be limited to only 8-10 people to allow for more intensive tuition. The cost includes lovely accommodation staying at Fairhaven and the great food of the region, eating at some of the renowned local restaurants.

Eagles Nest Fine Art Gallery

Eagles Nest Fine Art gallery is situated in the picturesque township of Aireys Inlet just ten minutes after the famous Anglesea and twenty minutes before Lorne. The charm of this town lies in its quiet bushland setting and spectacular beaches along the Great Ocean Road, the gateway to the iconic Twelve Apostles. Aireys Inlet is also the home of the Split Point Lighthouse and the quiet relaxing nature of the setting is a wonderful source of inspiration for many artists and writers. Eagles Nest Fine Art Gallery prides itself on showcasing the works of established and emerging artists from the Geelong / Otway region, many of whom live in the local area.

Salt and Pepper Gallery

Salt and Pepper Gallery is a unique attraction on the ever-popular Great Ocean Road at Bellbrae. The Gallery is a working studio. When you come in you can see the artist, Catherine Brennan, creating beautiful works of art. These may be paintings, ceramic or Hebel sculptures, or one of her own designer accessories. Come in and be inspired.
 

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High Tea on the High Seas - Searoad Ferries

Experience High Tea on the High Seas in the privacy of the Portsea Lounge on board the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry.

Blues Train & BIG 4 Beacon Resort - May and August

Enjoy the legendary Blues Train and the equally legendary BIG4 Beacon Resort with this package, from $497 for two people.

Family Supatramp & Stay Package at BIG4 Beacon Resort

Bring the kids and their bucketloads of energy to BIG 4 Beacon Resort with this Supatramp accommodation deal for 2 adults and 2 children, from $459.

High Tea on the High Seas - Searoad Ferries

Experience High Tea on the High Seas in the privacy of the Portsea Lounge on board the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry.
Enjoy table service in elegant surroundings, exquisite food, quality tea and real coffee!

$40.00 per person and includes immediate return travel on the same ferry for a leisurely experience.

Every Sunday from February to November
12pm sailing from Sorrento
3pm sailing from Queenscliff.

To book visit www.searoad.com.au or contact 03 5258 3244

 

Blues Train & BIG 4 Beacon Resort - May and August

Enjoy the legendary Blues Train and the equally legendary BIG4 Beacon Resort with this package, from $497 for two people:

  • $40.00 per person and includes immediate return travel on the same ferry for a leisurely experience.
  • 2 nights accommodation.
  • Charcuterie Plate dinner and live band at Flying Brick Cider House, and a 1 litre cider ‘Growler’ to take home.
  • $50 voucher for Mud Day Spa, located at the resort.
  • Breakfast hamper.
  • Extend your stay with early check in (10am) and late check out (6pm).
  • P: 5258 1133 or book online

Only valid for Blues Train events in May and August 2015. Terms & conditions apply.

 

Family Supatramp & Stay Package at BIG4 Beacon Resort

Bring the kids and their bucketloads of energy to BIG 4 Beacon Resort with this Supatramp accommodation deal for 2 adults and 2 children, from $459.

  • 2 nights in a Queenscliff cabin.
  • A Supatramp pass for each child including an hour of clip ‘n climb and an hour of trampolining, plus socks and $10 to spend in the café.
  • 1 hour GoKart hire at the resort.
  • Unlimited DVD hire and a milkshake for each child from the resort shop.
  • Late 6pm checkout.
  • P: 1800 351 152 or book online

Offer available from 11 March to 30 April 2015. Terms and conditions apply.

 

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