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What can't you do?  That would be a shorter list.  There are attractions, activities, events and features throughout the region to suit all ages and interest groups.  From theme parks for children to adventure sports for adrenaline junkies.  From gourmet food and wine experiences to bushwalking through campsites.  From a simple dip in the ocean to a luxurious spa retreat.  There really is something for everyone.

Things to See & Do

Food & Wine

Geelong Wine Region

Whether it is the distinctive maritime flavours of The Bellarine, the ancient richness of the Moorabool Valley Wine Region or the rugged, exposed coastline of the Surf Coast, the Geelong Wine Region is united by boutique, family owned winegrowers producing premium quality hand crafted wines. With each sub region and winery displaying their own unique characteristics, visitors are invited to explore the diversity of the Geelong Wine Region's stunning scenery, touring routes and restaurants whilst sampling some of Victoria's finest cellar door experiences. Geelong's family owned boutique operators maximise their wine's potential by hand pruning, hand picking and hand crafting their wines allowing regional characters to develop. Areas within the region have varying microclimates influencing the depth of colour, bouquet and flavour of the wines. The Bellarine has a maritime climate with bay breeezes and spectacular views, whilst the hills and valleys of the Moorabool Valley – Anakie areas have a warm, continental style climate. The renowned Surf Coast is famous for its long summer days and cooling ocean breezes. James Halliday in his Wine Atlas of Australia and New Zealand wrote: "If there is a unifying feature in all of the Geelong wines, it is their strength and depth of colour, bouquet and flavour." Not only does the Geelong wine region produce some of Australia's best wines, but the wineries are surrounded by some of Victoria's best scenery and touring opportunities. The Geelong Wine Region. Fine wines – from our hands to yours. For a map of the winery region visit: http://www.winegeelong.com.au/wine_region/map
Moriac Store
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Moriac Store

Welcome to the Moriac Store on the Old Cape Otway Road, the smart way to the Otways and the surf coast. Moriac is the gateway from Geelong to Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay. Call in for wine, food, gifts, plants or supplies for your weekend away or just on the way home.

Advance Mussel Supply

Welcome to Advance Mussel Supply. Their shop is now open! Welcome to the home of Fresh Portarlington Mussels and Angasi Oysters. Fresh from the farm to you, come visit them and see. Advance Mussel Supply is a family owned and operated business that has been farming Mussels in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, for over 30 years. They are one of the original Mussel farmers in Port Phillip Bay and one of the largest. They have multiple growing sites at Clifton Springs and Grassy point aquaculture zones. Advance Mussel Supply has been a pioneer in developing new growing techniques and building purpose built equipment and boats. Their goal is to produce high quality mussels all year round. After experimenting with Angasi oysters over the last couple of years they now have Angasi (Flat Oysters) for sale. They are now cooking Mussels and Oysters for you to enjoy and selling fresh Mussels and Oysters for you to take home and cook your self. For more information on Advance Mussel Supply please send them an e-mail or give them a call.

Family Activities

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.

Supatramp

Get set for full-on-fun at Supatramp, one of the largest custom-built indoor mega trampoline and activity complexes in Australia, based in Geelong. Supatramp offers a dynamic environment and caters for all ages and fitness levels. Supatramp boasts high octane, adrenaline rush type activities in a healthy, safe and fun environment. The centre features: Over 80 indoor interconnected trampolines plus Slamball and Airmats Dodgeball competitions. An indoor kids / toddler jungle themed playground including an array of climbing obstacles, slides and floor space with numerous entertainment objects. Clip 'n Climb exclusive to the Geelong area. State of the art climbing equipment, a variety of wall spaces for different climbing challenges, as well as adrenaline filled rides. Fitness classes: using trampolines, ropes and ample floor space. Party Packs for all ages. Corporate and team building packs. Discos for the youth - staging, professional lighting and top DJ's in attendance. School educational / practical excursions. Cafe that will deliver great fresh food, drinks and coffee. Supatramp will give you the wow-factor experience. Bring the family, rally your friends and come and enjoy Geelong's newest recreational entertainment venue, one of the largest centres in Australia, right here locally owned in Grovedale, Geelong.

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.

Geelong Shopping

As Victoria’s largest regional town, there are loads of shopping options in Geelong. The central city area has a high concentration of malls with major department stores and chains, as well as a good mix of specialty shops and independent boutiques. There are fairly large-scale shopping centres in major suburbs such as Belmont, Waurn Ponds and Corio. Pakington Street, running through Newtown and Geelong West, is vibrant and fashionable. Shops here tend to be independent and perfect for finding on-trend fashion or unique homewares.

Pakington Street

Pakington Street (or ‘Pako’ to locals) is a vibrant, cosmopolitan mix of shopping and eating out. Food and drink ranges from casual coffee shops with al fresco facilities and pubs with bistros to trendy bars and top class restaurants. Fashion stores, boutique giftware, specialty stores and gourmet groceries make up the eclectic mix of shops. You are likely to finish your day with a killer pair of heels and a bag of locally grown gourmet tomatoes.

Eastern Beach

The art-deco swimming enclosure at Eastern Beach has been a Geelong favourite for generations. Built in the 1930’s, the ‘Promenade’ is a wooden structure built in an arc, great for walking on a warm evening. The swimming area also has a large tower and diving boards. There is a separate children’s pool that is enclosed and paved. On shore, there is a fantastic adventure playground with plenty of spectator seats for the grown ups. There are large areas of lawn perfect for picnics or, depending on the season, a kick of the football or a game of cricket. There are toilet and dressing room facilities, and the beach is patrolled by lifesavers during summer. There is also a restaurant / café / kiosk on site. The whole area is set amongst grassy hills and enormous trees, and several of the buildings in the precinct are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
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Boating & Sailing

Melbourne's Tall Ship - Enterprize

Step aboard Melbourne's Tall Ship Enterprize and step back to a time of daring voyages and discovery. Feel the romance and excitement of sailing with the wind in your hair as you take in spectacular views of Melbourne's skyline and Port Phillip Bay. Experience history on a magnificent handcrafted replica of John Pascoe Faulkner's Enterprize, the ship that brought the first permanent European settlers to Melbourne in 1835. Discover life as an early explorer and uncover the tale of ambition, intrigue and rivalry that led to Melbourne's foundation. Relax on deck or hoist the sails, steer the ship and climb the rigging for heart stopping thrills. Enterprize has monthly public sails from Melbourne Docklands, Williamstown and Geelong, with sails from Portarlington (near Geelong) and Blairgowrie and Rye (Mornington Peninsula) during peak season. The most popular Enterprize sails are the one hour sails and twilight sails of 1.5 hours. These are suitable for people of all ages. Take your family for an adventure and let the kids explore the ship. Relax on the evening cruise as the sunset paints the coastline in vibrant colours. There are also a number of overnight adventure sails and half day bay cruises scheduled from Docklands, as well as transit passages from all of the ports. For a multi-day tall ship experience Enterprize has unique trips to Port Welshpool, Hobart and Portland. These trips include meals and accommodation. See Australia's unique southern coastline as you travel through Port Phillip and Bass Strait. Enterprize is a wooden topsail schooner operated by volunteers under the not for profit Enterprize Trust. Enterprize is available for School, Corporate and Special Occasion charters. Advance bookings are recommended. Tickets for shorter trips are available from ship 30 minutes prior to sailing, where not booked out.

Geelong Waterfront

Building their city on a North-facing bay was a stroke of genius for the forefathers of Geelong. Generations later, residents and visitors alike are enjoying the benefits of the area collectively known as 'The Waterfront'. Stretching from Eastern Beach around to Rippleside, the area incorporates many restaurants and cafes on the water's edge. There are places for kids to play, from open grassy areas to some of the biggest and best playgrounds in the region. There are kids attractions including the carousel, a miniature train ride and a skate park. Seasonally there are also bungee trampolines and a giant ferris wheel. Childrens attractions, open public space, a lively calendar of events and fabulous places to eat and drink make the Waterfront a Geelong must-do.

Sightseeing

VIP Bus

VIP Bus is the ultimate luxury transport. With perimeter seating for 30 people with a Flat Screen TV, Huge Touch Screen Sound System, Air Con, Toilet, BYO Liquor Licence and Red Carpet Boarding. Consider VIP Bus for your Corporate transport with a difference and an experience that your clients will never forget. VIP Bus also provides VIP service for Weddings, Birthday, Formals, Debs, Sport Events, and Hens and Bucks.

Museums, History and Heritage

National Wool Museum

The National Wool Museum is housed in a beautifully restored 1872 bluestone wool store close to the vibrant new Waterfront Geelong. The Museum is Australia's largest comprehensive museum of wool, showcasing the region's wool story from the sheep's back to the clothes rack, and from the birth of the industry in the 1840's to its place in the world today. Central to the Museum experience is the 1910 built Axminster Jacquard carpet loom. Daily demonstrations by the Museum's skilled carpet weavers show how the loom works, and at the same time produce the Museum's own Manor House Rug, available for purchase through the Museum Shop. The Museum has two permanent galleries telling the Australian story of wool. The first, The Wool Harvest, looks at sheep farming and wool production. Exploring the pastoral aspect of wool in Australia, visitors can follow the path of the fleece through shearing, classing, wool pressing and dispatch. A recreated shearing shed and a film about shearing demonstrate what life in the shearing industry was like. Shearing demonstrations can be arranged for group bookings. Gallery Two, From Fleece to Fabric, looks at the processing of wool into fabric and offers an insight into the people and processes involved in the textile industry. A sequential display of the machinery actually used in the process demonstrates the transformation of fleece to fabric. The Museum also has an exciting annual calendar of temporary exhibitions and events. On the ground floor, the Museum Shop stocks a wide range of woollen products and unique local crafts while Denny's Kitchen (previously Black Sheep Cafe) offers great food, wines, coffee and cakes. The Museum is fully wheel chair accessible and there are accessible parking spaces located directly in front of the Museum. Bus parking and group tours are also available.

The Heights Heritage House and Garden

The Heights Heritage House and Garden dates back to the 1850s. The house was built in 1855 and is remarkable for being the largest (14 rooms) German, prefabricated house in Victoria. During the 1930s, the building was extensively altered to reflect contemporary taste although the extensive gardens, stables, outbuildings and water tower survive intact from the 19th century. The Heights retains a small collection of fine Georgian furniture collected by the last owners, Louis and Marnie Whyte. Early 1860s plantings still dominate this beautiful Geelong garden today and the aged oaks and conifers provide great delight to visitors.

Geelong Heritage Centre

The Geelong Heritage Centre is Victoria's largest regional archive and history resource facility. The Centre provides public access to collection records for family history research, legal administrative recall, establishing citizen's rights and entitlements, cultural enjoyment and historical display purposes. The archive collection embraces the histories of locations in the City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast and Golden Plains Shires, dating back to 1838. The Geelong Heritage Centre has an extensive local and family history collection that includes council records, newspapers, reference works, maps and plans, photographs and oral histories. The Centre provides assistance and guidance to members of the general public in family, local history and school projects. The Geelong Heritage Centre has exhibitions of collection material for free public viewing all year round , and most of these displays are developed to enhance understanding of significant historic events, and, or celebrate anniversaries of major 'milestones' in Geelong and local district history. The Geelong Heritage Centre Reading Room is located on Level Two at the National Wool Museum in Geelong. The Centre collection consists of approximately 2 km of shelved archived material including over 40,000 images and more than 30km of microfilm. The Centre has a permanent staff of three, supported by a team of dedicated volunteers who help in a variety of ways. In 2012, the Centre received over 7000 visitor and client inquiries. The local community, as well as visitors from Melbourne and regional Victoria, interstate and international tourists have discovered amazing information about their ancestors who have lived, worked or travelled through the Geelong and surrounding region in the past. Visit online via the Centre's web page and access to the new historic image library is attached to it .

Barwon Grange

Barwon Grange is an elegant intact brick home dating from Geelong's earliest residential settlement. It was built in 1855 and reflects the aspirations of middle class businessman Jonathan Porter O'Brien and his family who had emigrated from Liverpool. The picturesque Gothic style architecture includes steep gables, unusual decorative timber bargeboards and veranda parapet. The interior contains a fine collection of early Victorian furniture and fittings faithfully accumulated according to an inventory compiled when the house was auctioned in 1856. The garden complements the house with a Victorian fountain. Lawns sloping down to the Barwon River are planted with species from a mid-19th century plant catalogue.

Markets & Shopping

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.

How Bazaar Geelong

How Bazaar Geelong is an antiques and collectables market place with 1000 square metres of garagenalia; industrial, vintage and retro furniture; jewellery; kitchenalia; over 12,000 items! How Bazaar specialises in quality second hand goods that are sourced from all over Australia. They have a range of carnival and sideshow items from the early 20th Century, antique and vintage hardware and tools, books, fishing gear, linen, china and glassware. Their website carries around 1,000 of the latest and best items and you can subscribe to receive notifications of new items in a particular category. An extensive range of antiques and collectables all in the one building. A definite must for any collector or bargain hunter. Easily accessible from the Melbourne Road, they have plenty of parking. Come visit How Bazaar next time you are in Geelong.

Barwon Booksellers

Now in its 22nd year of operation, Barwon Booksellers boast two of the largest second-hand bookshops in regional Victoria and are located in Geelong and Queenscliff in Victoria. You will find a vast selection of printed matter catering to most literary tastes. Barwon Booksellers has a particular interest in providing various titles on Art and Architecture, Australiana, Cooking, History and Literature and Sport. You will also find Modern First Editions and Children's titles. Barwon Booksellers invites you to lose yourself in the pages of the many books on offer.

Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre

Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre is conveniently located between Geelong and the Surf Coast and is home to over 100 stores, located all on one level including a new Food Court, Coles Superstore & Kmart plus other retail giants Target, Woolworths, Priceline, The Reject Shop and Dick Smith Electronics. The Centre is open seven days a week with Target Waurn Ponds trading 24 hours. The Centre also boasts over 1500 free all day & 3 hour car park spaces. Disabled car parking is available near all key Centre entrances and Parents with Prams car parks are located in the new Coles car park. Young families can feel right at home in the two dedicated Parents Rooms complete with private feeding booths, microwave, change tables & wash basins. What's more, the Centre is also features an 8-screen Reading Cinema complex with stadium style seating, wall to wall screens, and digital sound, to enjoy the latest blockbusters in luxury armchair comfort. From fashion, accessories, technology solutions, homewares, gift ware, hair & beauty salons, everyday services, cafes/restaurants and fresh food galore - we have all your essential family needs covered under one roof! For a full list of retail stores check out the "Our Stores" section within the Centre's website.

Westfield Geelong

Located in the heart of Geelong, Westfield Geelong offers a great shopping experience for the whole family. Your favourite department stores including Myer, Target, Big W and Coles plus over 150 specialty stores. A great range of cafes, restaurants, food court and fresh food. A friendly Concierge team is available to help with directions, gift cards, mobility services, taxi bookings, lost property and Ticketek sales. There is a fun kids Playworld and conveniently located parents rooms. Secure car parking spaces make shopping stress free.

Sea Echo

Sea Echo is based on the south west coast of Victoria, Australia. Established by Tim Day in 1979 as a landscaping business, Sea Echo has evolved to combine the landscape design and construction business with the supply of unique garden sculpture sourced from around the world and available though Sea Echo Garden ware in Aireys Inlet. Sea Echo supplies architects, landscape designers, project managers and homeowners both locally and internationally with exclusive garden structures and materials. They arrange door-to-door delivery of all pieces, regardless of size, to anywhere in the world. For purchases in the Surfcoast region Sea Echo offers a delivery and positioning service. Sea Echo hand-pick and inspect each piece individually to ensure its quality. They design and build individual landscapes that are distinctly Australian in character while drawing on ideas and inspiration from gardens around the world. Sea Echo Landscapes employ fully qualified tradespeople for all aspects of their landscape construction. Please enquire for more information.
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Romantic Getaway & Weddings

Ripple Massage, Day Spa and Beauty

Ripple Massage, Day Spa and Beauty is the day spa that comes to you; massage and beauty, it's so easy. Offering luxurious spa packages that come to you in your home or hotel. Sometimes you need just a little break from your life; time to relax, revive and let go of stress. Ripple has lots of massage and beauty treatments to rejuvenate and relax, from the lush Chocolate massage to the deeply relaxing Hot Stone or unique Russian massage. With health fund rebates for all massages, there is a massage here that will let you take a breath, slow down and relax. Choose from a pregnancy, deep tissue Russian, remedial, seashell or Himalayan herbal ball massage, or try a spa treatment for women, men, couples or hens party. The value for money packages include free day spa extras like lime and tangerine exfoliation, cleansing face masks, peppermint scented foot soaks and free gifts to take home. There are also beauty services for you like manicure, pedicure and lush facials. We also come to you with waxing, makeup, spray tan and tinting. Perfect for couples, girls pamper days, hens party, women and men or those just wanting to try a rare style that you won't find anywhere else. Ripple Massage, Day Spa and Beauty operate in Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Daylesford, Bendigo, Ballarat, Dandenong Ranges, Great Ocean Road, Geelong and everywhere in between.

Endota day spa Geelong

Endota day spa Geelong offers remedial massage, spa treatments and beauty therapy. They are Geelong´s massage, waxing and beauty experts. Endota day spa Geelong was Endota's Franchisee of the Year Runners Up for 2011 and a 2011 finalist for the Business Awards Geelong. This brilliant Geelong day spa is a sight to sigh for. The best Geelong beauty therapy, spa treatments and exceptional Geelong massage are all on offer at Endota spa on Pakington Street, Geelong. Spa facilities include five treatment rooms; with a large room perfect for double treatments or groups. The endota spa Geelong massage menu offers a choice of relaxation and remedial massage. Geelong's endota spa is renowned for its friendly and super professional therapists - experts in delivering remedial massage, waxing, plus spa treatments and beauty therapy. Experience more than just a facial: Geelong beauty salon therapies mixed with spa body treatments, footbaths and massage make for a memorable and magic Geelong spa day.

Endota Torquay

endota is an indigenous Australian word meaning beautiful. endota spa is the fresh, soothing, all-Australian day spa at home near you. Here, wellness is the way. Laidback and friendly, endota spa welcomes absolutely everyone. Flawless walls. Timber benches. Essential oils meandering on the air. A billabong footbath lapping at your feet. Lap up certified, Australian organic ingredients in every spa treatment, and at home, soak up certified organic endota skincare. endota spa provide ahhhh-mazing space for sidling in and chilling out. And ahhh-inspiring business opportunities for motivated day spa franchisees - we're Australia's largest day spa network, and Australia's most successful day spa franchise system.

Saltair Day Spa

Only one hour from the Westgate Bridge you will find Saltair Day Spa. Situated in a unique location, offering stunning views of Torquay's rolling hills and crystal blue waters. Calm your mind as you are cared for by the exceptional therapists and Indulge in a complete menu of day spa treatments and therapies. Derma-Cosmeceuticals Skincare is available using the latest Multi-spectrum imaging. Try something new like an Indigenous Inspired Rhythmic Massage or a Facial Treatment using a combination of the purist organic bases and pure oxygen gas. Captivate your senses while your stresses melt away in the Hydrotherapy Spa, Geisha Spa, Vichy Shower or Steam Sauna. Saltair treatments use the highest quality aromatherapy oils, earth ochres, desert salts, ocean mineral polishers, moisturisers and elixirs used in the finest destination spas worldwide. Saltair Spa uses and recommends Li'Tya Spa products. Capturing the potency of indigenous Australian plants, fruits, earth ochres, desert salts and sea plants, with each product depicting the wonder and beauty of the country. Li'Tya offers exquisitely pure health, beauty and wellbeing treatments - individually tailored to energise and beautify every part of your being. Saltair Spa also use and recommend Heritage Healers facial treatments. Pure oxygen gas, in conjunction with vitamins and minerals, is used to nourish and revitalise the skin cells. With Heritage Healers O2 Oxygen Therapy they soothe away internal stress, then regenerate and boost the health of every skin cell with pure oxygen gas, plus essential vitamins and minerals. It is the most effective skin treatment program of its kind, designed to cleanse, nourish and revitalise every skin cell of the face, pore by pore. Choose from body treatments, geisha tub, hydrotherapy, massage, facials, oxygen treatments, hand and foot treatments, Day Spa packages and Professional Skin Health Advice and treatments, spray tans, waxing and tinting.

Nature & Wildlife

Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens

The Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens were founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit community organisation to support the beautiful Geelong Botanic Gardens. The Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens support and celebrate the Geelong Botanic Gardens as a place for plants and people, discovery and learning, ideas and innovation, engagement and pride, conservation, environment and quiet contemplation. The Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens provide a range of on-site activities for the members as well as the public. These include the 'Growing Friends Nursery' open every Wednesday from 10 until noon at the rear of the Geelong Botanic Gardens and seasonal weekend plant sales. Guided walks in the Gardens through their Discovery walk series including free guided walks on Wednesdays at 11am and Sundays at 2pm. Meet your guide at the front steps of the gardens. Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens have a year round program of events and activities for both members and the public. Maintenance of the Perennial Border and Rose Garden, Growers Nursery and Botanic Art Classes. Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens provide financial support to the Geelong Botanic Gardens. Please subscribe to Jubaea, Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens quarterly newsletter for more information about what's happening at the Geelong Botanic gardens by visiting their website.

Theatre, Music and the Arts

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.

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

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 steam train. It is one of Australia's most spectacular entertainment experiences - it is a mini festival in one night and a progressive party you'll never forget. Nothing captures the spirit of the blues quite like a steam train. Listening to the train whistle and the clickety-clack on the tracks you can imagine the old blues masters jamming it up on Mississippi freight trains as they were 'ridin' the blinds' around America's deep south. The Blues Train leaves Queenscliff Railway Station after guests have enjoyed a delicious meal complemented by fine 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 miraculously 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 the different show dates.

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.

Outdoor Activities

Geelong Racing Club

Geelong Racing Club is home to many popular races that attract keen punters all over Australia. Visit the website today for club information and race details. Geelong Racing Club staged its inaugural race meeting on 1st May 1841, at Corio. There were three races, the first was a two horse event won by Juliet ridden by owner T. Wright. On 4th February 1843, another meeting was conducted about three miles West of Geelong near the then newly erected Fyansford Inn. In an attempt to conduct annual meetings the Geelong Racing Committee conducted a trial meeting on land known as "Airey's Flat" on the 5th October situated three miles from Geelong, beside the Moorabool River (nearly opposite where the Australian Portland Cement Works is today). The first official annual Geelong race meeting was conducted on the 29th February and 1st March 1844 after restructuring the course that was one and a half miles and 300 yards. Apart from Fyansford, many other meetings were held in the early days. These include North Shore, Belmont, Lara, Birregurra, Inverleigh, Leigh Road, Winchelsea, Moriac, Meredith, Queenscliff, Portarlington, Drysdale and Torquay. The Portarlington course can still be seen today and the Belmont meetings were held on the present site of the rifle range in Breakwater Road.

Adventure

Geelong Walking Tours

Start your trip to Geelong with a guided walk where you will visit the key attractions, the arts precinct and our stunning Waterfront. Get some inspiration for the remainder of your stay and even some discounts. Walks depart from the National Wool Museum, Cnr Brougham & Moorabool St. The 2 hour walk costs $12 and includes a delicious morning or afternoon tea hosted by Four Points Sheraton Geelong on the spectacular Waterfront. Bookings are essential - 03 5244 7102.

Barwon River Geelong

From its beginnings in the Otway Ranges, the Barwon River winds its way through suburban Geelong before flowing into the ocean at Barwon Heads. The Barwon River is the site for a huge number of leisure pursuits for Geelong residents. There are several rowing clubs located in Belmont, and a little further south there is an area for waterskiing. At various points along the river as it runs through Geelong there are tracks for running, cycling and walking. There are also several parks, playgrounds, picnic spots and BBQ areas. The mouth of the river has sandy banks that are well used walkers and families who build sandcastles and paddle in the shallows. Fishing is popular on the jetties near the mouth of the river and kayakers and paddlers are often seen in this area. Barwon Heads also has a sailing club where laser yachts are often seen at high tide. There are also BBQs and picnic areas alongside the riverbank.

Skydive The Beach and Beyond Great Ocean Road

Leap into the sky with Skydive The Beach and Beyond Great Ocean Road on a tandem skydiving adventure and surf the air currents above famous Bells Beach, marvel at lush coastal bush and farmland as you free fall from up to 14,000 feet. Skydiving the Great Ocean Road is one of Victoria's best skydiving adventures - let the tandem skydiving team show you Barwon Heads like you've never seen it before.

Cycling

You Yangs

Rising from the flat, volcanic plains between Geelong and Melbourne, the granite peaks of the You Yangs are a terrific destination for many outdoor activities. Walk to Flinders Peak for panoramic views of Geelong, Corio Bay, the Western Districts and beyond. There are several walking tracks within the park catering for varying abilities. The You Yangs are popular for mountain biking; the two designated mountain bike areas offer 50km of track. The park is also popular for rock climbing, abseiling and horse riding and there are BBQ and picnic areas available, as well as toilets.

Trailhead Bike Co.

Trailhead Bike Co. is the only bike shop on the Great Ocean Road and the Surf Coast. You can ride straight from our front door to the world famous Great Ocean Road or the surrounding mountain bike trails in the Great Otway National Park. We stock the best cycling brands and can take care of your bicycle servicing and repair needs. We are now in partnership with Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours (GORATS) so we can take care of all your bike hire needs from 1 person to 100 people.

Spas, Relaxation & Wellbeing

Bellarine Massage and Holistic Therapies

Bellarine Massage and Holistic Therapies

Bellarine Massage and Holistic Therapies focuses on clients who want a relaxing massage in the luxury of their own home. Having a massage really allows you to slow down and switch off, both mentally and physically, from the pressures of society. On a physical level, massage treats the whole person, releasing tension from the mind and the muscles, communicating through caring touch, imparting inner peace and tranquillity. When you are receiving a massage, you may find that you tend to drift away into your own personal paradise. Massage promotes self -awareness and treats the mind, body and spirit, enabling you to achieve a truly holistic state of homeostasis, returning balance and harmony to yourself. Visit the website or call for more information. Gift vouchers available.

Tours

SEAROAD FERRIES QUEENSCLIFF

Searoad Ferries connects the Great Ocean Road and the Bellarine to the Mornington Peninsula, the 40 minute crossing is a stress free alternative to driving through the city. Two specially designed all weather 60 metre ferries have easy drive on/drive off facilities, spacious comfortable lounges with full-length windows, a tempting cafe and plenty of deck space. Watch out for dolphins, whales in winter and enormous ships as you breathe incredibly fresh air. Arriving at Sorrento, you will have a perfect view of multi-million dollar mansions sitting atop cliffs, tiny coves filled with boats, the beautiful foreshore and old limestone buildings. Whether you are going home or on a journey far away, there's no better way to see the bay than with Searoad Ferries. Passengers with vehicles are advised to arrive at the terminals at least 20 minutes prior to departure. The ferries depart from Queenscliff Harbour, Queenscliff and the Sorrento Pier, Sorrento. Special Features on the 40 minute journey are the unparalleled views of historic lighthouses, the Point Nepean fortifications, navigational features, seals and dolphins are available from the comfortable lounge areas, cafe style seating or numerous observation decks. Both vessels are fully equipped to cater for passengers with disabilities, including an internal lift from the vehicle deck to the passenger lounge. Coaches may be booked ahead. Seven days notice is advisable to secure passage.

Golf

Lonsdale Golf Club

Located at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay - only 90 minutes from Melbourne and 25 minutes from Geelong - the Lonsdale Golf Club is a highly regarded 18-hole sand belt course that can be played 12 months a year. Measuring 5710 metres for men (Par 71) and 5172 metres for women (Par 72), the course continues to receive praise from visitors, golf professionals and club members. The course offers three practice areas which includes a driving range. The Clubhouse features a welcoming atmosphere with excellent bar and dining facilities offering before and after golf snacks, lunches and A La Carte dining, plus a superb beer garden which enjoys the afternoon sun for members and visitors alike. The fully stocked Pro Shop has been totally transformed in the past three years, designed around custom fitting for drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges, putter and golf balls. The Pro Shop carries a number of major brands to suit a broad range of budgets. Club Professional Sean Charleston (AAA PGA Professional) has been at Lonsdale for nearly five years developing teaching programs, custom fitting, retailing and organising golf days. The teaching programs have focused on juniors, women golfers and pennant players. Sean also addresses golf fitness and the short game, and is available on a one to one basis to focus on your individual instruction needs. Golf days include the signature event The Lonsdale Classic in January, selling out within hours of entry forms being released. The Lonsdale Golf Club continues to provide a high class sand belt course, quality practice facilities and a fully stocked pro shop with Professional. The Tea Trees bistro in the Clubhouse can cater for all food and beverage requirements including functions. Please call or visit the website for more information.

Beaches

Bells Beach

With an international reputation as one of Australia’s best surf beaches, Bells Beach is amazing spot – either in the water or out. There isn’t much ‘beach’ at Bells, it’s mostly a glorious cliff-face, and views from the cliff-top car park are spectacular – a great spot to watch local surfers out in the water. There are several quality surfing spots in the precinct from Southside to Steps Reef. Every Easter Bells Beach hosts the international professional surfing community for the Rip Curl Pro event. To get to Bells Beach, travel along the Great Ocean Road past Jan Juc – turn left into Bells Boulevard and follow the signs. General Beach Hazard Rating: 6 Least hazardous: 1-3 Moderately hazardous: 4-6 Highly hazardous: 7-8 Extremely hazardous: 9-10 Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life. SURFING Bells is a world class right when above 1.5 m. When smaller, the waves break close in to the headland and produce a right called Rincon. Further around the head are two more reef breaks which work below 2 m, called Centre Side (a right) and Southside (a left). FISHING The water is deep right off the beach, while at low tide you can fish from the reefs at each end. GENERAL One of the meccas of surfing and well worth a visit, if only to view the beach and surf from the bluffs. CARPARK Type: Formal parking area Surface: Sealed Spaces: 200 We provide this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. We remind you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches.
 

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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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