“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing”
Whilst I agree with the sentiment, there are only so many games of mini-golf you can play in the rain with soggy kids before you lose your damp mind! Plus, sometimes the inclement weather forces us into the Great Indoors – then we realise how much awesomeness there is to be had in places that also offer shelter.
Boom has regularly changing exhibitions, a great café and gift shop plus the Boom Workroom now offers classes and hands-on workshops. Metropolis Gallery has an exciting exhibition program with a particular focus on local artists. In addition to paintings and prints there is a range of sculpture, glassware, ceramics and jewellery. Geelong Gallery was established in 1896 and houses a vast collection of significant work – including a particular focus on early images of the Geelong region. Some pieces are of national significance: Eugène von Guérard’s View of Geelong (1856) and Frederick McCubbin’s A Bush Burial (1890). Get out of town to Queenscliff and you'll be blown away by the art movement that has taken over the town. See what Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop and Salt Contemporary Art have to offer and make sure you check out all the amazing events they hold.
SHOP TIL YOU DROP
Market Square Shopping Centre covers a couple of city blocks over a couple of levels. National department stores and brands trade alongside small fashion retailers, local favourites, services and places to eat. Geelong and the Bellarine has developed somewhat of a reputation for vintage and eccentric warehouse shopping with outlets like KYO in Ocean Grove and Geelong Vintage Market offering unique homewares and gifts.
Bounce, skate, climb your way around with the kids. Have some Supa fun at SupaTramp. Catering for all ages and fitness levels SupaTramp specialises in all types of high octane, adrenalin rush type activities whilst still creating a healthy, safe and fun space for kids and adults of all ages. Sounds cool. Keep up the energy with a stop at The Rock Adventure Centre. The Rock Adventure Centre has been Geelong's vertical obsession since 2001. With a huge variety of climbs from beginners to experts, gear shop, cafe and an extensive bouldering and training area. Still pumped for some rad action? Jump on the board at The Park. It is home to the Largest Indoor Skatepark in Australia and boasts the largest indoor Vert Ramp in the Southern Hemisphere. The Park has been designed to be Australia’s mecca of skateboarding and action sports including BMX, scooters and inline.
VISIT THE PAST
Geelong was built on wool, then manufacturing. Interactive stories about the evolution of the city are told through the exhibitions at the National Wool Museum and the Geelong Museum of Motoring. Both have fantastic historical pieces and excellent interpretation. Queenscliff is a terrific destination to get a glimpse into the past. It’s gorgeously visible in the architecture of some of the stately homes and grand hotels in town. A tour of the old Fort provide insight into the importance of the location from a military perspective. The Queenscliffe Maritime Museum is a history lesson in navigation, shipping and the coastline and the organization also opens the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse for regular tours. From the Queenscliff Visitor Information Centre, there are walking tours around town with a knowledgeable guide giving interpretive historical commentary on the various locations.
VISIT THE FUTURE
If you haven't seen Geelong's amazing library then get yourself a library card today!