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Geelong has been reinvented.
Old, industrial spaces are being transformed into creative hubs, urban precincts and fabulous eateries. From the conversion of an old mill into the East Coast headquarters of Little Creatures Brewery to the transformation of the waterfront into a spectacular place to stay and play, Geelong has changed. See for yourself.
Located on the shores of Port Phillip Bay, Geelong is the gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula and the famous Great Ocean Road. Wander along the stunning waterfront of Victoria’s second largest city past public artworks, landscaped gardens and eateries.
Discover the wealth of public art works along the waterfront from the whimsical Baywalk Bollards to the iconic Shark Fins and Cargo Boxes. For an inside look at the city’s vibrant contemporary art scene make sure you visit the iconic Geelong Gallery.
With a packed calendar of events celebrating everything from music, film and theatre to food, wine and community activities, there’s always plenty going on.
It is easy to relax at Cadel Evans’ home of Barwon Heads, set against a landscape of gentle estuaries, rocky coastal headland and ocean beaches.
The sea air and cool coastal vibes make it a popular summer destination, and there is plenty of activity on offer to keep everyone entertained. Stroll along quiet riverbanks, play a round at some of the finest golf courses in the state situated in or near the town.
Swim in the wide and picturesque river estuary or along the sandy river foreshore at the river mouth. Cast a line for a spot of fishing or, for more heart-racing adventure, head to the Bluff at Thirteenth Beach for some lively surfing action. Then, shop up a storm at the boutiques along the town’s main street or refuel at one of the popular cafes.
Ocean Grove. A place to build beach shacks, sandcastles and memories.
Choose from any number of natural and contemporary attractions in and around picturesque Ocean Grove, a popular holiday destination and the largest town on the Bellarine Peninsula. Stay a few days and use it as base for exploring the Bellarine Peninsula’s renowned wineries, beaches and links golf courses.
Explore the unbroken stretch of sand that reaches out to the mouth of the Barwon River. Wander along the beautiful, wide surf beach or sign up for surfing and body boarding lessons and hit the waves. For a slow, relaxing afternoon, take a stroll in the flourishing nature reserve or pick up local art pieces and gourmet produce in the vibrant shopping district.
Families have been visiting Ocean Grove for generations. It’s not hard to understand why. The roar of the surf, the ocean breezes, the coastal town vibe and it’s surrounded by all the food, wine and attractions of The Bellarine.
Torquay marks the official beginning of the Great Ocean Road, and lies just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne. It is the birthplace of famous surfers and famous surf brands alike and the town itself pays homage to all things surf.
Delve into the town’s pervasive surf culture at Australian National Surfing Museum, the world’s largest facility dedicated to surfing history and beach culture. Then, shop up a storm at Surf City Plaza for internationally recognised brands such as Rip Curl, Quiksilver, Roxy, DC, G-Boards & Strapper.
Be spoilt for choice with cool, find-me-if-you-can cafes, home-style pub bistro’s or health focussed nosheries serving up delicious local fare. With renewed energy, plunge fully into the surf lifestyle with a learn to surf lesson, watch the pros ride the waves from the clifftops at nearby Bells Beach, or enjoy a swim at any of the great beaches such as Cozy Corner, Fisherman’s beach and Front Beach.
Bells Beach is a surfers’ dream with outstanding surf almost daily. Home of the coveted Rip Curl Pro, the swell attracts world-renowned surfers all year round.
Pull into the car park and watch from the lookout point, or jump on a board and paddle out to ride with the pros and locals for whom surfing at Bells is a daily delight.
Travel the Great Ocean Road and beyond for one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives.
Experience a diverse array of things to see and do in the region, from outdoor activities such as surfing, on and off-road cycling and sea kayaking to arts, cultural and heritage attractions.
Admire the stunning coastline and coastal towns of Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Lorne and Apollo Bay and enjoy fine dining, local winemakers and fresh produce along the way.
To plan your adventure go to www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au.