See the $150m make over! Exciting new attractions, fabulous restaurants, landscaped gardens, wide walking paths, regular events and beautiful Corio Bay combine to make Waterfront Geelong a must-see destination for all ages.
Public Art in Geelong
Discover the wealth of public art works along the Geelong waterfront from the whimsical Baywalk Bollards to the Cargo Boxes and Paving Splats.
History & Heritage
Geelong has a long and colourful history. Its original inhabitants were members of various clans of the Wathaurong tribe who had inhabited the region for more than 25,000 years before white explorers arrived. The region changed forever once white settlement started in the early 1800s. Today, there are many ways of gaining a glimpse into the region's sometimes turbulent and raucous past
Old Geelong Gaol
Some say you can hear the rattle of iron manacles in the ghostly Old Geelong Gaol. And no wonder! Built in 1853, the giant bluestone edifice has housed some of Victoria's toughest and most notorious criminals. In the early days, many felons were hanged on the gaol's gallows. Today, visitors can tour the former high-security prison that was still in use until July 1991.
National Wool Museum
The National Wool Museum was established in 1988 as Australia's only comprehensive museum of wool.
Ford Motor Co Discovery Centre
Discover the past, present and exciting future of Ford Australia at the Ford Discovery Centre. The Centre provides a unique behind the scene opportunity to experience how cars are designed, engineered and built. The Centre also takes you on a journey through the Australian history of a remarkable global company with a long and proud heritage in this country.
Geelong Heritage Centre
The Geelong Heritage Centre is Victoria's largest regional archive and resource centre.
Eastern & Botanic Gardens
Geelong's historic Botanic Gardens are centrally located within Eastern Park and have recently undergone a $2 million redevelopment. The work has created a new 21st Century Garden with native plants against a background of Australian colours, and effectively doubled the size of the gardens. There are also more prominent entrances and a new drive, inviting visitors to come in and explore.
Geelong Wine Region
In terms of sunshine and temperature, Geelong lies about half way between Bordeaux and Burgundy. Not surprising then that over 20 wineries are open for tasting.
Great Ocean Road
Geelong is the gateway to the Great Ocean Road Touring Route. Winding along the western coast of Victoria, the Great Ocean Road offers stunning ocean views, beachside activities, laid back coastal towns and maritime villages. You will find limitless opportunities to leave everyday life behind.
Take it upon yourself to taste test some of Australia’s best wines from Geelong’s famous Wine Region. Immerse yourself in the elegance of a Pinot Noir, a Chardonnay or a Shiraz while overlooking the beautiful scenery. Pursue walking trails, restaurants and galleries in the area for a well-rounded experience of the real wine region.
Geelong Adventure Park (Seasonal)
Explore Victoria’s biggest theme park, the Geelong Adventure Park with your family for the perfect day out together. Teenagers can practice their driving skills in a safe environment at the Go Karts speedway, toddlers have a dedicated splash zone and parents can enjoy the paddleboats, or maybe 40km/h speed waterslide if they are feeling adventurous.
Geelong Waterfront Bollard Train
Choose either to walk the full 2-hour trail or maybe just a section of this bollard-packed path. Each bollard represents a different historical Geelong character, like the 1910 policeman and the 1920’s lady swimmers. The trail is best started near the Geelong Botanic Gardens or at Rippleside Park.
One of the primary hosts of AFL premiership matches in Victoria and a legendary stadium, Simonds Stadium is a famous venue in Greater Geelong. From cricket and rugby to football and concerts, our park is closely located to this major sporting facility.
The Fairy Park
Follow the yellow brick road to Fairytale Land with you little ones, which features 22 animated fairytale scenes that come to life with the push of a button. Older kids will also be captivated by the daring tower climb and making fast friends before racing through the medieval themed tunnel mazes at the Camelot Playground.