There are many faces to Geelong: a vital industrial and commercial town, an educational centre, an aquatic playground on Corio Bay, whose waters offer fishing challenges to all anglers, a launching pad for forays along the Great Ocean Road and into the vineyards around Mt Anakie.
It is also a city justifiably proud of its heritage, considered so significant by the National Trust that it has listed more than 200 buildings as worthy of preservation.
Horse racing, too, is an integral part of the city’s calendar, especially in the spring when the city plays a strong support hand to the spectacular Melbourne carnival with the Geelong Cup meeting.
The city has played a pivotal role in the wool industry which anchored Australia's 19th and 20th century growth and it is fitting that Geelong should host the National Wool Museum. Housed in the Dennys Lascelles wool store, which dates back to 1872 and set the national standard for all Australian stores, the museum makes generous use of oral history displays to trace the development of the industry.
- Geelong Week (January), Highland Gathering (March), Geelong Cup Racing Carnival (October)
Things to do in and around Geelong include:
National Wool Museum - with audio-visuals and recreated workers cottages.
Historic Buildings - including Customs House, Corio Villa, Merchiston Hall and two National Trust properties, The Heights and Barwon Grange.
Geelong Art Gallery - Victoria's largest regional gallery.
Eastern Beach Foreshore - stroll past the quirky painted bollards which recall the characters of Geelong's past to the Art Deco sea-bathing complex.
Ford Discovery Centre - showcasing seven decades of Ford manufacturing
Botanic Gardens - in Eastern Park
Balyang Bird Sanctuary - bird haven and picnic area
In the area
Wineries - many wineries to visit.
Serendipity Sanctuary - once a research station, now open to the public with trails and bird hides.
Discovery Walk - from Anakie Gorge that includes native fauna.
Fairy Park - with miniature houses and fairytale scenes.
Bellarine Rail - take a trip on the Bellarine Peninsula Tourist Railway or walk or cycle the adjacent rail trail.