Geelong Region Touring Information
Victoria's largest regional city is a vibrant and energetic metropolis with both day and night activities on offer. Visit the historic docks which have been transformed into one of Australia's liveliest waterfront areas. Restaurants, cafés, a luxury hotel, parklands, art-deco swimming baths, botanic gardens, museums and an antique carousel are set amongst the scenic bay views. Less than an hour from Melbourne and only 20 minutes from Avalon Airport there are plenty of opportunities for shopping and entertainment. Once you have enjoyed the wineries set your sights on the surrounding national and state parks, historic buildings and nearby beaches or explore the Geelong Wine sub regions of The Bellarine, the Surf Coast and the Moorabool Valley.
Sandy bay and ocean beaches, grapevine-covered hills and charming seaside towns and villages paint a pretty picture of the peninsula. Inland, fertile soils produce fabulous fruits and berries, while the grapes thriving in the maritime environment create award-winning, flavour-filled wines. The peninsula's fine eateries feature much of the regional produce, including local mussels. The Bellarine offers the quintessential seaside holiday
The township of Queenscliff has a unique character with majestic Victorian-era hotels and historic public buildings. The majestic military fort overlooking the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, combined with towering lighthouses, museums and the passing parade of ships on the Bay, all reinforce the importance of Queenscliff in maritime history.
Sun, sand and surf permeates most aspects of life along the Surf Coast. Torquay heralds the official start of the Great Ocean Road, with world famous surfing spot, Bells Beach just down the road. The Otways reach down to meet the beach at Anglesea and carry on the connection continues along to Aireys Inlet, Lorne and beyond. Lorne's resort style features relaxed dining, a magnificent beach and amazing waterfalls and rainforests on the town's doorstep.
Majestic towering eucalypts sway gently over massive tree fern gardens. Waterfalls thunder through the rainforest and swollen streams rush towards the ocean. Old timber towns nestle cosily in the ranges, curls of smoke drifting from the chimneys of residents' cottages. Serene, scenic strolls or high adrenlin adventure – find them all in the Otway Ranges.
The Moorabool Valley is nestled in the Shire of Golden Plains where we invite you to get lost and discover the unique, untouched beauty of this picturesque region.Only 10 minutes from Geelong, 40 minutes from Ballarat or an hour from Melbourne, the Moorabool Valley's winemakers are making stunning wines from tough conditions. Rolling green hills, golden fields of canola and wheat and rugged bush landscapes span the plains. Dip down into the Valley to discover stunning scenery, vineyards, historic mining towns, towering river red gums and antique stores make this little known area a must to discover.
Visitor Information Centres are located across the Geelong region. They are open from 9 am until 5 pm, seven days a week, and provide information regarding local attractions, accommodation and events. Tel. 1800 620 888.
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