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FAIRY TALES: Young and old
alike will appreciate the magic
of Fairy Park, half an hour
from Geelong's CBD, at Anakie.
The expansive amusement
park, set over 10 hectares in the
beautiful Brisbane Ranges, fea-
tures 22 animated scenes com-
plemented by digitised sound
and lighting. Stories include all
the classics we know and love.
THE Gallery at 53 Little Malop
Street has a vibrant program of
special exhibitions as well as
works from its permanent col-
lection. Since its establishment
in 1896, the gallery has amassed
a magnificent collection of 19th
and 20th century Australian and
European paintings and decora-
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and public programs in the historic
bluestone wool store.
The museum includes four galler-
ies, a gift and souvenir shop and a
FOR more than 100 years, holidaymak-
ers frequented Barwon Heads during
summer, but for the rest of the year it
was a quiet hamlet. Showbiz changed
all that. In 1959, the closing scenes of
the film On the Beach starring Gregory
Peck, Ava Gardner and Fred Astaire
were filmed in the town.
During the late 1990s, Barwon Heads
was the primary location for ABC TV's
popular series, Sea Change.
The town offers a sandy river
foreshore, ocean surf breaks and a top
golf course. It lies at the mouth of one
of the Geelong region's major rivers ,
the Barwon, and has been noted as one
of the safest open beaches in Victoria.
The cosmopolitan town also hosts
a Sunday market from December to
January on Hitchcock Avenue between
9am and 1pm. All that separates
Barwon Heads from its neighbour,
Ocean Grove, is the Barwon River.
A bridge was built to connect the
two towns in 1927.
VISITORS who cross the bridge to
Ocean Grove will be greeted by 12
kilometres of pristine beaches.
The town has become a popular
holiday spot, with a wide ange of
recreational activities including golf,
sailing, walking and cycling trails,
swimming and horse riding .
Ocean Grove is the largest town on
the Bellarine Peninsula and offers a
wide range of shopping from major
supermarkets to restaurants, cafes
and speciality shops.
The town is renowned for its surf
beaches that front onto Bass Strait
and there are several walking tracks
that offer good views along the
Blue Waters Lake and Begola
Wetlands are two inland water at-
tractions that feature walking tracks
and an array of bird life.
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