Home' Great Southern Tourist News : July 2011 Contents ONLY an hour's drive from
Melbourne, Geelong is set on
the serene shores of Corio
Bay and at the gateway to the
famous Great Ocean Road and
stunning Bellarine Peninsula.
VISITORS keen to soak up the city's
rich maritime history should head to
the waterfront, taking in sights from
the huge pier and art deco buildings
at Eastern Beach, to the modern
architecture and art installations at
There are plenty of ideal places
for a picnic and many cafes and fine
dining restaurants along the way.
Young and old will enjoy stopping
along the waterfront for a photo with
some of the 100 bollards --- remnants
of the Yarra Street Pier --- that a local
artist transformed into statues.
One of the city's most popular
attractions is an historic, steam-driven
The colourful reminder of bygone
days captures the hearts of children
and adults alike. The carousel has
taken years of restoration and is
one of only a few in the world still
Dating to 1892, Armitage Herschell
built the portable steam-driven
wonders as waterfront attractions all
over the world.
The hand-carved carousel beside
Steampacket Quay is housed in a
building of steel and glass.
The waterfront precinct also hosts
regular weekend markets, where
visitors can sample delicious local
produce and explore an eclectic
collection of art and clothing.
GEELONG is one of the state's most
historically-significant cities, with
more than 200 buildings registered
with the National Trust.
Beyond the waterfront, its cultural
precinct includes one of the country's
best regional art galleries and modern
The city's National Wool Museum
presents a busy calendar of events
and public programs in the historic,
bluestone wool store.
The museum includes four galler-
ies, a gift and souvenir shop and a
WHILE Geelong is renowned for
its beautiful coastline and vibrant
atmosphere, it once served as a vital
port for early Victoria and has a
strong history as an industrial hub.
Geelong's early success came courtesy
of the quality wool produced in the re-
gion's farmland. Old wool stores, now
converted to shopping centres and a
university, are testament to this time
in history. Geelong's role as a port city
became more important during the
1850s gold rush, and in the years since
has developed its reputation as a
manufacturing centre, with companies
including Ford, Shell, Target and
Alcoa calling the city home.
THE FORD DISCOVERY CENTRE
GEELONG became the home of car
giant Ford's manufacturing facilities
in 1925 and in 1999 the Ford Discovery
Centre opened its doors down the road
from the original site.
The museum takes an informative,
fun and interactive look at the car
company's history and its impact on
Geelong. The museum examines the
history of Ford and takes a behind-
the-scenes look at the processes
involved in getting a car from the
design stage to the road.
There are also a variety of engineer-
ing displays, an interactive production
line, a theatre and an ever-changing
vehicle exhibit, including vintage
cars, race cars and important models
in history. The centre is open six days
a week and closed on Tuesdays.
OLD GEELONG GAOL
VISITORS to Geelong have a chance
to explore a darker side to the city
at the Old Geelong Gaol. The bleak,
bluestone building was built between
FARMERS MARKET: The
Central Geelong Farmers Mar-
ket offers fresh produce and
gourmet treats in the heart of
the city. It operates outdoors
in Little Malop Street, on the
second Saturday of each month
FAIRY TALES: Young and
old alike will appreciate the
magic of Fairy Park, half an
hour from Geelong's CBD, at
Anakie. The expansive amuse-
ment park, set over 10 hectares
in the beautiful Brisbane
Ranges, features 22 animated
scenes complemented by
digitised sound and lighting to
bring classic stories to life.
Bay city gateway to
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