Home' Great Southern Tourist News : November 2011 Contents GEELONG
City boasts an industrial
past and a bright future
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 build-
ings 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
carousel. 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 running.
Dating from 1892, Armitage Herschell
built the portable steam-driven wonders
as waterfront attractions all over the
The waterfront precinct also hosts
regular weekend markets, where visi-
tors can sample delicious local produce
and explore an eclectic collection of art
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 modern theatres and one of the
country’s best regional art galleries.
The city’s National Wool Museum
presents a busy calendar of events and
public programs in the historic, blue-
stone wool store. The museum includes
four galleries, a gift and souvenir shop
and a restaurant.
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
region’s farmland. Old wool stores,
now converted to shopping centres
and a university, are testament to this.
Geelong’s role as a port city became
more important during the 1850s gold
rush, and in the years since has devel-
oped its reputation as a manufacturing
centre, with companies including Ford,
Shell, Target and Alcoa calling the city
THE FORD DISCOVERY CENTRE
GEELONG became the home of car
giant Ford’s manufacturing facili-
ties in 1925, and in 1999 the Ford
Discovery Centre opened its doors down
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