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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. 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
1849 and 1864 by prisoners who were
kept in barges on Corio Bay.
The prison remained in use until
1991 and prisoners were kept in freez-
ing, stone-walled cells with iron bars.
The prison’s central block was based on
London’s Pentonville Prison and tours
of the building take in all aspects of its
Tours show visitors prisoners’
murals, muster and exercise areas,
watchtowers and a gallows reconstruc-
tion depicting the 1863 hanging of
The gaol is located in Myers Street
and is open 1pm to 4pm Saturdays,
Sundays and school holidays.
FOR more than 100 years, holiday-
makers 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 Barwon River is all that sepa-
rates Barwon Heads from its neighbour,
Ocean Grove. 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 range 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
The town is renowned for its surf
beaches that front on to Bass Strait and
there are several walking tracks that
offer good views along the beach.
Riverglen Holiday Park
Riverglen offers a great range of accommodation along the
banks of the Barwon River in a beautiful parkland setting.
New air conditioned cedar cottages (some with spas), luxury
cabins, shady caravan & tent sites. Undercover BBQ, games
room, children’s play area & jumping pillow. Camp kitchen,
modern amenities. Minutes from city centre. Eastern Beach
and the start of the Great Ocean Road.
Your hosts Robert, Mary Kelly, Nicole, Briony Stanton and
75 Barrabool Road, BELMONT
Ph (03) 5243 5505
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