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Reviewed on 11 Feb. 2020
Geelong is a walkable, family-friendly neighbourhood with convenient options for restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. The neighbourhood's charm comes through with its friendly people. The beaches and countryside showcase the area's natural beauty. A stay at one of Geelong's hotels makes it easy to venture out into the greater Grovedale area.
The local wineries will impress, as will other attractions. At National Wool Museum, Geelong Art Gallery, and Geelong Performing Arts Center, you'll learn about local culture. The Carousel, Steampacket Gardens, and Old Geelong Gaol are well-known local landmarks. Bring the family to Geelong Botanical Gardens, Waterworld, and Warbird Air Adventures.
Surfing, fishing, and sailing await you in and on the water. Golf courses like Geelong Golf Course, Thirteenth Beach Golf Links, and Barwon Heads Golf Club will challenge your game. Soak up some sun at Raffs Beach, Portarlington Waterfront, and Bell's Beach. Rippleside Park, Balyang Sanctuary, or Lake Connwarre are ideal spots to enjoy the outdoors. Looking for a little retail therapy? Consider a shopping trip to Westfield Geelong, Mill Markets, and Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre. Eastern Beach Swimming Enclosure, Simonds Stadium, and Kardinia Park are other spots for some local fun.
Don't miss Deakin University, Islamic Society of Geelong, and The Heights Heritage House and Garden while you're here. Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre, and Saint Regis Winery are other must-sees.
The closest major airport is Melbourne, VIC (AVV-Avalon), located 14.6 km (9 miles) from Geelong. The next closest airport is Melbourne, VIC (MEL-Tullamarine), located 66.2 km (41.1 miles) away.