Geelong is Victoria’s second largest city and a great one at that. The city is along Melbourne’s south west coast, located on Corio Bay and is very well known for the AFL football team the Geelong Cats. We were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed our few days here exploring the Esplanade that Geelong is well known for.
While we were here we spent a lot of time down at the The Esplanade. The kids absolutely loved it here and so did we. It is relaxing and has so much to do and see. There is lovely green grass here to sit and have a picnic on plus the Esplanade has paved walkways to access all the attractions that are on offer.
The Ferris Wheel
How cool is this! A Ferris wheel on the beach. We loved the idea and what a view from the top. We were so bummed that we didn’t get to go on. The weather was not in our favour. We will make a return visit to the Geelong Ferris wheel in the warmer months on our way back down the coast.
The Eastern Beach is perfect for a BBQ dinner or lunch! All you need is a picnic basket, wine, a few beers and you are set. Plus there is heaps of room for some beach games and there are volleyball nets for the family to have a game. We didn’t have a volleyball so we threw around a football. The kids didn’t seem to mind.
The carousel pavilion is good for young and old. An old school carousel set inside a room brings lots of joy to all the kiddies (and adults) when having a ride. With lots of different horses to choose from the kids will have a blast! Plus lots of great photo opportunities to grab yourself a great picture with the blue waters in the background. Now if that doesn’t scream instaphoto then I don’t know what does.
If you are lucky you will catch the food trucks. These are usually set up on the top near the grass. The Esplanade really has thought of it all. Sunset, international food trucks and amusements for the whole family. Such a perfect night out. So yes definitely head to Geelong to experience this all. The warmer months are the best time to visit.
Grab your fishing rods and head to the jetty! During biting times the jetty becomes very busy with people trying to catch fish. Some people have 3-4 fishing rods set up. Although we did not catch anything! Fishing doesn’t seem to be our strong point. If fishing isn’t your thing you can head to the restaurant at the end of the pier and enjoy the sunset over the water. With outside dining and great fresh seafood this is the place to go for an evening or cheeky daytime drink.
If you have kids then this park is great. It is right on the foreshore and has wood chips instead of sand which we all know makes a big differences when letting the kids go play. The play area is fenced in and has plenty of grass area to sit with a picnic rug or you can sit on one of the park benches. Hopefully you get there for when the coffee van is there!
Eastern Beach Sea Baths
Keen for a dip? Well bring your bathers and head to the sea baths. Here you will find a semi-circular jetty which is completely netted off. This is equipped with 3 diving boards and a pontoon with a slide. I have never seen anything quiet like this set up and really appreciated the effort the council had gone to, to provide this for the community and for tourists. It had us hook, line and sinker!
Interesting fun fact
When walking along the jetty you will see plaques on each wooden board. Back when this was built the council asked businesses and families to buy a plank and in return their names would be on the plank which are still visible today.
Now unfortunately the football stadium was not allowing spectators when we were in town (COVID) but we still went down to grab a picture in front of the stadium. The boys in the family are football mad and love a good game. We will be returning back to Geelong to catch a game next year.
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From Dan, Kylie and Co x