Here’s a long overdue post from last Tuesday – Australia Day! To celebrate, off we went to Geelong Waterfront which is part of the Bellarine region. Unlike the green and hilly Yarra Valley Region which I know inside and out, I know nothing about the seaside Bellarine area. Reading up on my geography, this region includes places like Geelong, Drysdale, Queens-cliff, Port Longsdale and the famous, Great Ocean Road etc… All in all, when someone says Bellarine, think seaside, pretty beaches, surf and sand, water, seagulls, boats and harbors. This is just personal preference, but I still like mountains, forests, hills, green paddocks and farmland more than I do the ocean and sand haha.
Geelong is a port and coastal city, about 75 km south-west of the CBD. Over the years, Geelong has transformed from what was once an industrial town to one that is now buzzing with modern vibes. You will find eateries scattered along the main road looking out to the sea, shopping centers, tall buildings, urban living, and everything you would expect of a small city.
The drive to Geelong was fairly cruisy until we got to the main city where there was a massive traffic jam. Majority of the people were turning off the main road to get to the festival near the park. There were heaps of kiddy rides, carnival games, and all things typical of a festival. We didn’t visit the festival, so we continued down the main road to where the city was. Although there were many cars trying to find parking, it was less chaotic than before.
Surprisingly enough, there was another festival going on inside the main city, by the coastline. Unlike the other festival in the park, this one was more a market gathering with people selling handmade goods, lots of food trucks and live music!
In addition to the farmer’s markets, kiddy rides, and old ship viewings, there was also a muscle car exhibition. It wasn’t as big and as grand as the one in Mornington during New Years (read about it here), but still, there were lots of classic beauties there like the Mustang “pony” car.
I was talking to one of the car owners who brought in his treasured and well cared for Caravan to the exhibition. He told me he has had this caravan for over 40 years now (whow – that’s like nearly double my age haha!). He let people go inside and the first thing I saw was a ever so cute and elegant high tea set up at the back, matched with beautiful porcelain cups and saucers, little cakes, and flowery place-mats. It was so cute!!
There were so many coastal restaurants and cafes it was hard deciding on where to eat. In the end, we picked a restaurant called “Sailor’s Rest” mainly because it looked the busiest. The menu wasn’t super spectacular but the food was pretty good and the servings were generous. We had the good ol’ Chicken Parma, a Fettuccine Marinara (which was too spicy) and a Vegetarian Breakfast. And of course, a summer day’s would not be complete without Ice-cream for dessert 😀
- Geelong is a coastal city, south west of the CBD
- Over the years, Geelong has transformed from an industrial town to a modern creative hub.
- Geelong is the place to visit during summer, especially for those who are looking for some surf and sand blended in with city vibes!
- Lots of places to eat and shopping centers to visit.