Geelong is a city southwest of Melbourne, Australia. You don’t have to travel far to feel like you’re on holidays and there’s no better place to bring the family for a short getaway or extended break than Geelong and The Bellarine.

There’s always a reason to visit Geelong. There’s a year-round calendar of events ranging from sport and festivals to culture and arts. With its wide open locations, playgrounds, hills, beaches and skate parks, a perfect place to burn your kids endless energy. Some of the best spots include Western Beach and Queenscliff Foreshore.

The You Yangs Regional Park is a great place to pack a picnic and take a hike. The few is fantastic and you might come across some native animals along the way. If the kids get sick of the open space and playgrounds, the activities are endless in Geelong and the Bellarine.

The mammoth theme park in Wallington, Adventure Park, is one that will be a hit with the whole family.

The Bellarine Railway is one not to miss with a vintage steam train ride or a day out with Thomas. You can take the train one way and ride your bike back the other along the Bellarine Rail Trail.

Bellarine Adventure Golf has two courses which will challenge the family!

Geelong has two fantastic trampoline parks which have trampolines, games and fun activities to keep the kids entertained when the weather gets bad.

In the middle of the Geelong Waterfront is The Carousel. Have a ride on one of the horses and then have an ice cream and explore the waterfront.

The National Wool Museum has a exciting and informative collections of children’s exhibits.

Eastern Beach Reserve is located on the City's waterfront, and is scattered with the renowned Bay walk Bollards. The picturesque reserve is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months and is an essential location for the whole family to visit when in Geelong.

Although Waurn Ponds is on the outskirts of Geelong, it is only 10 minutes from the city centre and 20 minutes from Anglesea and Bells Beach on the Surfcoast.
This spreading suburb is served by a large shopping complex opposite parkland which includes a skateboard park.

Corio that gets it name from the surrounding Corio Bay is a smaller but beautiful tourist destination that is worth a visit. Corio is one of Geelong's largest and most diverse suburbs, spreading from the Shell Oil Refinery west into residential areas and north along the coast of Corio Bay.

The holiday town of Barwon Heads is located on the southern coast of the Bellarine Peninsula and separated by the Barwon River from its twin coastal town of Ocean Grove. Barwon Heads is a popular seaside community, offering a diverse variety of coastal attractions from the shallow and sandy shoreline of the Barwon River to the windswept surf beaches which front Bass Strait along 13th Beach Road.

Across the river from Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove offers a wide selection of coastal attractions including the surf beaches which front
Bass Strait and several walking tracks that offer good views along the beach. Much of Ocean Grove is spread over the undulating hills and valleys which characterise this section of the Bellarine Peninsula, giving good views down to the ocean and of the surroundings.
Blue Waters Lake and the Begola Wetlands are two major inland water attractions at the bottom of the town’s valleys, featuring walking tracks and a collection of birdlife.

Belmont, just over the Barwon River, is one of Geelong's oldest, largest and most popular suburbs.With indoor and outdoor stalls, the Belmont Market is open rain, hail or shine.

In Torquay, The Surf World Museum celebrates the story of surfing, and Australia’s contribution to the development of surfing around the world.

The Fairy Park in Anakie is a fantasy and fairy tale theme park set in 9.5 ha of parkland and landscaped gardens. It is a family entertainment with a strong emphasis on smaller children with a castle as the centrepiece. The displays are divided into Fairytale Land which lncludes Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio, Rumplestiltzchen, Aladdin and Snow White; the Camelot Playground where children can crawl through dark dungeons, go on a carousel ride and enjoy giant slides while being surrounded by knights, princesses and Merlin; and the Elephant Rock Picnic Grounds which are perfect for picnics and barbecues.

Just down the road is Queenscliff, it has an interesting history and is a quaint seaside town, fishing village and old military base. You can learn and experience all this history through tours at Fort Queenscliff, a walk along the main street, high tea at Vue Grand or having a look at the Queenscliff Maritime Museum.

Geelong and The Bellarine has so many things to do with families, you will find yourself coming back for more!

Things to do in the area include:
  • Geelong Gaol Museum

    The Geelong Gaol Museum is housed in the former H.M. Geelong Gaol.

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  • Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary

    Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary cares for injured wildlife..

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  • Barwon River Holiday Park

    Great facilities to keep the kids entertained from Swimming Pool, Tennis Courts and playground.

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  • RAAF Museum

    The museum tells one of Australia's most important aviation stories, that of the second oldest air force in the world...

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  • Adventure Park Geelong

    Splash into Adventure Park Geelong this Summer! The TORNADO + 24 Epic Rides & Attractions.

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  • Market Square – Geelong

    Market Square Shopping Centre has transformed into a parent’s haven with quality facilities, excellent shopping and the ever popular free school holiday activities.

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  • Albert Park Mini Golf Cambridge Mini Golf

    With its beautiful relaxing gardens, Albert Park Mini Golf Cambridge mini golf provides a unique, quality experience to players.

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  • Anakie Fairy Park

    A storybook world with fairytale scenes in Castle’s, Cooages and Caves..

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