A cosmopolitan city with a dazzling waterfront, charming industrial past and a beautiful, beachy backyard. 

Geelong is just an hour’s drive from Melbourne yet boasts a laid-back vibe. The waterfront sparkles with quirky bollards, a circling promenade, twirling carousel and a buzzing restaurant strip.

Geelong’s effortless charm is easy to love, from casual city-central Eastern Beach to the lush and shady botanic gardens, all within strolling distance. Just uptown the CBD has a thriving arts and cultural precinct and more than 100 National Trust listed buildings. Age-old industrial sites are being transformed into funky new spaces.

A 20 minute drive beyond Geelong, the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula entices with seaside villages, rural charm, golf resorts, grand old hotels, lighthouses and beaches. It’s a food-lover’s paradise with boutique wineries, eateries, pubs and bars, all championing the abundance of fresh and seasonal local produce. For an overnight stay in the pretty village of Queenscliff try BIG 4 Beacon Resort or Lon Retreat & Spa an exclusive luxury retreat at Point Lonsdale.