As Victoria's second largest city and with close proximity to Melbourne, Geelong is a fantastic destination for a holiday to Australia. Located on Corio Bay, the city mixes a cosmopolitan city scene with a relaxed beach atmosphere, complete with a wide variety of activities for all the family. The Waterfront offers plenty of things to do, including a swimming area and attractive botanical gardens to explore. Cunningham Pier at Western Beach features bars, dining and entertainment with stunning views over the bay. Children will love to take a ride on the 19th century steam driven carousel housed inside the Carousel Pavilion. At Geelong Maritime Museum, visitors can learn about Geelong's early history and naval activities, or you can visit the National Wool Museum to see exciting exhibitions about the Australian story of wool. Further afield, You Yangs Regional Park, situated between Geelong and Melbourne, offers plenty of outdoor space for mountain biking, scenic drives and picnics. When it's time to relax, you can sample some of the wines at one of the city's local wineries in the Moorabool Valley Wine Region.
When to fly to Geelong
Geelong benefits from a temperate climate all through the year, with the highest temperatures from December to March. In July, rainfall is at its highest and temperatures are lower. If you want to visit in peak season, then December and January is best for beach lovers. The city hosts several events throughout the year, including the Royal Geelong Show, which brings in large crowds in October.
Between June and August the temperature in the city is generally cooler, which means fewer tourists and cheaper flights. The area still has plenty to offer visitors within this period, including tours, festivals, carnivals and other activities. In August, several annual events take place, such as the Lorne Festival of Performing Arts, several live music events and local community markets.
Getting around Geelong
Local public transport provides bus and train routes. The extensive bus network is the easiest way to get around the city. The train service provides transportation to Melbourne and other nearby towns. You can also take a trip across Port Phillip Bay on the Searoad Ferry to explore the Mornington Peninsula.