Victoria's second largest city is many decades away from its industrial past of woollen mills and Ford car manufacturing. Whimsically decorated bollards along the waterfront offer a glimpse of what this bayside place now offers its visitors.
Geelong was founded in the 1850s as a centre for the nearby goldfields of Ballarat and Bendigo, and a port to transport the inland's wheat and wool. It has grown up to become a cosmopolitan city well placed between Melbourne to the north and the scenic Great Ocean Road to the west. From its location on Corio Bay, it's only 45 minutes to the Bellarine Peninsula where you may taste local wines and olive oils or relax at cafes and restaurants.