Geelong Day Trip Review

Geelong VIC Australia
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Geelong is the second largest city in Victoria & is an hour south of Melbourne.

It is a great location to use as a base for exploring the southern parts of Victoria & all that the Great Ocean Road offers.

Geelong is also close enough to Melbourne for a day trip which is what I did this trip. It is an hours drive on a multi lane freeway or an hour via Vline train with regular services during the day. Many people live in Geelong & commute daily to melbourne for work.

I went down soon after the local AFL team had won its second national championship in three years, the whole of Geelong was covered in Blue & White Geelong Cats posters & flags.

Geelong has a fantastic waterfront that stretches for miles with amazing views of the bay.

One of the many features along the edge of the bay is a large collection of painted Bollards that tell the history & stories of Geelong. These are amazing & make a great spot to take a picture, I had to wait a few times while others had their picture taken before I could get a standalone photo.

A seaplane service operates from the waterfront taking people on trips around the bay.

One of the main attractions in Geelong is the National Wool Museum ( note you can combine your visit to the Wool Museum with a visit to the Ford Discovery Centre – see below – just down the road, at a discounted price )

The Wool Museum tells the history of wool production & its uses in Australia. There are many static displays & some interactive stuff also. The best for me was the working example of a 1910 Axminster Carpet Loom. It is amazing how the 100 year old machine makes a carpet using a punch card system that is even older.

Upstairs there are several galleries for short term displays including one on the Bollards on the waterfront.

Down the road is the Ford Discovery Centre – this is a Car lovers dream even if you are not a Ford fan. Ford have been building cars in Geelong for a long time, engine blocks & other parts are still built there today for cars around the world.

There are examples of Ford cars from the Model T onwards including the Quad Cycle that Henry Ford first made. I had heard the old joke about model T’s coming in any colour as long as it was black. I found out that one of the reasons for this was that black was the quickest drying colour.

Model T’s in Australia came in other colours including a Red one on display. There is also a large range of Ford racing cars including a recent V8 supercars Falcon.

Around the Centre are several cut out displays that let you see how cars are built from the engines to the doors to the wheels.

Keep an eye out for the Car Test Dummy Kangaroo while you are visiting.

Country Australia
distance: 14,475 Kilometers
Address Geelong VIC Australia
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