Geelong Tourism & Travel
Geelong, population 125 400, situated on Corio Bay, less than an hour from Melbourne is Victoria's largest regional city with a picturesque waterfront, plentiful parks, gardens, beaches, great dining and plenty of shopping. Since the 1830s Geelong has exported wool and other produce from its industrial port. Some of the historic bluestone warehouses remain along the waterfront, and one of these has been restored to house the fascinating National Wool Museum.
Along the foreshore is Waterfront Geelong, cafes, restaurants and grassy picnic spots overlooking the bay stretch from Cunningham Pier to the art deco pavilion at Eastern Beach.
National Wool Museum
The three storey Dennys Lascelles Woolstore was built of bluestone. The original building was completed in 1872 although later additions have resulted in three separate buildings behind a single facade. Drays once unloaded their wool here from where it was taken inside to the wool show floor where buyers perused the wares.
The building now houses a museum dedicated to the history of the Australian wool industry, which has played such a vital part in Geelong's development.
Geelong Botanical Gardens
Geelong's historic Botanic Gardens are centrally located within Eastern Park. The contemporary garden complements the work of the Botanic Gardens' first two curators. They have left a legacy of rare and old trees and a diverse collection of exotic plants. Many are on the National Trust register. Among the most important are the gingko biloba, planted in 1859, and the Chilean wine palm, planted nine years later.