Less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne, Geelong is Victoria’s second-largest city with a population of 280,000 and is a major provincial centre economically, culturally and socially for the surrounding region.
Geelong’s history as a major wool-shipping port from the mid-1800s well into the 20th Century has left a legacy of beautifully restored old buildings such as the National Wool Museum and Deakin University Waterfront campus which were once the Dalgety Wool Stores.
Today, Geelong is a vibrant commercial city with an ever-changing skyline thanks to buildings such as the award-winning Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.
The city centre is packed with retailers, restaurants, cultural landmarks and nightlife. Bordering the city to the north is the spectacular Waterfront, featuring cafés, restaurants, a fully restored art deco seawater pool, the Royal Geelong Yacht Club and a scenic promenade dotted with over 100 brightly painted bollards depicting many of Geelong’s historical characters.
The Geelong region includes unique townships along The Bellarine, renowned for its wineries, golf courses and coastal charm – as well as a rich and diverse landscape with the You Yangs to the north and Barwon River to the south.
For more information about Geelong: https://www.visitgeelongbellarine.com.au/
Kardinia Park Stadium
Kardinia Park Stadium is one of Victoria’s most impressive stadiums and recent redevelopment of the venue has allowed it to evolve into one of Australia’s leading regional venues and a first-class cricket facility.
It was built in 1941, and has been the home of the Australian Football League side Geelong Cats, and many other domestic and international sporting contests.
The stadium, which seats just over 30,000 people, is the heart and soul of the Kardinia Park Precinct, a community hub that also features netball and aquatic facilities, as well as ample park space and playgrounds.
In recent years, Kardinia Park has welcomed the Big Bash League, international T20 matches, soccer friendlies, super rugby and Nitro Circus as part of its annual events calendar.