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Geelong 3220, VIC


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Geelong:

Population: 160,991 (2006 Census) (12th)
Density: 165.3/km  (428.1/sq mi)
Established: 1836
Postcode: 3220
Area: 1240 km (478.8 sq mi)
Time zone:
Summer (DST)
AEST (UTC+10) AEDT (UTC+11)
Location: 72 km (45 mi) SW of Melbourne
Local Government Area: City of Greater Geelong
County: Grant
State District:
  • Geelong
  • South Barwon
  • Lara
  • Bellarine
  • Federal Division:
  • Corio
  • Corangamite
  • Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
    19.6 °C 9.4 °C 552.7 mm

    Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia, 75 kilometres south-west of the state capital; Melbourne. It is the second most populated city in Victoria and the fifth most populated non-capital city in Australia. The urban area runs from the plains of Lara in the north to the rolling hills of Waurn Ponds to the south, with the bay to the east and hills to the west, an area with an estimated population of 160,991 people. It is the administrative centre for the City of Greater Geelong municipality which covers the urban and surrounding areas and is home to over 191,000 people. An inhabitant of Geelong has been known as a Geelongite, or a Pivotonian, in the past.

    Geelong was named in 1837 by Governor Richard Burke, with the name derived from the local Wathaurong Aboriginal name for the region, Jillong, thought to mean 'land' or 'cliffs'. The area was first surveyed in 1838, three weeks after Melbourne, and the Post Office was open by June 1840. The first woolstore was erected in this period and it became the port for the wool industry of the Western District. During the gold rush Geelong experienced a brief boom as the main port to the rich goldfields of the Ballarat district. The city then diversified into manufacturing and during the 1860s it became one of the largest manufacturing centres in Australia with its wool mills, ropeworks, and paper mills.

    It was proclaimed a city in 1910, with industrial growth from this time until the 1960s establishing the city as a manufacturing centre for the state, and saw the population grow to over 100,000 by the mid 1960s. Population increases over the last decade were due to growth in service industries, as the manufacturing sector has declined. Redevelopment of the inner city has occurred since the 1990s, as well as gentrification of inner suburbs and currently has a population growth rate higher than the national average.

    It is known for being home to car manufacturer Ford Australia and also the Geelong Football Club, nicknamed The Cats.

    Ocean Grove Surf Lessons more_vert
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    Take a surf lesson on one of the best learn to surf beaches on the coast at Ocean Grove. The lesson runs for two hours and includes all the equipment and instruction. Learn about surf safety and awareness and all of the skills to have an unforgettable time. Lessons are welcome to total beginners right through to intermediate surfers.

    Arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time at your Ocean Grove location on the coast ready to go with bathers and a towel.You'll meet at the trailer right next to your beach location. Your fully qualified instructors will run through a session briefing outlining the lessons details.Next, it's time to jump into one of the many wet suits and apply sunscreen. You will learn how to carry the surfboards appropriately and head down to the beach .The instructors will teach you about surf safety and awareness to help you with your confidence and safety. Learn how to paddle, choose and catch waves and definitely how to wipe out!Find the best standing up technique that works for you to ensure maximum fun.Next it's time to get out in the water with close up water coaching and enjoy the surf. Once the water session has finished you will head back up to the trailer and debrief and change

    • $65.00
    • query_builder 2 hours
    • flight_takeoff Geelong
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    Ale Blazers: Craft Beer Tour of the Surf Coast more_vert
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    Taste the finest craft beers from the finest breweries the Surf Coast has to offer! Andy's have carefully selected 5 of the best breweries with some of the most interesting choices of beers you'll find anywhere! We will try 4 to 5 crafty ales at each brewery which showcase the best each venue has to offer and enjoy a locally produced award winning beer matched meal at the half way point  With a short drive between each brewery where you will be bought up to speed on the regions's exploding craft beer scene.

    Andy’s taken the guess work out of navigating the Surf Coast Craft Beer scene and will take on the role of the designated driver and guide so you can truly immerse yourself in the incredible range of craft beers and breweries

    Experience an all inclusive full day tour of local craft beer and craft breweries led by a craft beer expert through Geelong, Great Ocean Road and the Surf Coast.

    • Mt Duneed Estate - Who knew this prestigious winery also did craft beer and cider?
    • Blackmans Brewery - Good beer, good food in this quintessential surf coast pub
    • Aireys Pub and Salt Brewing - Try the Cranky Missus Double IPA
    • Bells Beach - A true surf coast brewery surrounded by barrels and fermenters
    • Little Creatures Brewing - Geelong's most famous beer hall is deserving of its reputation 

    This tour goes through Geelong, Surf Coast, Torquay and the Great Ocean Road.

    A full day of transport in an air conditioned mini-bus, an experienced guide and designated driver, entrance to all venues, lunch, beer tasting paddles and a brewery tour. Private pick up options available

    • $169.00
    • query_builder 5 hours 30 minutes
    • flight_takeoff Geelong
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