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.

    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
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    Bellarine Taster: Gin, Cider, Wine and Lunch tour more_vert
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    Soak up the fresh ocean air and water views while sampling the best craft beer, wine, cider, gin and whisky that that the Bellarine Peninsula has to offer all in one incredible day. 
    With Andy's Trails you will experience the truly outstanding Bellarine Peninsula's food and beverage harvest trail on one of their 12 seater buses. 
    The tour will visit 5 spectacular food and beverage destinations with drinks at each one including a grazing farmers lunch style meal showcasing the regions best meats, cheeses, breads and seafood. 
    This all inclusive trip is the definitive way to experience this amazing regions wineries, cider houses, restaurants and breweries - all with a designated driver 
    Celebrating local produce, gourmet beverages and breathtaking scenery with an informative passionate guideand designated driver whose passion for craft will take this experience to a whole new level

    This tour showcases the broad range of fresh local produce and beverages this spectacular region has on offer, so get ready to have all your senses stimulated. 
    • The Whiskery The Whiskery is a cellar door, tasting room and cafe located within the Bellarine Distillery, and is set on seven acres in the heart of the Bellarine. Visitors can experience a unique setting with established gardens and renovated rustic cellar door.
    They produce their own gin under their label, Teddy & The Fox, and will also have their own whisky available soon, depending upon maturation
    • Lighthouse Olive Oil is the largest olive grove on the Bellarine Peninsula with over 11,000 trees with over 11 different varieties of olives. Sampling their range of extra virgin olive oils and three citrus oils will expand your understanding and appreciation for subtle and not so subtle differences in the different oils on offer.
    • Oakdene Vineyard When walking up to the cellar door at Oakdene you’d be excused for thinking you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole into Wonderland! Surrounded by eclectic art works and entering the “upside down house” you’ll be delighted by the range of wines on offer for tasting. Wander round the garden to Mr Grubbs café for an exiting menu of relaxed good food and indulge in another glass of wine
    • Basil’s Farm Overlooking Swan Bay Basil’s Farm is a delightful mix of vineyard and farm. Housing llamas (Basil and Manuel), babydoll sheep, indian runner ducks and chickens, all used as natural and sustainable approaches to improving the health of the vines in addition to providing fresh free range eggs to the café! Sample the unique wines created by biodynamic and organic methods whilst enjoying the ambiance of being surrounded by the vines, orchards and kitchen garden.
    • Flying Brick Cider is the Bellarine’s first and finest cider company- come see why this is one of the fastest growing boutique ciders in Australia with a cider tasting paddle. Still thirsty for a little more wine? Yes Said The Seal Winery is also located onsite, specialising limited release cool maritime climate wines. Enjoy an amazing local produce share style feast with your cider paddle 
    • White Rabbit Brewery &  Little Creatures Brewery. Designed to ignite your imagination and explore your curiosity White Rabbit Brewery is an experience in and of itself. The Barrel Hall is just the place to do this surrounded by the open fermenters and barrels filled with their range of craft beers. Leave all your preconceived ideas at the door as you explore their range of ales made with the perfect blend of tried and true techniques with new age thinking!

    • $159.00
    • query_builder 6 hours
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    Vines of the Bellarine: Wine Tour & Lunch from Geelong more_vert
    $149.00 AUD Book
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    Soak up the fresh ocean air and water views while sampling the wine and culinary delights that the Bellarine Peninsula has to offer all in one incredible day.
    This trail is an intoxicating combination of all the award winning vineyards that this region is famous for, all with the convenience of a designated driver so you have the freedom to indulge to your hearts content. We visit a minimum of 5 wineries and include a full locally produced dining experience for lunch. Spend a day surrounded by breathtaking views and escape to tantalise the tastebuds and who knows, you may even find a new favourite wine or three!

    Mt Duneed Estate This truly amazing winery/brewery is the home to “A Day on the Green” concerts and festivals so naturally the Mt Duneed Brewing Company produced their own craft beers to celebrate. In conjunction with ciders from the Pettavel Road Brewing Company a sampling paddle is a fantastic way to get the day started!
     Oakdene Vineyard When walking up to the cellar door at Oakdene you’d be excused for thinking you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole into Wonderland! Surrounded by eclectic art works and entering the “upside down house” you’ll be delighted by the range of wines on offer for tasting. Wander round the garden to Mr Grubbs café for an exiting menu of relaxed good food and indulge in another glass of wine
     Jack Rabbit Vineyard is family owned and operated winery overlooking Port Philip Bay to unrivaled views of Melbourne, the You Yangs and Geelong. Offering a diverse range of cool climate wines a guided tasting is a must. Jack Rabbit pride themselves on using sustainable vineyard practices and their attention to detail is tasted in every sip of their wine. Soak up the ultimate Bellarine experience of spectacular views, great vibes and delicious wines.
     Flying Brick Cider Company is the Bellarine’s first and finest cider company- come see why this is one of the fastest growing boutique ciders in Australia with a cider tasting paddle. Still thirsty for a little more wine? Yes Said The Seal Winery is also located onsite, specialising limited release cool maritime climate wines.
     The Whiskery We are eagerly awaiting the opening of The Whiskery towards the end of this year to add to this trail. This whisky and gin distillery is set up by a local family that know their stuff. Come meet the real life “Teddy” from “Teddy and The Fox Bellarine Gin” and sample their wares in the stunningly renovated tasting room and cellar door
     White Rabbit Brewery Designed to ignite your imagination and explore your curiosity White Rabbit Brewery is an experience in and of itself. The Barrel Hall is just the place to do this surrounded by the open fermenters and barrels filled with their range of craft beers. Leave all your preconceived ideas at the door as you explore their range of ales made with the perfect blend of tried and true techniques with new age thinking!
     Little Creatures Brewery With the most efficient brewery in the Southern Hemisphere they’ve opened one of the most exciting and welcoming brewery bars you’ll find. Having built inside shipping containers and quirky landscaping and interior design, half the fun is getting to the bar! Whether you’re going on their brewery tour or enjoying Andy’s shout you’ll be putting this down as a place to visit again.

    • $149.00
    • query_builder 6 hours 30 minutes
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