Geelong is Victoria's second largest city, home to some 240,000 people. It is situated two bays from Victoria’s state capital, Melbourne. The distance is 70km by road, 50 minutes by rail.  There isn’t a ferry.
Until recently, Geelong had kept a relatively low profile, with a deep-seated  reputation as an industrial centre with a winning AFL football team. The Geelong Cats were AFL champions 2007, 2009 and 2011, beaten favourites 2008 and 2010. As a result, Geelong’s principal media, The Geelong Advertiser is cheerfully and unapologetically footy-fixated, relegating the city’s arts and culture to minor coverage. That’s why this webpage was started.
But over the past year, all this has changed. Geelong now has arguably Australia’s highest-profile mayor in the flamboyant
Darryn Lyons (left)  and our industrial reputation has dissolved with the closure of  Alcoa  and the running down to closure of the  Ford plant. But Geelong has wonderful tourist assets including a
stunning north-facing waterfront, a truly amazing 1920s sea-swimming enclosure and 'People's Playground' at Eastern Beach - that’s our pagetop banner - and a historic Botanic Gardens with 21st Century drought-proof wedge. All are free entry, and within a short, easy walk from the city centre.
There are a dozen golf courses within 20 minutes drive, scores of shopping centres and the region has no less than 29 Art Galleries and 15 Theatre groups. We’re home to Deakin University, a dozen top schools  and no less than 16 free libraries. Geelong may be an industrial town - but it has a rich and vibrant cultural heart. 
Residents know Geelong as a deceptive, unassuming  place. It markets itself as a city to drive past - 'Gateway to the Great Ocean Road' 'Gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula', 'Gateway to the Otway Rainforest' - but in fact the city of Geelong has a long, deep fascinating history, both from its indigenous aspect - home to the Wathaurong nation for 60,000 years - and also since European colonial settlement. So it's certainly worth a visit, and a stay.
Geelong still has buildings that were constructed by convicts housed in hulks; it's wealth for more than a century came from wool; so it is home to Australia's National Wool Museum. It grew rich from the gold rushes and made even more from Australia's industrial growth. But now it's a 21st Century centre of global education - and a tourist destination with an 'edgy bohemian feel' - to quote the Lonely Planet guide.

So come and enjoy Geelong - and use this website to discover the top-quality entertainment you'll find here.

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