Gallivanting in Geelong

Geelong (from the Aboriginal word Jillong), meaning the place of the sea bird over the white cliff, is only about half an hour’s drive away from Werribee. We’ve been to Geelong’s waterfront before but we thought we could explore Victoria’s second largest city a bit better. We drove there at about noon yesterday and headed to Pakington Street, where cafes and shops are supposed to be located according to Geelong’s tourism brochure. We parked our car near the community centre and strolled along the street and browsed at the some of the quaint shops there.

Feeling hunger after a few minutes, we went back to the car and drove to the esplanade where we dined on battered prawns with a side salad and a big bowl of potato wedges at the Wharf Shed Cafe, which was pretty packed by the time we got there. A few minutes wait and we were shown to our table near the back of the restaurant (not much of a view since all we could see from where we were sitting was the grassy area leading to the Carousel). The food was okay and cheap ($35 for the food and 2 bottles of softdrinks) and the service was fast. Customers could opt to pay right after ordering so bill-paying was pretty much hassle-free.

After lunch, we went to the Cunningham pier to take some photos. We discovered that there are two restaurants housed on the pier – Smorgy’s and Buccaneers. Geejay had a look at the sign outside Smorgy’s door and found out that the family restaurant offer an eat-all-you-can buffet. I think we’ll give that a try next time we’re in the area and perhaps we also wouldn’t be disappointed by the (lack of) views then.

One of the most recognisable icons in Geelong’s waterfront are the brightly painted bollards that are situated in various points of the esplanade. We took some photos with the bollards and realised that these bollards are in sight of the next one, making a trail for anyone who’d be interested in following these quirky artworks. Now, we’ve only ever been to Geelong a couple of times and we’ve stopped walking once we get to the Royal Yacht Club, thinking that there’s nothing beyond that point worth seeing. This time though, we were led past the yacht club by the bollards and were pleasantly surprised to find that there’s a baywalk along the beach on the other side!

We got to the Eastern Beach and realised that this is the place to be to soak up the sun, swim and have a BBQ. With its tall palm trees, enclosed pool beside the beach, fountains and beach umbrellas, the place is gorgeous to look at and an ideal place to laze the afternoon away with family and friends.

We stayed at the Eastern beach to catch our breath for a few minutes and continued on to the trail of bollards along the foreshore. We were now starting to get tired and sore from all the walking, this is just too much exercise for a couple of couch potatoes! We got as far as Limeburners Point to the last bollard we could see and headed back. Now we understand why some people opt to take the mini-train ride from the Carousel to the Eastern Beach, it’s a long walk especially if you weren’t prepared for it! Bikes and scooters for hire by the hour located near the Carousel area would be another good alternative to walking as well.

The number of bollards in the Geelong area totals to more than a hundred (reportedly 107 bollards in 48 different locations). We were able to photograph at 28 of the 48 locations so there’s still quite a number of them for us to find on our next trip to Geelong. Hubby commented that maybe the trail could be featured on the Amazing Race and they could have the teams take a photo of all the bollards as a task. Now, that would be fun to watch.

Published in: on April 8, 2007 at 7:46 am  Comments (3)