What to do

We are proud to have the Geelong Gallery again partnering with the Festival. Established in 1896, Geelong Gallery is one of Australia’s leading and oldest regional art galleries. Its outstanding collection includes many works of national significance such as Eugène von Guérard’s View of Geelong and Frederick McCubbin’s A bush burial.

Geelong Gallery from Johnstone Park. Photographer: Julian Willoughby.

Go beneath the surface and explore the unique underwater world of our city by the bay. Swim with the dolphins or seals; come face to face with the strange splendor of the Leafy Sea Dragon; or explore one of the 70 wrecks that have earned this watery stretch the title of “The Shipwreck Coast”.

Steeped in history and housed in a glistening modern glass pavilion, the Carousel is a jewel in the crown of the Geelong Waterfront. This extremely rare and beautiful Armitage Herschell Carousel dates back to 1892. The stunning tourist attraction features 24 of the original handcrafted horses, each one taking an incredible 300 man hours to restore during the meticulous process.

Narana Creations is an award-winning Aboriginal Cultural Centre offering an authentic learning experience from a uniquely Geelong Indigenous perspective. Take one of the self-guided tours and explore the garden and native trees, admire history in Narana’s art gallery, listen as Dreamtime stories are brought to life; and then reflect over a coffee and refreshments at the Narana café.

For more information on what to do in Geelong, head to Things To Do or Geelong Arts Atlas