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Top Ten Things to do in Geelong

Geelong is Victoria’s second-largest city located on Corio Bay. Just an hour and a half drive southwest of Melbourne, it’s super convenient for a quick weekend getaway or a weeklong stay. There’re so many things to do in Geelong for couples, families, and solo travellers. From unforgettable animal encounters to culinary experiences or cultural experiences to splashing about in a water park, there is something to enthral just about anyone. Here is our pick for the top ten things to do in Geelong and the surrounding regions.

Things to do in Geelong for couples, families, and solo travellers

Barwon River

Barwon River is one of the most iconic rivers in Victoria. Starting in the Otway Ranges and flowing through to Geelong, this 160-kilometre stretch of water is a great place for water sports. Test your balance with paddleboarding, explore the lake by kayak, cast a line to catch a fish, enjoy water-skiing, take a dip, or sit back and relax with a picnic lunch on the banks of this beautiful river. There are also great walking and cycling tracks to enjoy.

Swim with Dolphins and Seals

Jump on a cruise to explore Port Phillip Bay Marine National Park and meet some of the marine locals. You can enjoy an experience like no other getting up close and personal with playful seals and friendly dolphins. From October through to May, tours depart from Queenscliff where you will be taken out on a guided snorkelling trip to encounter these creatures in the wild. You’ll start your day snorkelling in shallow and protected waters to see an array of colourful fish. You will then go to Chinaman’s Hat which is a temporary home to 30-40 young Australian Fur Seals. After a play with the puppy dogs of the sea, you’ll be off on a search for dolphins to swim with for an experience you will never forget.

A once in a lifetime experience.

Adventure Park Geelong

If you’re travelling with kids during summer, you must visit the Adventure Park. It’s an epic water park with waterslides, action rides and fantastic events. The whole family will enjoy unlimited rides all day long. During the cooler months, they close their doors and reopen during the winter school holidays for their Winter Glow event. Experience a winter wonderland with snow play, ice sculptures, light displays, fire twirlers, rides and more.

Geelong Baywalk

Take an easy stroll down the Geelong Baywalk, a flat smooth promenade that runs from Limeburners Point to Rippleside Park for a 3-kilometre stretch. It’s littered with beautiful picnic spots and the iconic Baywalk Bollards. The Baywalk Bollards are large wooden pylons that a carved into colourful characters. There are over 100 of them to check out and take a selfie with. You will also find the children’s pool and playground as well as the historic carousel and ferris wheel. There is an Art Deco swimming pool and a white sandy beach to relax on.

Bellarine Taste Trail

The foodies will absolutely love the Bellarine Taste Trail. Taste the flavours of the Bellarine Peninsula on a guided tour or self-guided trip visiting wineries, farmgate producers, provedores, restaurants, and cafes. There are nearly 50 food and wine destinations along the taste trail. Enjoy fruit, vegetables, and other produce fresh from the paddock and sea, family-run and award-winning wineries with breathtaking views, and award-winning restaurants and cafes serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wear loose-fitting clothing for this one so you can fit it all in.

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

For a cultural experience visit Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Learn and celebrate Aboriginal history and the world’s oldest living culture. There are many cultural education programs you can join to find out more about Australia’s Indigenous culture, connection to the land, spirituality, laws cultural designs, dreaming stories and more. Their programs are catered for all ages and include boomerang throwing, a guided walk through a native garden to learn about traditional medicine and bushtucker, feeding animals, dreaming story and dance and a tools and weapon presentation. There is also an art gallery showcasing traditional and modern style art from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Bellarine Railway

Come check out the heritage trains at the Bellarine Railway. This volunteer-operated organisation features a collection of steam and diesel trains originating from all over Australia. Train rides run on selected Sundays and public holidays departing from Queenscliff and Drysdale stations. There are special experiences you can enjoy including the Blues Train, a mini music festival featuring blues music on board, the Q Train for a fine dining experience, and you can live out your childhood fantasy with a private steam train driver experience. There are special events held throughout the year including a day out with Thomas, heritage train trips, Easter Bunny specials, Mother’s and Father’s Day, magic shows and more.

Geelong Gallery

The Geelong Gallery is one of Australia’s leading and oldest art galleries. It has a collection of over 6000 impressive works including paintings, sculptures, prints and decorative arts from both Australian and international artists. See many iconic Australian paintings including Eugène von Guérard’s Aborigines met on the road to the diggings (1854), The Weatherboard Falls (1863) and View of Geelong (1856). You will also see a collection of colonial paintings including early images of the Geelong region. You can book in for a guided tour or view the gallery at your own pace.

National Wool Museum

Visit Australia’s only comprehensive museum of wool, the National Wool Museum. Learn all about the Australian wool story from the 1840s to today. View the collections on display consisting of over 8000 textiles, documents, objects, paintings, photographs, and machinery that tell a story of the people involved in the wool industry throughout history. There are plenty of interactive displays for the kids and a gift shop with a unique range of woollen souvenirs and gifts sourced from around Australia.

Geelong Botanic Gardens

For a walk amongst the flowers come and explore the Geelong Botanic Gardens. View a beautiful display of nature with a range of plants from all over the world. Wander through desert landscapes with cacti and succulents then smell the roses in the rose garden. You can also see geraniums, salvias, a range of trees and more. There are plenty of spots to enjoy a picnic or visit the Tea House for a hot tea and a delicious pastry.

Geelong Accommodation

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Road Trip: Perth to Yallingup and Margaret River Region

Beautiful clear waters, white sandy beaches a multitude of vineyards, and amazing places to dine are just a few things attracting tourists to Western Australia from all over the globe. In particular, the Margaret River region, or as the locals like to call it, “Margs”. And what better way to explore this marvellous place than with the ultimate road trip from Perth to Yallingup then on to Margaret River. We have your trip planned with places to stop along the way. As it’s only a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Perth to Margaret River, you could just drive straight through, but life is about the journey, not the destination. Plus, you would be missing a lot of cool things along the way.

Amaze Miniature Park

Your first stop has to be Amaze Miniature Park. Just a 50-minute drive south of Perth, you will find this little (excuse the pun) gem. Explore 4 acres of beautifully manicured gardens with 70 miniature buildings and several interactive model trains. Most of the mini buildings are replicas of well-known buildings including the Eiffel Tower. There is a mini-golf course, a large hedge maze and a playground the kids will love. It’s the perfect place to stretch your legs before hitting the road again.

Busselton

Busselton is the perfect spot to have lunch and explore this vibrant coastal town. Here you will find the 1.8-kilometre Busselton Jetty that stretches along the protected waters of Geographe Bay. Take a train to the end where you will find an Underwater Observatory 8 meters below the ocean’s surface. Trains run every hour and it’s best to book ahead. Once you’re down there you will find eleven observation windows where you can feast your eyes on an array of colourful, tropical, and sub-tropical fish, corals, and other little critters. For a closer look there a scuba diving, snorkelling and undersea helmet walk tours. Head to the end of the jetty for a quick bite at the café before heading back to the car for the final leg of your journey.

The Busselton Jetty is the longest timber piled jetty in the southern hemisphere.

Yallingup

Head South to the stunning seaside town of Yallingup. You will find pristine beaches, rugged coastline, walking trails, national parks, whale watching, unique wildlife, fishing, heritage sites, and gourmet food and wine. With so much to see and do here, it’s the perfect place to spend a night or two before heading down to the “Marg”. Stay at Tasman Holiday Parks – Yallingup Beach and experience memorable moments in our clean, safe, and friendly holiday park. We have many accommodation options including cabins, bell tents, powered and un-powered sites. Once checked in to your accommodation, venture out to one of our local attractions or explore the stunning beach just across the road. Alternatively, you could stay at the Tasman Holiday Parks – Yallingup Caves. Nestled alongside the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, it’s the perfect place to surround yourself with nature. There are also fantastic facilities to keep the kids entertained including a jumping pillow, games room, TV room, flying fox and more. With many accommodation options, there is something here for everyone.

Margaret River

Your final destination awaits, the Margaret River – named after the river that winds through picturesque forests flowing out to the Indian Ocean. Here you will find world-class wineries, the Mammoth Cave, and of course, the Margaret River itself. Flowing through picturesque forests you will see beautiful greenery from ferns, palms, and Jarrah trees.

Book your trip today and create magical moments exploring this amazing part of the world.

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Top 10 places to get a drink and food in Christchurch

Need a bite to eat and a drink to wash it down? Check out our favourite spots in Christchurch!

The Garden City of Ōtautahi, Christchurch is the perfect place to visit for a foodie adventure. Whether you’re escaping for a weekend, or passing through on your South Island road trip, there are plenty of culinary delights to enjoy!

The city center is the place to go for everything you could desire. But with all the options available, it can be overwhelming – so don’t worry, we’re here to help! Here are 10 of the best places to get a drink and food in Christchurch.

Riverside Markets

Riverside Markets is a unique shopping experience in the heart of the city.

Riverside Markets is a unique shopping experience in the heart of the city. Enjoy dozens of restaurants, cafes, bars, and retail shops to explore in one spot. Indulge on sushi at the Hikari Sushi Train. Check out the Instagram-famous Moustache Cookie. Have a drink at Curiosity Gin, or explore an impressive array of crystals at Hettie’s Rock & Crystal Shop. And that’s not even half of it! You could easily spend half a day checking out these epic shops.

Located right by the Avon River, why not enjoy a leisurely stroll along the river after dinner.

Where:

Corner of Lichfield Street and Oxford Terrace, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Open 7 days a week.

Mexico

For a taste of delicious Mexican food, Mexico is the place to visit. With twelve restaurants around New Zealand, Mexico is well known for its incredible food and margaritas. Complete with fun décor, this is a great spot for dinner and drinks in central Christchurch.

Mexico also offers $20 lunch deals, kids eat free Sundays, and Taco Tuesdays. Want to get behind the bar and test your skills? Check out their Margarita Masterclass so you can be an expert yourself. This is great for birthdays, hens parties, and work functions.

Where:

203 Manchester Street, Christchurch

Open 7 days, 12pm ‘til late.

Little High

Forget about arguing where you will go for dinner tonight!

Perfect for fussy eaters or large groups, Little High is a brand new dining experience in Christchurch. Choose from nine local and family-run businesses in one modern setting. Seating is shared, so everyone in your group can order whatever they please. Forget about arguing where you will go for dinner tonight!

At Little High, you can experience a variety of cuisines. Italian, Thai, Latin American, Japanese, Chinese – there is something for everyone. Or if you can’t decide, why not start off with a margarita from Caribe Latin Kitchen, and head over to Bacon Brothers for a burger? The choice is all yours!

Where:

255 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City

Open 7 days a week, 11am-10pm.

Dux Central

Dux Central is a versatile venue on Lichfield Street, consisting of four separate bars and restaurants. For the beer enthusiasts, Brew Bar stocks over 220 craft beers, or if you prefer a gin, head next door to The Emerald Room gin bar. The Poplar Social Club is the establishments 1920’s speakeasy cocktail lounge. Tucked away upstairs, you will find Upper Dux, the perfect event space or spot to enjoy the sun.

Whether it’s after work drinks, date night, or catching up with friends, Dux Central is a trendy place to go, with plenty of outdoor seating for those warmer nights, or cozy indoor seating options.

Where:

144 Lichfield Street, Christchurch Central City

Open Tuesday – Sunday, 11am ‘til late.

Rollickin Ice Cream

This one is for the ice cream lovers!

This one is for the ice cream lovers! Rollickin Gelato is an iconic gelato shop that started as a small ice cream cart. They now have two locations in Christchurch on New Regent Street and Cashel Street. With plenty of classic flavours to love, and seasonal flavours to try, Rollickin also offer a range of baked desserts.

Come here with an empty stomach and leave full of gelato goodness!

If you want to try something new in the city, Rollickin also offer gelato classes so you can learn how the magic is made! Hear the Rollickin story while you sample products, then get to work creating your very own gelato. You’ll also get a chance to sample all of the great flavours and take your gelato home to share with friends and family (or not!). There are classes suited to adults or kids, and they make a great gift for the dessert lover in your life.

Where?

35 New Regent Street and 98 Cashel Street.

Open 7 days a week, 11am-10pm and 11am-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Smokey T’s BBQ

If you love BBQ meat, you can’t miss out on trying Smokey T’s BBQ! Choose from 10 hour smoked brisket, 6 hour smoked pork belly, and 2 hour smoked jerk chicken, available in tacos, burgers, and platters. Or try their famous ribs and delicious sides. Wsh it down with a beer or cider. You can’t go wrong with any of the options!

Smokey T’s have won several awards since starting out in 2018, and continue to cook up great food that won’t disappoint. Their restaurant is a large airy space, great for groups and located on the fringe of the city.

Where?

314 Cashel Street, Christchurch.

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11:30am-9:00pm, and Sunday 11:30am-3pm.

Koji Table Buffet

If you love Japanese food, keep reading!

Love Japanese food? Got a bit appetite? Koji Table Buffet is the choice for you! Offering an incredible array Japanese food, you can order as much as you want, as many times as you want during your visit. The food will be cooked fresh for you and delivered to your table, offering a more formal dining experience compared to traditional grab-and-go buffets.

Choose between three options – the premium buffet, taste buffet, or lunch buffet. The menu includes sushi, teppanyaki, and fried options, with everything from avocado inari to karaage chicken. You certainly won’t go hungry here! Koji also offer special prices for kids dining.

Where?

257 Lincoln Rd, Addington, Christchurch.

Open Sunday to Thursday, 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:30pm-9pm, and Friday & Saturday,11am-2pm & 5pm-10pm.

Tramway Restaurant

For a unique dining experience and to enjoy a piece of Christchurch history, the Tramway Restaurant is a fun experience for couples or small groups of friends. This is New Zealand’s only tramcar restaurant, making it a great experience for those who like to do something a little different. Get a close up view of the inner city of Christchurch while enjoying a four course meal and drinks! The menu is made from New Zealand ingredients and produce, and changes seasonally.

The journey is two and half hour’s all up, providing plenty of time to relax, unwind, and indulge in great food.

Where?

Departs from Tram Stop 1 in Cathedral Junction. Bookings essential.

Pink Lady Rooftop Bar

Drink in style at the Pink Lady Rooftop Bar.

Pink Lady Rooftop Bar is an intimate spot with 360-degree views over Christchurch city, offering a trendy spot for drinks and light nibbles. Sip a cocktail in the sunshine and enjoy the breeze, or cosy up inside and watch the sunset. Pink Lady is located at the top of the heritage listed 1960’s Peter Beavan designed building, and is decorated thoughtfully – perfect for those who appreciate great design or want an Instagram-worthy snap!

Their menu offers an extensive range of cocktails, and selection of wines, spirits, and beers. If you’re feeling hungry, the food menu is small but tasty, with several snack options to pair with your drinks.

As this is a popular venue, bookings are essential, and often book out a week or two in advance.

Where?

Level 7/159 Manchester Street, Christchurch Central City.

Burger Burger

Sometimes, you just need a good burger!

Sometimes, you just need a good burger. While Christchurch has plenty of delicious burger joints to choose from, Burger Burger is one spot you need to check out. Serving up a range of burgers, shakes, and beers, they also offer several vegetarian and vegan options to cater to everyone. If you have a large group or are planning an event, Burger Burger are very accommodating and can help you plan your next event or gathering!

Try out the poutine burger loaded with shoestring fries, or enjoy an impossible burger, made with a plant-powered patty. Looking for something healthier? They also have a range of salads for something fresh!

Located in central Christchurch, this trendy spot is a great option for food and drinks in the city.

Where?

10 Welles Street, Christchurch Central.

Open Sunday to Thursday, 11:30am-9pm, and Friday to Saturday, 11:30am-10pm.

If these options are not what you are looking for, there is lots more to enjoy in Christchurch. Check out The Terrace for more bars, restaurants, and clubs in the city, or explore one of the many boutique cocktail bars. A short walk around the city is also a great way to find a spot to eat and drink!

Where to stay in Christchurch?

If you want to be amongst the action, Tasman Holiday Parks – Christchurch is a great spot to stay and only 15 minutes from the Christchurch CBD. Perfect for families, large groups, or solo travelers, there are accommodation options for everyone. Keep it budget with a tent or motorhome site, or stay in a modern motel room.

With a games room, pool, and clean facilities, a stay at Tasman Holiday Parks – Christchurch will be a holiday to remember.