Combining the excitement of the city with the laid back charm of the coast, Geelong in the Great Ocean Road region has it all. Here’s just a small selection of the things to see and do during your stay at Best Western Geelong Motor Inn.
Geelong Shopping and Dining
The lively waterfront restaurant precinct, located just 15 minutes stroll from our front door, is the city’s most popular dining destination with a fantastic selection of casual cafes, wine bars and restaurants to choose from. Take your pick from everything from authentic Spanish tapas to contemporary Australian cuisine and enjoy a relaxed meal overlooking the water. Those craving an afternoon of shopping and dining will also want to head to the southern end of Pakington Street, sometimes referred to as “Paris end,” to check out its diverse range of sophisticated restaurants and high end boutiques.
The city centre is home to several popular indoor shopping centres, including Westfield Geelong, Market Square and Corio Shopping Centre, while those looking for something extra special can make their way to Eastern Geelong to explore its expanding collection of specialty shops and boutiques.
Geelong Sport and Entertainment
Formally known as Kardinia Park, Simmonds Stadium has been hosting Australian Rules matches since the 1940s. The 33,500 capacity venue is the home of the Geelong Football Club and boasts a packed calendar of football and cricket events throughout the year.
Geelong Arena, located within easy reach from our Geelong Motel accommodation, can be relied on for a packed line up of concerts, sport events and expos year-round.
Local Geelong Parks and Family Attractions
Unwind with a reviving dip in the iconic art deco Eastern Beach sea baths, treat the kids to an unforgettable day out exploring the water rides at Adventure Park in Wallington, or simply kick back and enjoy a picnic on the rolling sun dappled lawns of Geelong Botanic Gardens. Just 22km north of the city, the Serendip Sanctuary offers a rare chance to see a wide variety of native bird and animal species enjoying their natural grassy woodlands habitat. The fairytale themed attractions at Fairy Park in nearby Anakie are loved by younger children, while all ages will appreciate the stunning 360 views of Mount Anakie.
Arts and Culture
See the story of the Australian Wool Industry brought to life through the fascinating exhibitions at the National Wool Museum, glimpse behind the scenes of the car design and manufacture process at the Ford Discovery Centre or pay a visit to the Geelong Gallery to browse a diverse collection of 19th and 20th Century Australian and European art. History enthusiasts can also take the short drive into Melbourne, just an hour from our Geelong Motel accommodation, to explore renowned attractions such as the Scienceworks Planetarium, National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Museum.
An ideal accommodation choice for those attending opening days or visiting friends and family, we are located within walking distance from Deakin University’s waterfront campus.
The Great Ocean Road
Geelong is considered the ‘gateway’ to the Great Ocean Road - the iconic, 243 km stretch of coastal road that winds from Geelong to Portland, through some of the country’s most spectacular terrain. The world famous road showcases golden surf beaches, prime whale watching lookouts, lush national parks and historic ports, as well as an abundance of fine dining, wine and cultural hotspots. For those that wish to discover all that the Great Ocean Road region has to offer, Best Western Geelong Motor Inn is the perfect stop-over choice.