Victoria is one of the six states that Australia has. Its capital, Melbourne, is the most populated city and the central metropolis of this area. Outside this city there are endless large natural spaces, places like The 12 Apostles, Phillip Island, Wilson’s Promontory or The Grampians are the perfect scenarios to enjoy the outdoors knowing its beautiful nature and landscapes that take your breath away.
Other places that are a little more urbanized such as Ballarat or Geelong, not far from Melbourne, are worth knowing and above all enjoy, if you decide to spend a season in these part of the world.
Geelong is the second largest city in the state of Victoria. This port city has a population of almost 200,000 (quite large) which makes it the fifth largest city in Australia without being state capital. At the same time, this city is almost an hour away from Melbourne, for which it has a fairly fluid and fast type of transportation that connects both cities.
We made our trip to Geelong for one day during the last week of December 2018.
We leave in the morning towards the Southern Cross Station since it is the only station where the trains of line V line that operates regional train services within Victoria (also has trains that go towards NSW, the territory of the Capital Australian and South Australia).
Tip: To make this trip you don’t need to buy an external ticket (ticket) at the station instead you just have to charge your myki with a minimum of $ 30 – $ 20 AUD (according to schedule), since the one-way cost is $ 13.40 in prime time (daily $ 26.80). In normal hours it is $ 9.38 AUD (daily $ 18.76).
[When you have already boarded the train after a few minutes a man will go through the train and do the collector of the passage, for it you just have to provide your myki and the same touch on your personal machine]
Then just enjoy the trip! 😊
Our trip to Geelong only focused on visiting the beach🌴☀️ In general, it was a very hot day and this city has a wide beach with very good facilities for people of all ages.
When we getting off the train at Geelong Station “Geelong Railway Station” (between the north and the south of the city) it gave us the impression that we had travelled back in time … Some years ago we had visited this city, but only for a couple of hours while we tried to travel the coast as much as we could by car, for which we had not known the train station. This is quite old, but very well maintained … with certain minimal touches of modernity that surely were present at the time of making some repair to the same station.
From the station to the beach they aren’t more than 15 minutes, but you will be entertained enough knowing their landscapes. You will see that it is very modern, that it has several restaurants and almost the same big stores that are in the CBD. Your environment is a bit slower and more relaxed. You will notice that its inhabitants take things more calmly and pause.
When going down towards the beach we reached a pier. The ‘Waterfront’ isn’t very large or imposing but is really nice. At the bottom, not far from the shore and as it was still Christmas season, a Christmas tree was deployed at the bottom of the sea. I didn’t think I would live to see something like that, in fact, I don’t think it occurred to me to witness something like that, but honestly, it left me quite impressed.
Walking to the right is the “Carousel Pavilion Geelong” and a few meters along the same coast, between palm trees and resting benches facing the sea, the yacht club “Royal Geelong Yacht Club” … something like Docklands, but less luxurious.
Tip: You can do the tour along the coast in two ways: one is on foot and the other is on a train that is more for children, but adults are fully allowed and the value of the ride is $ 7 AUD.
In the same area of the beach, you will find the “Giant Sky Wheel” … well, it isn’t as giant as the one in Docklands, but it does have panoramic views towards the “Corio Bay” thing.
You may also like 👉🏻The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
This attraction is open every day of the week (check website) and the value of the ticket has a cost of $ 9 AUD. No reservation is necessary and can be purchased in the same box office next to it. The walk lasts about 7 to 10 minutes, but for me, it was an E T E R N I T Y.
[As you can see, I’m not very close to the heights, and although the ride itself was a nice thing, I couldn’t help but feel fear and stomach pain, especially when it came to the top and the cabin moved towards the sides ☹️].
Some views from the Geelong wheel:
Already installed on the beach, which is rather a picnic area (with grass and one or another barbecue grill) we set out to enjoy the day.
The heat was extremely exaggerated and even after a few hours, it was so much (almost 40 degrees), that it started raining for a short time. Thank God, because we already felt in a grill and that managed to lower something in the wild temperature that attacked us. The curious thing about this beach is that next to it there is a children’s pool, which is safe and clean. On the other hand, this sector also has an “adult” area to call it in some way, but it is also suitable for children and is fenced, so it is impossible for it to be penetrated by animals as dangerous as the feared sharks, by example. It has a wooden path that simulates a half moon, where people move freely and jump into the water. At the same time, there are games in the water and trampoline areas to further ensure your fun … and also your courage.
In front of the children’s pool, there are numerous “food tracks” (carry cash with you), toilets and dressing rooms with free access.
Tip: On summer days and weekends I recommend you arrive early to secure a spot to your liking and not settle for “what’s left”.
Tip: If you are going to spend all day, I recommend bringing food and something to drink. Yes there is food trucks and all that, but if you want to save money, better take food from home and you will save a lot … even more if you live with hungry 😬👌🏻
We returned relatively late home and arrived at dusk and, although I commented above about the fluidity of transport between Geelong and Melbourne CBD, it is also not necessary to plan the trip beforehand to avoid any setbacks. Here I leave the train schedules.
Tip: Do not forget to check the schedules for the PTV Journey application that you must have on your cell phone.
Are you ready @ for a full day in Geelong ?!
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