Travel Thursdays – Geelong’s Waterfront playground

Geelong Waterfront The Urban MaGeelong Waterfront The Urban Ma

Summer fun at Geelong Waterfront
1 Eastern Beach Road, Geelong

We’ve been blessed with such an awesome summer this year. Sunny days and warm, balmy nights with only a few days of cold, rainy weather, which is extremely good for Melbourne standards! We have been making the most of this summer by enjoying the great outdoors and taking Daniel to the beaches and water playgrounds, and the Geelong Waterfront has got to be one of our favourites! Another place we love is the Riverwalk Estate’s water park in Werribee!IMG_8368

We used to go to Geelong with the whole family (around 32 of us aunties, uncles and cousins!) to celebrate birthdays at the all-you-can-eat Smorgy’s on the pier. As a kid I loved the long drives in the car listening to our Dad’s music selection of Elton John, Bread and Dionne Warwick and the anticipation of arriving at a magical place where food was ready for the taking and us kids could indulge ourselves at the self serve pancake and dessert bar

With Smorgy’s no longer there and our tastes in restaurants having drastically changed, I hadn’t been to Geelong in a while. On our recent trip there to celebrate my niece’s second birthday, we discovered a whole new waterfront to the one we remembered and I cannot wait to go back!

We parked up the hill and as we got out of our car, the amazing view greeted us. There was so much to see and do and most of it free!

– outdoor pools
– ferris wheel
– a nice stroll along the pier
– swimming for both kids and adults with heaps of structures to jump off!
– cafes
– bbq and comfy grassy areas
– train rides
– ice cream trucks and more!

We went on a Sunday and there were lots of families enjoying the sun and sea but it wasn’t too crowded. I can only imagine how much more busy it would be if there was a festival or event. Luckily we were able to find street parking close to the beach and a tree to set up our picnic.

Geelong Eastern beach Waterfront
Geelong Waterfront Eastern beach The Urban Ma
What are some of your favourite places to go during summer?