Day Tours From Bendigo - Geelong
Geelong is approximately 75km from Melbourne and is a port city situated on Corio Bay and the Barwon River in Victoria. It is a perfect place for a day tour from either Bendigo or Melbourne.
As well as being Victoriaâs second city it is within a short drive to the Bellarine Peninsula as well as being the gateway to famous Great Ocean Road.
Just over an hours drive from Melbourne you can find the pretty waterfront and undulating historic streets of Gold Rush grandeur in Geelong.
Geelong has a great dining culture with the atmospheric alleyways of Little Malop Street and Pakington stip leading the way.
The options of eateries is extensive with most cuisines catered for, Tulip under the guidance of chefs Matt Dempsey and Graham Jeffries is a Scandinavian gem with an airy feel and unfussy menu focusing on quality ingredients such as Wessex saddleback pork belly.
Zigfrids Dining Hall is rather more intimate with low-lit mood lighting with a more mediterranean menu with dishes like octopus carpaccio or cider steamed Portlington Mussels. The Telegraph Hotel is a bright art deco establishments serving pub classics with a twist, duck spring rolls, rolled leg of lamb with dates and shallots.
If your preference is for classic French cuisine Le Parisien fits the bill, offering a seafood orientated selection of dishes whilst offering gorgeous waterfront views.
Freckleduck is a bright, breezy place with white tiling and offers a cafe menu with a five-star spin, the coffee spritz is an unusual concoction to refresh on a hot day. 63 Degrees is a fine place for healthy, organic produce and tasty dishes in a friendly atmosphere. You can relax on the deck sampling corn cakes with kale and pomegranate, and mojito-cured salmon.
James St. Bakery, is a French bakery churning out some sumptuous breads and pastries and you can stop for a freshly baked baguette with delicious filling for your lunch. Still in the French theme, the French Corner Cafe is an small intimate cafe with superb coffee and dishes with a French slant.
If you like things a little more spicy then try Pistol Peteâs Food n Blues a place that brings the American south to Little Malop Street with poâboys, jambalaya and fried chicken.
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Pub culture is a big thing in Australia and Geelong is not an exception, but the region also breathes wine and nowhere is a better example than Union St. Wine, a superb wine store and bar, with a great selection by the glass and a terrific meat slicer ready to shave a few wafer-thin slices of Serrano ham to go with the house-marinated olives.
There There is a popular stop for most locals and the Captain back bar is busy serving excellent brews. Beer lovers should seek out Little Creatures which is housed in an old woollen mill serving great craft beers and some unusual ales.
Perhaps you may fancy a cocktail before dinner then try out Gin & Co with classic black and white posters of old movies and pin-up girls adorn the walls, or perhaps Mrs Hyde for a tempting Margarita.
Geelong has a wide variety of places to go and eat and drink and really there is something for everybodyâs taste, just take time out and enjoy.