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Things to do in Geelong, Victoria

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Geelong: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

1. Geelong: Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Meet at a Rydges hotel in Geelong where you can park easily. From here, you will climb into one of the minibusses or 4x4 Troop Carriers. Hot air balloons float in the wind, so you will therefore begin by heading upwind to one of the various launch sites, where you can prepare the balloon for your flight. Preparations take around half an hour, throughout which passengers are welcome to help out if they are able and wish to. Following a safety briefing by your pilot after the balloon has been fully prepared, it will be time to take to the skies. It never stops amazing passengers how gentle ballooning is as an experience. When you go ballooning, you are not participating in an adrenaline sport, but are rather participating in what your guides like to refer to as "the gentle adventure of floating in the wind". Ballooning is an experience of enjoying the warm rays of the early morning sun, it is about enjoying the views, about sharing the moment with loved ones and friends, and can also simply be a gift people give to themselves. A hot air balloon flight is always an unforgettable experience, and each flight is different. Admire majestic views of Geelong and its surrounding area, the bay, the Barrabool Hills to the West, and the Barwon River. After packing the balloon away following your activity, you will be driven back to your original meeting place, where you will have the option of enjoying a delicious breakfast with the rest of the passengers and crew if you so wish.

Queenscliff: Swim with Dolphins and Seals Snorkeling Tour

2. Queenscliff: Swim with Dolphins and Seals Snorkeling Tour

Your half-day tour starts with a snorkel at Popes Eye at the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park. Hone your snorkeling skills in its calm, shallow waters and swim with colorful fish.  After your confidence boost, take your snorkeling up a level to Chinaman’s Hat. Get to know the locals, around 40 young Australian fur seals, and explore their habitat with them. Continue to navigate the bay in search of dolphins. In keeping with regulations and respecting these elegant creatures, your instructor will ensure that both dolphins and snorkelers have a fun and safe experience. As you sail from spot to spot, keep lookout from the boat's rooftop viewing platform and watch the seals and dolphins at play. Relax in a hammock and listen to the expert crew as they describe and point out the remarkable marine wildlife.  To make the most of your day on the Bellarine Peninsula, opt for the round-trip transfer options from Geelong Station. Take the hassle out of navigating public transportation and relax on your ride in a tour bus to and from the national park. Suitable for all ages, sizes, and abilities, this swimming with dolphins experience is a perfect group activity for families or friends. Choose the snorkeling option for a thrill or the sightseeing option to just come along for the ride.  After your half-day snorkeling adventure is over, you will also have a few hours to explore the town, sample the local produce at the gourmet restaurants, and relax at one of the many beaches and parks which are within walking distance.

Geelong: Electric Picnic Boat Rental at Geelong Waterfront

3. Geelong: Electric Picnic Boat Rental at Geelong Waterfront

Rent a picnic boat in Geelong and set sail from the heart of the city with friends or family aboard. Pack a picnic basket and a cooler full of drinks and cruise along the waterfront in an environmentally friendly electric boat. Start at the Geelong Waterfront, where you'll check in and hop aboard the Danish-designed picnic boat. The boats are constructed from fiberglass, which uses recycled PET bottles instead of virgin glass, and are powered by a state-of-the-art electric motor direct from Germany. Explore Geelong's iconic waterfront with your loved ones, choosing your own route and schedule for maximum flexibility. And any four-legged family members are welcome to join you on this pet-friendly adventure.

Geelong: Water Bike Coastal Tour

4. Geelong: Water Bike Coastal Tour

After a safety briefing and operational overview, participants will be fitted with lifejackets before departing from Eastern Beach. The tour will head out around the Royal Geelong Yacht Club before passing Fisherman's Pier. We will head towards the iconic Cunningham Pier, perhaps passing under for the adventurous travellers or simplying eyeing off a table at Wah Wah Gee. Riding along Western Beach until we reach Rippleside Park and Balmoral Marina, with Spirit of Tasmania's new Geelong home in the background. We return towards Eastern Beach, arriving back alongside the Eastern Beach Promenade for some well earned refreshments at Pavilion Geelong. A truely unique way to Geelong waterfont.

Melbourne: Around the Bay Food & Wine Taste Trail

5. Melbourne: Around the Bay Food & Wine Taste Trail

After being collected from your accommodation, you will make your way to the Geelong Waterfront. Geelong’s spectacular waterfront is the perfect place to start the day, and will provide you with the opportunity to breathe in the fresh sea air as you walk along the esplanade. After departing from Geelong, you will visit the Scotchmans Hill Vineyard. Set on the picturesque Bellarine Peninsula with magnificent views, your first stop includes a wine tasting at this old French provincial barn house, situated amongst the vineyards of an estate. Your tour then advances towards the Jack Rabbit Vineyard. Renowned for its breathtaking views, the house of Jack Rabbit Café will give you an opportunity to break for lunch and taste some of the Bellarine Peninsula’s epic eateries in a "local that the locals never want to leave". You will then sail upon the bay enjoying a Devonshire tea, observing the beauty of the area. St. Andrews Brewery is next on your experience, which is a craft brewery set amongst the beauty of the Mornington Peninsulas which was once a world-class horse training facility. There you’ll join the locals for a beer-paddle tasting and the opportunity to watch the brewers crafting and pouring fantastic brews right from the stable doors. Following the brewery, you will stop at Arthurs Seat and admire the panoramic views from Murrays Lookout across the bay to the city. You will eventually make your way to the Peninsula Bathing Boxes, iconic bathing boxes which are the area’s symbol of summer and are a tourist attraction to themselves. At the conclusion of your peninsular experience, you will be returned to your point of origin.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Kyle was an excellent tour guide and driver. He is very knowledgeable and friendly. Everywhere he took us was great ... the wineries, brewery, ferry and gondola ride. Lunch and afternoon tea were delicious too. My friends and I had lots of fun and shared laughs with our fellow passengers. Would thoroughly recommend this tour to others.