Festival Of Sails

Destination Geelong

Geelong is often called “The Gateway City” due to its central location, surrounded by some of Victoria’s iconic tourist regions such as the Bellarine Peninsula, the surf town of Torquay, the Great Ocean Road and the Great Otway National Park. Why not stay a little longer and explore what the region has to offer?

Geelong & The Bellarine

From the hills to the coast and every hot spot in between – the Bellarine Peninsula has it all. Spend a day hiking in the You Yangs or touring between dreamy coastal towns such as Portarlington, Barwon Heads or Queenscliff. Known for its makers and growers, the region has a vast range of wineries and micro-breweries to explore.

Discover the bellarine day tours

Explore the Bellarine’s most popular winery and dining destinations during Festival of Sails 2023, with exclusive wine and dine experiences. 



Geelong has an amazing array of restaurants ranging from the silver service down to some of the best pizza and burger joints. A huge selection of international cuisines can be easily found, and our pub scene is vibrant and full of energy. Whether you are after a quiet post race dinner, an ice cold beer and a meal with friends, or simply an amazing coffee and brunch, you will never be far from what you’re looking for in Geelong. Explore the areas along the Geelong Waterfront, in the Little Malop Street precinct, or venture to Pakington Street in West Geelong to find a wide variety of options.


Dose up on surf culture at Torquay, the home of Bells Beach and birthplace of iconic brands Rip Curl and Quicksilver. The official start point of the Great Ocean Road, Torquay is Victoria’s surfing and beach worship capital.

The Great Ocean Road

Set off on your own Great Ocean Road adventure and experience one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. See the towering 12 Apostles, get up close to native wildlife, and take in iconic surf breaks, pristine rainforest and misty waterfalls as you go.

Great Otway National Park

Feel humbled amongst the ancient giants of the Otways Ranges. The striking cool temperate rainforest of the Great Otway National Park boasts one of the highest rainfalls in the state with waterfalls flowing year-round. Walkers of almost any ability can trek around the Otways, discovering the Great Ocean Walk, waterfalls, lush forests, cliff top walks, heritage and coastal trails. Whether you go inland or hug the rugged coast, the Otways is a place for adventure, romance and discovery.