Parks, Gardens & Playgrounds
Parks, gardens, playgrounds, walking trails, bike tracks and picnic spots – Central Geelong has them all.
Central Geelong has a great range of major public parks. Check out Johnstone Park in Gheringhap St and its historic rotunda while the War Memorial sits within the park along with striking contemporary public art.
Spectacular Waterfront Geelong includes Steampacket Gardens and Transvaal Square, both providing plenty of opportunities to relax under towering palm trees and Norfolk Pines.
Don't miss Eastern Beach, with its historic and magnificently restored art deco swimming enclosure; it is a true feature of our stunning city. It is surrounded by gardens, with public BBQ's, amenities and facilities, playgrounds and a free public pool.
For a mix of history and stunning contemporary design, visit the Geelong Botanic Gardens. Located above Eastern Beach, the Botanic Gardens offer visitors an impressive array of plants set amongst historic English landscaping. To get there you'll have to pass through the spectacular 21st Century Garden. It's a multi-million dollar contemporary garden blending unique native garden beds with dramatic design. It's not to be missed.
A key destination for locals and visitors alike, Eastern Park is popular for walking, jogging, golf or just taking in the view. It's also a fantastic picnic spot.
Looking for a great playground to entertain the kids? Central Geelong has a great range of playgrounds to satisfy kids of any ages.
It's not just the little kids having fun in Central Geelong. Located on the Waterfront in front of the Deakin University campus, the Youth Activities Area is a unique space for young people incorporating skate park, event and activities space.
Playgrounds found in Central Geelong include:
Eastern Beach Reserve – Located near the restored art deco swimming enclosure is surrounded by gardens, with public BBQ's, amenities and facilities, playgrounds and a free public pool.
Rippleside Park - Located between the Geelong suburbs (42 Bell Parade, Rippleside) of Drumcondra and Rippleside, Rippleside Park is one of the region's most-visited open spaces.
Geelong Play Space - Located in the heart of Eastern Park, just near the Geelong Botanic Gardens.
Liberty Swing: The Liberty Swing can be found in the Geelong Play Space.
Liberty Swing Key Access: You can collect a key for this swing from either the National Wool Museum (26 Moorabool Street) or The Carousel (1 Eastern Beach Road).
Just replace the key in the handy key return box near the Play Space entrance when you are ready to leave the playground.
74 Gheringhap Street
Geelong, VIC 3220
Phone: 5215 5121