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Arts and Culture Walking Trail

Wander the walking trail to discover The Carousel, public art, the Baywalk Bollards, historical buildings, museums and galleries.

  1. Eastern Beach Art Deco Bathing Complex

    was constructed between 1928 and 1939. The bathing complex was fully restored during the 1990's as the first part the Waterfront precinct rejuvenation. Individual promenade planks were purchased by the people of Geelong to assist with the cost of the restoration.

  2. The Baywalk Bollards

    tell a story of the people and events associated with Geelong's history. There are 111 scattered along the Waterfront.

  3. Paving Splats

    are splattered around the Waterfront as pavement inlays. Made of stainless steel with cast inlays depicting imported and locally made objects.

  4. Customs Park Cargo Boxes

    are a series of brass and glass boxes containing sculptures and artefacts recognised early imports into Geelong. Each box features the name of the vessel which carried the goods and the dates the vessel operated.

  5. Barcode Fountain

    incorporates a barcode from a Geelong iconic product: Noddy's Soft Drink. The barcode is reproduced on the stainless steel panels of the feature.

  6. National Wool Museum

    is housed in a bluestone wool store built in 1872. Showcasing the story of wool, from the sheep's back to the clothes rack as well as operating a calendar of contemporary exhibitions.

  7. Johnstone Park

    is a favourite haven for shoppers, workers and students. Once a swamp, then a dam, the area was transformed into a park in 1872, the idea of Mayor Robert de Bruce Johnstone.

  8. Metropolis Gallery

    A vibrant art gallery in Geelong exhibiting original Australian paintings, edition prints, art glass, sculpture and jewellery.

  9. Geelong Gallery

    was established in 1896. The Gallery has amassed a magnificent collection of 19th and 20th century Australian and European paintings, decorative arts and sculpture. The collection includes Eugene von Guerard's View of Geelong (1856) and Frederick McCubbin's A bush burial (1890).

  10. North by Mark Stoner (2000)

    consists of seven randomly placed cement objects resembling sails or fins. No two fins are positioned on the same plane and by moving around the sculpture the profiles change quite dramatically.

  11. The Carousel

    pavilion houses a rare and beautifully restored c. 1892 Armitage - Herschell steam driven carousel and an 1898 Gavioli Band Organ.



Santa and his reindeer are hiding in Central Geelong. Can you find them? All you need is your smartphone or device to discover lovable Christmas characters throughout Central Geelong. Download the free ‘Christmas in Central Geelong’ App from the App store or Google Play, then use the free Wi-Fi network as you look for the ‘Christmas in Central Geelong’ footpath stickers throughout the city. Then just point your smartphone or tablet at the image on the stickers to see Santa and his reindeers out-and about in Central Geelong. Many are located at the new public art sculptures.

Don’t forget to take a photo of your augmented experience using your smart phone or tablet and post it to social media using #geelongchristmas and tag @lovecentralgeelong. Look for the AR symbol on the Central Geelong Christmas Trail and discover new public artworks and the Green Spine and Laneways Precinct along the way. Presented by Central Geelong Marketing and the City of Greater Geelong.