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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. 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).

  9. 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.

  10. The Carousel

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



Santa, a Central Geelong Christmas Elf, a Gingerbread man and some singing Snowmen are hiding around Central Geelong. Can you find them? All you need is your smartphone or device to discover these lovable Christmas characters throughout Central Geelong. Download the free ‘Creativitek’ 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 the magic happen.

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. For an augmented experience at home print off our Christmas colouring sheets and using the same free 'Creativitek' app watch your colouring come to life with the colours you have chosen. Click here to download the sheets. Presented by Central Geelong Marketing.




- The button for recording videos/taking photos works like Instagram's button. You tap it to take and share a photo or you need to hold it to record a video.

- For the best photo experience we suggest turning each character into a markerless experience using the "Reposition" button (it looks like a square box in the corner). Then you can tap on the screen to place one of the characters wherever you want and resize it and the phone does not need to track the decal.

- Share your pics with us! Don't forget to tag us @lovecentralgeelong and #geelongchristmas

This activity forms part of the Central Geelong Christmas Trail. Click here for other great events and activities on the trail.