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Central Geelong Arts and Cultural Walking Trails



Central Geelong is home to a range of interesting cultural and historical sites such as art studios and galleries, striking public artworks, creative spaces and exciting performing arts locations.

There are four separate trails, each with a map, which take a different amount of time to complete. Timings are worked out for the ‘average’ walker and do not include the amount of time you may wish to spend at any one location.

Three of the trails offer an intriguing selection of cultural aspects of Central Geelong. The Waterfront Geelong Bollards Trail focuses entirely on the painted wooden bollards which depict over 100 historic Geelong characters.

The locations on the maps are numbered and colourcoded according to cultural type.

The map - You can pick up the Central Geelong Arts & Culture Walking Trails booklet at participating venues, Visitor Information Centres and V-Line Geelong Railway Station or download the map using the link below.

Trail Map 1 - 48 Sites
Estimated Walking Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

We recommend you take a full day - or even two days - to complete this comprehensive map. It features: major cultural icons; the Central Geelong galleries; the hilltop churches and key heritage locations; the Eastern Park precinct; Waterfront public art; the Woolstores district and the Johnstone Park precinct. It also reveals a glimpse of the underlying Indigenous history. Remember that some of the larger sites, such as the Geelong Gallery, Old Geelong Gaol, Geelong Botanic Gardens and National Wool
Museum, offer fascinating tours.

Sites covered are: Gordon Gallery, Kurrajong Seed Pod, Geelong Gallery, Old Courthouse Building, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong Regional Library, Old Geelong Post Office, Metropolis Gallery, art IS..., Karingallery, Laneway Street Art, Birth Place of Williem Baa Niip, Union Street Mural, Wintergarden, Art@Wintergarden, Redox Jewellery Studio, Christ Church of England/Vicarage, Former Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Lutheran Church, St Mary of the Angels Basilica, Old Geelong Gaol, Art Unlimited, Death Place of Willem Baa Niip, Walbaringa Flats, Jesmond & Benton, Corio Villa, Geelong Botanic Gardens, Rhythms of Life, William Buckley Discovery Trail, Eastern Beach Bathing Complex, The Carousel, Paving Splats, Poppykettle Playground, Walk West Sculpture Trail, Looking Forward, North, Sailors’ Rest, Barcode Fountain, Cargo Boxes, Former Geelong Customs House, Geelong Club Building, National Wool Museum, Geelong Heritage Centre, Costa Hall, Wool Exchange, Spirit of Anzac, City Hall and Johnstone Park.

Trail Map 2 - 36 Sites
Estimated Walking Time: 2 hours

This is a medium-length trail for walkers who have up to half a day. It takes in a selection of cultural locations, omitting only the hilltop churches and a few other locations. It begins with the major cultural icons, then follows a more or less direct
route through Central Geelong to the Geelong Botanic Gardens and ‘Rhythms of Life’ Geoglyph. Then, after an abbreviated tour of the magnificent Waterfront, it follows the wool story up through the Woolstores district, finishing in beautiful Johnstone Park.

Sites covered are: Gordon Gallery, Kurrajong Seed Pod, Geelong Gallery, Old Courthouse Building, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong Regional Library, Old Geelong Post Office, Metropolis Gallery, art IS..., Karingallery, Laneway Street Art, Birth Place of Williem Baa Niip, Union Street Mural, Death Place of Williem Baa Niip, Walbaringa Flats, Jesmond & Benton, Corio Villa, Geelong Botanic Gardens, Rhythms of Life, William Buckley Discovery Trail, Eastern Beach Bathing Complex, The Carousel, Paving Splats,
North, Sailors’ Rest, Barcode Fountain, Cargo Boxes, Former Geelong Customs House,
Geelong Club Building, National Wool Museum, Geelong Heritage Centre, Costa Hall, Wool Exchange, Spirit of Anzac, City Hall and Johnstone Park.

Trail Map 3 - 26 Sites
Estimated Walking Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

This short trail is perfect to catch the essence of Geelong’s cultural life. It features selections from most of the areas mentioned in Map 1, but not the hilltop churches or the Eastern Park precinct. You may wish to visit these locations at a later date.

Sites covered are: Gordon Gallery, Kurrajong Seed Pod, Geelong Gallery, Old Courthouse Building, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong Regional Library, Metropolis Gallery
art IS..., Karingallery, Laneway Street Art, Birth Place of Williem Baa Niip, Union Street Mural, The Carousel, Paving Splats, North, Sailors’ Rest, Barcode Fountain, Cargo Boxes,
Former Geelong Customs House, Geelong Club Building, National Wool Museum, Geelong Heritage Centre, Costa Hall, Wool Exchange, Spirit of Anzac and Johnstone Park.

Map: 401 Ref: K3

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