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Top Choice Brewery in Geelong

Little Creatures & White Rabbit

Sharing space within the historic red-brick wool mill complex are these two separate, well-respected breweries that have come together to create a giant playground for beer lovers. Little Creatures is the bigger ope…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Geelong

IGNI

Creating a buzz among food lovers across Melbourne is this latest venture by well-lauded chef (and local boy) Aaron Turner. The set tasting menus change on a whim, incorporating a mix of indigenous and European flav…
Top Choice Coffee in Geelong

Cartel Coffee Roaster

A big player in Australia's third-wave coffee movement is this single-origin roaster run by a passionate owner who personally forges relations with farmers across Africa, Asia and Latin America. The result is well-s…
Waterfront in Geelong

Geelong Waterfront

Geelong's sparkling revamped waterfront precinct is a great place to stroll, with plenty of restaurants set on scenic piers, plus historical landmarks, a 19th-century carousel, sculptures, grand homes, swimming area…
Cultural Centre in Geelong

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

The Wathaurung people – the original inhabitants of Geelong – called the area Jillong, and this precinct in its outskirts offers a fascinating insight into their culture. There's a range of things going on: a galler…
Cafe in Geelong

Little Green Corner

Using fresh produce hand-picked from its kitchen garden or sourced from its family farm in nearby Waurn Ponds, the menu here is highly driven by what's seasonal and what's local. They also use foraged ingredients, a…
American in Geelong

Hot Chicken Project

Slotting in perfectly along Little Malop is this cosy, welcoming diner specialising in authentic Nashville chicken. Choose from a menu of wings, tenders or dark meats – or hot fish or tofu – in a spectrum of heat le…
Gallery in Geelong

Powerhouse Geelong – City Precinct

In addition to the street art park in the old power station in North Geelong are these galleries and studio spaces set within a 100-year-old brick wool storing house. Set above the Brougham Street Markets, here ever…
Modern Australian in Geelong

Tulip

One of only two hatted restaurants in Geelong, unassuming Tulip on 'Pako' St delivers a gastronomic experience with its mix of inventive small and large plates designed to share. Dishes may include native items such…
Italian in Geelong

Caruggi

Bringing a taste of fine dining to hipster Little Malop is this Ligurian-inspired trattoria. It hasn't missed a beat since relocating from its acclaimed restaurant in Anglesea to the 'big smoke' of Geelong. The sign…