Largely a secret even to locals is this historic 19th-century paper mill, overlooking a scenic stretch of the Barwon River, that's recently been converted into an arts precinct. It's definitely a work in progress, but a number of artists have set up studios and galleries, and there's a cafe and a winery. Due to lack of marketing, the complex falls short of its potential; however, it's worth stopping by for a wander, and heading down to the nearby Buckley Falls.

In WWII the site was occupied by the military, who used it to build and test sea mines. The 2 Worlds Festival (, showcasing local indie, rock and electronic acts, is held here each October.

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1. Provenance Wines

0.04 MILES

The highlight of a visit to Fyansford's historic Old Paper Mill complex is this working winery that's set within a beautiful, cathedral-like red-brick…

2. Geelong Cement Works Silo Art

0.96 MILES

The ugly old cement factory that sits atop Herne Hill has been beautified courtesy of three giant murals painted by Geelong-born street artist Rone. The…

3. Boom Gallery

2.06 MILES

Down an industrial street off Pakington St, Boom's warehouse space in an old woollen mill shows contemporary works by Melbourne and local artists. It…

4. Geelong Art Gallery

2.66 MILES

With over 6000 works in its collection, this long-established gallery features celebrated Australian paintings such as Eugene von Guérard’s View of…

5. National Wool Museum

2.88 MILES

More interesting than it may sound, this museum showcases the importance of the wool industry in shaping Geelong economically, socially and…

6. Geelong Waterfront Carousel

2.96 MILES

A prominent feature along Geelong's waterfront is this ornate 19th-century hand-carved carousel, housed within a slick 21st-century glass pavilion.

7. Geelong Waterfront

3.03 MILES

Geelong's sparkling revamped waterfront precinct is a great place to stroll, with plenty of restaurants set on scenic piers, plus historical landmarks, a…

8. Old Geelong Gaol

3.14 MILES

Built in 1849, HM Prison Geelong may have closed its doors in 1991, but this old bluestone jail remains as terrifying as ever. You'll see its grim cells…