We visited Geelong on our first day of Holiday in Victoria, around five in the afternoon when we went shopping at the Corio Shopping Centre to buy foods, and during the last day of our holiday. We discovered the beauty and magnetic charm of the Geoolong waterfront with its extensive artistry and makeover in and around the park. I was astonished at how they constructed the Cummingham Pier as a huge car park. It was full with cars when we were there. The waterfront is recorded as the main tourist attraction for the city.
Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia, 75 kilometres south-west of the state capital, Melbourne. It is the second most populated city in Victoria and the fifth most populated non-capital city in Australia.
Geelong has a rich history dating back from the gold rush in Ballarat, to its transition to a manufacturing hub up to its present transformation as a great city.
The scheduled closure of Ford’s Australian manufacturing base in 2016 was confirmed in late May 2013 and is considered as major set-back there whereby hundreds of workers will be losing their jobs, pretty bad.
Some tourists were also enjoying the beauty of the waterfront when we were here. We too, spent a couple of hours here and that made us unable to visit the city centre of Geelong because our next stop will be the city of Melbourne after which we’ll drive straight out to the airport for our scheduled flight back to Sydney. We would be glad to return here some other time to explore Geelong further.
Fairy Park is crafted out on spectacular rocky hilltop into a truly unique place where family and friends come to relax and enjoy a day out together in a tranquil environment, with over 33 attractions in place. The three main areas that combine to form Fairy Park are the Fairytale Land, Camelot Playground and the Elephant Rock Picnic Grounds. The park is housed in beautiful buildings including castles, cottages and caves all set amongst neatly kept gardens, giant boulders and lovely water features.
We’ve seen Cinderella at the Grand Ball, squirted the Frog Prince at his waterfall, saw Jack in his beanstalk, joined the Teddy Bears at their Picnic and heard the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears among others to the delight of the kids and were also amazed at how they patiently and put all things up creatively.
Some of the favourite fairytale characters are Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio to Rumplestilzchen, Alladin and Snow White. There are over 22 animated hand crafted scenes that come to life at the push of a button, all with digitised sound and lighting. Indeed, amazing for the kids!
For train buffs, the hilltop Castle incorporates a huge model train set and a Train Museum housing a rare collection of Markilin (guage1) model trains. Nestled beside the extinct volcano of Mt Anakie is the summit of Elephant Rock with breathtaking 360° panoramic views. A truly remarkable location for a great fun!
Again, heaps of families with kids around were on shoulder to shoulder along the pathway leading up to the fairy castle, all wanting to reach the summit, cameras popping out as they moved on and up to another attractions.
There’s a lot to capture here, in remarkable photos. I admit, I did have a wonderful time taking shots but failed to capture panoramic and creative ones! There was no enough time to scale out and creatively think of where and how to do that, really pretty bad.
We had a hard time visiting this place last year, summer at that time but it was raining so hard. The week before, Sydney got soaked up with rain as well as thunderstorm in some part of it and floods in the northern coast of New South Wales. We were scheduled to visit the Abercrombie House at the central part of New South Wales and so rain or shine we’ve got to go because it was the only day that the house was open for public viewing during the month.
So along the way, rain was so hard especially when we’re up the mountains. It was even deadly foggy and these guys in motorbikes (see photo) seemed unstoppable in their journey like us. It was really a hard day but we were surprised that it wasn’t raining at all when we arrived at the place where the Abercrombie House is located.
At a distant the huge Abercrombie House was visible and we’re stunned at its beauty and architecture. The house is a heritage listed in the Bathurst region, is one of the few Victorian era mansions that do exist today in New South Wales. The house was indeed an old house walled with sandstone with heaps of rooms, beautiful lounge rooms and an awesome garden. We were with a group tour that day, and our tour guide was the owner himself.
It has an interesting history, from the first owner William Stewart who came to Australia from England in 1825 as part of the colonisation of the penal colony until to its present owner, the Morgan family. It was also the home to Australia’s first famous archaeologist, James Stewart who specialised in Cypriot and Near eastern Archaeology that was before the Morgans. Everyone in the group was fascinated and awed with every bit of its history as the owner gestured every important aspects of the house, rooms are unique to each other. It’s a tall house with furnishings still intact, preserved from its 1800s until now. The Morgan family has spent many years restoring the magnificent house and its buildings and grounds.
Abercrombie House also provides a spectacular venue for public functions and private events. Bookings are required for group tours as well as educational tours for the children.