Botanic gardens history captured for future generations. In 1937 percy pratt made history by completing the first aeroplanetowed glider flight in australia and also the longest glider flight when he touched down at melbournes albert park. The scenic reserve boasts a vast array of amenities including sheltered picnic tables, barbecues, change rooms, and large expanses of lush lawn just perfect for relaxing and a game of cricket. The name geelong was given to the town in 1837 by governor richard burke and was surveyed in 1838. Wander through revitalised urban areas, where grand old eighteenth and nineteenth century buildings now house galleries and craft breweries, holeinthewall cafes and vintage markets. The keys were also referenced as a major part of the story in robert ingpens book the voyage of the poppykettle. This easy walk starts and ends at geelong s beautiful botanic gardens but also takes in eastern park s wonderful trees, open play areas and flying foxes. Established in 1896, the geelong gallery is one of australias leading and oldest regional art galleries. The best way to enter is from the top of the gorgeous palmtreelined staircase. In the beginning stories from the geelong botanic gardens. The eastern park precinct encompasses the geelong playspace, geelong botanic gardens, geelong conference centre, east geelong golf course, limeburners boat ramp, historic mineral springs, statues and stormwater lake. Eastern park is home to the geelong botanic gardens, which is recognised as. Learn more geelong cemeteries trust proudly presents barwon cemeteries by peter mansfield. It is geelong s premier regional park and an important recreation focus.
Geelong conference venues geelong conference centre venue. Book club is a novel bunch, welcoming readers to eastern hub on the first thursday of every month from 7 until 9pm. A purpose built conference centre in geelong s eastern park. In the surrounding area, there are rubbish bins, some seats and a toilet block. Eastern park, geelong, city of greater geelong, victoria australia. At the 2016 census, east geelong had a population of 3,862. They were established in 1851 and are the fourth oldest botanic garden in australia. Geelong hospital geelong, victoria hospital facebook. Find out about all the services we can offer from meeting room and venue hire to book a librarian sessions, technology use, free wifi, printing, scanning and more.
Many of these entries were extracted from geelong events in history 1802 1972 by david j. At the 2016 census, geelong north had a population of 2,966. Aug 23, 2018 although it was also a joint ride day, rod had been invited by bicycle network to run a geelong event to celebrate 200 years since the invention of the bicycle. Hold your event at one of geelong s best conference venues. Friends of the geelong botanic gardens, eastern park circuit. It was built in the art deco style during the 1930s and boasts an abundance of history and charm. Sep 24, 2014 the geelong botanic gardens and what we now call eastern park had their beginnings in a series of meetings in 18489 by gentlemen desirous of procuring the establishment of a botanical garden. The geelong cemeteries trust have been conducting their history alive tour for over a year at the geelong eastern cemetery and due to its popularity. Find parking costs, opening hours and a parking map of all east geelong car parks, street parking, parking meters and private garages. Cypress and other tree species make the park a wonderful world and escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of city living. The geelong botanic gardens are a short walk away, so to the historic eastern beach reserve and swimming baths.
Eastern park circuit, east geelong the geelong play space is anaward winning facility situated next to the geelong botanic gardens. Eastern park and geelong botanic gardens strategic plan city of. Experience the great ocean road on a fullday tour from melbourne with a smallgroup tour that explores this top destination in australia. Man who lived in gardens reveals its secrets geelong. Eastern beach reserve geelong all you need to know. The suburb was bypassed by traffic from melbourne coming from the princes freeway by the creation of the geelong ring road, which was complete in 2009.
This easy walk starts and ends at geelongs beautiful botanic gardens but also takes in eastern parks wonderful trees, open play areas and flying foxes. Park of eastern park introduction corio oval had been geelongs home ground since 1878, nearly 20 years before the advent of the vfl. Geelong botanic gardens walk, eastern park walking maps. There are lots of walking tracks and you can also wander over to the geelong botanical gardens for a breeze of fresh air amongst the plants. Kangaroo grassland to geelong botanic gardens and eastern park melton citizen of the year. It is the most comprehensive history ever written of the geelong botanic gardens, eastern park, and aspects of geelong s early life. A man who spent three decades living and working in geelong botanic gardens has revealed its secret history in a new book. Eastern beach is a nod to the history of geelong as a seaside destination with the artdeco buildings and even a walking platform called the promenade. Please consult government travel advisories before booking. It is fully fenced so that they cannot wander away. Geelong vfl home ground geelong home ground from 1878 to 1940. Geelong playspace is a wonderful safe place for your children to play.
Geelong cemeteries trust proudly presents barwon cemeteries. Some, like this one that i came across during my research are about the people who visited the park or gardens and what they did next. Despite the barwon flood, sixteen cyclist rode the barwon on todays on ya bike. Our clients appreciate simplicity and ease at the proposal stage, during the planning process and at execution. In the art hub of geelong its great to have a lovely park that you can wonder through or just sit and relax. Visit eastern beach reserve on your trip to geelong or. The gardens are located within eastern park on the eastern outskirts of the.
Eastern park and geelong botanic gardens a history of. Established in 1851 the geelong botanic gardens has a fascinating history. Greyhound racing in geelong has been conducted at three separate venues during its long and valued history. Geelong botanical gardens 2020 all you need to know before. Geelong playspace eastern park geelong weekendnotes. Eastern park playground ryrie street side, east geelong. A fantastic read that will take you on a journey from the very first burial in geelong at the eastern cemetery of hugh. Eastern park contains the botanic gardens, which have numerous rare exotic trees, sports facilities and the geelong high school 1910. Eastern beach is a specific beach in geelong, not to be confused with waterfront geelong eastern beach is a popular swimming and recreation area in geelong, victoria on the shores of corio bay. Geelong may seem like just another stop on a great ocean road tour, but i found it to be an endearing seaside town. Discover the bellarine peninsula, cycling along the old railway line from bustling geelong past wildflowers and native birdlife to queenscliff. The eastern park and geelong botanic gardens are of historical, scientific botanical and aesthetic significance to the state of victoria and they are included in the victorian heritage register.
Learn from your guide about the sights and history of this famously scenic stretch of coastline as you visit narana aboriginal cultural centre, kennett river, apollo bay, twelve apostles, and loch ard gorge. East geelong is a residential suburb of geelong, victoria, australia. Of the 161 cyclists who started the race in paris, only 41 made it the whole way back. At the 2016 census, east geelong had a population of 3,862 the post office opened on 6 june 1921. Contact the heritage reading room geelong libraries.
The legend of william buckley is another of the geelong regions greatest historical legends, but this time true. The best things to do in geelong, whether youre visiting as a day trip from melbourne or as a stop on the great ocean road. It had been used as a cricket ground as far back as 1862 when a geelong and district 22 played an all. A ten year drought in geelong in the 2000s had a severe impact on the geelong botanic gardens. The park geelong indoor skate park is australias largest skatepark. Not all the stories of the geelong botanic gardens and eastern park are about gardens, trees and the way the botanic gardens were managed.
The eastern park barbeques cant be booked, however they are available to use at any time. Established over a century and a half ago, the eastern park area has a fascinating history and recognised heritage. History and heritage, geelong and the bellarine, victoria. Nowadays its an amazing free place to cool down, have fun and relax by the shores of corio bay with an icecream or a dip in the pool. Our complete meeting package includes your meeting room, meals, av equipment, support, wifi and. Buckley was born in cheshire england in 1780 and was sent to the colony of new south wales for pinching a piece of cloth.
It has been transformed over the past 150 years, and is now a lovely green area, with lots of trees in the eastern park and lots of history inside the. Its a wonderful space to cool down on a summers day, picnic or barbecue, have fun and relax. Quality, secluded accommodation in geelong s eastern park located in geelong s eastern park precinct the centre has quality accommodation including 46 hotel rooms and 4selfcontained suites. Take a day to explore the hiking trails, take your camera and a backpack with water and snacks and get lost for a while.
Eastern beach is one of the most popular places to visit in geelong. It is often referred to as north geelong the head office of australian department store, target. In the beginning was a bare hillside to the east of the town the story of the origins of the geelong botanical gardens as it was then known was first told by george jones in his book growing together, a gardening history of geelong extending to colac and camperdown. Less than an hour after the cake was cut at the addys new office, ian rogers history of geelongs botanic gardens and eastern park was launched by mayor bruce harwood. While i enjoyed many day trips from melbourne, geelong was one of my favorites.
There are several foreshore reserves, smaller reserves, johnstone park beside the town hall and art gallery and kardinia park at geelong south, home of the geelong football club since 1940. The reserves star attraction is the sea bath, patrolled by lifeguards. The car park is accessible by turning left into holt street from ryrie street, as you drive out of geelong. What was once an exposed site of 200 acres with bay frontage but little vegetation has been transformed over 150 years into the stunning destination so popular today. The play space is designed as an inclusive area for children of all ages and abilities. Car parking is free, and the car park was almost empty when we visited. Geelong is located in the state of victoria in australia. Find parking costs, opening hours and a parking map of all eastern beach geelong car parks, street parking, parking meters and private garages. An exposed site of 200 acres with corio bay frontage and little vegetation has been transformed to become eastern park and the geelong botanic gardens.
An earlier post office dating from 1871 was later renamed moolap west. Geelong is known for its spectacular waterfront and boardwalk, making it an excellent place for a weekend getaway. Eastern beach reserve geelong 2020 all you need to know. By using our geelong sightseeing website, you can arrange your visit to eastern beach reserve and other attractions in geelong. The gardens are located within eastern park on the eastern outskirts of the central business district. Mr rogers began his research after starting work at the gardens in 1981. A little way out of geelong is the otway national park. Featuring access to stunning, rugged coastline, forests and waterfalls, this national park will amaze you. The grassy slopes of eastern beach reserve have been a favourite geelong attraction since opening in the 1930s. Premier postal history, post office list, retrieved 11 april 2008.
Geelong cemeteries trust proudly presents barwon cemeteries by. Most major events are advertised on events geelong. Steampacket gardens are on the foreshore of central geelong,you have many restaurants to choose from after you have strolled along the foreshore, also it is a nice. Geelong north is a suburb of geelong in the australian state of victoria. Nowadays its an amazing free place to cool down, have fun and relax by the shores of corio bay with an icecream or a. Historical book now available the geelong cemeteries trust is proud to present a unique historical nonfiction book written by historian peter mansfield, about the history of our cemeteries in the barwon region. The city is situated near melbourne and can be easily accessed via avalon airport avv. Adventure park geelong, victoria, wallington, victoria. Also featuring a foreword from former mayor keith fagg, the 400plus page, hardcovered book is selfpublished and available for sale at the national wool museum or directly from the author call 0439 412 734 to order a copy. Youll find many amenities at eastern beach reserve, including picnic facilities, playgrounds for kids, and an art deco boardwalk. By december of 1849, they had successfully obtained agreement from the colonial administrator, charles latrobe, for government money to be provided. If you enjoy reading and discussing great reads then book club is for you. The geelong advertiser reported percy pratt had left belmont common at 3pm and arrived at albert park an hour later, helped along the way by a strong southerly.
Today there is a large bluestone marker at on the on the cliffs at the base of eastern park commemorating the legend of the keys. Built during the 1930s in the art deco style, a shark proof sea bath is provided, as well as a childrens swimming pool, kiosk, and dressing room pavilion. Located in between the gordon tafe, government buildings, revamped geelong library and art gallery, railway station, geelong courthouse and police station and performing arts centre is a lovely park to relax in. Eastern beach reserve geelong 2020 all you need to. A fantastic read that will take you on a journey from the very first burial in geelong at the eastern cemetery of hugh niven in. Eastern beach geelong parking car parks, street parking. After a short distance, turn left again, along the short, unsealed road. Nelson park the sport was first held in geelong in 1936 under private ownership at nelson park, near the ocean child hotel, opposite the melbourne road in north geelong. The park is used by many locals for jogging, walking and cycling with 20 significant landscape areas or features to find and explore. East geelong parking car parks, street parking, private. There is an old fashioned carousel, historical markers along the quay, a sculpture made of old metal buoys, geelongs artistic people bollards, opportunity to take helicopter rides or sometimes a segway tour book. The geelong botanic gardens is a botanical garden in the city of geelong, victoria, australia. Bossence from the members of the eastern park croquet club, contains some family photographs. Ian rogers launched kangaroo grassland to geelong botanic gardens and eastern park this week with the help of mayor bruce harwood, who described the book as stunning.429 708 126 1229 1584 1206 262 1281 243 203 647 384 305 257 1651 910 1544 1646 1161 743 1419 1377 1232 1370 773 518 1105 615 812 592 61 288