Updated January 2017
The Festival of Sails in Geelong is held every year on Australia Day and it is the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere and one of Australia’s oldest oldest sporting events.
Even if you have no interest or knowledge of boat racing the free community Shoreside Festival is a great family day out.
The festival is held all along the Geelong Waterfront from the historic carousel right to Eastern Beach and features live entertainment, art and craft stalls, food and wine vendors and lots of rides.
We were only able to spend a short time at the Festival of Sails so decided to take the mini train journey to get a glimpse of everything. It’s a 20 minute round trip along the waterfront and costs $6 per person.
It just happened that the water-skiing demonstration was happening and Lady AB really enjoyed watching the performances, only lured away by the temptation of a Billy Van Creamy ice cream.
The Festival of Sails is great family-friendly event and makes a perfect day trip from Melbourne. Geelong’s stunning waterfront is only 1 hour’s drive away and parking is paid but relatively easy to find (and VLine are currently offering free train travel until Sunday 31 January).
For the full festival schedule click here.
- Parking is available along Ritchie Blvd and the surrounding streets of the Geelong Waterfront;
- Note Eastern Beach Road is closed from Yarra Street to Bellarine Street;
- Go early in the morning (10am) before crowds start. Note rides start at 12 midday;
- Kids rides are mainly located at Transvaal Square though the tall Wipe Out Slide is at Eastern Beach and the bungee and miniature train tour is at Steampacket Gardens; and
- Combine your visit to the Festival of Sails with other Geelong family-friendly attractions such as:
Festival of Sails, Geelong Waterfront (25 Eastern Beach Rd), Geelong
Saturday 21 January – Friday 27 January 2017