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HOT: Eastern Beach, Geelong

HOT: Eastern Beach, Geelong

Eastern Beach Reserve, 95 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong

Is this view of a tropical resort? No, it’s Eastern Beach Geelong, on our own back doorstep only an hour from Melbourne.

Eastern Beach Reserve, 95 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong

Eastern Beach Reserve is right in Geelong’s CBD and it’s an amazing, free place to cool down, have fun, relax and party, right by the shimmering waters of Corio Bay.

Eastern Beach Reserve, 95 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong

You can enter via the carpark but the more dramatic course is to step down the grand staircase (bringing to mind Rome’s Spanish Steps), framed dramatically by palm trees and with a curious centerpiece fountain of fantastical creatures.

The picturesque area includes an Art Deco boardwalk enclosing a shark proof sea bath with floating islands and diving towers…

Eastern Beach Reserve, 95 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong

a fenced children’s pool which ranges from 60cm to 1.2m deep

Eastern Beach Reserve, 95 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong

a playground…

Eastern Beach Reserve, 95 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong

…some of Geelong’s renowned Bay walk Bollards

Eastern Beach Reserve, 95 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong

…plus barbecue and picnic facilities, toilets, water fountains and a kiosk/cafe. Everything you need for a fun day out! We spent about 2 hours there and the trip cost us $2.90 per hour for parking and $4 for an ice creams. Lady AB declared it ‘a very fun pool adventure’.

Eastern Beach is a must-go place to visit with kids when you’re in Geelong, especially in summer.  Locals have it lucky and for out-of-towners it’s so good I recommend a special trip!

Click here for more ideas of where to go in Geelong with kids.


HOT Tips:

  • Parking is $2.90 per hour, Max $5.20. Free parking Saturday, Sunday, public holidays;
  • pack your hat and sunscreen. All of the bench seating next to the children’s pool is unshaded as the shade sales overlook the pool perimeter;
  • children’s pool is 60cm – 1.2m deep with a central gushing water fountain;
  • sea baths are suitable for older children;
  • the playground is semi-shaded using shade sails;
  • some picnic tables are under red roofing, otherwise the green space is mostly unshaded;
  • lifeguards patrol the children’s pool;
  • there’s a kiosk and cafe on site; and
  • If you’re taking the train as a family you can ask for a family saver ticket at any V/Line ticket counter – this offers a discounted rate during off-peak times that you won’t get if you use your Myki. Train station is within walking distance to the beach/CBD.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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  1. Came across this beach from your list of best beaches for kids and the photos you had…. this place is amazing for kids! Safe beach with soft sand, shark proof enclosure, with playground nearby, carousel a trolley ride away, italic gardens, camel rides…. thanks for your list and the recommendation!

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