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Festival of Sails, Geelong Waterfront, Geelong

HOT: Festival of Sails, Geelong

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.

Festival of Sails, Geelong Waterfront, Geelong

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.

Festival of Sails, Geelong Waterfront, Geelong

We are only able to spend a short time at the Festival of Sails so decide 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.

Festival of Sails, Geelong Waterfront, Geelong

It just happens that the water-skiing demonstration are happening and Lady AB really enjoys watching the performances, only lured away by the temptation of a Billy Van Creamy ice cream.

Festival of Sails, Geelong Waterfront, Geelong

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.

For the full festival schedule click here.

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