Best reasons to fly into Melbourne’s Avalon airport

If your flight to Melbourne is landing at Melbourne Avalon Airport, you’re in luck – you’ll be flying straight into Geelong, one of Australia’s hippest, and tastiest, cities.

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  • Krysia Bonkowski
  • May 2018

Melbourne Avalon Airport is Melbourne’s second biggest airport. It’s 55kms from the city centre – but it’s only 22kms from Geelong, a picturesque and thriving bayside city with a pack-a-punch food scene. If your flight lands at Melbourne Avalon Airport, you’ve lucked out, so why not spend a day exploring this delicious satellite city? Spend a little longer and double-down on the delights - Geelong sits close to the start of the famous Great Ocean Road, which is the stuff of road trip dreams.

Breakfast

King of the Castle

From the airy warehouse setting dripping with greenery to the cold-brew coffee and matcha lattes, if you were looking for a sign that Geelong has turned a new leaf, look no further than this popular café in Geelong West opens in new window. Start your day with a breakfast bowl piled with a kaleidoscope of super foods, or decadent twice-cooked French toast topped with mascarpone.

Mid-Morning

Boom Gallery

Inhabiting yet another reincarnated warehouse space (a common theme in Geelong), Boom is a creative hub for emerging and established artists. The space in Newtown’s art precinct of Rutland Street houses a gallery, design store and café called Neighbour Geelong. Duck across the road to watch artists in residence at work in their studios, and pick up a piece of Geelong’s budding creative scene direct from the maker opens in new window.

Lunch

The Federal

Carrying on the legacy of their restaurateur parents, siblings Nathalie, Carlo and Marc Moussi have established an all-day eatery in the lofty new iteration of The Federal Woollen Mills in North Geelong opens in new window. The kitchen’s renditions of classic Lebanese dishes such as lamb shawarma and falafel are the standout. Before leaving, indulge in a spot of bargain hunting in the cavernous Geelong Vintage Markets across the car park.

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The Old Paper Mills at Fyansford in Geelong.

Afternoon

Provenance Wines

With views over the rushing Barwon River, local boutique winery Provenance set up its cellar door in the neglected Barwon Paper Mill in Fyansford. A symbol of Geelong’s proud industrial heritage, the grand bluestone mill was the largest in the Southern Hemisphere when it opened in the 1870s. Winemaker Scott Ireland opens in new window hopes to share some of the winemaking craft with the public through The Mill. Taste his award-winning wines surrounded by barrels in the maturation cellar, and watch the next vintage in the making in the adjoining winery.

Dinner

White Rabbit Barrel Hall

The Geelong home of Little Creatures and White Rabbit is a must-do for beer lovers. Inside the sprawling red-brick textile mill on Swanston Street, White Rabbit brewery opens in new window stays true to its craft roots with a barrel-ageing program and rotating selection of brews. Taste through the taps, matched with a meal of mezze-style share plates and salumi. For Good Beer Week the complex will host the Little Creatures West Side Village.

Sleep

Devlin Apartments

Soak up Geelong’s balancing act of old and new from between the sheets, courtesy of the Devlin – the apartments are set within the sensitively restored, heritage-listed Gordon Junior Technical School on Moorabool Street. The Manhattan-style ‘New Yorker’ suites feature high, arched windows and rich textiles in charcoal tones. Bonus for sports fans – it’s a mere two-minute walk to the Geelong Cats’ homeground in Kardinia Park opens in new window.