“I’ve never been to Geelong before.”
And so began our decision to take a day trip down to Victoria’s second city/Australia’s largest non-capital city. I find it surprising that despite having lived in Melbourne (if you can call Mornington Peninsula, “Melbourne”) for his entire life, Niall had not taken the time to visit Geelong nor explore the Bellarine Peninsula until now. Every Melbournian that I know of has some sort of connection with this region of Victoria – I, myself, did work experience there, have friends and family who live/work/come from there, have travelled through and around there, and even know people who are crazy enough to go for the local AFL footy team!
Unfortunately, Niall wasn’t too impressed by Geelong on his first visit to the city, except for the famous bollards and the Eastern beach area. So, I suggested that we head to the rockpools near Queenscliff that I had visited as a kid for a bit of exploring because I knew that he would enjoy this a lot. He was definitely more taken by the natural coastal sights along the Bellarine Peninsula and we often stopped to take a look or a short walk. By the time we were done, however, low tide had passed and we didn’t quite make it to the rockpools; but watching a lost seal from the pier and fish and chips at the beach was not a bad alternative at all. I guess there’s always next time!