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Geelong After Dark
Take in one of the region’s most vibrant and colourful events by booking tickets to Geelong for the annual Geelong After Dark. It takes over the CBD’s side streets and laneways for an evening and features a variety of arts and culture events. See neon light installations and projections, try great food, and enjoy performances from musicians, theatre groups, and interactive street performers. Have a look at flights to Geelong in early May to take part in the Geelong After Dark festivities.
Tastes of Central Geelong
Tastes of Central Geelong pops up in the city for a month each year, and it’s the perfect time to plan cheap flights to Geelong if you’re a foodie. Local restaurants and food producers showcase some of their best offerings through gourmet food events and markets. Some Geelong restaurants also have unique dishes that they add to their menu while the Tastes of Central Geelong is on. Visit food markets, attend tasting events, and learn new techniques at cooking demonstrations. Attend Tastes of Central Geelong by booking return flights to Geelong for a July holiday.
Queenscliff Music Festival
Travel on flights to Geelong in late November to attend one of the region’s hottest music events. The Queenscliff Music Festival takes place in the quaint town of Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula. Performances are held over three days and showcase both local and internationally-recognised artists. Watch performances on the main festival stage, and also catch smaller performances in cafes and parks around Geelong.
What are the best restaurants and cafes in Geelong?
Alma is a unique spot to visit in between return flights to Geelong. The restaurant serves classic Australian cuisine influenced by traditional South American flavours. Order dishes à la carte, or try a selection of the chef’s favourites for a set price. Popular things to order include king crab with avocado arepa, polenta with sauteed mushrooms and goats cheese, and braised pork scotch with parsnip and paprika. Many of Alma’s dishes can be made gluten-free, and there’s an entire menu for the vegan travellers who book airfare to Geelong.
Eddy and Wills
Melbourne gets a lot of recognition for its coffee and vibrant cafe culture, but Geelong has some excellent cafes to rival those of its larger neighbour. Eddy and Wills is one of the top cafes to try while holidaying on flights to Geelong. It has an eclectic vibe, high quality coffee, and a great food selection. Choose between all-day breakfast, hearty lunch options, and decadent cakes and pastries to accompany your coffee. Dishes to try include black forest pancakes with cherries and chocolate ganache, chilli scrambled eggs on sourdough, and spicy chicken tacos with tzatziki.
Pakington Pantry is another cafe to add to your list when you book cheap flights to Geelong. The cafe’s owner spent 20 years in Melbourne’s restaurant scene before returning to his hometown of Geelong. Pakington Pantry serves incredible coffee and they even have their own house blend called Dark Horse. Pop in for a coffee or smoothie accompanied by a pastry, or try one of the cafe’s many great meals. Tuck into dishes like shakshuka eggs with Middle Eastern spices and feta cheese, chai-spiced French toast topped with salted caramel banana and ice cream, and sticky pork belly bao buns with hoisin mayo.
When is the best time to visit Geelong?
Coastal Victoria has four distinct seasons to plan around when booking airfare to Geelong. Summer is often considered the best time to travel on return flights to Geelong as temperatures of about 25°C and little rain make it prime time for beach-going. Summer is high season and the busiest time to fly into Avalon Airport (AVV). It’s a popular time to visit the vineyards and attractions on the Bellarine Peninsula, and the Great Ocean Road gets busy with day-trippers from Melbourne. Get the best price on accommodation by booking early if you’ll be travelling on summer flights to Geelong.
Consider booking tickets to Geelong for an autumn or spring getaway if you’re looking for nice weather without the crowds. Temperatures often fall between 17° and 23°C during the day – slightly chilly for lounging on the beach, but perfect for coastal walks and strolling through Geelong. You’ll also be able to enjoy the Bellarine Peninsula and Great Ocean Road without the volume of tourists that summer brings in.
The winter months cool down to about 14°C during the day, and there’s a higher chance of rain. However, this is the least busy time to book flights into Avalon Airport (AVV). Visitors holidaying on cheap flights to Geelong in winter can road trip along Great Ocean Road or enjoy a warming glass of red wine at Bellarine vineyards without having to compete with other tourists.