Gateway to Victoria
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Geelong is an interesting small city. Although it is second in size only to Melbourne in the state of Victoria, there is quite a big difference in size and activities available. That said, Geelong actually has quite a lot of things to do and see. The city center sits right on the waterfront, making it very easy to spend part of the day shopping and the rest of it walking on the beach. The botanical gardens are worth a stroll around as are the old but modified houses on top of the hill along the coast. The city is growing fairly quickly and modernizing as well since more and more Melbournians choose to set up house here and commute the 50-minutes into the capital. There are a number of shopping centers (including 2 in the CBD), arcades, and shops lining the streets. Pako Street is a nice place to hang out and even hosts its own annual multicultural festival. And it cannot go without saying that despite its industrial history, the city is turning itself around and becoming trendier and artsy. A great example of this is Geelong's many bollards around the waterfront and even a few carefully placed further inland.