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Road Trip to Geelong

by Amy Collins

We’ve been driving to Geelong a lot these days with the new studio in the works. So it makes sense that we’ve been having a look at what’s on the way. And, like any good road trip, we’ve been perfecting the playlist too. Here are some of our findings – BYO snacks.

What to do on the way

It turns out you can go full tourist on the trip from Melbourne to Geelong. There’s a whole lot to do whether you’re on your own, with mates, or even with the family.

Did you know one of the first stops on the way is Scienceworks? And while some of you might be thinking, hey, isn’t that for kids? This year, Science works is running adult only Friday nights where the Melbourne Planetarium comes alive with fulldome film screenings. If you have a scientific bone in your body, this is for you. Or if you’re into films and late night adventures.

From there you can head to Williamstown, which is only a hop, skip, and a step (or a 15 minute drive) away. A perfect stop if you’re a beach goer and want a dose of sunshine before the hour journey ahead. If sun baking isn’t really your thing, you can also frolic through the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, stroll the pier, or even get a dose of history in the Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park, which is a nice long walk with doses of information dotted around. If you’re looking for a spot to eat, you won’t be out of options. If you’re staying close to the water The Kiosk D’Asporto puts the fancy back is kiosk with traditional Italian pastries, paninis, salads, pizza slices, arancini balls, and gelato. If you’re on dry land try Crowded House. They’re serving up single origin and custom blend coffees plus a breakfast menu that has a Middle Eastern inspired flavour.

Once you start getting close to your halfway mark, you’ll go through Werribee. While some people would think of continuing through, we highly recommend stopping off at the Werribee Mansion and the Open Range Zoo. If you’re heading to the mansion you can make a weekend of it and stay in the beautiful rooms, or just eat at the killer restaurant and perhaps even get a massage at the day spa. The stunning grounds are worth it all on their own. Plus you can head over to the open range zoo for an adventure with the animals. From lions, to African wild dogs to bison and even a native kangaroo, there’s a whole lot to see. Plus talks and different events.

After all that adventuring or relaxing at Werribee Mansion, how does a wine tasting sound? Not for designated Dave, of course. Well, Shadowfax Winery (pictured) is just down the road. With their beautiful architecture, tasty menu, and of course beautiful wines, it’s a must visit on the way. When it comes to the food, take a lazy approach and linger a while on some wood fired pizzas, some cheese, and some charcuterie. Or if you’re more a three course kind of bunch they’ve got you covered with small starters, pasta dishes, beautiful salads, mains, and of course sweet finishers. If you have the time, head to the cellar door to sample the tasty (and affordable) drops. From the fruity Shiraz to the fresh and crisp Riesling, they’ll probably have you taking a case for the road.

What to listen to on the way

Looking for some tunes for your drive? Here are some of our current favourites. Cross genre and mood. Old and new.

Nothing Else – Angus & Julia Stone

Candy Paint – Post Malone

Bones of Man – Equador

 Pineapple Skies – Miguel

Paradise Circus – Massive Attack

All The Stars (with SZA) – Kendrick Lamar 

 I know Places – Lykke Li

 Pray For Me (with Kendrick Lamar) – The Weeknd

Our Geelong studio is set to open mid-March! Keep an eye on our social media pages for all the updates.