An easy hour’s drive from Melbourne, Geelong – the largest provincial city in Victoria – is worth visiting in its own right. There’s a waterfront sprinkled with cute artworks, home to an old-fashioned carousel, photogenic gardens and galleries lined with head-turning art. Geelong wears its history – both indigenous and colonial – with pride, so you can get your history nerd on across a range of museums. The city is also a great base for exploring the spectacular Great Ocean Road, the Bellarine Peninsula and local bushland in the You Yangs. Where to stay in Geelong? Book one – or more – of these great holiday apartments to rent in Geelong on Culture Trip.