The Shannon Motor Inn is situated Newtown, an inner western suburb of the pretty waterside city, Geelong. The residence is a short convenient walk to the buzz of Geelong’s civic centre, and places you at the heart of quality shopping boutiques and complexes, trendy local cafes, fine dining experiences and the much loved local waterfront.
There are a variety of accommodation options to choose from during your stay, including Single Rooms with one queen bed (suitable for up to two guests), the Double Rooms are a spacious arrangement with one queen bed (for 2 guests), the Twin Room with one double bed and one single bed (sleeping up to 3 guests) and Family Room options for larger groups with one queen bed and two single beds (sleeping up to 4 guests).
A suite conveniently enhanced for mobility impairment is also available for hire.
Notable extra features include: free continental breakfast hamper on first night’s stay, with breakfast subsequently provided on request for following days. The motel also presents easy access to local public transport and taxi services.
The old and charming city of Geelong rivals much of Melbourne’s architectural beauty with the added appeal of stunning waterfronts, eateries, public art installations and lush manicured gardens throughout.
Choosing to stay at the Shannon Motor Inn will afford you perfect access to the vibrancy of Geelong’s city centre and also provide a great base to explore some of the regions popular surrounding townships. Torquay, known widely as Australia’s surfing capital, Portarlington, a picturesque seaside town, the relaxed pace of Barwon Heads, and rocky seascapes of Point Lonsdale. Historical Queenscliff, with its quality Marine Discovery Centre and ferry rides across to beautiful Sorrento. These towns, scattered along the Bellarine Peninsula are destinations of historical significance with unparalleled beauty, ample water based attractions and unique tourist friendly sights.
Geelong has ample points of interest to take advantage of during your stay.
The most stand-out feature of Geelong’s waterfront is Eastern Beach. A hive of activity all year round with a unique art-deco swimming enclosure along a stretch of promenade from the 1930’s. The structure features a large tower and diving boards with separate children’s pool and in-built water features. Along the shoreline a children’s playground, open grassy areas and a restaurant/kiosk are situated within the precinct, perfect for group picnics, recreational activities, lunch and a relaxing beachside day out.
Sample some of the best historical tourism in Geelong by visiting two of the most iconic local attractions. The National Wool Museum is an eye catching elaborate blue stone building in the city centre, showcasing Australia’s historic association with wool production and contemporary art exhibitions and cultural interests.
The Old Geelong Gaol is now a museum with a number of displays and hands on experiences that convey the hard times of 19th century prison life, with solitary confinement cells, the original hallows and, if interested, creepy ghost tours of the site!
Get lost on a beautiful day amongst the picturesque Geelong Botanic Gardens, the colour and scent of the garden’s incredible plant collections and old, ornate fountains and statues. The garden is a short walk from the city’s main waterfront and the nearby Eastern Beach Reserve and is worth the trip to explore. Lovingly tended to by a group of volunteers, the ‘Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens’ support a range of different programs and activities on-site. The Tea House is a small café within the garden and provides the perfect opportunity to grab a snack or coffee and find a peaceful shaded spot in pretty surrounds.
The Werribee Zoo stretches along sections of Werribee River and is home to glorious wildlife across large open-range plains. In the style and tradition of an African Safari, climb aboard the comfortable, custom built vehicles and take a memorable journey past the zebras, giraffes, rhinos and antelopes (to name a few of the many animals on view). The zoo also has an extensive complex of trails, kids play areas and activity hubs, cafe locations and fantastic Zoo shop.
The Geelong Gallery is an impressive heritage building established in 1896 with an extensive permanent collection of 19th and 20th century paintings and artworks from Australia and Europe. The gallery also features an invigorating program of special temporary exhibitions, and inspiring talks. Entry to the gallery is free, though you may be enticed to by something lovely from the gallery shop!
The Geelong Performing Arts Centre is a popular facility within the region, attracting some of Australia’s best performers and offering quality plays, music and events. The complex is centrally located and within close proximity to Geelong’s finest dining experiences and boasts two theatres, conference facilities, four event spaces, restaurant and cafe.
One of Geelong’s many benefits is the number of exceptional food and wine experiences to enjoy in and around the city. The Little Creatures Brewery in South Geelong is thriving within the historic Valley Worsted Mills, with the opportunity to sample a tasty ale, grab a bite to eat or take a brewery tour of the site.
The region boasts a number of vineyards with a few highlights including the Oakdene Vineyard, a quiet and scenic location with eye-catching cellar door. Sample the estates hand crafted wines, the quality dining at Oakdene Restaurant or a casual bite to eat at the Mr. Grubb Cafe.
The Terindah Estate along the Bellarine Peninsula is an exquisite estate offering a light brunch, lunch or tastings of the estates sparkling, pinot noir and gris, chardonnay, rose, shiraz and zinfandel wines. The Jack Rabbit Winery is a chic venue with cool climate wines, with cellar door, tasting room, café, acclaimed restaurant and uninterrupted coastal views.