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2012 Geelong Open House

Open House has been a huge success around the world in recent years and how it’s Geelong turn, with first Open House Geelong will take place on Saturday the 10th of November 2012 and give people the rare opportunity to see inside some of the more interesting place in and around the Geelong city centre.

The openings will run from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM and are free of charge. This event coincides with the Streets are Alive event in central Geelong so its a great day to get out and enjoy some of the best things Geelong has to offer.

The ten special places open to the public are.

The Geelong Peace Memorial
Located in Johnstone Park beside the Geelong Art Gallery the Geelong Peace Memorial is a tribute and place of remembrance to all who fell in war. This building as well as being one of the city’s’ most sacred is also one of our most beautiful.
The Gordon Institute
Located opposite Johnstone Park and sandwiched between La Trobe Terrace. The Gordon has been educating Geelong since 1888 and today is one of Australia’s leading TAFE having campuses throughout Geelong along the south western parts of the state. The Gordon has some of Geelong’s most beautiful architecture with the 125 year old Davidson Hall and the spectacular art deco buildings beside the railway line.
Traffic Accident Commission
The TAC building is one of the newest structures on the Geelong skyline. Located in Brougham Street next to the National Wool Museum the TAC is one one of the city’s major office complexes opening in 2008.
Geelong City Hall
The oldest parts of Geelong’s town hall date back to mid-1850’s and were designed by architect Joseph Reed who’s design was accepted as part of a competition. The Geelong town hall is now the administrative headquarters to the City of Greater Geelong which spans much of our region.
Osborne House
Osborne House was built in 1858 and looks over Corio Bay at St Helens in North Geelong. It was originally the home for local squatter, Robert Muirhead. It was later purchased by the State Government of Victoria for a country residence for our governor but never used. The Geelong harbour trust and later the navy used the building before it becoming the shire local council offices for the Shire of Corio. The Corio Shire later merged with the City of Greater Geelong and now the building is used by some community groups and part of the land makes up the Geelong Maritime Museum.
National Wool Museum
Opened by Her Majesty the Queen during Australia’s bicentenary celebrations in 1988 the National Wool Museum traces and celebrates the heritage of wool, and in particular its lasting legacy on Geelong that was for many decades one of the world’s major wool trading centres.
COGG Council Offices
Th Geelong Council Offices can be found in Brougham Street in the old Pyramid Building Society Buildings overlooking the Royal Geelong Yacht Club. There is a spectacular view from the top floor of the Geelong waterfront and a very interesting self-guided tour on offer.
Deakin University
The expansive Deakin University Wool Store Campus overlooking Geelong Waterfront is another great building open to the public on the day. The university is one of Geelong’s most spectacular pieces of architecture a very clever blend of historic wool stores and cutting edge modern designs. Be sure to see the Alfred Deakin Exhibition on level 2 which is very educational.

Magistrates Law Courts
The Geelong Magistrates Courts are Victoria’s largest multi-jurisdictional courts and are offering a great chance to see some of the actual courtrooms up close. Tours will take place every thirty minutes between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.
Barwon Water
The Barwon Water offices can be found in Ryrie Street between Gheringhap and Fendwick Streets. The office built in the early 1980’s have a very interesting mural and board room