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Picks of the Week

There is so much happening in the Geelong, Bellarine, Surfcoast and Great Ocean Road region this week we decided to make a special page to highlight some of the great stuff.

Saturday 23rd of February

Pako Festa

The Pako Festa returns to Pakington Street West Geelong for a magnificent day of music, food and multiculturalism. This is one Geelong’s premier events and should not be missed. The parade kicks of at 11:00 AM followed by a huge street festival with performers, foods from all around the world and fun for the whole family. Don’t miss it! …read more

Sunday 24th of February

Sausage Dogs

Inverleigh on our beautiful Golden Plains to the west of the city is holding the annual Inverleigh Dachshund Derby. The day will see some great sausage dogs battling it out in a day of family fun.


Shelford also in the Golden Plains is hosting the Shelford Duck Race on Sunday the 24th. Here plastic ducks will be released into the Shelford River with the winner receiving $500 in prize money. The family day starts at 11:00 AM on the Shelford Oval. There will be live entertainment, rides for the kids, plenty of food and a silent auction.

Ring Road Opening

The next stage of the Geelong Ringroad will open on Sunday with a huge family day. Known as Section 4B and costing in excess of $110 million dollars this new link will see the extension of the of the ring road to meet the Colac Road. The opening will give visitors a once in a life time chance to walk or run the road and there is plenty of fun to be had along the way, with food, giveaways, facepainting and lots of entertainment. The fun starts at noon with the road open to traffic for the first time later in the evening.

Ford Rainforest Ride

The breathtaking Otway ranges will host the 2013 Ford Rainforest Ride on the 24th of February 2013. This mass participation road cycling event and not a race. There are three rides all starting from Apollo Bay and travelling through some of our region’s most magical scenery, challenging hills, thrilling decents and spectacular roads. …read more

Centrebet Colac Gold Cup

The premier racing event of the Western District, the 2013 Centerbet Colac Gold Cup takes place on Sunday the 24th of February. This great race brings out the best in horse racing and plenty of fun trackside including the fashions on the field. The fun starts at 11:00 AM and the Colac Turf Club is only an hour’s drive from the centre of Geelong or easily reached by the VLine rail service.