A suburb located just to the southwest of Melbourne, Geelong hugs the Corio Bay. It isn't a huge city - around 200,000 people - so it has a smaller, more intimate feel than its neighbour to the northeast. Its small size doesn't mean Geelong singles are at a loss for potential mates, or have no quality places for dating without having to drive 75 km to Melbourne. Quite the opposite! The median age is 37, and 60% of Geelong residents are single. This means it's a pretty hot market in a fairly small space!
Geelong grew as an industrial port city, which means in the modern age there is a good deal of trendy conversion of old factories and warehouses into lofts, bars, and restaurants. The waterfront has gone from being purely functional to a shared space that caters to both commerce and pleasure.
Places like The City Quarter Bar on Cunningham Pier offer amazing views, great food, an extensive wine list, and the right ambiance if you're looking to impress. Waterfront, another bar-restaurant combo in the Novotel, is a bit more laid back, with a Mediterranean-inspired menu. If it's a nervous first date, you can always talk about the view!
If you want to get out and about to work up an appetite, the Geelong Bollard Trail Walk is a heritage walk along the waterfront, outlining the major players who helped shape Geelong into the city it is today, with exhibits and artwork. It's a two hour walk, giving you time to get to know each other, as well as getting to know your city.
If Geelong singles are looking to seal the deal and really impress, Bistro St Jean, in the heart of the city, is consistently rated the most romantic restaurant in town. The classic French food in the authentic-feeling bistro atmosphere gives a cozy, intimate feel that can help you take that casual relationship to a more serious level.
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Dating in Geelong isn't all about bars and restaurants, though. There are lovely beaches to spend an afternoon in the sun. Eastern Beach and Thirteenth Beach offer beautiful vistas and rolling waves. Instead of struggling to find conversation in a restaurant, why not take a new acquaintance to the beach and throw a frisbee around? Or stroll through the Geelong Botanic Gardens. The Serendip Sanctuary is home to 150 species of birds, and the park encourages picnicking. With Geelong's mild coastal climate, Geelong singles can appreciate the great outdoors all year long.
The Geelong Performing Arts Centre has productions year-round, both local and internationally produced. In fact, Geelong has an impressive range of cultural options for dating, considering its suburban status. The Geelong Gallery has been open since 1896, and boasts an impressive collection of European and Australian paintings and statuary. Why not stroll around admiring the works, and stop for a coffee James Street Bakery & Cafe just down the road?
For a small city, Geelong has all the bases covered for singles, from meeting for the first time at pubs and nightclubs, to fine dining and the arts. Whether you prefer an outdoor experience like the beach or Serendip Park, or intimately sharing a bottle of Shiraz by the waterfront, there is no need to make the trip into the big city.
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