Geelong is famous for it's Baywalk Bollards
Geelong's most-photographed people don't play football for the local Australian
Football League team. In fact they don't do much at all, except stand stoically along the city's foreshore. Without uttering a single word, each is able to clearly tell a story to all who pass by.
There are 104 huge painted icons guiding visitors along the foreshore walking/cycling track from
Rippleside Park, through Waterfront Geelong to Limeburners Point and the
Botanic Gardens. They represent a fascinating and fun chronicle of the city's past, focusing on some of the unique characters who played a part.
Among the sculptures are a Koori family, English explorer Matthew Flinders
and a Portuguese explorer which stand overlooking Corio Bay near Limeburners Point.
At Eastern Beach, you can see bathing beauties from the 1930s and Ian McDonald, the city surveyor who drew the plans
for the landmark sea baths.
When you visit, don't forget your camera, you'll definitely want to put yourself into the bollards picture.
The bollards are the work of artist Jan Mitchell. Jan was commissioned by the City
of Greater Geelong to transform old timbers and piles from a city pier, demolished
in the 1980s, into remarkable works of art that stop young and old in their tracks.
A book on the Baywalk Bollards is available for sale from the Carousel at the Waterfront.