Outdoor dining activation

The City is assisting the business community with expanded al fresco and streetscape activations, to help the sector's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Greater Geelong is enjoying an outdoor dining boom.

The City has encouraged the open-air dining culture by installing expanded service areas in multiple hospitality precincts.

The first was installed in The Terrace, Ocean Grove in early December 2020, before it was rolled out in Geelong and Geelong West from March 2021.

We have also waived all outdoor dining fees and worked closely with businesses to quickly activate their outdoor spaces.

The initiatives have been supported by funding from the Victorian Government's Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package.


Outdoor dining options

There are more than 170 venues in Greater Geelong offering outdoor dining, hosting a total of more than 2060 chairs.

Al fresco dining has exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic, with venues battling indoor density limits embracing the chance to safely expand outdoors.

More than 70 temporary permits for new or extended al fresco areas have been issued by the City since September 2020.


City-initiated activation sites


Pakington Street, Geelong West - From 24 March 2021

Union Street, Geelong - From 27 March 2021

Yarra Street, Geelong - From 5 April 2021


The Terrace, Ocean Grove - ended 18 April 2021


Page last updated: Wednesday, 19 May 2021