The waterfront is the pride of Geelong, and it is celebrated by the scenic, paved Bob Mcgovan Path along the bay. It is 3.3 km from Eastern Beach to Rippleside Park, passing large green lawns, the Geelong Pier, the heritage carousel, and of course beautiful views of Corio Bay.
Starting at Eastern Beach, keeping the bay on your right, follow the path around, past the Yacht Club, pier and various parks and playgrounds until you reach Rippleside Park, the turnaround point. Rippleside is a large open park with a small beach. There are some other paths in the area as well, including paths that crisscross the hill that surrounds Eastern Beach.
There are great swimming facilities at both Eastern Beach and Rippleside, as well as restrooms and fountains.
Add-ons: You can continue into Eastern Park (see our route there), or take advantage of the paths that crisscross the hill that surrounds Eastern Beach to get your heart rate up. A lot of local running clubs use these paths and hills for their strength training as there are plenty of difficulty options available.