Geelong West is a commercial and residential suburb of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. When Geelong was founded, the area was made up of sections called Kildare, Little Scotland and Ashby. The area was renamed Geelong West in 1875. Journalist and publisher J. F. Archibald was born in Geelong West in 1856. He is the name sake of the Archibald Prize and a memorial bust was erected on the corner of Weddell Road and Church St in 1956 in his honour.
The main street is Pakington Street, which has become synonymous with great coffee, food and boutique shopping.
The Pako Festa is an annual festival held in Pakington Street, Geelong West each year around late February. The festival is held to promote cultural diversity and show appreciation for the artwork and fashion designed by citizens of the Geelong area. This is a great family event that attracts tourists and visitors from far and wide to sample the many food experiences on offer, enjoy some great sidewalk sales and listen to some live music in a fun and vibrant atmosphere.
Geelong West plays host to 2 daycare/kingergarten centres, as well as one Catholic and one public primary school. There are also a range of public and private secondary schooling options within 5km.
Geelong West is well serviced by Bus and Taxi services.
Parks & Amenities
Sparrow park has excellent children's playground, BBQ and recreation facilities. The Geelong West Giants football and netball club is popular in the local community and has a strong junior development academy for kids to play Football/Netball at all levels.
All year round people are drawn to the wide variety of eateries in Pakington Street. Available options range from modern café fare to high-end dining.
Pakington Street has become a shopping destination with name brand shops side by side with unique and rather special boutiques offering the finest in beauty, children’s wear, giftware and clothing. When you visit this cultural mecca of Geelong, you won’t want to leave.