As mentioned in the heading, Geelong is affectionately known as G-town or G-Banger – take your pick.
We are a town, not a city. When venturing into the CDB you are going to ‘town’. If you say I am going to the ‘city’ people will mistakenly think you are going to Melbourne.
Get to know your pub nicknames ; ‘The Grovey’ is the The Grovedale hotel, ‘The BC’ is the Barwon Club, ‘Lordy’s’ is Lord of the Isles, ‘The Dog’ is the Barking Dog , ‘The Commo’ is the Commun na Feinne , ‘The Yardz’ is the Saleyards Hotel – basically just shorten the main word in any pub name and/or slap a Z or an O on the end, and you’ll be around the mark.
There are two malls and are; Westfield (aka Bay City for the true Geelongians) and Market Square. Half the time you will see shops and you will be spending money, but you will never really know which one you are in!
We invented the Furphy. Well a massive multinational company called ‘Lion Nathan’ did, but they did it in Geelong at Little Creatures.. We think, maybe.. we are not sure. But the old water tank on the back of a truck was called a Furphy and the beer was named after that truck and it was from Geelong. Actually, maybe the truck was from Ballarat… either way it’s ours.
When there is a Cats game on, you will notice their supporters walking on the way to games don’t obey pedestrian road rules. So basically, look out! They tend to just sprawl dangerously out across the main roads and thoroughfares, and will expect you – the car – to stop for them even if in direct defiance of usual road rules.
When you’re drunk at 4am, Kardinia Cafe better known as (K- Caf) is your best friend for delivery of something greasy to eat.
Pakington Street is super trendy, so if you want to be seen sipping a juice, eating a pear infused, chia seed and guava, almond, berry, kale, yoghurt rice ball.. Pako is where you head.