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Site-seeing by sail

July 28, 2022 BY

Geelong MP Christine Couzens), RGYC Commodore Stuart Dickson and Minister for Boating Sonya Kilkenny aboard Paul Buchholz' racing yacht Extasea.

VISITORS to greater Geelong are encouraged to sail boating trails between Geelong and Queensliff to experience what the region has to offer.

Developed in conjunction with Visit Victoria, the Boating Industry Association of Victoria, Sailing Australia and other agencies, it’s one of four trails across the state tailored toward being accessible for a range of boats and cruisers.

Visitors are encouraged to stop off at Geelong, Portarlington and Queenscliff for easy access to the region’s restaurants, wineries and galleries or to simply find a good spot to fish.

“We’re trying to encourage new and of course, seasoned boaters to get out there on the water and enjoy Victoria’s absolutely beautiful coastline,” Minister for Fishing and Boating Sonya Kilkenny said.

Other trails include from Docklands through the heart of the city along the Yarra, around Western Port and along the Port Phillip coastline to Mornington.

From left, RGYC Commodore Stuart Dickson, Minister for Fishing and Boating Sonya Kilkenny and Geelong MP Christine Couzens.

“Whether it’s heading to Geelong, around the bay or Western Port, these trails will make a great go-to guide for your next boating trip, with some of Victoria’s very best scenery and experiences on offer.”

The Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) is offering free overnight berthing until the end of August as a drawcard for those seeking somewhere to stay, as is Wyndham Harbour and the Sandringham Yacht Club.

RGYC Commodore Stuart Dickson said the Corio Bay was underutilised and a perfect way to both enter and view the region.

“We’re so very fortunate to have the bay at our doorstep, it’s protected… it’s pretty special.”

For more information about the trails, head to betterboating.vic.gov.au/boating-trails