Lining the Geelong waterfront from Limeburners Point to Rippleside, the Baywalk Bollards are a collection of 104 old timber pier pylons, transformed into pieces of colourful art. Each representing a different character from Geelong's history books, the Baywalk Bollards interrelate to tell an interesting story of the region's past, the perfect backdrop for a holiday snap and a great way to discover a little of Geelong's pastime.
A few words from Baywalk Bollards
Geelong is famous for it's Baywalk Bollards.
Geelong's most-photographed people don't play football for the local Australian Football League team.
In fact they don't do much at all, except stand stoically along the city's foreshore. Without uttering a single word, each is able to clearly tell a story to all and sundry who pass by.
There are more than 100 of these huge painted icons guiding visitors along the foreshore walking/cycling track from Rippleside Park, through Waterfront Geelong to Limeburners Point and the Botanic Gardens. They represent a fascinating and fun chronicle of the city's past, focusing on some of the unique characters who played a part.
Among the 104 sculptures are a Koori family, English explorer Matthew Flinders and a Portuguese explorer which stand overlooking Corio Bay near Limeburners Point. At Eastern Beach, you can see bathing beauties from the 1930s and Ian McDonald, the city surveyor who drew the plans for the landmark sea baths.
When you visit, don't forget your camera, you'll definitely want to put yourself into the bollards picture.
The colourful bollards are the work of artist Jan Mitchell. Jan was commissioned by the City of Greater Geelong to transform old timbers and piles from a city pier, demolished in the 1980s, into remarkable works of art that stop young and old in their tracks.
A book on the Baywalk Bollards is available for sale from the Carousel at the Waterfront.
Rippelside Park, Geelong 3220 VIC - See Map