North Geelong, Victoria

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Geelong North
GeelongVictoria
North Geelong Sphinx Hotel.JPG
North Geelong Sphinx Hotel
Population 2,966 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3215
LGA(s) City of Greater Geelong
State electorate(s) Lara
Federal Division(s) Corio
Suburbs around Geelong North:
Bell Park Norlane North Shore
Bell Park Geelong North Corio Bay
Hamlyn Heights Geelong West Rippleside
Drumcondra

Geelong North is a suburb of Geelong in the Australian state of Victoria. The suburb was bypassed by traffic from Melbourne coming from the Princes Freeway by the creation of the Geelong Ring Road, which was complete in 2009. At the 2016 census, Geelong North had a population of 2,966.[1] It is often referred to as North Geelong

The head office of Australian department store, Target, founded in Geelong in 1925 is located on Thompson Road, next door to the former Geelong Golf Club.

The suburb has an Australian rules football team competing in the Geelong & District Football League and a Croatian association football team North Geelong Warriors FC that are currently competing in the National Premier Leagues Victoria

History[edit]

From 1858 to 1971 a gasworks was operated by the Geelong Gas Company on a site on Victoria and Douro Streets with a connecting rail to the Geelong Ports. The current Post Office opened in 1987. An earlier office dating from 1886 was replaced by Rippleside in 1986.[2]

Osborne House was built on the shores of Corio Bay in 1858 as a private residence, later being used by the Royal Australian Navy, local council officers, and is currently the home of the Geelong Maritime Museum.

In the 1950s through to the early 1970s the suburb saw a drastic increase in housing construction, in part fuelled by Geelong's growing industries and manufacturing sector.

In 1973, the Victoria Street level crossing adjacent to the southern end of the station was replaced by a road overpass, known as the Margaret Street overpass, and a pedestrian underpass. In 1976, both platforms were extended by over 60 metres. The main station building on Platform 1 was replaced on 8 August 1990, and in 2008 the smaller building on Platform 2 was replaced by a metal shelter.

In 1998 hotel owner Paul Ramia erected a 15m-high polystyrene replica of the Great Sphinx of Giza atop his hotel, known as the Sphinx Hotel.[3]

In Fyansford Cement Works Railway, originally opened in 1918, was removed in the early 2000s after the cement works closure in 2000. The train lines removal helped ease growing congestion on Thompson Road, and reduced noise pollution for local residents. Prior to its removal, a bike and pedestrian path, known as Linear Park, was constructed in the 1980s alongside the rail line.

In 2012, a part of North Geelong was redistributed. This included businesses and houses on the eastern side of Melbourne Road and around St. Helens Park, between Victoria Street to Swinburne Street. Initially residents hoped to become their own suburb called 'St. Helens', though the name was unavailable and instead joined neighbouring Rippleside.

In 2017, Target announced they would be leaving their North Geelong headquarters for a larger facility. Their new facility is currently being constructed at Williams Landing opposite the rail station of the same name in Melbourne's west.

Geelong Arena[edit]

The Geelong Arena includes an indoor pool, basketball court capable of hosting 2000 people. The Arena also acts as an events centre hosting numerous musicians and acts over the years, and served as a venue during the 2006 Commonwealth Games basketball tournaments.

Geelong Golf Club[edit]

Formed in 1892, the original 18-hole course was one of Australia's oldest courses and was open for more than 100 years. The golf course was closed for a number of years during its re-development of the site and has since re-opened as a nine-hole course.[4]

Geelong Golf Club Residential Estate[edit]

In late 2013 construction of the Geelong Golf Club Residential Estate began, with plans for 350 new homes, parks and 9-hole golf course included as a part of the redevelopment.

Geelong Saleyards[edit]

The early Geelong Town Corporation bought land for the saleyards in 1867 and opened the facility in 1869. It has operated as a livestock exchange ever since.[5]

Its location was chosen based on its proximity to North Geelong Station, with two rail lines, the Ballarat and Waurnambool lines, converging nearby. As well as its proximity to the up-and-coming regional centre of Geelong.

North Geelong Resource Recovery Centre & Transfer station[edit]

Located on Douro Street, the facility accepts most waste. It services the domestic market, whilst its sister facility located in Drysdale (also available to the domestic market) is for larger scale commercial waste. Recyclable materials such as paper, glass, metal, white goods and technology are accepted free of charge. Some items like furniture and books are resold at on site's shop.

For further detail go to the council website at: https://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/recycling/centre/article/item/8cb8188ceff1506.aspx

Public Spaces & Parkland[edit]

Corio Bay Foreshore[edit]

The area runs parallel to the St Helens Boat ramp, popular with recreational fisherman. With a clear view of the nearby Corio Quay shipping ports.

Cowies Creek[edit]

The efforts of the adjoining Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative and Geelong City Council have aided in the Cowies Creek preservation. Cowies Creek is a public wetland with boardwalks running throughout. The conservation area hosts native species, including snakes, lizards and water birds, as well as various bush trees and grasses.

Ample car parking, space and scattered picnic tables service the area.

The area is largely under utilised, in part due to being surrounded by industry.

Osborne Park[edit]

Osborne Park is a well developed reserve adjacent to historic Osborne House.

The reserve has two ovals, one with a turf wicket and also accommodates a fire brigade running track and netball court.

Osborne Avenue Reserve[edit]

This small neighborhood park includes a slide, swing and rocker.

Tom McKean Linear Park[edit]

In Fyansford Cement Works Railway, originally opened in 1918, was removed in the early 2000s after the cement works closure in 2000. The train lines removal helped ease growing congestion on Thompson Road, and reduced noise pollution for local residents. Prior to its removal, a bike and pedestrian path, known as Linear Park, was constructed in the 1980s alongside the rail line.

The Linear Park runs through North Geelong, Bell Park, Hamlyn Heights through to Fyansford.

Western Oval[edit]

A popular sport and recreational reserve which has a playground, sports oval suitable for cricket and football. It also has netball courts. Its historic Grand Stand remains in use.

Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative[edit]

The Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative is a local community center which serves the local Wathaurong people, who originally inhabited North Geelong and its surrounding suburbs prior to white settlement in the 1850s.

Transport[edit]

Buses[edit]

Several bus routes serve the suburb, including:

The Route 1, Route 20, Route 22 and Route 24.

North Geelong Station[edit]

The North Geelong railway station services North Geelong and its surrounding suburbs.

Heritage listings[edit]

North Geelong contains a number of heritage listed sites, including:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Geelong North (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 November 2017.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ "Sphinx with the lot, but hold the pyramids". Geelong Advertiser. www.geelongadvertiser.com.au. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Geelong Golf Course". Retrieved 15 Aug 2015. 
  5. ^ "ABout the Geelong Saleyards". Retrieved 25 Aug 2017. 

Coordinates: 38°06′29″S 144°20′35″E / 38.108°S 144.343°E / -38.108; 144.343