The Gateway Hotel is situated in Corio, a suburb in Geelongs East, on the Princes Highway 65kms from Melbourne. The venue has 12 motel units, an all you can eat buffet bistro, and gaming with 60 Tattersall poker machines, as well as full function facilities. The Gateway offers patrons an opportunity for a relaxing stay close to all the major attractions of Geelong and the surf coast of Victoria. We are a 15 minute drive from Avalon Airport, 10 minutes from Skilled Stadium and 30minutes from the Great Ocean Road.
The skies above Avalon Airport will again reverberate to the sound of thunder in February 2017, when the 14th Australian International Airshow gets under way.
The 2017 Australian International Airshow will deliver one of the most exciting and diverse flying display programs ever seen in Australia.
From the thunder of military fighter jets to the snarl of warbirds, a unique mix of military, commercial, antique, airsport, rotor and general aviation aircraft will thrill visitors....
One of Lara's oldest historic buildings, The Lake Bank Hotel, is Lara's only surviving 19th century hotel. It was constructed for Scottish immigrant James Henderson and operated as a licensed hotel until 1908. The distinctive limestone buildings were home to five generations of Mr Henderson's family until purchased by Mr Bisinella in 2010.
Two long-time Lara residents and friends , Ian Board and Les Kelly, had long held a desire to establish a Museum in Lara, and that desire was increased after they were involved in organising a remembrance day in January 2009 for the 40th anniversary of the disastrous 1969 Lara Bush Fires. However they struggled to find a suitable building to bring the dream to life.
When they learnt that Mr Bisinella had purchased the Lake Bank Hotel they approached him about the possibility of using the historic buildings as a community museum. He enthusiastically agreed and embarked on the major restoration project that again made the old hotel ready for public use.
A community organisation, The Lara Heritage and Historical Inc, was incorporated on 12 January 2012, and its volunteer members operate the museum
The museum was officially opened on 18th April 2013....
Avalon Raceway first opened in the summer of 1976 which saw the dream of brothers Doug and Norm Drew come true. Both had been active drivers around the region and with the closure of Torquay Speedway saw the Drew Family build the Speedway on the land in Old Melbourne Road, Lara. Since that time the family have strived to improve the venue and along the way have created a number of Blue Ribbon Events that are nationally recognised.
The early years saw Solo and Sidecars as the major draw card, attracting world champions Ole Olsen, Barry Biggs, Ivan Mauger, along with touring English Lions teams and European champions battle with legendary Phil Crump. The sidecar action was nothing short of incredible, with an Australian Championship and numerous Victorian Titles contested. The introduction of more clay content in the early 90's saw the demise of bike racing and the emergence of Sprintcar Racing, which today Avalon Raceway holds a number of events which are highly rated on the national scene.
These include the newly created Invitational Jackpot, the Presidents Cup, World Series Sprintcars and Round One of the Easter Trail....
In March 2008 the Geelong Greyhound Racing Club as it is now known, established its brand new kennel and administrative facility valued at $1.2 million.
Furthermore the biggest development in the clubs history is currently underway with a complete re-development of grandstand, restaurant, bar and TAB facilities as well as a newly configured two track complex with both country and city racing configurations.
This new $8 million dollar facility will be called The Beckley Centre and will validate Geelong as an epicentre for greyhound racing and the GGRC at the forefront of greyhound racing in Australia.
For the premium greyhound racing experience, the brand new state of the art Beckley Centre is a winner. First class in every way, this dining area is set with panoramic views over the twin racetracks, and the winning post....
Sweet Dreams Retreat at Lara offers motel style accommodation.
Less than ten minute drive from Avalon Airport, You Yangs National Park and Serendip Sanctuary, Sweer Dreams Retreat is the perfect getaway.
Accommodation does not include the remainder of the home and the owner lives on the premises.
45 minutes by train or car to Melbourne CBD and 25 minutes to Geelong. 45 minutes by car to Tullarmarine Airport....