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The Carousel Geelong

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Experience the magic of Geelong at the beautiful Waterfront in the form of the beautifully restored Carousel.

Amazingly the Armitage-Herschell portable steam driven, hand-carved wooden carousel was constructed circa 1892 and is one of only 200 in operation around the world. Featuring 36 Dare horses and 2 chariots, it was purchased by the Steampacket Place Development Board in 1996 and painstakingly restored.

In conjunction with a joint team formed by the Victorian State Government and the City of Greater Geelong they undertook the $30 million revitalisation of the entire Geelong Waterfront from 1995 to 2000.

The Carousel is an ideal accessible meeting place for the community; with an emphasis in providing a memorable experience for all ages and abilities.

Along with improved access to the pavilion, was the welcome installation of a mobility lift and recharge point. The mobility lift enables a wheelchair to go on the Carousel ride and was specially designed to respect and complement the history of the Carousel.

This unique venue can also be hired for special events to capture the essence of the beautiful Geelong Waterfront. Available from 3pm, 7 days a week; its the perfect all weather option.


The Carousel Pavilion is open all year around, with hours varying depending on the time of year.

Visit from October to March-Monday to Friday from 10:30am to 5:00pm

Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am to 6:00pm

Please note that hours are subject to change depending on private events booked. The last Carousel ride of the day is held no later than 10 minutes prior to closing time on the respective day (listed above).

RIDE PRICES as at 1 July 2022:

Adults, Children and Concession card holders- $5 per ride
Multi ride passes available for $45
Group discounts are available.

For more information and to book your special function contact The Carousel directly by calling or via email

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We acknowledge the Wadawurrung people as the traditional owners and caretakers of the Wadawurrung Country on which we have the privilege to accommodate and welcome visitors to the region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.