Geelong's lively city centre is in the process of getting a new look. A $20 million project is transforming one of the city's main thoroughfares, Ryrie Street, with a redesigned roadway, landscaping and contemporary street furniture included in the extensive works. This project follows multi-million-dollar programs that have revamped the city mall, landscaped one the city's main entrances and seen new looks for some of the city's backstreets.
Bay City Plaza and Market Square shopping centres are the city's main multi-level retail complexes. Both are fully air-conditioned and have plenty of off-street parking.
Bay City Plaza, in Malop Street, is a bright centre with two levels built behind the facade of one of Geelong's historic wool stores. It has more than 80 specialty shops, including two department stores and a supermarket.
Market Square Shopping Centre is just across from Bay City Plaza, occupying a large site bounded by Malop, Little Malop, Yarra and Moorabool streets. It also has a significant historical link, being on the site of the city's original marketplace.
With more than 90 stores, including a major department store, leading supermarket and extensive food court, Market Square offers great variety and value.
Geelong's streets are filled with a mix of specialty shops offering everything from high fashion and home wares to gifts and electrical goods. The city also has a full range of commercial and financial services.