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Nestled in the Newtown’s leafy Skene Street, Gold Diggers Arms may well be ‘the last of the true neighbourhood pubs’ in Geelong. In time honoured tradition the ‘Diggers’ has become the local for many, with their next generations following suit and making it their local of choice too.
It all began for the Gold Diggers Arms in 1854 when William Lindsay was granted licence to the establishment. The population of Geelong was just over 20,000 people. Now, 150 years later, Newtown is an integral part of Geelong with sporting clubs, schools and shops.
It is one of the great pleasures of pub going, that every so often you find a pub that is as near perfection as possible. Perfection is of course subjective, which is why it’s so important that pubs are as individual as their customers. Finding a pub that ticks all your boxes is worth shouting about, and that is what we will be striving to achieve. In moving forward to the future of the Diggers we want to continue finding the things that make the perfect pub.
Geelong Racing Club is home to many popular races that attract keen punters all over Australia.
Visit the website today for club information and race details.
Geelong Racing Club staged its inaugural race meeting on 1st May 1841, at Corio.
There were three races, the first was a two horse event won by Juliet ridden by owner T.
On 4th February 1843, another meeting was conducted about three miles West of Geelong near the then newly erected Fyansford Inn.
In an attempt to conduct annual meetings the Geelong Racing Committee conducted a trial meeting on land known as "Airey's Flat" on the 5th October situated three miles from Geelong, beside the Moorabool River (nearly opposite where the Australian Portland Cement Works is today).
The first official annual Geelong race meeting was conducted on the 29th February and 1st March 1844 after restructuring the course that was one and a half miles and 300 yards.
Apart from Fyansford, many other meetings were held in the early days.
These include North Shore, Belmont, Lara, Birregurra, Inverleigh, Leigh Road, Winchelsea, Moriac, Meredith, Queenscliff, Portarlington, Drysdale and Torquay.
The Portarlington course can still be seen today and the Belmont meetings were held on the present site of the rifle range in Breakwater Road.
Breakwater is 5 minutes drive from Geelong just under an hours drive south west from Melbourne's CBD.
Buckley’s was built as an entertainment and dining Club and has developed into a real success story in the region. From small beginnings the Club has added a 300 seat auditorium in 1997 and recent renovations in late 2004 have extended the Club further ahead from its competition.
Buckley’s offers daily meals in the popular Bistro with seating up to 140 people and a huge selection of meals at the right price. The Bistro offers daily specials, a la carte dining, theme nights, set menus and children’s meals. Buckley’s also has a Children’s Room which provides heaps of fun and activities for the kids. Buckley's Bar Menu has been created for those looking for a quick meal and to be enjoyed in a casual atmosphere.
Buckley's facilities are among the best and feature stylish furnishings, exciting colours and comfortable decor. The function room can comfortably accommodate 330 guests and is ideal for a wedding, seminar or social event.
Now serving Breakfast Saturday and Sunday 9am to 11.30am in the beautiful new dining area.
Our New Bistro is the perfect place to wind down, relax and catch up with friends, family and colleagues while the children play.