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What is a bollard you might ask?  Those with seafaring knowledge will know a bollard is a short, thick post on the deck of a ship or on a wharf, to which a ship’s rope may be secured.

To my surprise I was told there are lots of bollards in and around Geelong.  Geelong is a comfortable one-hour train journey from Melbourne (return economy fare $15.60) so off I headed. Being picked up by friends we drove from the station to the bay area and parked near Corio Villa: another interesting story.


Corio Villa is a prefabricated iron house manufactured in Scotland and shipped to Australia in the early 1850’s. The house overlooking Corio Bay (Geelong) was assembled in 1856. Apparently ‘Corio Villa’ is the only prefabricated house of its type in Australia or possibly the world!

A short walk down hill from Corio Villa I found my first bollards – the lifesavers and car rally picnic couple.

Bollard x 2 Lifesavers

In 1995 Jan Mitchell (1940-2008), a Melbourne born artist, was commissioned by the City of Greater Geelong to transform reclaimed timber pier pylons into these remarkable works of art. The bollards are located along the waterfront beaches from Limeburner’s Point to Rippleside Park.

The next day after a scrumptious green eggs and ham breakfast (recall the Sam-I-Am character in the best selling Dr Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham) at the Star Fish Bakery at Barwon Heads we found the bollard soldiers.  I understand these were the first bollards created by Jan Mitchell.

Bollard Soldiers

There are over 100 brightly coloured bollards in and around Geelong – so many more to see!


Geelong Bollards Trail

Star Fish Bakery
78 Hitchcock Ave
Barwon Heads VIC
Tel: 03 52542772

Corio Villa
56 Eastern Beach,
Geelong VIC