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GeelongAustralia

Spectacular rock forms, scenic drives, attractive beaches and a fascinating cultural heritage await at this port city in Victoria.

Geelong sits at the bottom of Australia on the shores of Corio Bay. This busy port and gateway to the long scenic coastal route of the Great Ocean Road is the second-largest city in Victoria. Enjoy waterfront walks, cycle along picturesque trails, play on beaches and embark on a daytrip to see spectacular natural attractions.

European settlement started in Geelong in the 1830s. The principal trade in the early days was wool. Get a sense of Geelong’s history as you pass the city’s original Victorian buildings, including the Town Hall and Christ Church. Pick up more insights into the area's past by visiting the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre and the National Wool Museum. At the Geelong Maritime Museum, study models of ships and naval artifacts.

For a fun day out, head to Geelong's waterfront, a large recreational space of landscaped gardens, piers, restaurants and cycling paths. The area also encompasses Eastern Beach where you can cool off in an art deco swimming enclosure, then walk along the wooden promenade. Younger children will love the restored 1892 carousel.

Go to the oceanfront Steampacket Gardens for a picnic on its lawns. If you are into sport, watch a thrilling Aussie Rules football match at Simonds Stadium, home of the Geelong Cats Football Club.

Explore Geelong’s beautiful surroundings by walking or cycling along the Bellarine Rail Trail. The 35-kilometre (21.7-mile) route passes through acres of farmland. Hike or mountain bike through You Yangs Regional Park, known for its granite peaks.

See even more scenic splendour with a road trip along the Great Ocean Road. Drive to some of Victoria’s most famous attractions, such as the collection of limestone rock stacks known as the Twelve Apostles. Visit the beach town of Torquay and go wine and food tasting in wineries along the way.

The cultural and picturesque attractions of Geelong lie 74 kilometres (46 miles) from Melbourne. A regional train connects the two cities, or you can fly into the domestic airport in Avalon, a 20-minute drive away from Geelong.

Top Hotels in Geelong

Rydges Geelong
Rydges Geelong
4 out of 5
Cnr Gheringhap & Myers St, Geelong, VIC
The price is CA $133 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 5

Located in the heart of Geelong, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Geelong Performing Arts Center and Westfield Geelong. Deakin University and Kardinia ...

3.7/5Good! (992 reviews)

"We loved it, room was amazing, the bed was so soft and one of the ladies who work there was amazing, I think her name was Jeanne. She was extremely helpful and checked in with us each day to see if there was any issues"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 19, 2020

Rydges Geelong
Devlin Apartments
Devlin Apartments
3.5 out of 5
312 Moorabool St, Geelong, VIC

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Simonds Stadium and Kardinia Park. Geelong Performing Arts Center and Old Geelong Gaol are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (392 reviews)

"Bit dirty in the shower - mould etc On arrival, confusing and staff aloof re covid 19 concerns. Wanted to touch driver licence when no need plainly. Even though arrive before cut-off for check-in time, the door was locked and we had to call the number provided."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 2, 2020

Devlin Apartments
Vue Apartments Geelong
Vue Apartments Geelong
4.5 out of 5
6 Bellerine St, Geelong, VIC
The price is CA $157 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in the heart of Geelong, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Eastern Beach, Steampacket Gardens, and Westfield Geelong. National ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,173 reviews)

"Nice stay at Vue apartments: Friendly, helpful staff members. Check in was nice and quick, very central and across from the water, restaurants and bottle shop close by."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 1, 2020

Vue Apartments Geelong
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Geelong

Vue Apartments Geelong
Vue Apartments Geelong
4.5 out of 5
6 Bellerine St, Geelong, VIC
The price is CA $157 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in the heart of Geelong, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Eastern Beach, Steampacket Gardens, and Westfield Geelong. National ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,173 reviews)

"Nice stay at Vue apartments: Friendly, helpful staff members. Check in was nice and quick, very central and across from the water, restaurants and bottle shop close by."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 1, 2020

Vue Apartments Geelong
Discovery Parks – Geelong
Discovery Parks – Geelong
4 out of 5
59 Barrabool Road, Belmont, VIC
The price is CA $107 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Belmont, this cabin is within 2 miles (3 km) of Balyang Sanctuary, Kardinia Park and Simonds Stadium. Little Creatures Brewery and The Heights Heritage ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,127 reviews)

"Amazing Views; comfy beds, quiet park and lovely managers"…"

Reviewed on Jun. 27, 2020

Discovery Parks – Geelong
The Waterfront Apartments, Geelong
The Waterfront Apartments, Geelong
4.5 out of 5
2-4 Yarra Street, Geelong, VIC

Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Steampacket Gardens, Eastern Beach and The Carousel. National Wool Museum ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (225 reviews)

"The location is spot on walking distance to everything"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 4, 2020

The Waterfront Apartments, Geelong
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Geelong

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 7, 2019

Friendly and also helpful for directions. Rail service is excellent.

3/5 - Okay

Nancy

Nov 6, 2018

Did not visit Geelong. Slept there on my way to Adelaide from Sydney.

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