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Geelong
Travel Guide

Geelong which includes sailing, a marina and boating

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.

Where to stay in Geelong

Rydges Geelong
Rydges Geelong
4 out of 5
Cnr Gheringhap & Myers St, Geelong, VIC
The price is ¥13,022 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in the heart of Geelong, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Geelong Performing Arts Center, Kardinia Park, and Westfield Geelong. Deakin University ...
3.7/5Good! (955 reviews)
"Clean and convenient location to city centre & amenities"

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2021

Rydges Geelong
R Hotel Geelong
R Hotel Geelong
4 out of 5
10 Bellerine Street, Geelong, VIC
The price is ¥14,494 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in the heart of Geelong, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Eastern Beach, Westfield Geelong, and Steampacket Gardens. National Wool Museum ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (36 reviews)
"Very pleasant place to set up base for a quick Great Ocean Rd tour. Right in the centre of town and minute walk down to the waterfront. Would recommend."

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

R Hotel Geelong
Parkside Motel Geelong
Parkside Motel Geelong
3 out of 5
68 High Street, Belmont, VIC
The price is ¥8,476 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Belmont, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kardinia Park, GMHBA Stadium, and Little Creatures Brewery. Balyang Sanctuary and Geelong Performing ...
3.8/5Good! (640 reviews)
"very good"

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

Parkside Motel 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.
Riverglen Holiday Park
Riverglen Holiday Park
3 out of 5
75 Barrabool rd, Belmont, VIC
The price is ¥10,171 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Belmont, this cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Balyang Sanctuary and Kardinia Park. GMHBA Stadium and Little Creatures Brewery are also within 2 mi ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (234 reviews)
"Lovely playground and swimming pool. Place was clean and tidy and in a great spot."

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2021

Riverglen Holiday Park
Discovery Parks – Geelong
Discovery Parks – Geelong
4 out of 5
59 Barrabool Road, Belmont, VIC
The price is ¥8,014 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
Located in Belmont, this cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Balyang Sanctuary and Kardinia Park. GMHBA Stadium and Little Creatures Brewery are also within 2 mi ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,129 reviews)
"Nice, clean and family friendly. Really enjoyed the space for kids to play"

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Discovery Parks – Geelong
Lara Lodge
Lara Lodge
3.5 out of 5
325 Forest Road North, Lara, VIC
The price is ¥14,324 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Lara, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Serendip Sanctuary and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Kevin Hoffman Walk. You Yangs Regional Park and Lara Heritage and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)
"Lovely area nice quiet and the little house was lovely and clean just want need for nice relaxing weekend away"

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2021

Lara Lodge
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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Dec 31, 2018

Cute little beachside town with lots of outdoor eating.

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 12, 2018

Geelong is a great place to stay. It has it all - beaches, wonderful dining options, shopping & an easy train ride to Melbourne.

2/5 - Disappointing

Gary

Oct 11, 2018

We were just passing through and needed a place to stay otherwise we avoid Geelong as its just not a nice place. Hotel was nice though.

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 10, 2018

Geelong waterfront has so much going on. A great place for families to explore

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