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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 ¥12,446 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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! (963 reviews)
"good location, spacious room"

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

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R Hotel Geelong
R Hotel Geelong
4 out of 5
10 Bellerine Street, Geelong, VIC
The price is ¥13,491 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
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! (39 reviews)
"Great new place in Geelong -we booked the two bedroom apartment on the top floor -great view of the waterfront ! Rooms were beautiful -would def recommend this place .Walking distance to to shops, bars, waterfront !"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2021

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Novotel Geelong
Novotel Geelong
4 out of 5
10-14 Eastern Beach Road, Geelong, VIC
The price is ¥16,864 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in the heart of Geelong, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Deakin University and The Carousel. Westfield Geelong and Eastern Beach Swimming ...
4.2/5Excellent! (984 reviews)

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

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