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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.

Where to stay in Geelong

Top Hotels in Geelong

Rydges Geelong
Rydges Geelong
4 out of 5
Cnr Gheringhap & Myers St, Geelong, VIC
The price is ¥12,968 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

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! (1,006 reviews)

"Nice views, about 15min walk to main shopping centre. Great food and menu at the Rydges Restaurant (Nautica). Room was large and spacious although Bathroom is small. Rooms currently aren’t being serviced for 1-3nights stay but staff promptly brought us towels when asked."…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Rydges Geelong
Eastern Sands City Centre
Eastern Sands City Centre
3.5 out of 5
1 Bellerine Street, Geelong, VIC
The price is ¥10,851 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3

Located in the heart of Geelong, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Eastern Beach, Westfield Geelong, and Steampacket Gardens. National Wool Museum and ...

3.8/5Good! (930 reviews)

"Nice and clean- basic but good. Parking was a bit of a nightmare- had to park on the main road as every spot was taken.great location very close to Geelong waterfront"…"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

Eastern Sands City Centre
Vue Apartments Geelong
Vue Apartments Geelong
4.5 out of 5
6 Bellerine St, Geelong, VIC
The price is ¥17,083 per night from Feb 14 to Feb 15

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! (1,182 reviews)

"Excellent. Great facilities and location. Would stay again."…"

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

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 ¥17,083 per night from Feb 14 to Feb 15

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! (1,182 reviews)

"Excellent. Great facilities and location. Would stay again."…"

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Vue Apartments Geelong
Discovery Parks – Geelong
Discovery Parks – Geelong
4 out of 5
59 Barrabool Road, Belmont, VIC
The price is ¥8,687 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,134 reviews)

"Very family friendly place I enjoyed my stay with my family ❤️❤️❤️"…"

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2020

Discovery Parks – Geelong
Riverglen Holiday Park
Riverglen Holiday Park
3 out of 5
75 Barrabool rd, Belmont, VIC
The price is ¥9,636 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

Located in Belmont, this cabin is within 2 mi (3 km) of Balyang Sanctuary, Kardinia Park, and Simonds Stadium. Little Creatures Brewery and Geelong Performing ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (219 reviews)

"Really loved that they had different activities for the school holidays and that al the amenities were located in one hub. The staff were more than accomodating of requests. We have booked for next year."…"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2021

Riverglen Holiday Park
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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Verified traveler

Dec 31, 2018

Cute little beachside town with lots of outdoor eating.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

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

Verified traveler

Oct 10, 2018

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

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