Geelong

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Geelong featuring sailing, boating and a marina

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.

Rydges Geelong
Rydges Geelong
4 out of 5
Cnr Gheringhap & Myers St, Geelong, VIC
The price is AU$143 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
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! (978 reviews)
"Great close venue to the City of Geelong. Poor quality towels. Staff overshadow this with their warm welcome and service."

Reviewed on 29 May 2021

Rydges Geelong
R Hotel Geelong
R Hotel Geelong
4 out of 5
10 Bellerine Street, Geelong, VIC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$183 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
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 ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (48 reviews)
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Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2021

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Vue Apartments Geelong
Vue Apartments Geelong
4.5 out of 5
6 Bellerine St, Geelong, VIC
The price is AU$188 per night from 19 Sep. to 19 Sep.
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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,188 reviews)
"Great location. Lovely apartment. Easy parking. Great staff."

Reviewed on 28 Jun. 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.
Vue Apartments Geelong
Vue Apartments Geelong
4.5 out of 5
6 Bellerine St, Geelong, VIC
The price is AU$188 per night from 19 Sep. to 19 Sep.
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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,188 reviews)
"Great location. Lovely apartment. Easy parking. Great staff."

Reviewed on 28 Jun. 2021

Vue Apartments Geelong
Well priced 1 bedroom Bungalow with warmth & stylish fit out Great Location
Well priced 1 bedroom Bungalow with warmth & stylish fit out Great Location
31 Normanby Street, 4, Geelong, VIC
Located in East Geelong, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Old Geelong Gaol, Geelong Botanical Gardens and Eastern Beach Swimming Enclosure. Eastern ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Very relaxing splendid
"Great place with great amenities"

Reviewed on 10 Aug. 2021

Well priced 1 bedroom Bungalow with warmth & stylish fit out Great Location
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! (270 reviews)
"Our stay was unfortunately cut short by the lockdown, but hope to return to this very spacious and well situated apartment. Big thanks to Jenni for outstanding communication throughout the planning and management of our stay."

Reviewed on 3 Jun. 2021

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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