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.

Admiralty Inn
Admiralty Inn
2.5 out of 5
66 Mckillop Street, Geelong, VIC, 3220
The price is AU$136 per night from 4 Sep. to 5 Sep.
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Geelong. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (793 reviews)
"Friendly and helpful staff. Clean room."

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2022

Admiralty Inn
Rydges Geelong
Rydges Geelong
4 out of 5
Cnr Gheringhap & Myers St, Geelong, VIC, 3220
The price is AU$170 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Geelong. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a children's pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Beautiful, clean, spacious rooms. Nice view!"

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2022

Rydges Geelong
R Hotel Geelong
R Hotel Geelong
4 out of 5
10 Bellerine Street, Geelong, VIC, 3220
The price is AU$184 per night from 7 Sep. to 8 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star golf hotel in Geelong. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Popular attractions Westfield Geelong and Eastern Beach are located ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (138 reviews)
"Clean and well equipped, decent value in winter"

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2022

R Hotel Geelong
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Lara Lodge
Lara Lodge
3.5 out of 5
325 Forest Road North, Lara, VIC, 3212
The price is AU$171 per night from 4 Sep. to 5 Sep.
Stay at this 3.5-star cabin in Geelong. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (44 reviews)
"All good. Nice spot. Quiet. Friendly and helpful owner."

Reviewed on 30 Jul. 2022

Lara Lodge
Vue Apartments Geelong
Vue Apartments Geelong
4.5 out of 5
6 Bellerine St, Geelong, VIC, 3220
The price is AU$191 per night from 17 Aug. to 18 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Geelong. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,234 reviews)
"Great location, great services and bed very comfy"

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2022

Vue Apartments Geelong
The Waterfront Apartments, Geelong
The Waterfront Apartments, Geelong
4.5 out of 5
2-4 Yarra Street, Geelong, VIC, 3220
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury apartment in Geelong. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the overall ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (303 reviews)
"Good location Big rooms Blinds are Venetian let a lot of light in during the night , if your room is facing the courtyard be prepared to have a light filled room all night , very poor sleep Apart from that was good value"

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2022

The Waterfront Apartments, Geelong
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