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.

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Top hotels in Geelong

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Rydges Geelong
4 out of 5
Cnr Gheringhap & Myers St, Geelong, VIC
AU$151/night
25 Aug. - 26 Aug.
3.9/5Very Good! (1,713 reviews)

Located in the heart of Geelong, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Geelong Performing Arts Center and Deakin University. Westfield Geelong and Old Geelong ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,713 reviews)

"Easy walking to GMBHA Stadium. Clean ans spacious room, easy check in"…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2019

Rydges Geelong
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Belmercer Motel
4 out of 5
12-14 Mercer Street, Geelong, VIC
AU$115/night
27 Aug. - 28 Aug.
4.1/5Very Good! (755 reviews)

Located in the heart of Geelong, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Wool Museum and Deakin University. Steampacket Gardens and The Carousel are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (755 reviews)

"Motel was nice. Bathroom floor very slippery strange banging noise all night"…"

Reviewed on 9 Jul. 2019

Belmercer Motel
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Eastern Sands Motel
3.5 out of 5
1 Bellerine Street, Geelong, VIC
AU$108/night
2 Sep. - 3 Sep.
3.8/5Good! (797 reviews)

Located in the heart of Geelong, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Westfield Geelong and Deakin University. Steampacket Gardens and National Wool Museum ...

3.8/5Good! (797 reviews)

"Nice room nice staff nice location would definitely come back and stay again"…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug. 2019

Eastern Sands Motel

Popular activities in Geelong

Bell's Beach
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Bell's Beach

The home of one of Australia’s most prestigious surf contests has powerful Southern Ocean swells, high bluffs and some excellent cliff-top viewpoints.

Top activities in Geelong

Geelong & Queenscliff Trike Motorcycle Tour for 2
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Geelong & Queenscliff Trike Motorcycle Tour for 2

AU$288

Unlock the charms of Port Phillip Bay's coastal towns on this trike motorcycle tour from Melbourne. Hop into a 3-wheeled vehicle for a scenic ride with a driver-guide, who shows you the waterfront sights of Geelong, Portarlington, and Corio Bay on your way to the Victorian-era town of Queenscliff.

Tandem Skydive Over Bells Beach, Torquay - up to 15,000ft
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Tandem Skydive Over Bells Beach, Torquay - up to 15,000ft

AU$299

Experience a thrilling freefall from an altitude of up to 15,000 feet (4.5 km) and reach up to 136 miles per hour (220 km/h) on this tandem skydive. Join an expert instructor for stunning views of Great Ocean Road and Bells Beach.

Torquay Beach Surfing Lesson
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Torquay Beach Surfing Lesson

AU$72

Learn to surf in Australia's surfing capital, Torquay Beach–birthplace of the iconic surfing brands, Quiksilver and Rip Curl–to learn to surf. Get your board onto the water and learn the tricks to ride a wave like a pro.

Tandem Skydive Over Bells Beach, Torquay - up to 12,000ft
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Tandem Skydive Over Bells Beach, Torquay - up to 12,000ft

AU$249

Experience a thrilling free-fall from an altitude of up to 12,000 feet (3.6 km) and reach up to 136 miles per hour (220 km/h) on this tandem skydive. Join an expert instructor for stunning views of Great Ocean Road and Bells Beach.

Balloon Flights over Geelong
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Balloon Flights over Geelong

AU$440

Only operator that conducts sunrise balloon flights over and around the city of Geelong. After having flown Melbourne for close to twenty years we have decided to do some flights over the ever-growing city of Geelong.

You Yangs Rock Climbing Experience
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You Yangs Rock Climbing Experience

AU$79

Take on the rough granite faces of the You Yangs for an adventure that shows you the spectacular high points of Victoria. With rock climbing in a safe, controlled environment and sweeping views across the bushland around you, this outing shows what the Australian wilderness is all about.