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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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £100 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan

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! (1,010 reviews)

"Great service, decent size rooms, very clean hotel and awesome dining experience. Highly recommended"…"

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2021

Rydges Geelong
Geelong Conference Centre
Geelong Conference Centre
2.5 out of 5
20 Adams Court, East Geelong, VIC
The price is £84 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan

Located in East Geelong, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Geelong Botanical Gardens and Eastern Beach Swimming Enclosure. Westfield Geelong and The Carousel ...

4.4/5Excellent! (274 reviews)

"Quick checkin with friendly staff, Our room was nice and clean and pre-cooled for the hot day, only cons is that the walls are too thin you hear everything out the corridor and next door."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2021

Geelong Conference Centre
Eastern Sands City Centre
Eastern Sands City Centre
3.5 out of 5
1 Bellerine Street, Geelong, VIC
The price is £79 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan

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! (931 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 12 Jan 2021

Eastern Sands City Centre
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Geelong

Vue Apartments Geelong
Vue Apartments Geelong
4.5 out of 5
6 Bellerine St, Geelong, VIC
The price is £132 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan

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! (1,184 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2021

Vue Apartments Geelong
Riverglen Holiday Park
Riverglen Holiday Park
3 out of 5
75 Barrabool rd, Belmont, VIC
The price is £68 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan

Located in Belmont, this cabin is within 2 miles (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 3 Jan 2021

Riverglen Holiday Park
Discovery Parks – Geelong
Discovery Parks – Geelong
4 out of 5
59 Barrabool Road, Belmont, VIC
The price is £70 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,135 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2020

Discovery Parks – 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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