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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.

Top Hotels in Geelong

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Rydges Geelong
Rydges Geelong
4 out of 5
Cnr Gheringhap & Myers St, Geelong, VIC
per night
Apr 9 - Apr 10

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (1,805 reviews)

"The room was clean and tidy, perhaps a little tired decor wise but the staff were friendly and polite. Overall a nice stay"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/15

Rydges Geelong
Eastern Sands City Centre
Eastern Sands City Centre
3.5 out of 5
1 Bellerine Street, Geelong, VIC
per night
Apr 1 - Apr 2

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! (889 reviews)

"Friendly staff, clean & comfortable with all the standard amenities. property is a bit dated, but well located in central Geelong. Included parking a plus. Would recommend for a few nights."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/14

Eastern Sands City Centre
Novotel Geelong
Novotel Geelong
4 out of 5
10-14 Eastern Beach Road, Geelong, VIC

Located in the heart of Geelong, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Steampacket Gardens and Deakin University. National Wool Museum and The Carousel ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,269 reviews)

"Staff was very friendly and remembered me. Great view from our room."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/22

Novotel Geelong

Popular things to do in Geelong

The Carousel
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The Carousel

Learn about the local history of Geelong with a stop at The Carousel. Attend a football game or visit the shops in this walkable area.

Bell's Beach
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Bell's Beach

4.5/5(14 reviews)

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

Queenscliff Ferry
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Queenscliff Ferry

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Queenscliff with a trip to Queenscliff Ferry. Visit the area's spas or amble around its beautiful beaches.

Reviews of Geelong


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4/5 - Good

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


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