Geelong is calling! Discover its theme park, beaches, bars, and more.

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
per night
Sep 26 - Sep 27
3.9/5Very Good! (1,726 reviews)

"friendly staff excellent steak rooms very well maintained"…"

Reviewed on 2019/9/16

Rydges Geelong
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Eastern Sands Motel
3.5 out of 5
1 Bellerine Street, Geelong, VIC
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
3.8/5Good! (804 reviews)

"Excellent location! Can hear noise from carpark & other rooms"…"

Reviewed on 2019/9/13

Eastern Sands Motel
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Belmercer Motel
4 out of 5
12-14 Mercer Street, Geelong, VIC
per night
Sep 23 - Sep 24
4.1/5Very Good! (762 reviews)

"Great access for people with wheelchairs and very accomodating bathrooms"…"

Reviewed on 2019/9/8

Belmercer Motel

Popular things to do 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.