Geelong

Geelong is a city located 70 km south west of Melbourne, Australia, in the Great Ocean Road region on Corio Bay, part of Port Phillip Bay. Greater Geelong, with just on 210,000 population, is the second-largest city in the state of Victoria.

Understand

Geelong is more than just a country town - it is a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city. It has a diverse range of activities for all the family from nearby wineries to an antique carousel for the kids on the waterfront. Its close proximity, and good transport links, to both the Great Ocean Road (including Torquay, Twelve Apostles etc.) and the state's capital Melbourne make Geelong an ideal city to spend a few days. Whether you want to indulge in Australian History at the award winning National Wool Museum or swimming at the beach - Geelong has it.

Get in

By plane

Avalon Airport is the closest to Geelong, being about 20 minutes out of the CBD, with a shuttle bus operating to the city centre.

Avalon Airport also doubles as Melbourne's second airport with Jetstar operating domestic flights to Sydney and Brisbane.

Melbourne Airport is a couple of hours away.

By train

Frequent V/Line trains run from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne to Geelong and take about an hour.

By ferry

Car/passenger ferries cross the mouth of Port Phillip Bay between Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula and Sorrento on Mornington Peninsula. They depart each terminal on the hour every hour 7AM-6PM every day. From 26 Dec. until end of daylight saving there are also 7PM sailings. Foot passengers adult $8, 5-15 years $6, under 5 years $1, foot passenger’s bicycle $2, tandem $3; passengers with vehicle adult $4, 5-15 years $2, under 5 years $1; vehicle rates vary with season – car up to 5.5m between $38 and $45.

By bus

McHarry's Buslines run to Geelong from Queenscliff (30 km) and other Bellarine Peninsula towns.

Get around

By car

Metered parking in the city costs $1.70 per hour, and is often time limited.

By bus

Geelong has a reasonable bus network operated under the umbrella of Geelong Transit Service. A 2 hour ticket cost $1.10 concession (Student/Health Care card) and $1.80 adult. The central bus exchange can be found on Moorabool street, in the heart of the CBD.

By bike

Bike hire is available on the waterfront in the afternoons on weekends and school holidays - no reservations are taken. Future rentals has longer term rentals available. There are no other rental options available in Geelong.

See

Do

Buy

Two major shopping centres operate, Westfield and market square plaza they are situated in the Central Business District directly across the road from each other on Malop Street

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Go next

Visit the Bellarine Peninsula or the Great Ocean Road.

Routes through Geelong

Adelaide Ararat  W  E  Melbourne
END Marshall  S  N  Lara Melbourne
Warrnambool Winchelsea  S  N  Lara Melbourne
Mount Gambier Colac  W                            N  Melbourne
Warrnambool Torquay  S                            N  END


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