Beautiful Geelong is situated 74 kilometres from Melbourne and is Victoria’s second city. It sits looking out over Corio bay and is the gateway to the Great Ocean Road and Victoria’s surf coast as well as the resort towns of the Bellarine Peninsula.
Geelong has a rich history of which its residents are very proud. The city is famous for its big city feel without the congestion. It is also a city on the move, with steady population growth and a vibrant tourism industry.
Popular Places to Visit
There are so many wonderful places to visit in Geelong. They include:
- Geelong Gallery
- Eastern Beach
- Geelong Waterfront public art
- Kardinia Park stadium for a football game
- Adventure Park waterslides
- Geelong Botanic Gardens
- National Wool Museum
The best way to see everything in Victoria is via the public transport system, Public Transport Victoria (PTV).
Accessible public transport allows you to easily get to and from campus and explore Geelong. A network of trains and buses covers the city, in additional to regional trains and buses which run to Melbourne and other Victorian regional centres.
When travelling in Geelong, you’ll need to buy a Myki – these are re-usable, pre-paid cards that can be used on all public transport. You can buy a Myki card at major train stations or online.
Food and Cuisine
Geelong has a growing reputation as a foodie destination, with many great local providores and wineries. There are many restaurants and cafes situated in the CBD as well as farmers markets and farm-gates which you can explore around the Bellarine Peninsula.
Sports and Recreation
Geelong is a city that begs to be explored with its many open spaces and waterways. Whether it’s a stroll along the waterfront or a more challenging bike ride along some of the city’s bike tracks, there’s just so many ways to enjoy the outdoors.
Geelong is also home to the famous AFL Cats and enjoying a game on local soil at Kardinia Park is not to be missed in winter.
Geelong is a city alive with culture. The local arts scene is a buzzing with a variety of street art, Indigenous art and arts showcasing the area’s robust history.
The jewel in the crown of Geelong’s arts scene is the Geelong Gallery which houses more than 6,000 works of art and is a great place to explore the work of some of Australia’s most famous artists.
If you’re after something a bit cooler, then check out the Powerhouse Museum which is located in an abandoned power station and houses a collection of graffiti, murals and street art.
Geelong is literally at the foot of the Great Ocean Road and only around an hour’s drive from the Goldfields making it the perfect place from which to explore all Victoria has to offer.
Take a drive down the Victorian surf coast where you can visit some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, or catch the ferry from Queenscliff across to Sorrento and explore the wineries of the Mornington Peninsula.
Geelong’s climate is very similar to that of Melbourne meaning there are four distinct seasons throughout the year with fairly high rainfall.
You will need sunscreen in summer as temperatures will reach around 30-35 degrees Celsius while in winter you’ll need to remember your scarf and coat as they can drop to around 5-10 degrees.