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About Geelong

Geelong is the second-biggest city in the state of Victoria, Melbourne, with a population of nearly 200,000 people. An industrial manufacturing town in the mid to late 20th century, the city is going through a major period of growth and transformation, with gentrification of inner suburbs, and the redevelopment of the CBD into a vibrant, cosmopolitan place to eat, drink, meet and shop.

Geelong’s waterfront precinct, a 5-minute walk from the CBD, and a block away from Deakin University’s architecturally stunning Waterfront Campus, hosts beaches, parks, swimming pools, cafes, restaurants and nightlife, and leads to the nationally-acclaimed botanic gardens.

Central Geelong is home to a number of cultural attractions, including the Geelong Gallery, the National Wool Museum, and the award-winning, brand-new Geelong Library.

For those who like a drop of red or white, the Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula regions host dozens of vineyards, wineries and cellar doors to tempt even the most discerning foodie.

Bushwalkers and hikers flock to Geelong and surrounds for fabulous and scenic hiking trails.

There’s something for everyone in Geelong.

Getting to Geelong

Geelong is easily accessible nationally and internationally. It’s just an easy hour by bus ride from Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport (MEL), an hour by train from Melbourne via V/Line. If you’re from Sydney, you’re well serviced by Avalon Airport (AVV).

If you’re driving to Geelong, there are a number of routes, and parking is available at Deakin University’s Waterfront campus.

See our Wiki Transport page

Accommodation in Geelong

While there are few student residences in central Geelong, we’ll be running busses to the student accommodation at Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus, some kilometres south of the Waterfront campus.

If you’re looking for something a little more upmarket, then start with Visit Geelong and Bellarine’s accommodation finder.



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