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Geelong - Cities, Towns and Localities
Derived from the Aboriginal word for bay ‘Jilong’, Geelong means ‘a place of the sea bird over the white cliffs’. The city is nestled against Corio Bay and split in two by the Barwon River. One of the largest municipalities in Victoria with a population in excess of 210,000 people, Geelong is part of the Bellarine Peninsula and Victoria's famous Great Ocean Road regions, offering the visitor plenty to see and do.

Originally inhabited by the Wathaurung tribe the area was settled around the early 1840's by sheep graziers. The introduction of white people and sheep brought diseases that decimated the local aboriginal population. The sheep trampled the many root vegetable plants, part of the staple diet of the aboriginals causing starvation and more deaths.
 

The township expanded rapidly due to its proximity to the rich western grazing lands and became the major export port for Victoria with higher tonnages of produce exported here than further up in Melbourne. Historic bluestone wool stores and other buildings remain from those days with over 200 historic buildings classified by the national trust.

The waterfront and port areas at Geelong have been upgraded with a $150 million investment upgrade. It  has achieved a remarkable transformation of a once run down area into a modern waterfront destination. With trendy new restaurants, landscaped gardens, and public sculptures the area is a must see for the visitor and locals alike. A 36 horse antique carousel is popular with the kids.

Check out our listing of Geelong accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Geelong Visitor Information Centre
National Wool Museum
Cnr Moorabool and Brougham Sts
GEELONG VIC 3220
Ph: +61 3 5222 2900
Freecall: 1800 620 888 (within Australia)
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Geelong Visitor Information Centre
Market Square Shopping Centre
Moorabool Street
GEELONG VIC 3220
Ph: 03 5222 6126

Geelong & Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre
Stead Park, Cnr Princes Hwy and St Georges Rd
CORIO VIC 3214
Ph: +61 3 5275 5797
Freecall: 1800 620 888
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Geelong Attractions

Barwon River
• Ride or walk up to 20km of cycle ways along side this wonderful waterway visit Yollinko Park Aboriginal Garden, gold courses, wetlands, sanctuaries, parks and through urban areas.
Geelong Art Gallery
• Little Malop St, GEELONG • Ph: 03 5229 3645 • Email
• The Gallery's outstanding collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts spans Australian art from 'colonial' to present day including Frederick McCubbin's masterpiece A Bush Burial and Eugene von Guerard's The Barter (1854). Local legend convict-escapee William Buckley is the subject of two of the Gallery's works. These are by W. Blamire Young and Oswald Campbell.
Geelong Botanic Gardens • Eastern Park
• Located a short walk from the CBD, the gardens celebrated its 150th year in 2001. The Geelong gardens are the fourth oldest in Australia, behind Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne. In its early years, the majority of the reserve was developed into the conifer dominated open parkland, evident today. In 1959 the gardens western boundary was moved to increase the size of the gardens to approximately 3.6 hectares. In September 2002, the Geelong Botanic Gardens opened its 21st Century Garden extensions, a unique project that aims to link the past with the present, the historic roles of a botanic garden to the contemporary.
Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens
• Ph/Fax: 03 5222 6053 • Email
• Founded in 1985 the Friends are a volunteer support group for the Geelong Botanic Gardens. The Friends activities involve plant sales, tea house, guided walks, library, newsletter, events programs and perennial border.
Geelong Heritage Centre
• 51 Little Malop St, GEELONG VIC 3220 • Ph: 03 5227 0970 • Fax: 03 5221 1328 • Email
• Victoria's largest regional archive and resource centre. A collection that embraces the history of Geelong since 1838, based on local archives from public, private, commercial and individual. The centre handles thousands of enquiries annually, providing assistance with school projects, family histories and general historical research.
Geelong Maritime Museum
• Osborne House - Swinburne St, NORTH GEELONG • Ph: 03 5277 3808
• Geelong's early story is of the sea, with passenger arrivals and departures, or trade, scientific and naval activities. Geelong 's maritime past sails into view in the renovated stables of the historic Osborne House mansion, overlooking Corio Bay.
Geelong Performing Arts Centre
• 50 Little Malop St, GEELONG • Ph: 03 5225 1200
• Is one of a group of state owned cultural agencies including Victorian Arts Centre, Museum Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, State Library of Victoria, Australian Centre for Moving Image and Film Victoria.
National Wool Museum
• 26 Moorabool St, GEELONG • Ph: 03 5227 0701 • Email
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Why fleece from Australia's sheep has been the heart of our economy for nearly 200 years. Feel the variety of wool grown in Australia as our 'flock' responds to your attention. Listen to shearers' tales and songs as you relax in the shearers' quarters.
The Sphinx
• 2 Thompson Rd, NORTH GEELONG VIC 3215 • Ph: 03 5278 2911
• Revisit ancient Egypt with the magnificent 15m Sphinx, providing the best entertainment facilities in Geelong, Tatts pokies, Pubtab, Pharoahs, Bistro, Cazbar, Over 28's club, convention facilities, swimming pool and budget accommodation.
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• Geelong - Towns / Localities
Suburbs and Localities
• Following are the suburbs / towns / localities in the Geelong region:
• Anakie
• Avalon
• Balliang
• Barwon Heads
• Batesford
• Bell Park
• Bell Post Hill
• Bellarine
• Belmont
• Breakwater
• Breamlea
• Ceres
• Clifton Springs
• Connewarre
• Corio
• Curlewis
• Drumcondra
• Drysdale
• East Geelong
• Fyansford
• Geelong
• Geelong West
• Grovedale
• Hamlyn Heights
• Herne Hill
• Highton
• Indented Head
• Lara
• Leopold
• Little River
• Lovely Banks
• Manifold Heights
• Mannerim
• Marcus Hill
• Marshall
• Moolap
• Moorabool
• Mount Duneed
• Newcomb
• Newtown
• Norlane
• North Geelong
• North Shore
• Ocean Grove
• Point Lonsdale
• Point Wilson
• Portarlington
• Rippleside
• South Geelong
• St Albans Park
• St Leonards
• Staughton Vale
• Swan Bay
• Thomson
• Wallington
• Wandana Heights

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Geelong Distance

Distance to Geelong
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Geelong:
  Km
• Anglesea (Great Ocean Rd) 36
• Bacchus Marsh 58
• Barrabool 14
  Km
• Melbourne 74
• Queenscliff 32
• Torquay 22
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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