Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia. Geelong is 75 kilometres (47 mi) south-west of the state capital, Melbourne. It is the second-largest victorian city, with an estimated urban population of 253,269 as of June 2016. Geelong runs from the plains of Lara in the north to the rolling hills of warning ponds to the south, with Corio Bay to the east and hills to the west. Geelong is the administrative centre for the city of Greater Geelong municipality, which covers urban, rural and coastal areas surrounding the city, including the Bellarine peninsula. Geelong was named in 1827, with the name derived from the local Wathaurong Aboriginal name for the region, Djillong, thought to mean "Land" or "Cliffs" or "Tongue of land or peninsula". Geelong city is also known as the 'gateway city' due to its central location to surrounding Victorian regional centres like Ballarat in the north-west, Torquay, great ocean road and Warrnambool in the southwest, Hamilton, Colac and Winchelsea to the west, and the state capital of Melbourne in the northeast. The area was first surveyed in 1838, three weeks after Melbourne. The post office was open by June 1840 (the second to open in the Port Phillip District). The first wool store was erected in this period and it became the port for the wool industry of the western district. During the gold rush, Geelong experienced a brief boom as the main port to the rich goldfields of the Ballarat district. The city then diversified into manufacturing, and during the 1860s, it became one of the largest manufacturing centres in Australia with its wool mills, ropeworks, and paper mills.

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Geelong Visitor Information Centre VIC
26 Moorabool Street,

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30 Gheringhap Street, City Hall,

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110 Mercer Street,

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80 Myers Street,

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Location Information 

  • Population: 253,269
  • State electorate(s): Bellarine, Geelong, Lara, South Barwon
  • Federal Division(s): Corangamite, Corio
  • Established (yr): 1838
  • Population information is based on 2016 Census data.

Travel To  

Barwon Heads VIC 3227 (22.8 km, 24 mins)
Drysdale VIC 3222 (25.1 km, 33 mins)
Leopold VIC 3224 (11.9 km, 17 mins)
Torquay VIC 3228 (22.1 km, 23 mins)
Werribee VIC 3030 (42.8 km, 38 mins)
Winchelsea VIC 3241 (37.7 km, 33 mins)
Acknowledgement of Country

Geelong VIC is located on the following Aboriginal Nation/s. acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.