Drysdale is a rural township near Geelong, Victoria, Australia, located on the Bellarine peninsula. The town has an approximate population of over 3,700. Drysdale forms part of an urban area, along with nearby Clifton springs, that had an estimated population of 13,494 in June 2016. The town is named after Anne Drysdale whose estate "Coriyule" still sits above the township. The area was formerly known as McLeod's waterholes and Bellarine. A township began to develop in the late 1840s and a post office (known as Bellarine until 1862) opened on 1 January 1855. From 1902 until 1951 Murrudoc post office to the west operated in the area also known as Murradoc. The railway reached the local railway station from south Geelong on the way to Queenscliff in 1879 and remained in victorian railways service until 1976. It is now the western terminus of the tourist orientated Bellarine Peninsula railway. The station lies next to lake Lorne, an important regional site for waterbirds. Until abolished in 1993, the rural city of Bellarine council seat was in Drysdale. A popular youth music and performing arts venue, affectionately labelled 'the potato shed' is located in the back of Drysdale. The industrial size venue is the site of 'battle of the bands', a yearly music festival which has seen a number of local bands make a name for themselves in a popular setting. Drysdale has several primary and high schools, including Saint Ignatius college, the senior campus of Bellarine secondary college, and a campus of a Christian college. The local football club is the Drysdale hawks, who play Australian rules football and compete in the Bellarine football league. The Hawks were formed in 1879 and have won 15 premiership titles, the last in 2010. The Bellarine rail-trail also runs through the town. The local cricket club is also named the Drysdale hawks.

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Basin Reserve

The Dell VIC

The Bellarine Railway - Drysdale Station

Bellarine Historical Society

Jetty Road Adventure Playground VIC

Clifton Springs Skate Park VIC

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Community Services  

Bellarine Visitor Information Centre VIC
1251-1269 Bellarine Highway,
Wallington VIC 3222

City Of Greater Geelong Council VIC
30 Gheringhap Street, City Hall,

Drysdale Police Station VIC

Drysdale Library VIC
18/20 Hancock Street,

Location Information 

  • Population: 4,275
  • State electorate(s): Bellarine
  • Federal Division(s): Corangamite
  • Population information is based on 2016 Census data.

Travel To  

Geelong VIC 3220 (25.1 km, 33 mins)
Queenscliff VIC 3225 (14.6 km, 16 mins)
Acknowledgement of Country

Drysdale 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.