Welcome to Geelong

With the recent closure of major industry, Geelong is in the process of reinventing itself as a tourist town. It's centred on the sparkling Corio Bay waterfront and the city centre, where heritage buildings from the boom days of the gold rush-era and the thriving wool industry have been converted into swanky restaurants and bars. It’s also a footy-mad town, passionate about its AFL team, the Cats.

The Wathaurung people are Geelong's original inhabitants and traditional custodians.

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$107.78 Day Trips & Excursions

Great Ocean Road Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Ocean Road Tours, Melbourne, VictoriaDay Tour of the Great Ocean RoadDuration: 11 hoursStop At: Bells Beach, Torquay, VictoriaNear Bells Beach we search for Kangaroos in the bushDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Anglesea BeachViews of Anglesea Beach from Various LocationsDuration: 5 minutesPass By: Fairhaven BeachViews of this magnificent beachStop At: Great Ocean Road Memorial Archway, Lorne, VictoriaThe Great ocean Road SignDuration: 5 minutesStop At: Lorne Beach, Lorne, VictoriaToilet Stop and Beach ViewsDuration: 10 minutesPass By: The Great Ocean Road, Torquay, VictoriaTravel from Lorne to Apollo Bay with various photo stopsStop At: Lavers Hill Roadhouse TavernStop at Lavers Hill for lunchDuration: 40 minutesStop At: Twelve ApostlesTime visiting the 12 ApostlesDuration: 35 minutesStop At: Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell, VictoriaTime visiting this stunning coastal viewing areaDuration: 45 minutes

$632.94 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Overnight Great Ocean Road Tour from Melbourne Including Memorial Arch, Twelve Apostles, and Loch Ard Gorge

Day 1: Melbourne – Beacon Point (D)After departing Melbourne in the morning, begin your 2-day tour with the drive through the vast volcanic plains on the way to Geelong, where you can stroll along the beautifully transformed waterfront. Continue to Torquay, where your journey along the Great Ocean Road starts; you'll stop at various places along the coast including Bells Beach. Travel along a particularly scenic section of the road, and visit sites such as the Memorial Arch, where you'll hear the story of this incredible road.After lunch in Lorne (own expense), continue along the road, stopping at scenic spots including Kennett River, where you can look for koalas and colorful native birds in the wild. Traveling through Apollo Bay, head into Great Otway National Park for a 0.6-mile (1-km) guided walk through a cool temperate rainforest gully to see some of the world’s tallest flowering plants, prehistoric trees and ferns, and interesting features such as ‘yabbie chimneys.’ Your accommodation for the night is a private, self-contained villa at Beacon Point, set high on a hill overlooking the Southern Ocean. Enjoy a couple of hours to relax before your 2-course dinner at Chris's Beacon Point Restaurant, the only local restaurant to be awarded a Chef's Hat; it boasts an extensive menu that utilizes local produce in modern, Greek-Australian cuisine.Overnight: Beacon Point Ocean View VillasDay 2: Beacon Point – Melbourne (B)Your second day starts with breakfast at Bay Leaf Cafe, a local favorite. Then travel through the Otway ranges and on to the Shipwreck Coast, where you'll stop at Castle Cove overlooking the Aire River valley. Next up is the Twelve Apostles, where you'll arrive as the limestome rock formations are lit up by the morning sun, offering less crowds and great photo ops. After hearing about the creation of the stacks and holding some of the limestone rock, you can explore the boardwalks or even take a helicopter flight along the coastline, if you wish (own expense). Then visit Loch Ard Gorge, the site of a famous 19th-century Australian shipwreck. Listen to the entire story, from the calm voyage to the tragic wreck to the survivors and their ultimate fate. While hearing the tale, you can see and hold some original artifacts, photos, and documents from the Loch Ard.Port Campbell is your lunch stop for today (own expense); the fishing village of just 350 is set in a natural port and is home to cafes and restaurants for food and views. After lunch, travel to a lesser-known but highly impressive area of the Great Ocean Road, west of Port Campbell. This section takes in London Bridge, Bay of Islands, Bay of Martyrs, and Boat Bay before you start the return journey to Melbourne, driving inland and traveling through open farmland. Your tour ends when you arrive back in the city for drop-off.

$26.36 Transfers & Ground Transport

Melbourne Airport Private Transfer to Geelong

Your driver will Monitor your flight arrival, no need to worry if early or delayed, our driver will be there for your arrival.Driver meets you in the Arrival Terminal at the designated Chauffeur Meeting Point.Signage of your name will be displayed. You will be ushered to waiting vehicle for transfer from the Airport precinct to your Geelong destination. The travel time from Melbourne Airport to Geelong is estimated at just over one hour if traffic conditions are good.Vehicles are prepped for your arrival, child seats if required are fitted and bottled water is available. Convenient door to door drop off ensures you are arrive at the address destination.Drivers are industry accredited experts with informative local knowledge of Melbourne and its surrounding areas.

$318.28 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Balloon Flights in Geelong

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Geelong Botanical Gardens, Geelong, City of Greater Geelong, VictoriaViews of Geelong and surrounding areas

$47.02 Classes & Workshops

Ocean Grove Surf Lessons

Arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time at your Ocean Grove location on the coast ready to go with bathers and a towel.You'll meet at the trailer right next to your beach location. Your fully qualified instructors will run through a session briefing outlining the lessons details.Next, it's time to jump into one of the many wet suits and apply sunscreen. You will learn how to carry the surfboards appropriately and head down to the beach .The instructors will teach you about surf safety and awareness to help you with your confidence and safety. Learn how to paddle, choose and catch waves and definitely how to wipe out!Find the best standing up technique that works for you to ensure maximum fun.Next it's time to get out in the water with close up water coaching and enjoy the surf. Once the water session has finished you will head back up to the trailer and debrief and change

$419.52 Private & Custom Tours

Geelong and Queenscliff Trike Tour for Two from Melbourne

This sightseeing tour takes you to the magnificent waterfront precinct of Geelong, then skirts part of Corio Bay from Portarlington to St Leonards before reaching historic Queenscliff. Experience the rush of Geelong's magnificent waterfront precinct where we stop for morning tea. Take some time to explore artwork from artist Jan Mitchell - who has created many characters that have shaped Geelong's history - on the Baywalk Bollard Trail. Take in Cunningham Pier, the Carousel and Eastern Beach before we head off again to Geelong's Botanic Gardens on the way to Portarlington. The wonderful seaside village of Portarlington is famous for its Australian Blue Mussels, celebrated by the Portarlington Mussel Festival on the second Saturday in January. We pass through this village so we can skirt Corio Bay from Portarlington to St Leonards before reaching historic Queenscliff. This route gives you panoramic views across Corio Bay and on a clear day Melbourne's skyline is visible. We follow this esplanade through Indented Heads to St Leonards before heading inland slightly and on to historic Queenscliff - a holiday destination since the 19th century and with significant maritime and military history.The picturesque Queenscliff Harbour is our destination and lunch stop. Surrounded by the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park you can explore the views across Port Phillip Bay to Point Nepean, over Queenscliff Pier to the Rip - our notorious entrance to Port Phillip Bay - or to other parts of the Bay from atop the 360 degree tower. Watch the Queenscliff - Sorrento ferry arrive or depart or explore the boutique shops at the harbour. Some great shops are also in the town's shopping precinct or take in a walk around Fort Queenscliff.