Life in Geelong

Living in Geelong Australia

Living in Geelong Australia

Life in Geelong

Welcome to Geelong.  We know you are going to love living in Geelong and have a great time if you are passing through.

Life in Geelong

Life in Geelong

Is Geelong a good place to live?

Yes, Geelong is a great place to live or visit.  Below our guide to Geelong will give you all the information you need to make moving here easier or make your trip a more informed and enjoyable one.

Visas required to live in Geelong

If you happen to be a citizen from a country other than Australia and are looking to move to Geelong, you are going to need a visa to do so.  Australia has many visas on offer that could allow you to live and work in Geelong.  Due to there being many different visas, each with it’s own rights and obligations, it is best to take our Free Visa Assessment so we can provide accurate advice on the visa options available to you in your specific circumstances.


If you are moving to Geelong and want to find a job in Geelong we have a guide specifically on how to find and apply for jobs in Geelong for new arrivals.  Always make sure you have secured a visa that allows you to work before starting your new job.

Map of Geelong

Weather in Geelong


Geelong () (Wathawurrung: Djilang/Djalang) is a port city in the southeastern Australian state of Victoria, located at the eastern end of Corio Bay (the smaller western portion of Port Phillip Bay) and the left bank of Barwon River, about 65 km (40 mi) southwest of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria.

Geelong is the second largest Victorian city (behind Melbourne) with an estimated urban population of 268,277 as of June 2018, and is also Australia’s second fastest-growing city. Geelong is also known as the “Gateway City” due to its critical location to surrounding western Victorian regional centres like Ballarat in the northwest, Torquay, Great Ocean Road and Warrnambool in the southwest, Hamilton, Colac and Winchelsea to the west, providing a transport corridor past the Central Highlands for these regions to the state capital Melbourne in its northeast.

Geelong is the administrative centre for the City of Greater Geelong municipality, which is Port Phillip’s only regional metropolitan area, and covers all the urban, rural and coastal reserves around the city including the entire Bellarine Peninsula and running from the plains of Lara in the north to the rolling hills of Waurn Ponds to the south, with Corio Bay to the east and the Barrabool Hills to the west.

The traditional owners of the land on which Geelong sits are the Wadawurrung (also known as Wathaurong) Aboriginal people of the Kulin nation. The modern name of Geelong, estalished in 1827, was derived from the local Wathaurong name for the region, Djillong, thought to mean “land”, “cliffs” or “tongue of land or peninsula”. The area was first surveyed by the European settlers in 1838, three weeks after Melbourne. A town post office was opened by June 1840, the second to open in the Port Phillip District.
The first woolstore was erected in this period and it became the port for the wool industry of the Western District.

During the Victorian gold rush, Geelong experienced a brief boom as the main port to the rich goldfields of the Ballarat district. The town then diversified into manufacturing, and during the 1860s became one of the largest manufacturing centres in Australia with its wool mills, ropeworks, and paper mills. It was proclaimed a city in 1910, with industrial growth from this time until the 1960s establishing the city as a manufacturing centre for the state, and the population grew to over 100,000 by the mid-1960s. During the city’s early years, an inhabitant of Geelong was often known as a Geelongite or a “Pivotonian”, derived from the city’s nickname of “The Pivot”, referencing the city’s role as a shipping and rail hub for the area. Population increases over the last decade were due to growth in service industries, as the manufacturing sector has declined. Redevelopment of the inner city has occurred since the 1990s, as well as gentrification of inner suburbs, and currently has a population growth rate higher than the national average.

Today, Geelong stands as an emerging healthcare, education and advanced manufacturing center. The city’s economy is shifting quickly and despite experiencing the drawbacks of losing much of its heavy manufacturing, it is seeing much growth in other tertiary sectors, positioning itself as one of the leading non-capital Australian cities. It is home to the Geelong Football Club, the second oldest club in the Australian Football League.

Hotels and Accommodation in Geelong

There are all types of accommodation available in Geelong.  The best place to find Hotels, serviced apartments or holiday lets is via Book Direct and Save

This website lists the exact same properties as Airbnb and but does not charge the high commissions so their nightly accommodation rates are cheaper.

Or contact any of these great local hotels, apartments or holiday accommodation businesses.

Vue Apartments & Day Spa
1 review
6 Bellerine St, Geelong Victoria 3220, Australia
Belmont Hotel
1 review
77 High St, Belmont Victoria 3216, Australia
Elephant & Castle Hotel
4 reviews
Restaurants, Bars
158 McKillop St, Geelong Victoria 3220, Australia
Rippleside Park Motor Inn
2 reviews
67 Melbourne Rd, North Geelong Victoria 3215, Australia
National Hotel
1 review
Hotels, Hostels
191 Moorabool St, Geelong Victoria 3220, Australia

Geelong is full of great businesses and helpful services. Below are a selection of our best.

Accountants in Geelong


Nicholson Partners
1 review
831 High St, Thornbury Victoria 3071, Australia
Allied Business Accountants
1 review
Financial Advising, Tax Services
Level 8, 230 Collins St, Melbourne Victoria 3000, Australia
Barnard Baudinette & Co
1 review
107 Queensbridge St, South Melbourne Victoria 3006, Australia
1 review
Accountants, Tax Services
809 Darling St, Ballarat Victoria 3350, Australia
Bendigo Bank
1 review
Banks & Credit Unions
326 Keilor Rd, Shop 1, Niddrie Victoria 3042, Australia

Banks in Geelong



Cafes in Geelong


Cafe Go
7 reviews
Restaurants, Coffee & Tea
37 Bellerine St, Geelong Victoria 3220, Australia
Armageddon Cake
5 reviews
Desserts, Coffee & Tea, Patisserie/Cake Shop
64 Malop St, Geelong Victoria 3220, Australia
Panache Cafe and Creperie
2 reviews
Coffee & Tea, Restaurants
15 Eastern Beach, Shop 5, Geelong Victoria 3220, Australia
Botanical on Ryrie
1 review
Coffee & Tea, Restaurants
404 Ryrie St, East Geelong Victoria 3219, Australia
John Doe Specialty Coffee
3 reviews
Restaurants, Coffee & Tea
237 Ryrie St, Geelong Victoria 3220, Australia


Carpet Cleaners in Geelong


Jim’s Carpet Cleaning
1 review
Carpet Cleaning, Office Cleaning, Home Cleaning
418 Bell St, Pascoe Vale South Victoria 3044, Australia
A1 House Cleaning Melbourne
1 review
Office Cleaning, Window Washing, Carpet Cleaning
38/46 Eucalyptus Drive, Maidstone, Melbourne Victoria 3012, Australia
Home Cleaning Melbourne
1 review
Home Cleaning, Grout Services, Carpet Cleaning
Melbourne Victoria 3181, Australia
Keeping it Clean
1 review
Home Cleaning, Office Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning
Gardenvale Victoria 3185, Australia
Commercial Cleaning
1 review
Office Cleaning, Home Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning
Sunshine West Victoria 3020, Australia

Dentists in Geelong



Doctors and Medical clinics in Geelong


You can make an appointment at any of these local doctors or clinics.

Adcock J
1 review
Cosmetic Surgeons
75 The Pde, Ocean Grove Victoria 3226, Australia
Mammoth Health
1 review
Naturopathic/Holistic, Massage
Shop 2, 89A Barrabool Rd, Highton Victoria 3216, Australia


Contact one of the Geelong Electricians below


Blue Reef Electrics
1 review
Rye Victoria 3941, Australia
Boroondara Electrician-Canterbury
1 review
Electricians, Security Systems, Lighting Fixtures & Equipment
4 Delany Cl, Canterbury Victoria 3126, Australia


Hospitals in Geelong


The Northern Hospital
1 review
Medical Centers
185 Cooper St, Epping Victoria 3076, Australia
St Vincent’s Private Hospital-East Melbourne
3 reviews
159 Grey St, East Melbourne Victoria 3002, Australia
Southbank Medical Clinic
1 review
Medical Centers
151 Sturt St, Southbank, Melbourne Victoria 3006, Australia
Royal Children’s Hospital
3 reviews
50 Flemington Rd, Parkville Victoria 3052, Australia
Emergency – Austin Hospital
1 review
Medical Centers
Burgundy St, Heidelberg Victoria 3084, Australia


Mechanics in Geelong


Newspapers in Geelong


2 reviews
Arts & Entertainment, Print Media, Melbourne Victoria, Australia
North Essendon Newspower
1 review
Mass Media
1085 Mt Alexander Rd, Essendon North Victoria 3041, Australia
Wattle Park Newsagency
1 review
Mass Media
164a Elgar Rd, Box Hill South Victoria 3128, Australia
Eltham Newsagency
1 review
Toy Stores, Cards & Stationery, Newspapers & Magazines
Shop 2, 963 Main Rd, Eltham Victoria 3095, Australia



Pest Control in Geelong


Protech Pest Control
1 review
Pest Control
Albert Park Victoria 3206, Australia
WR Gay Pest Control
1 review
Pest Control
15 Heidelberg Rd, Clifton Hill Victoria 3068, Australia
W R Gay Pest Control
1 review
Pest Control
Altona Victoria 3018, Australia



Plumbers in Geelong


Inner City Plumbing
1 review
114 Flinders St, Level 4, Melbourne Victoria 3000, Australia
Tait Plumbing
1 review
Melbourne Victoria 3337, Australia
MBM Plumbing
1 review
Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning/HVAC
10 Eustace Close, Chirnside Park Victoria 3116, Australia


Real Estate Agents in Geelong 



Restaurants in Geelong


Black Bull Tapas Bar & Restaurant
6 reviews
48 Moorabool St, Geelong Victoria 3220, Australia
Elephant & Castle Hotel
4 reviews
Restaurants, Bars
158 McKillop St, Geelong Victoria 3220, Australia
3 reviews
Modern Australian
Ryan Place, Geelong Victoria 3220, Australia
Fisherman’s Pier
4 reviews
Bay End Of Yarra St, Geelong Victoria 3220, Australia
Bistrot St Jean
5 reviews
239 Moorabool St, Geelong Victoria 3220, Australia

Schools in Geelong


Japaneasy Japanese Language School
1 review
Language Schools
Level 1, 152 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000, Australia
William Angliss Institute of TAFE
1 review
Colleges & Universities
555 La Trobe St, Melbourne Victoria 3000, Australia
Eclipse Driver Training
1 review
Driving Schools
Hoppers Crossing Victoria 3029, Australia
Johnny Young Talent School
1 review
Dance Schools
4 Yorkshire St, Richmond Victoria 3121, Australia
Kryolan Professional Make-Up
1 review
Cosmetics & Beauty Supply, Makeup Artists, Specialty Schools
108 Little Collins St, Melbourne Victoria 3000, Australia


Solicitors in Geelong


Chua Tan & Associates
1 review
262 Queen St, #2, Melbourne Victoria 3000, Australia
Held Adam G.
1 review
184-186 Glenferrie Rd, Floor 184, Malvern Victoria 3144, Australia
Poloni & Galgano
1 review
358 Sydney Rd, Coburg Victoria 3058, Australia
Pentana Stanton Lawyers
1 review
Divorce & Family Law, Employment Law, Personal Injury Law
Level 3, 552 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000, Australia
1 review
Real Estate Law
79 – 81 Franklin Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Melbourne Victoria 3000, Australia


Supermarkets in Geelong 


IGA X-press
1 review
103-109 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay Victoria 3233, Australia
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine
5 reviews
Grocery, Organic Stores
2 Summerhill Rd, Glen Iris Victoria 3146, Australia
East Fruit Market
1 review
11 Ormond Rd, East Geelong Victoria 3219, Australia
2 reviews
Franklin St & Gordon St, Mornington Victoria 3931, Australia
Supa IGA
1 review
48 Tom Roberts Pde, Point Cook Victoria 3030, Australia


Vets in Geelong 


Hoppers Crossing Veterinary Clinic & Hospital
1 review
5 Barber Drv, Hoppers Crossing Victoria 3029, Australia
Buninyong Veterinary Clinic
1 review
316a Learmonth St, Buninyong Victoria 3357, Australia
Patterson Lakes Animal Hospital
1 review
Cnr McLeod Rd & Gladesville Bvd, Patterson Lakes Victoria 3197, Australia
Sandown Animal Hospital
1 review
Lightwood Rd, Springvale Victoria 3171, Australia
Sunshine Veterinary Clinic
1 review
98 Anderson Rd, Sunshine Victoria 3020, Australia


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