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Cruises to Geelong

Geelong (Photo:FiledIMAGE/Shutterstock)

About Geelong

This waterside retreat is Victoria's second-largest city with an industrial past of woollen mills and Ford car manufacturing. Now you are more likely to see whimsically decorated bollards along the waterfront at this bayside escape from busy urban centres.

Geelong was founded in the 1850s as a centre for the nearby goldfields of Ballarat and Bendigo, and a port to transport the inland's wheat and wool. There are about 100 National Trust-listed buildings in the area.

It has grown up to become a cosmopolitan city with a thriving waterfront precinct well placed between Melbourne to the north and the scenic Great Ocean Road to the west. From its location on Corio Bay, it's only 45 minutes to the Bellarine Peninsula where visitors can taste the region's award-winning wine at more than 40 regional cellar doors. Many wineries on the Bellarine Taste Trail also have cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a food and wine match.

The Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic drives in the world. There are kilometres of beautiful beaches with dramatic cliffs. A massive series of rock stacks known as the Twelve Apostles is one of the highlights of this journey.

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Regatta

57 Night
World CruiseDetails

383 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Feb 24, 2024
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36 Night
World CruiseDetails

383 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Feb 24, 2024
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14 Night
Australia CruiseDetails

383 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jan 30, 2023
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137 Night Viking World CruiseDetails

57 Reviews
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Dec 22, 2022
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208 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Jan 29, 2024
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57 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Jan 8, 2023
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227 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Dec 29, 2022
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227 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Dec 22, 2023
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208 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Jan 29, 2024
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300 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Jan 28, 2025
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383 Reviews
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Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Feb 24, 2024
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Why go to Geelong?

Pros:

Whether relaxing on the beach or exploring the art scene, visitors will find something fun to do in Geelong

Cons:

Not all beaches are patrolled by lifeguards, so be careful of undercurrents (rips) and strong waves

Bottom Line:

An artsy city with a unique past and plenty of sights and attractions

Geelong Cruise Port Facilities?

The Port of Geelong is a busy working port, the largest regional port in Victoria. Large cruise ships anchor in Corio Bay off Central Geelong and passengers are tendered ashore to Cunningham Pier just a couple of blocks from the city centre. The pier is well located for enjoying the waterfront, shopping, or visiting sights in the town.

Good to Know?

Those brightly painted and quirkily decorated Baywalk Bollards are the work of local artist Jan Mitchell. She created these in the mid-1990s, painting more than 100 timber bollards that had once been a vital part of the port. They are worth looking at carefully as they reflect local history and identities. You won't miss seeing them as they are dotted all around the waterfront between Rippleside Park and Limeburners Point and the Geelong Botanic Gardens.

Getting Around?

By bike: Bicycles may be hired from Geelong Bike Hire; 0401 217 877

By bus: Geelong buses use the myki card, a reusable credit-card-sized Smartcard that you can buy and top up at more than 800 retailers including: all 7-Eleven Stores; the ticket office window at Premium Stations and staffed V/Line commuter stations; from a myki machine (full-fare myki cards only) located at all train stations and major tram and bus interchanges; on the website and by calling, in Australia, 1800 800 007. If you have an Android phone you can use a digital myki on the Google Pay app.

By car: All the major rental car companies are represented in the city so get details from the Visitor Information Centre. If you are hiring a car, it is good to know that metered parking in the city is available during weekdays with free parking during weekends and public holidays and is often time-limited.

By helicopter: If you would like to see Geelong and the bay and beaches from the air without getting wet, Geelong Helicopters (0422 515 151) are on the waterfront at Yarra Street Pier.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

ATMs and currency exchanges may be found throughout the town at banks, in shopping centres and many hotels. Withdrawals will be in Australian currency, usually in $50 and $20 notes. U.S. dollars are not acceptable when shopping, but major credit cards are generally welcome.

Language?

English is spoken in Geelong. Listen carefully, though, and you may detect a slightly different vowel use in Victoria. For instance, Melbourne becomes Malbourne, and television is talevision.


Geelong Cruise Reviews
We walked along the shore and came upon a carnival. A lovely town.Read More
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Finsfan23
We took a private tour out to the 12 Apostles. It's a long drive, but beautiful, and worth the effortRead More
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mllcal
We got a free shuttle around town, and visited the Wool Museum. Very nice.Read More
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LittleRedJohn
Not knowing anything about Geelong before our arrival, we were pleasantly surprised by this port. Geelong is a lovely town with very welcoming residents. We took a shore excursion bus tour which included a tour of thRead More
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