Travelling to Geelong


All visitors can take flights to Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport and drive, take a shuttle bus or train to the Waterfront Campus (see below for details).

Domestic travelers (or those connecting from Tullamarine Airport) can fly JetStar to Avalon Airport and then drive or take a shuttle bus to the Waterfront Campus (see below for details).


The Waterfront Campus is located approximately one hour's drive from Melbourne (Tullamarine Airport). All the major rental car companies have information desks on-site at the airport. The following Google Map shows the route from Tullamarine Airport to the Waterfront Campus.

Avalon Airport is approximately 20 kilometres from Geelong's central business district. Some of the major rental car companies have information desks on-site at this airport. The following Google Map shows the route from Avalon Airport to the Waterfront Campus.

Airport shuttle

From Tullamarine Airport you can use the Gull Airport Service to travel direct to Geelong. Contact, booking, price, and timetable information can be found on their website. The pick-up and drop-off point for this service closest to Waterfront Campus is the Geelong Railway Station. From there you can take a taxi to your hotel.

From Avalon Airport you can use the Avalon Airport Shuttle to travel direct to Geelong. Contact, booking and price information can be found on their website. Please contact this company directly for information on pick-up and drop-off options in Geelong.


Train travel to Geelong is available but it is not convenient for visitors arriving by plane.

From Tullamarine Airport you can take the Skybus Service to Southern Cross Station in the Melbourne central business district. From Southern Cross Station you can take a V/Line train service to Geelong Railway Station. See the V/Line website for the Geelong timetable, details about fares, bookings, etc. Once you arrive at the Geelong Railway Station you can take a taxi to your hotel.

Please see the information about the Geelong Railway Station for further details.


The Geelong Taxi Network website has information on estimating taxi fares, booking online, etc. The contact number for booking a taxi in Geelong is 131 008.


Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus

Geelong Waterfront Campus is located on Corio Bay, in the central business district of Geelong.

Originally built as Woolstores in 1893, the buildings have been extensively renovated to create a modern and impressive campus centre.

The city of Geelong is a great place to visit during the summer with December being one of the hottest months of the year. The City is home to many local beaches and parks, such as the botanical gardens, so you can enjoy every minute of the sunshine. Central Geelong offers a diverse range of cuisine, wine and activities ranging from cultural, recreational and family friendly.

Greater Geelong is also famous for excellent surf beaches and an amazing wine region with plenty of opportunities to visit local cellar doors and taste some great Australian wines on offer.


The list below provides links to accommodation that can be found in Geelong. Please contact the accommodation providers listed directly for rates, availability and reservations. No recommendation is implied nor responsibility accepted for the standard of accommodation listed.

If you have any questions, please contact please contact Deakin Event Management Services on +61 3 5247 9360 or via email marika.thomson@deakin.edu.au

Novotel Geelong

Novotel Geelong is the regions premier hotel and is conveniently located on the Waterfront in central Geelong. Enjoy our fantastic location with only a short walk to Deakin University. A great night's sleep in a comfy bed, amazing views of the bay and a vibrant waterfront location. Free WI-FI throughout the lobby and function floors. Enjoy the simple pleasures in our restaurant, bar and lounge. Unwind in our steam room, fitness centre and indoor heated saltwater pool. Experience a new kind of comfort, stress-free travel and spirited can-do service all at the value you deserve. 

Book your accommodation by the 30th of September 2017 to receive 10% off the best unrestricted rate.  Please quote “1711AALL” to receive the discount.

Pre book your buffet breakfast at time of reservation to enjoy a scrumptious buffet breakfast for just $20 per person (usually $30).

All reservations must be made directly with the team at Novotel Geelong by emailing reservations@novotelgeelong.com.au or calling +613 5273 5757

Please note all bookings are subject to availability.

Mercure Geelong.

Mercure Hotel Geelong offers a wide range of business and leisure facilities and services, combined with attentive and professional staff, to ensure your stay is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Whether travelling for business or leisure the Mercure Hotel Geelong is ideally located in the heart of Geelong close to shopping and business centres, the Eastern Beach waterfront, quality restaurants and major attractions. For more information including rates and bookings, please visit Mercure Geelong.

Waurn Ponds Estate

A distinctive 60 room estate combining classic design, contemporary social and business facilities with tailored guest experiences on a rural estate for up to 150 people

WPE is approximately one hour drive from Melbourne and 30 minutes’ drive from Avalon Airport. We are the perfect base for exploring the Geelong Waterfront and Surf Coast on the Great Ocean Road.

Featuring a gym, heated outdoor swimming pool and spa, 2 tennis courts, basketball, push bikes, walking tracks, a lounge with spectacular views include pool table and wireless internet.

Rates are $145 per person per night, plus an optional $25 per person for breakfast daily

Quest Geelong

Quest Geelong offers quality 4 star serviced apartment accommodation. It is ideal for those with extended stays or wishing to have self-contained accommodation. Apartments are spacious, studios are a hotel style room containing a kitchenette with limited cooking facilities. 1 and 2 bedroom apartments contain separate lounge, fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities and balcony. For more information including rates and bookings, please visit Quest Geelong.

Bayside Geelong

The Bayside Geelong, located on The Esplanade's Waterfront, is perfect for all your Geelong accommodation needs with options for the business and leisure traveller. Bayside Geelong provides a diverse range of room types from comfy budget hotel accommodation to fully self contained one and two bedroom apartments. Bayside Geelong apartments are a perfect solution for long term and corporate accommodation needs. With picturesque views of the Geelong Waterfront and plenty of space for all your business needs and located only minutes from Deakin's Geelong Waterfront Campus. For more information including rates and bookings, please visit Bayside Geelong.

Geelong Conference Centre

Sleep soundly in the peaceful surroundings of the gardens, and wake up to the delightful sounds of native birds. Our purpose built facility has 42 hotel-style serviced rooms plus 3 self-contained suites and 1 self-contained two-storey apartment. You will find that our rates are very competitive and our service is second to none. Each room has a garden view along with ensuite bathroom, and the usual amenities including: Tea/coffee making facilities, towels, LCD television, FOXTEL, telephone, wireless internet facilities, clock radio and study desk. Laundry facilities available. For more information including rates and bookings, please visit Geelong Conference Centre.

Comfort Inn Bay City Geelong

18 Comfortable Units located in the CBD of Geelong, Victoria. Easy walk to all City facilities including Eastern Beach, Botanical Gardens, Geelong Hospital and Main Shopping Plaza's- Westfield and Market Square. For bookings please call (03) 5221 1933. For more information please visit Comfort Inn Bay City Geelong.

Geelong Bay Escapes and Corporate Getaways

Luxury 1,2 & 3 Apartments and Townhouses located on Geelong's award winning waterfront precinct offering you superior comfort and friendly service. Enquire about our beautifully appointed apartments for a weekend family holiday or corporate stays. All apartments are privately owned and have been tastefully decorated and appointed in order to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay. For more information please visit: Geelong Bay Escapes and Corporate Getaways.

Waterfront Apartments Geelong

Find a choice of Geelong accommodation at your fingertips when you visit Eastern Beach Waterfront Accommodation. We are a network of accommodation in the area, all listed in one place so that you can quickly and easily find what you are looking for, no matter what your requirements. For more information please visit Waterfront Apartments Geelong.


HomeAway.com.au boasts a range of holiday rental properties in Geelong, offering self-contained accommodation in the form of apartments and holiday homes. These properties are perfect for those looking for the space and amenities not often found in hotel rooms, such as a fully equipped kitchen and spacious living areas. Perfect for delegates travelling in a group, you are sure to find a property that meets your needs in Geelong. For more information and to browse our available properties, please visit HomeAway.com.au.