Geelong is one of the biggest non-capital cities in Australia, sporting a population of almost 200,000 people, Geelong is located around one hour from Victoria’s capital city, Melbourne.
Featuring a number of local industries (and, until recently a car industry), Geelong is home to big corporations such as the TAC (Transport Accident Commission), the newly established NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme), along with several retail corporations.
Geelong is located on Corio Bay, with the Barwon River flowing directly through it. In summer, Eastern Beach is the local place to be with a slide, kids’ pool and enclosed area for swimming. Eastern Beach holds a number of events each year, including the Geelong Revival, a 1/4-mile race down the waterfront.
Sitting on area of around 1000km2, Geelong is in close proximity to towns like Werribee, Lara, Little River, Torquay, Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove.
Geelong features car rental providers such as Hertz, Avis, Budget, Thrifty and Europcar, amongst others. Geelong Car Hire allows you to compare car hire providers in Geelong to find the best cheap Geelong car hire.
Geelong residents absolutely LOVE their sport. The Geelong Cats, an AFL (Australian Football League) call Geelong home and play in a yearly football series (not soccer football, AFL football) and use Simonds Stadium (previously known as Kardinia Park) as their home ground.
The Geelong Cats are one of the oldest sporting teams of any kind in the world (fun fact, right?). The Cats as they’re more affectionately known, were incorporated in 1859, making them the second oldest AFL club.
Recently (as of a few years ago) Simonds Stadium received a major reconstruction, including the installation of four huge LED light towers that illuminate the ground during night games.
Simonds Stadium (nee Kardinia Park) was opened in 1941 and has a seating capacity of around 27,000 patrons (while construction takes place), but featured a record capacity of 49,109, which is incredible!
Kardinia Park is also regularly host to soccer games and other sporting events.
Geelong once had two main airports, but one was recently demolished for housing (Grovedale Airport). Now, the main airport is Avalon Airport and it operates commercial flights from QANTAS subsidiary Jetstar.
Located around 20-30 minutes drive from Geelong’s CBD, Avalon Airport flies domestic commercial flights daily. While there is bus transport from Avalon Airport to Geelong or Melbourne, it’s easier to rent a vehicle directly from the airport.
Geelong Car Hire allows you to get cheap Avalon Airport car rental by comparing rates from all providers at the airport. Avalon Airport car hire providers include Hertz, Budget, Avis and Thrifty, amongst others.
Visitors to Geelong are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation in Geelong. Big hotel chains such as Novotel and Mercure operate out of the city centre, while hundreds of smaller hotels and bed and breakfasts operate in the outer suburbs.
Geelong is a great place to operate out of if visiting wineries or the surrounding beaches due to the number of shopping, restaurant and entertainment options in and around Geelong.
The Surf Coast
Once you soak up all there is to do in Geelong, it’s time to hit the Great Ocean Road and check out Victoria’s incredible Surf Coast.
Cities you may have heard of include Torquay, Jan Juc, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Lorne, Apollo Bay and Warrnambool. Renting a car from Geelong allows you to drive down the Great Ocean Road and check out these incredible towns.
The further you drive down the coast, the more there is to see. You’ll eventually run into the Twelve Apostles and navigate incredible coast line that is appealing both in summer and winter.