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The City of Greater Geelong has a population of approximately 229,445 (ABS estimated resident population). It is the second largest city in Victoria after Melbourne.

Geelong combines the best elements of a cosmopolitan city with some of the world’s most magnificent surf beaches just a stone’s throw away. Only an hour’s drive from Melbourne, Geelong offers a range of lifestyle choices - inner city, suburban, waterfront, coastal and rural -with greater value for money than equivalent properties in the capital nearby.Map of Victoria indicating the Geelong region

A strong economy, great employment opportunities, diverse educational resources, state-of-the-art health-care services, quality housing, broad recreational choices and a vibrant multicultural community are just part of the picture.

The city’s vibrant retail heart is alive with cafes and restaurants and cinemas. And overlooking Corio Bay, with its backdrop of ships and yachts, is the pier and waterfront precinct which has been transformed to accommodate stylish new eateries, beautiful landscaped gardens, fantastic public art encircled by walking, cycling and skating paths.

Geelong is also the jumping off point for the spectacular Great Ocean Road and a range of surf beaches including the world famous Bells Beach where international surfing championships are held.

Key industries and employers
Health and Social Assistance
Advanced Manufacturing
Two women health professionalsGeelong waterfront aerial view 

Photograph: Katrina Lawrence

The City of Greater Geelong is the leading commercial and industrial centre for Victoria’s south-west. It showcases more than 15,000 business enterprises with a multi-skilled work force of 100,000 people in an economy boasting comprehensive infrastructure and extensive transport links.

Over the past decade Geelong has transitioned itself from an economy with a strong reliance on big manufacturing, to one with a focus on knowledge based sectors such as, health, research, biotechnology, education, tourism and retail. These sectors are now Geelong’s largest employers.

Growth in the manufacturing sector has been more focused on expanding capabilities such as carbon fibre and aerospace with Avalon Airport nearby. Niche markets in food -wine making, olives and related products - are key to the region and seafood processing and aquaculture business is expanding.

The health and community services sector is one of the region’s fastest growing industries.

Industry, Demographic and Forecast Data for the City of Greater Geelong.

Finding a job in Geelong

About Geelong

Average temperatures

Season Average maximum Average minimum
Summer 24.9°C 13.5°C
Winter 13.9°C 5.4°C

Average travel time to Melbourne (72km)

Transport Time
Car 1 hr
Train 1 hr
Coach 1 hr

Housing costs

Median cost
Median Price Rental per week
House - 3 Br house $535,000
(Sept 2016)
(Greater Geelong, June 2016)
Unit - 2 Br unit $395,000
(Sept 2016)
(Greater Geelong, June 2016)

Rental prices - Department of Health & Human Services Rental Report

Median house prices by suburb see the REIV website and locate Geelong suburbs on the map.

To see real estate agents in Geelong 3220 postcode, visit the REIV agent directory

The range of properties available in Geelong can be accessed at and

For information about local hotels, motels and caravan parks, see:

For information on lifestyle, education, healthcare and moving to Geelong see Move to Geelong

Cultural groups

Migrants from Languages spoken
England (3.3%) Italian (2.1%)
Italy (1.5%) Mandarin (1.0%)
India (1.2%) Greek (1.0%)
New Zealand (1.1%) Croatian (0.5%)
China (0.8%) Serbian (0.3%)
Source: Census SA2 2011, ABS


Schools Health care
Deakin University Barwon Health (includes Geelong Hospital, Grace McKellar Centre)
The Gordon Institute of TAFE Geelong Private Hospital
The Geelong College Epworth Geelong
Geelong Grammar School St John of God Hospital
Kardinia International College
Over 220 pre-school, primary schools and secondary colleges
 Geelong Catholic schools

Find a list of schools in the City of Greater Geelong Community Directory

Find a school at the Department of Education and Early Childhood development website

Find out more about education and childcare in Victoria

Visit the Victorian Better Health Channel's health services directory for more information on health care.

Sport and recreation

For more information about sport and recreation in Geelong, please visit the Greater Geelong City Council website.

Places of worship

For more information about where you can practice your faith, visit your religion's Australian website. Select 'pages from Australia' if searching for your religion in Google

Also see the Geelong Interfaith Network website

Geelong attractions

Events Geelong

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Geelong waterfront

Eastern beach looking across to the waterfront precinct. Photograph: Katrina Lawrence