Located just an hour’s drive southwest of Melbourne, getting to Geelong is easy thanks to a range of well-maintained and clearly sign-posted roads and highways. Marking the beginning of the Great Ocean Road and the gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula, Geelong is easily accessed from the city.
From Melbourne’s CBD, cross the West Gate Bridge and travel along the West Gate Freeway for about 5 minutes until it merges onto the Princes Highway. Follow the Princes Highway for approximately 60km before exiting left onto Melbourne Road. Follow the road, bearing left at Latrobe Terrace and following the road into the centre of town. For those wishing to continue sightseeing after their holiday in Geelong, the Surf Coast Highway and Great Ocean Road to Torquay and beyond both make excellent touring routes.
If you’re visiting Geelong from interstate, the Avalon Airport is the closest airport to the bayside city. Although it is not Melbourne’s primary airport, it is conveniently located just 20 minutes from Geelong’s city centre. If you would prefer to arrive at the Tullamarine Airport and combine a visit to Melbourne city prior to arriving in Geelong, this is also a great option. Just follow the directions above if you intend to drive to Geelong from the city.
Public transport is also an easy and affordable option for getting to Geelong. There are a number of regular train services that operate on the V/Line service departing Southern Cross Station in Melbourne and arriving in Geelong. If you are arriving at the Tullamarine Airport, you can catch the Skybus from the terminal to Southern Cross Station and connect with public transport services to Geelong there. Public transport is a great way to get to Geelong, allowing you to sit back, relax and enjoy the sights while someone else takes care of the driving.