Geelong (pronounced juh-long) is the second largest city in the state of Victoria with a population of around 270,000 people. It’s a bustling port city located on Corio Bay, only an hour west of Melbourne. With fine wines, affordable living, and a stunning coastline, Geelong is a city to boast about!
If you’re going to study medicine at Deakin, you’ll be at the Waurn Ponds campus in Geelong. You’ll get the best of both worlds in the suburb of Waurn Ponds: world-class programs and superb facilities, as well as a relaxing, regional environment close to some of Australia’s best surf beaches.
Geelong is near the infamous Great Ocean Road where there are endless road trip adventures awaiting. This town is perfect for students who love to explore on their time off and who don’t want big city distractions.
- Near Great Ocean Road
- Lower cost of living (about 18% lower than in Melbourne)
- Home of the Geelong Cats
- Torquay is the surf capital of Australia
Like Melbourne, Geelong enjoys four distinct seasons. Summers are beautiful with February being the hottest month, and the winters are cool with July being the coldest (think Canada’s fall/spring). There is moderate precipitation and it’s usually breezy and partly cloudy year-round.
Spring (September – November) 10°C to 21°C
Summer (December – February) 18°C to 25°C
Fall (March – May) 8°C to 23°C
Winter (June – August) 5°C to 15°C
What to see and do in Geelong?
So what do OzTREKK students say?
If you’re like us, you might enjoy those gorgeous travel blogs, interesting podcasts, and social media influencers who test things out to let you know if they’re worth the money.
Here are a few accounts to follow:
- Go to Bells Beach, where the RIP Curl Pro is held each year and learn to surf
- Have a roadie with your new pals on the Great Ocean Road
- Visit the snowfields in Victoria if you’re feeling homesick
- Take a ride on the Sky Wheel for some pretty views
- Take a tour of a winery or brewery (or both!) like The Flying Brick House
- Have a weekend getaway at the Bellarine Peninsula
- Dance, shop and drink at the Nightjar Festival
- Grab a date for a coffee crawl at these hot cafes
- Try sailing the sea with the local yacht club