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Geelong:

Population: 160,991 (2006 Census) (12th)
Density: 165.3/km  (428.1/sq mi)
Established: 1836
Postcode: 3220
Area: 1240 km (478.8 sq mi)
Time zone:
Summer (DST)
AEST (UTC+10) AEDT (UTC+11)
Location: 72 km (45 mi) SW of Melbourne
Local Government Area: City of Greater Geelong
County: Grant
State District:
  • Geelong
  • South Barwon
  • Lara
  • Bellarine
  • Federal Division:
  • Corio
  • Corangamite
  • Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
    19.6 °C 9.4 °C 552.7 mm

    Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia, 75 kilometres south-west of the state capital; Melbourne. It is the second most populated city in Victoria and the fifth most populated non-capital city in Australia. The urban area runs from the plains of Lara in the north to the rolling hills of Waurn Ponds to the south, with the bay to the east and hills to the west, an area with an estimated population of 160,991 people. It is the administrative centre for the City of Greater Geelong municipality which covers the urban and surrounding areas and is home to over 191,000 people. An inhabitant of Geelong has been known as a Geelongite, or a Pivotonian, in the past.

    Geelong was named in 1837 by Governor Richard Burke, with the name derived from the local Wathaurong Aboriginal name for the region, Jillong, thought to mean 'land' or 'cliffs'. The area was first surveyed in 1838, three weeks after Melbourne, and the Post Office was open by June 1840. The first woolstore was erected in this period and it became the port for the wool industry of the Western District. During the gold rush Geelong experienced a brief boom as the main port to the rich goldfields of the Ballarat district. The city then diversified into manufacturing and during the 1860s it became one of the largest manufacturing centres in Australia with its wool mills, ropeworks, and paper mills.

    It was proclaimed a city in 1910, with industrial growth from this time until the 1960s establishing the city as a manufacturing centre for the state, and saw the population grow to over 100,000 by the mid 1960s. Population increases over the last decade were due to growth in service industries, as the manufacturing sector has declined. Redevelopment of the inner city has occurred since the 1990s, as well as gentrification of inner suburbs and currently has a population growth rate higher than the national average.

    It is known for being home to car manufacturer Ford Australia and also the Geelong Football Club, nicknamed The Cats.

    Ocean Grove Surf Lessons more_vert
    $65.00 AUD Book
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    Take a surf lesson on one of the best learn to surf beaches on the coast at Ocean Grove. The lesson runs for two hours and includes all the equipment and instruction. Learn about surf safety and awareness and all of the skills to have an unforgettable time. Lessons are welcome to total beginners right through to intermediate surfers.

      Arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time at your Ocean Grove location on the coast ready to go with bathers and a towel.
        You'll meet at the trailer right next to your beach location. Your fully qualified instructors will run through a session briefing outlining the lessons details.
          Next, it's time to jump into one of the many wet suits and apply sunscreen. You will learn how to carry the surfboards appropriately and head down to the beach .
            The instructors will teach you about surf safety and awareness to help you with your confidence and safety. Learn how to paddle, choose and catch waves and definitely how to wipe out!
              Find the best standing up technique that works for you to ensure maximum fun.
                Next it's time to get out in the water with close up water coaching and enjoy the surf. Once the water session has finished you will head back up to the trailer and debrief and change

                  • $65.00
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                  Geelong Sights Running Tour more_vert
                  $69.00 AUD Book
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                  Lace up your favorite pair of running shoes and take to the streets of Geelong for an approximately 6 miles (10km), 2 hour - sightseeing tour and running experience.

                  Come join as we take off (and return to) from Cunningham Pier, as we wind our way through the Victoria's second biggest city.

                  A few gradual climbs up to the Botanic Gardens and plenty of running through beautiful parks before we cut through residential streets to more parks, Kardinia Park (optional) and take in parts of the Barwon River. Geelong is really a running town and this tour will show you exactly why!

                  No tour of ours is complete until we check out some amazing local coffee houses and recharge our batteries with some quality coffee - our added gift to you.

                  Included in your tour:

                  Wonderful Tour Guide to show you the way
                  $2 from your booking is donated to charity
                  Learn the history and stories of Geelong
                  All photography
                  A coffee to enjoy from one of Geelong's finest coffee houses

                  Places you'll see:

                  Cunningham Pier
                  Botanical Garden/Eastern Gardens
                  Old Geelong Gaol
                  Geelong Theatre
                  Barwon River
                  Kardinia Park
                  Geelong Waterfront

                  • $69.00
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                  Torquay Surfing Lessons on the Great Ocean Road more_vert
                  $65.00 AUD Book
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                  Take a surf lesson along the Great Ocean Road in Torquay. The lessons run for two hours and include all the equipment and instructions. Learn about surf safety and awareness and all of the skills to have an unforgettable time. Lessons are welcome to total beginners right through to intermediate surfers.

                  Arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time at Voss's car park at Torquay surf beach ready to go with bathers and a towel.

                  You'll meet at the trailer right next to your beach location. Your fully qualified instructors will run through a session briefing outlining the lessons details. Next, it's time to jump into one of the many wet suits and apply sunscreen. You will learn how to carry the surfboards appropriately and head down to the beach .

                  The instructors will teach you about surf safety and awareness to help you with your confidence and safety. Learn how to paddle, choose and catch waves and definitely how to wipe out!

                  Find the best standing up technique that works for you to ensure maximum fun.Next it's time to get out in the water with close up water coaching and enjoy the surf. Once the water session has finished you will head back up to the trailer and debrief and change

                  • $65.00
                  • query_builder 2 hours
                  • flight_takeoff Geelong
                  • flight_land Victoria
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