Geelong Hotel & Accommodation

Skip the city, past the shadows of Melbourne and head straight to the proud town of Geelong for your next weekend escape. Fast becoming a destination unto itself, Geelong is Victoria's second largest city and just one hour's drive (or train ride) from Melbourne, 20 minutes from Avalon Airport and on the way to the Surf Coast, Great Ocean Road and the Apostles in the southwest. Facing north on Corio Bay, the city boasts a stunning waterfront and is great for a meal, wander or drink in one of its toasty pubs. A soak in the relaxing mineral waters of the historic art deco sea baths at Eastern Beach is ideal to unwind while the thrilling views of the bay will captivate you from the waterfront feature - a 19th Century carousel.

The nearby Cunningham Pier hosts an array of sophisticated dining options while the Pakington Street strip is deal for an indulgent bite to eat or picking up some local goodies. As the city's chic neighbourhood, 'Pako' is home to an eclectic mix of both traditional and modern cuisine, boutiques and Geelong's edgy art scene. Wander past the wealth of public art works on the waterfront and head further east for a stroll through the Geelong Botanical Gardens or delve into the region's history at the National Wool Museum and Ford Discovery Centre. Take a squiz at the wonderful, weird architecture and Bauhaus-style industrialism while exploring the city's National Trust listed buildings in a half or full day shore excursion before traveling out of town to discover Geelong's wine region along the Surf Coast, Moorabool Valley and Bellarine Peninsula. Follow the Great Ocean Road a little further for a day by the seaside in Apollo Bay. Whether you prefer modern, boutique or Edwardian style, Geelong's selection of hotels, inns and B&Bs offers all the creature comforts you'd expect when holidaying away from home. While many often bypass Geelong, give this vibrant regional city a chance and it will offer you much more than a truck stop.