Destination Geelong Victoria
Geelong is Victoria's second largest city and offers a diverse range of food, wine, cultural and recreation attractions and colonial history. A waterfront city, it is also the major gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula and Great Ocean Road.
Geelong takes full advantage of its unique north-facing bay with fabulous waterfront eateries, landscaped gardens and walking paths set against the backdrop of Corio Bay. Stroll past the sculptured bollards dotted along the foreshore that chronicle characters from the city's past and present, including dapper young ladies in neck-to-knee bathing costumes, 1930s lifesavers, traditional Aussie families, a Geelong footballer, jaunty sailors, fishermen and a town band. Close by is Eastern Beach, which features an art deco-style pool, promenade complex and the restored pavilion that houses a pleasant restaurant, cafe and kiosk.
Art and heritage
Beautifully preserved historic buildings capture the region’s colourful past at towns such as Queenscliff, Port Fairy and Portland. At Queenscliff you'll see imposing Victorian-era hotels, solid old churches and quaint fishermen’s cottages. Charming National Trust-classified homes, modest cottages and stately buildings are everywhere you look in Port Fairy while Portland, Victoria’s first European settlement, is an old and charming place on the edge of a harbour that was once busier than Melbourne.
There are also a number of National Trust properties are open to the public which offer a fascinating insight into the early colonial days.
Pakington Street, the wide tree-lined avenue linking the suburbs of Geelong West and Newtown and home to the annual Pako Festa, is only a few minutes from the city. There are many different restaurants and eateries to try as well as delicatessens, wine merchants, a park to relax in and a street ambience to experience.
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Transport to Geelong
Geelong is just one hour on the train from Melbourne. Trains are operated by VLine and are very regular. VLine also runs trains throughout Victoria, so Geelong is very well connected. Book tickets online or find out more information at VLine
AVALON Airport - A shuttle bus is available from Avalon Airport to Geelong. Avalon Airport Shuttle
MELBOURNE Airport - Regular bus services are available from Geelong to the Melbourne Airport via Gull Bus
Interstate buses leave from Busport on the corner of Brougham and Gheringhap Streets in Geelong.
Catch a bus almost anywhere around Geelong, and greater Geelong including the Bellarine Peninsula, and the Surf Coast. The Geelong bus terminal is located at the Geelong Station. For information on bus timetables and fare information, please see.
Transport Around Geelong
Buses Catch a bus almost anywhere around Geelong, and greater Geelong including the Bellarine Peninsula, and the Surf Coast. The Geelong bus terminal is located at the Geelong Station. For information on bus timetables and fare information, please see.
Benders Bus Services
Operates every Saturday night (Sunday mornings) and on special event nights from 1.30am – 4.00am
Catch the NightBus from Moorabool Street (between Malop and Little Malop Street) near the Safe Taxi Rank to over 20 suburbs around Geelong, Bellarine and the Surfcoast.
Tickets - can be purchased as you board the NightBus or beforehand at a range of locations around Geelong, including City of Greater Geelong Customer Service Centres. NightBus tickets are $5 per person, and multi-ride tickets are available for $25. For timetable information, phone 5272 5272.
Hire a car
Hire a car once you arrive in Geelong to get around to all the sights. There are several companies in Geelong who hire out cras of all sizes. Click here to find a list of car hire companies.
Geelong Radio Cabs can take you exactly where you need to go around Geelong & the Bellarine. With friendly and knowledgable staff at hand to assist whenever you need. Call 03 5278 4776
In Central Geelong there are both metered street and off-street car parks. Ask at the Visitor Information Centre for a Central Geelong Parking map.
Venue Mercure Geelong
The Mercure Hotel Geelong is ideally located in the heart of Geelong close to shopping and business centres, the Eastern Beach waterfront, quality restaurants and major attractions. It offers a wide range of business and leisure facilities and services, combined with attentive and professional staff, to ensure your stay is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Corner Gheringhap & Myers Street
Mercure Geelong - Carbon Neutral
Mercure Meetings are Carbon Neutral; Greenhouse gases produced during the meeting will be offset by funding efficient energy sources through the Carbon Reduction Institute. The funding of these offsets will be funded by the hotels and will not be passed on to our guests.
All Mercure Hotels follow the Accor Environmental Charter with 20 priority action points identified to reduce energy and water consumption and improve waste management and recycling. These 20 action points are adhered to by all Mercure Hotels.
Mercure conference guests also have the opportunity to offset the carbon emissions produced from their flights to and from the meeting through the Carbon Reduction Institute. Please click here to use this service.
Mercure Meetings will calculate the carbon offsets for each hotel by the use of a carbon calculator developed specifically for the Mercure Brand by the Carbon Reduction Institute. Our calculator is tailored to each individual hotel by the Carbon Reduction Institute working with the our hotel.
If you would like to learn more about how we work together with the Carbon Reduction Institute for Carbon Neutral Conferencing, please click here (PDF).
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