Geelong is a port city located in Victoria on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, west of Melbourne. It is the second most populated city in Victoria behind Melbourne with about 300,000 residents. It offers residents a place to live that still have a city feel but with a big sense of community. It is close to businesses, the beach, gold courses, wineries and much more. The cost of living is less that Melbourne along with less hustle and bustle. The city aims to provide the best work/life balance for its residents. Geelong and the surrounding region is an important part of the Victorian state economy. It is just about an hour drive from Melbourne. The City of Great Geelong is the administrative centre and municipality which covers the urban and surrounding areas. The metropolitan area runs from the plains of Lara to the north down to Waurn Ponds in the south with its rolling hills. The city extends from the bay to the east out to the hills of the west. It is also well-known as the gateway to the amazing holiday road trip on The Great Ocean Road.
View of Geelong from Corio Bay Photo Credit: Wikipedia
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History of Geelong
Tramway Opening in Geelong in 1912 Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Steampacket Quay in the Geelong Waterfront in 2007 Photo Credit: Wikipedia
The city of Geelong has a rich history from the time of early settlers to the gold rush and into the modern era. The name Geelong comes from the work Jillong which is the Wathaurong Aboriginal name for the region. It means “land” or “cliffs”. The name of Geelong was given in 1827. Much of the city was established in the early and mid-1800’s but it was not officially proclaimed a city until 1910.
Geelong’s Waterfront is a centre of activity for tourists and residents. It was redeveloped in the 1990’s and now has many attractions and things to see and do including the Baywalk Bollards, Deakin University’s Waterfront Campus, the Yarra Street Pier, Cunningham Pier, Steampacket Quay, the Carousel Pavilion, a Sheraton Four Points Hotel, and the Royal Geelong Yacht Club. There are a host of waterfront cafes, restaurants and other businesses along the water. Nearby the Geelong Waterfront is also Eastern Beach in the centre of Geelong and is a popular recreation and swimming area.
Moving to Geelong
If you are moving within the city of Geelong, there is a Budget Truck moving van rental location right in Geelong. If you are moving to Geelong from another city, like Melbourne, then you can rent a moving truck or moving van in Melbourne and return it either in Geelong or back to Melbourne since it is so close. If you are moving from elsewhere in Australia, one way moving truck rentals are available throughout Australia from Budget Trucks. Plan your move in advance and ask for moving specials, tips, and advice from the experts at Budget Trucks. We are here to help you with all aspects of your move.
Geelong’s weather can definitely be looked at as a bonus and is appreciated by its residents. While there are four distinct seasons, there aren’t any drastic weather temperature changes. Geelong is classified as having a temperate oceanic climate. The summers are warm and the winters are mild to cool. High temps in February average at 24.8 °C and low temps in July dip to an average of 5.4 °C. Humidity is low on average and rainfall averages about 81 mm per year.
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