Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds Campus is located on the western edge of the historic port city of Geelong, 72 kilometres south west of Melbourne. Geelong is Victoria’s largest regional centre with a population of more than 200,000 people. The city of Geelong is a great place to visit any time of the year. The City is home to many local beaches and parks, such as the botanical gardens, so you can enjoy every minute of the sunshine. Central Geelong offers a diverse range of cuisine, wine and activities ranging from cultural, recreational and family friendly. Greater Geelong is also famous for excellent surf beaches and an amazing wine region with plenty of opportunities to visit local cellar doors and taste some great Australian wines on offer.


Avalon Airport is approximately 20 kilometres from Geelong’s central business district. The Waurn Ponds Campus is located approximately 30 minutes drive from Avalon Airport or one and a half hour’s drive from Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine). All the major rental car companies have information desks on-site at both airports and airport shuttle buses are available for transfers.

Affordable accommodation for attendees is available on the Waurn Ponds Deakin University campus. Stroll through the beautiful grounds to class each day. Direct all enquiries to staygeelong@deakin.edu.au.

Alternatively there is a range of accommodation options available in the Geelong region (click here for 'Visit Geelong & the Bellarine' accommodation options). Please note that public transport may not be convenient for off-site accommodation.