Victoria has the second-largest population (just under six million) of any state in Australia, but it’s also the smallest mainland state, spanning 227,600 square kilometres (141,424 square miles) – roughly the same size as Britain.
It's geographically compact and all regions are within relatively easy reach. Our economy continues to grow and provide stability for all Australians.
Melbourne is Victoria’s coastal capital. Its central business district is located at the northernmost point of Port Phillip Bay, on the Yarra River. It’s a city boasting contemporary architecture mixed with the charm of stately 19th-century buildings and tree-lined avenues.
At Melbourne’s heart is the strikingly modern Federation Square development, where plazas, bars, restaurants and cultural events line the Yarra River. In Southbank, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is site of Arts Centre Melbourne (a performing arts complex) and the National Gallery of Victoria, which displays Australian and international art.
Melbourne’s suburbs stretch around 60 kilometres south-east, 40 kilometres north and 40 kilometres west of the CBD. Travelling between suburbs is relatively easy, with a range of transport options. From trains and trams to ferries and buses, you’re always able to get around town.
Besides being the coffee & cafe capital of Australia, Melbourne’s proudly multicultural. Almost one quarter of Victoria's population is born overseas, and over 180 languages and dialects are spoken every day.
Burwood campus is located 17 kilometres/10 miles east of the city centre of Melbourne, an approximate 30-minute drive.
Geelong is Victoria's second-largest city, with a population of over 225,000. It’s the gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula and the Great Ocean Road, iconic Victorian locations.
Geelong’s a one-hour drive from Melbourne, and showcases a diverse range of food, culture and public art. This includes an art deco-style pool, promenade complex and restored pavilion at Eastern Beach.
Geelong Waterfront Campus
Geelong Waterfront Campus is situated in a picturesque location overlooking Corio Bay in the City of Geelong. Geelong is 75 kilometres (46 miles) south-west and a 70-minute drive from the City of Melbourne.
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is situated 10 kilometres (six miles) south-west and about a 20-minute drive from the City of Geelong.
Warrnambool is located along Victoria’s coastal Great Ocean Road. The regional centre has a dramatic location on a plateau behind a steep bluff, defined by rivers to the east and west, and overlooks sheltered Lady Bay. There are interesting historical buildings and attractive streetscapes, but perhaps the biggest surprise is the range of superb beaches right at the city's front door.
Experience the culture of Warrnambool, including historic tours, visiting the beautiful coastline, enjoying whale-watching tours, exploring the various parks and rivers and fishing and diving.
High-quality local produce is celebrated in many Warrnambool restaurants, cafes and bistros and are a must for any foodie.
Warrnambool Campus is situated 250 kilometres (155 miles) west and about a three-hour drive from Melbourne.
Visit Cost of living in Victoria to learn how much it might cost you and your family to live in Melbourne. The cost of living in Melbourne is generally higher than in Victoria’s regional areas.
If you are relocating in order to work at Deakin you may be eligible for relocation support.
Acknowledgement of traditional land owners
Deakin University would like to acknowledge that the present site of the Melbourne Burwood Campus is located on the land of the Wurundjeri people; the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and Geelong Waterfront Campus are located on the land of the Wathaurong people; and the Warrnambool Campus is located on the land of the Gunditjmara people.
They are connected to these lands, have walked these lands, and continue to care for them and nurture them for future generations.