Venue and accommodation

The Pier Geelong

The Design City – Building an Innovation Ecosystem International symposium will take place at The Pier Geelong, one of the most iconic conference centres in Victoria.

The Pier Geelong is located in the heart of Geelong’s vibrant and modern waterfront precinct, and just a short walk from Deakin University's Geelong Waterfront Campus. Under an hour from Melbourne’s CBD and just 20 minutes from Avalon Airport, with dedicated onsite parking available – The Pier Geelong is a spectacular conference centre and a fitting host for this Design City Symposium.

Getting here

By air

Regular domestic and international flights service Melbourne Airport – an easy half hour’s drive to Werribee and an hour to Geelong. Fly into Avalon Airport from a number of domestic locations and you’re just 17 minutes’ drive from Geelong by car, taxi, shuttle bus or hire car. Regular shuttle buses operate between Avalon Airport, Melbourne Airport and Geelong.

By road

In under an hour, drive from the city of Melbourne to Geelong via the Princes Freeway.

By ferry

Cruise in on the Queenscliff-Sorrento Ferry, operating on the hour, every hour, every day of the year. From Melbourne, board the Port Phillip Ferry at Docklands for a 90-minute sail to Portarlington on The Bellarine.

By rail

Settle into a relaxing train ride – regular V/Line train services connect Melbourne and Geelong. Talk with us about partnering with V/Line to get your event on track.

Train schedules: call 1800 800 007 or visit


Geelong offers a broad range of accommodation options, from waterfront hotels and budget friendly motels, to premium serviced apartments.  Please contact the accommodation providers listed directly for rates, availability and reservations. The waterfront campus is also an easy hour hour train ride from Melbourne CBD.

Please note: No recommendation is implied nor responsibility accepted for the standard of accommodation listed.

Key details


The Pier Geelong
Cunningham Pier
10 Western Foreshore Road
Geelong VIC 3220