Venue and accommodation

Conference venue days 1 and 2: Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus, 1 Gheringhap St, Geelong, 3220 Workshop venue for day 3: Deakin Downtown, Level 12 Tower 2, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3008

Deakin University’s Waterfront Campus is located in the central business district of Geelong. Originally built as Woolstores in 1893, the buildings have been extensively renovated to create a modern and impressive campus centre.

Geelong is Victoria’s second largest city, located on Corio Bay, and within an hour’s drive of Melbourne. The city is part of the Bellarine Peninsula as well as being the gateway to the famous Great Ocean Road, which begins just south of Geelong at Torquay.

A great place to visit during the summer, Geelong offers a diverse range of cuisine, wine and activities. Visit a famous football club or an Open Range Zoo, a seaside gallery, a 21st century garden or a disused factory transformed into a chic brewery - your options are endless. If you want a more relaxing choice, then chase the sun on a local beach or award-winning golf course.


Deakin Waterfront campus is wheelchair friendly, and hearing loop systems are available in most rooms. Please let us know if you have any specific disability related requirements and we will do our best to help.

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 1 hour train ride from Melbourne CBD.

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