Geelong Waterfront Campus

Our Geelong Waterfront Campus is right on the seafront – in the heart of Geelong, about an hour away from Melbourne. Originally built as wool stores in the 19th century, the buildings have been extensively renovated, creating a modern, impressive campus.

Get to know the Geelong Waterfront Campus with a quick video tour

Get to know the Geelong Waterfront Campus with a quick video tour

Geelong at a glance

  • It's the second-most populated urban area in Victoria (behind Melbourne), with a population of about 180,000 people.
  • February is the hottest month (average high 24.8C/76.6F) and July is the coldest (average high 13.9C/57F).
  • One of the world's most beautiful coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road, is just half an hour away complete with famous surf beaches and the occasional whale sighting.
  • Geelong Waterfront Campus was founded in 1994. It currently has 4330 students, 322 staff and offers 201 different courses.

Getting there

Regional train

Geelong train station is located just 400 metres from campus. V/Line trains operate throughout the day on the Geelong–Melbourne line and take just over an hour. 

Train services to Warrnambool also depart from the Geelong Train Station and take around two hours and 20 minutes.

Plan your journey on the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website

Public bus services

The Geelong Waterfront Campus is well serviced by suburban bus lines that operate across Geelong and outer regions.

The main bus interchange is located in Moorabool St – 700 metres from the campus. However, there are a number of bus stops close by depending on your route.

Plan your journey on the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website

How to pay for public transport

To travel to Geelong from Melbourne you'll need to buy a Myki card. 

Myki cards are very easy to use, just top up credit or buy a pass at a shop or station, then touch-on and off to get through the barriers at train stations. The suburban bus lines use Myki as well as tickets that can be purchased on the buses.

Visit the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) Myki site

Free inter-campus bus for students and staff

Deakin's free inter-campus bus service for students and staff runs frequently between the Geelong Waterfront and Waurn Ponds Campuses. There's also a stop at the Barwon Valley Activity Centre in Belmont. It's the most convenient way to travel between campuses.

Learn more about Deakin's bus services


While cycling all the way from Melbourne may be a little too adventurous for most (83kms along the Federation bicycle trail), there are plenty of scenic trails in the area if you're coming from a shorter distance.

On campus you'll find plenty of showers, change rooms, bike racks, lockers and a secure bicycle cage.


The Geelong Waterfront Campus is an hour-long drive from Melbourne CBD, depending on traffic.

  • From Melbourne CBD take the M1
  • Take the Princes Highway exit (A10) towards Geelong
  • Take the Mercer Street exit towards City Centre
  • Turn left onto Brougham Street
  • Turn left onto Gheringhap Street

turn by turn directions Use turn-by-turn navigation to Geelong Waterfront from your current location


We provide a free carpool-matching service to students and staff to help you find someone to carpool with.

If you bring someone else with you in your car, you can use the carpooling car park.

Park and ride

Students and staff can park their car for free at two separate locations and catch the free Deakin bus the rest of the day.

Try Boys Basketball Stadium: 501 Ryrie Street, East Geelong
The first bus departs Try Boys at 7.30am, with the last bus departing from the Waterfront at 6.15pm. The service runs as a continuous loop from Monday to Friday – approximately every 30 minutes.

Barwon Valley Activity Centre (BVAC): 1 Barwon Heads Road, Belmont
Shuttle buses service the BVAC carpark from Monday to Friday, 7am until 8.30pm. There are stops at both Geelong campuses.


A limited amount of parking is available on campus for staff and students, and you'll need a valid parking permit at specified times. At the Waterfront campus, students and staff can pay for parking by the hour or by the day. Staff can also choose to purchase long-term permits.

There are some paid on-street car parking spaces as well as commercial car parks located close to the campus at Westfield Shopping Centre (Brougham St) and Civic Centre (Gheringhap St).

Get more details on parking and parking permits

Finding your way around

Our wayfinding app Deakin Scout will help you to navigate around our Melbourne Burwood Campus. And just in case you run out of battery, there's a map you can print out too.

Download Deakin Scout from the Google Play store
Download Deakin Scout from the Apple App store

Download campus map (PDF, 682KB)

Disability access

We have a Disability Resource Centre on every campus and most of our buildings are fully accessible too – with lifts, disabled toilets and automatic doors.

Find out more about disability access



A huge amount of resources, helpful staff and a great space to study. You're welcome to use the library even if you're not a student or staff member.

Learn about the library

Health and wellbeing services

Your health and wellbeing is important to us and there are a range of services available to you.

Find out about health and wellbeing services

Child care

Staff and students of Geelong Waterfront Campus get priority at two local Goodstart child care centres.
Learn about off-campus child care

Safety and security

We take safety very seriously at all our campuses with 24/7 security officers and a SafeZone app for your phone.
Learn about safety and security

Shopping and food

We make shopping straightforward, with all our campuses kitted out with a range of amenities for purchase. Whether it's for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there are plenty of great venues catering for everyone including vegetarians and those on special diets.

Find out about shopping and food

Student services

Get support of all kinds from Student Central – our administration hub.

Find out more about Student Central

The Project Space

The Project Space is a striking, contemporary gallery that showcases the artistic talent of both Deakin students and the wider Geelong community.

Find out more about the project space

Event spaces

We have many spaces available to hire, including lecture theatres, classrooms, meeting rooms, function spaces and computer labs.

Find out about event hire


    We have recently created 30 rooms for medical students at our Geelong Waterfront Campus. We also have a great off-campus housing team that can help you find somewhere to live in the city.

    Find out about accommodation at the Waterfront Campus

    Building projects

    We're dedicated to creating beautiful, state-of-the-art, accessible and sustainable spaces and facilities for everyone who visits our Waterfront campus. 

    Learn more about building projects at the Geelong Waterfront Campus

    Explore Geelong Waterfront

    Contact us

    Call us

    +61 3 5227 1100

    Visit us

    1 Gheringhap Street 
    Geelong, Victoria 3220

    Write to us

    Deakin University
    Locked Bag 20001
    Geelong, Victoria 3220 Australia