Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Get the best of both worlds at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. Access our world-class education programs and superb facilities while relaxing in a pretty, rural environment, close to some of Australia's best surf beaches

Get to know the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Take a quick video tour to explore the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

Geelong at a glance

  • Geelong sits at the start of one of the world’s most beautiful coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road.
  • Surf beaches, whale watching and the famous Twelve Apostles are on your doorstep.
  • On campus there are heaps of outdoor areas and spacious new buildings, perfect for both socialising and studying.
  • Waurn Ponds Campus has incredible sports facilities – from a stadium, sports hall and courts, to a deluxe health club, complete with gym, work-out studios and group fitness classes.

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Getting there


Geelong’s Waurn Ponds train station is the closest station to the campus. V/Line trains operate throughout the day on the Geelong–Melbourne line and take just over an hour and 15 minutes. 

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

Public bus services

There are plenty of bus services that run from the Geelong CBD, Geelong railway station and the Waurn Ponds railway station to the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

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 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


The Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is connected to a number of scenic bicycle trails. On campus you’ll find showers and change rooms, bike racks and lockers to make your commute as easy and safe as possible or you can park at Barwon Valley Activity Centre (BVAC) and jump on the Cube bus to the campus.


The Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is just over an hour from Melbourne by car, depending on traffic.

  • From Melbourne, take the Princes Freeway (M1) west
  • Follow the M1 to Highton
  • Take the exit towards Waurn Ponds
  • Turn right onto the A10
  • Take the first right into Pigdons Road
  • Take the first left at Deakin University Geelong Waurn Ponds

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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 the Barwon Valley Activity Centre, Belmont, and complete their journey on the free Deakin bus. Shuttle buses service the BVAC carpark from Monday to Friday, 7am until 8.30pm. There are stops at both Geelong campuses.


Paid parking is available on campus at a number of different car parks. You can pay for parking using the PayByPhone app or by buying a ticket from a machine.

Get more details on parking and parking permits

Finding your way around

Our wayfinding app Deakin Scout will help you to navigate around our Geelong Waurn Ponds 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, 1.6MB)

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

Child care

Our on-site childcare centre is open to children of staff, students and families in the local area.

Learn about our childcare centre

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

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

Elite Sports Precinct

With facilities that include an MCG-sized AFL oval and eight-lane 400 metre athletics track, our Elite Sports Precinct has everything an athlete needs to enhance their skills.

Learn more about the Elite Sports Precinct

Student services

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

Find out more about Student Central

Event spaces

We have various spaces available to hire, including lecture theatres, meeting rooms and our sandstone chapel that can be used for special occasions.

Find out about event hire


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

Live at Deakin

We have accommodation for 790 students at our Waurn Ponds Campus, in a picturesque landscape close to all university facilities, including library, shops and sporting facilities. We can also help you with off-campus accommodation that’s close to campus and that suits your budget.

Find out about accommodation at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Building projects

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

Learn more about building projects at Waurn Ponds

Explore Geelong Waurn Ponds

Contact us

Call us

+61 3 5227 1100

Visit us

75 Pigdons Road
Waurn Ponds, Victoria 3216

Write to us

Deakin University
Locked Bag 20000
Geelong, Victoria 3220 Australia