Travel and accommodation

Our graduation ceremonies are held in Geelong and Warrnambool. Both locations are accessible by public and private transport, and have short-term accommodation options.

Ceremony locations

Graduation ceremonies are held in Costa Hall at the Geelong Waterfront Campus, and at The Lighthouse Theatre in Warrnambool.

Costa Hall, Geelong Waterfront Campus


Geelong Waterfront Campus
Deakin University - Costa Hall
1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong

Costa Hall - Google Maps

How to get there

By Car

The Geelong Waterfront Campus is an hour's drive from Melbourne, 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.
By Train

Geelong train station is just 400 metres from Costa Hall at Deakin’s Waterfront Campus. V/Line trains operate from Geelong to Melbourne throughout the day and take just over an hour.

By Bus

The Geelong Waterfront Campus is well-serviced by suburban bus lines, which operate across Geelong and outer regions. The main bus interchange is located in Moorabool Street, around 700 metres from the campus.

Plan your journey with Public Transport Victoria (PTV)

Where to park

Deakin car parks

Limited parking is available at the Geelong Waterfront Campus car park in Smythe Street.

Tickets can be purchased through the CellOPark parking app which is free to download on any smartphone. To save time, it's a good idea to download CellOPark and create a user account prior to the day of your graduation.

Please note that these car parks are used by students and staff of the campus, so availability can be very restricted. In planning your travel, please ensure you allow adequate time to avoid additional stress.

Street parking

There are limited spaces available in the streets surrounding the Waterfront campus, including Cunningham Pier – council restrictions apply.

Parking in Geelong’s city centre
  • Civic Centre Car Park, Gheringhap Street (Opposite City Hall).
  • Westfield Shopping Centre, 95 Malop Street.
  • Market Square, corner of Malop and Moorabool Streets.

More public parking options are available on the City of Greater Geelong website.


Waurn Ponds Estate

Stay on our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus at the Waurn Ponds Estate, a Deakin-owned and operated conference centre just a 20 minute drive from Costa Hall.

Book into Waurn Ponds Estate now

Other accommodation providers
Admiralty Motor Inn 66 McKillop Street +61 3 5221 4288
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Bay City Motel Geelong 231-235 Malop Street +61 3 5221 1933
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Belmercer Motel 12-14 Mercer Street +61 3 5229 9021
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Eastern Sands Motel 1 Bellerine Street +61 3 5221 5577
Novotel Geelong 10-14 Eastern Beach Road +61 3 5223 1377
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Nireeda Apartments on Clare 1-3 Clare Street +61 3 5221 0566
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Quality Hotel Bayside Geelong 13-15 The Esplanade +61 3 5222 3499
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Quest Apartments 16-18 The Esplanade +61 3 5228 2000
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R Hotel Geelong 10 Bellerine Street
Rydges Cnr Myer and Gheringhap Streets +61 3 5221 6844
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Vue Apartments 6 Bellerine Street, Geelong +61 3 5202 1061
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The Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool


The Lighthouse Theatre
185 Timor Street, Warrnambool

Lighthouse Theatre - Google Maps

How to get there

Warrnambool is a just under three hours from Melbourne by car or just over three hours via Geelong by train.

By Public Transport 

The closest train station to the Lighthouse Theatre is Warrnambool station/Merri Street, just 500 metres away.

Rail (and coach) services run daily from Melbourne, Geelong, Mt Gambier, Portland, Port Fairy, Ballarat and Hamilton. These services connect with public transport to other regional and interstate centres.

Plan your journey with Public Transport Victoria (PTV)


The Warrnambool Council provides both free and metered parking spaces for short- and long-term parking in and around the city centre.


Accommodation at Deakin

We have accommodation available at our Warrnambool Campus for individuals and families attending the ceremonies.

Please contact Gabrielle Tobin on +61 3 5563 3380 or at for further information.

Accommodation in Warrnambool

Quest Warrnambool
15 – 19 Liebig Street, Warrnambool
+61 3 5564 1200

Book into Quest Warrnambool now 

Find more accommodation at the Visit Warrnambool website

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