With great-value property, population growth forecast, employment opportunities and an enviable coastal lifestyle, Geelong is firmly on the radar for savvy investors. For families, Victoria’s second largest city offers a wide variety of benefits, all within just an hour’s drive of Melbourne.
The beaches of the Bellarine Peninsula are just a short drive from Geelong’s CBD.
From beach-style living to ornate period houses, Geelong’s suburbs boast affordable lifestyle opportunities for families. Surrounded by open parklands, gardens and excellent facilities, everything you need is at your fingertips, without the traffic gridlock of Sydney or Melbourne. That ‘big city’ feel is still evident with easy access to an array of dining, shopping, sports and nightlife. However, the emphasis on leisure and nature means the pace of living is more aligned with countryside living.
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From childcare centres minus the long wait times, to public, private and tertiary education with relevant links to industry, Geelong is an exciting hub for learning. For example, The Geelong College is highly respected for academic achievements and innovative techniques. The city is also home to Deakin University, which is ranked among the top 50 in the world.
Employment is certainly on the rise in Geelong, with major infrastructure such as new roads, hospitals and office buildings, plus government-funded projects taking shape. Giant companies, such as LiveTiles are setting up shop in the city and creating exciting tech jobs, while a focus on arts and culture means creative industries are set to thrive. While it’s an easy commute to work in Melbourne, Geelong’s booming workforce is providing rapidly increasing opportunities for families to work, live and play right there.
Geelong’s family friendly Eastern Beach, right on the doorstep of the CBD.
Located along the Corio Bay foreshore, Geelong is a city made for family recreation.
Located along the Corio Bay foreshore, Geelong is a city made for family recreation. The Waterfront precinct is lined with chic cafes and home to a charming historic carousel. Buckley Falls is nearby, just off the Barwon River and You Yangs Regional Park is just a short drive from the CBD, for hiking and panoramic views. The Botanic Gardens and Rippleside Park are favourites for family picnics and Adventure Park Geelong is waterslide heaven.
Geelong locals are also spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches, with Eastern Beach and its art deco bathing complex just a hop, skip and a jump from the CBD. The Bellarine region offers spectacular coastlines, with safe swimming at Portarlington, Queenscliff and St Leonards to name just a few and day trips along the Great Ocean Road are always an option. Then, there’s cultural pursuits galore, with museums, art galleries and performing arts.
Families are calling Geelong home because it ticks all the right boxes - and its appeal is set to shine even brighter in the future.
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