Located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, Geelong is known for being the second largest city in Victoria. It’s name was derived from the local Aboriginal name for the region, Jillong (which is thought to mean ‘land’ or ‘cliffs’).
The city is very popular amongst tourists, as it’s known as a gateway to many surrounding Victorian regional centres (like Ballarat in the north west, the Great Ocean Road in the west, and Melbourne in the north east).
Many people choose motel accommodation in Geelong because of its close proximity to the beach. One side, you’ll find ocean front beaches, fantastic surfing spots, rolling sand dunes and the lure of the open water. On the other, you’ll find sheltered bay beaches that are perfect for paddling, boating and other water sports. No matter the coastline you’ve selected, bask in its beauty.
You might be surprised to learn that the city also has a rich and diverse cultural scene, which encourages hundreds of tourists to book hotels in Geelong each year. Whether you’re interested in art and film or food and music, there are plenty of events and shows going on throughout the region for you to enjoy. Be sure to get your tickets early to avoid missing out!
If you’re looking for budget motels in Geelong, the good news is that you’ll have ample options when you choose to book through us. We have a variety of self-contained and standard accommodation options to choose between.
Our hotels in Geelong are suitable for those travelling with the family, a group of friends, your significant other or even for business. Rest assured that you’ll be within close proximity of everything that the city has to offer.
ARRA is committed to providing affordable accommodation that is, above all else, comfortable. We don’t believe that a quality night’s sleep should cost an arm and a leg, and the properties listed with us reflect this.
Geelong is about an hours drive from Melbourne CBD – simply jump onto the Princes Freeway and follow it south west. The Midland Highway, Surf Coast Highway, Bellarine Highway and Hamilton Highway also converge on the city outskirts, making it a highly accessible location.
When staying at cheap accommodation in Geelong, it’s also possible to arrive by train or bus. V-Line offers regular runs between Warrnambool and Melbourne. The Overland, travelling between Adelaide and Melbourne, also stops here.
Did you know that Geelong is even home to its very own airport? You’ll touch down out at Avalon, which is only about 20km from the city centre. Flights into and out of the airport are offered by Jetstar and Jetgo.
When staying at budget motels in Geelong, you’ll be pleased to learn that there are plenty of attractions for you to enjoy. On top of this, you’ll find yourself in close proximity of many of the local activities.
The Geelong region is known for it’s delicious local produce, so you would be remiss in not trying some for yourself. Check out the St Regis and Waybourne wineries or make your way to the White Rabbit Brewery and Little Creatures Brewery if beer is more your style.
The region’s rich history has also meant that there are a number of heritage attractions to enjoy, including: Barwon Grange, National Wool Museum, Geelong Museum of Motoring & Industry, and Fort Queenscliff.
If you’re travelling with the kids, you’ll be pleased to learn that there are plenty of attractions to delight the whole family on offer. Pay a visit to the Carousel, the Rock Adventure Centre, A Maze ‘n’ Games, Adventure Park, Fairy Park and the Port Arlington Bayside Miniature Railway (to name a few).
If you prefer to explore the great outdoors, there are plenty of options when stating at hotels in Geelong including: the You Yangs National Park, Eastern Beach Reserve, Kardinia Park, Balyang Sanctuary and the Botanic Gardens.
Whilst most motel accommodation in Geelong are self-contained or offer basic cooking facilities, there are also plenty of restaurants and cafes in the area for you to enjoy. You’ll never go hungry!
Did you know that, back in the 1800s, Geelong was the largest grape growing region in Victoria?