The Best Holiday Apartments to Rent in Geelong, Victoria

Soho 203 is an ideal spot to relax in after a day of exploring Geelong
Soho 203 is an ideal spot to relax in after a day of exploring Geelong | Courtesy of Soho 203 /
Richard Bradbury

An easy hour’s drive from Melbourne, Geelong – the largest provincial city in Victoria – is worth visiting in its own right. There’s a waterfront sprinkled with cute artworks, home to an old-fashioned carousel, photogenic gardens and galleries lined with head-turning art. Geelong wears its history – both indigenous and colonial – with pride, so you can get your history nerd on across a range of museums. The city is also a great base for exploring the spectacular Great Ocean Road, the Bellarine Peninsula and local bushland in the You Yangs. Where to stay in Geelong? Book one – or more – of these great holiday apartments to rent in Geelong on Culture Trip.

1. Vue Apartments, for great views


A double room at the Vue Apartments Geelong
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The clue is in the name. Sure, it might be spelt differently but these apartments – just across the road from Eastern Beach on the waterfront of Geelong – have a trump card in their captivating bay or park views. Choose between one and two-bedroom apartments – or if the children are travelling with you, a family room with bunks. From here, Geelong is your oyster – quite literally, if you dine at Fisherman’s Pier. And, if you’re at the forefront of technology, vehicle-wise, you’ll appreciate the electric car charger on-site.

2. Anchor Geelong, for a seafarer's base


A double room at the Anchor Geelong
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The Anchor – a 10-minute stroll from the waterfront – prides itself on nurturing a vibe that’s equal parts boho-chic and Hamptons. And it works a treat. A breezy nautical theme powers through in shades of cream and blue along with dashes of cane in rooms so pretty, you’ll want to move in permanently. Each room is named after a nearby seaside town, so take inspiration from them and head out beyond Geelong to visit Airey’s Inlet – complete with its cute-as-a-button lighthouse and Torquay with its world-class surfing beaches.

3. Nomads Nest, for central luxury


A double room at the Nomads Nest Geelong
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Sorry, no kids here: Nomads’ luxury accommodation is for couples and singles only. It’s in the heart of Geelong, high up on a hill – so you’ll get a glimpse of it in all its glory as you arrive by shuttle bus from the airport. All four private studios and apartments have suite bathrooms and fully equipped kitchens so, if you’re in the mood to stay in, you’ll be warm and cozy in your nest. If you want to enjoy the fabulous array of restaurants and bars, head out – they are all within easy walking distance.

4. Soho 203, for modern living meets history


The lounge area of Soho 203
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Groovy open-plan style meets classic comfort in this light-and-airy two-bedroom apartment. Floor-to-ceiling windowed views over the red-brick gabled rooftops of some of the older buildings in Geelong will inspire you to head out and explore some of the local histories. Start with some deep listening and learning about the land’s traditional owners at the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre – then thank your lucky stars as you contemplate what life must have been like for some during a tour of the Geelong Gaol Museum.

5. Waterfront Apartments, for waterfront fun


The lounge area at Waterfront
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Whether you’re travelling solo or in a group, you’ll love this complex’s waterfront proximity. Sleeping up to six guests, apartments in some cases have superb views – not all do, though. We say choose one that does – that way you’ll be able to plan your waterfront fun from the comfort of your balcony. Walk along the Bollard Trail and see the 100-plus bollards that have been joyfully painted into people. And make sure you allow time for an atmospheric ride on the time-worn steam-driven wooden carousel.

6. Edgewater 207, for a splash of Geelong’s best


A double room at Edgewater 207
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This self-contained one-bedroom apartment is decorated in a pleasing palette of cream and brown, providing a beautiful contrast with the blue Geelong sky through the panes. The timber-walled balcony is the perfect spot for a leisurely cuppa while planning your Geelong-and-beyond escapades. If you’re in the mood for a splash, there’s a decent indoor pool in the apartment complex – or head down to the outdoor sea baths at the Eastern Beach Reserve, just down the road. Too chilled to move a muscle? Have a rest in the deep-soaking bath at home.

7. Geelong CBD Accommodation, for an accessible visit


A double room at the Geelong CBD Accommodation
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These motel-style rooms are in a colonial-style building right in the middle of – as the name suggests – the thriving Central Business District, so it’s the ideal Geelong holiday house. All rooms have king-sized beds, a compact dining table and small kitchenettes for more-than-adequate at-home eating and entertaining. Some rooms have fully accessible bathrooms, including no-lip showers. The décor is simple – with a touch of gold accenting a white and green colour scheme. If you love sports, catch a game when the local Geelong Cats in the Australian Football League (AFL) play at GMHBA Stadium, just a few minutes taxi ride away.

8. Pier Point 206, for the penthouse life


A double room at Pier Point 206
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Three bedrooms? Tick. Architectural style? Tick. Fabulous location? Tick, tick, tick. Welcome to your dream holiday house in Geelong. This apartment will help you and up to five friends feel like you’re at your ideal home-away-from-home. Golden polished floorboards contrast beautifully with the black leather lounge suite and white bedroom linen. From this penthouse apartment, you’re on the Cunningham Pier in moments – with fantastic restaurants aplenty. And you’ll all love the sight of the boats lined up at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, which is also nearby.

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