Welcome To The Neighbourhood: Geelong

Buxton Geelong

Geelong is a gorgeous city many Victorians call home, but what makes the area so attractive to buyers? There is no one answer - the benefits of living in the area are abundant. To help make your decision to move a little easier, we have put together the perfect Geelong moving guide for you.

Located approximately one hour south-west of Melbourne, Geelong is the second largest city in the state, and home to over 250,000 residents. The City of Greater Geelong includes popular areas like Geelong East, Geelong North, Highton, Newtown, Leopold, Barwon Heads, Belmont, Corio, Ocean Grove and more.

The Geelong real estate market has been resilient throughout Covid-19, and has seen great growth. With many Melburnians searching for the lifestyle appeal of being close to the beach, having access to great schools and bigger & more affordable blocks of land, the flexible lifestyle Geelong has to offer is beginning to trump the need to be close to the CBD. 

Ben Riddle, Buxton Geelong Group director, has found that many people and families have already made the transition from the city to the region. 

"There is more work opportunities moving to Geelong, and many people opting to work remotely from home, making being close to Melbourne's CBD less relevant, even in a post-lockdown world," said Ben. 

For all these reasons and more, Geelong is one good looking option for first home buyers, investors, families and downsizers from Melbourne who crave a lifestyle of a city by the water.

Not only do residents of Greater Geelong get to enjoy marvellous beaches, they also have the waterfront, rivers, adventure parks, a vast array of food and shopping hot-spots, tourism growth and of course, their own amazing AFL team who represent the Geelong area on a national stage #GoCats. 

And we cannot forget about the beautiful properties that Buxton Geelong have the pleasure of selling and leasing for their vendors and landlords - the variety for buyers and tenants is incredible. 

From leisure and recreation to hospitality and schools, here's our handy moving guide on everything you need to know about the burgeoning regional city and its beautiful surrounds.

Beaches & Rivers

Love the beach? The Geelong region is home to some of the best in Victoria. With over 10 beaches, including Portarlington, Eastern Beach, Queenscliff, Ocean Grove and 13th Beach, you are bound to find yourself by the water often. And the beaches not only provide tranquil views, they are perfect for avid surfers, families, picnic goers, kayakers, people who enjoy the waterfront, and those who just love to walk with the sand between their toes.

But the beach isn’t all the area has to offer, the region is also home to the magnificent Barwon River that is accessed through many beautiful reserves and parks. Fishing, kayaking and watersports are all activities locals enjoy participating in when they are at the river, whilst others enjoy walking and cycling the tracks alongside it. So, for those who love being by the water, Geelong is perfect for you.

Geelong Waterfront

Recreational Activities

Enjoy watching the AFL? Playing golf? Heading down to the racecourse? Taking the kids to waterparks, skateparks and aquatic centres? Like catching waves? Heading to art galleries, museums and botanical gardens? Yep, Geelong is the place where you can enjoy it all! The area has so much to participate in and enjoy that the lifestyle appeal is extremely wide. The area caters to so many that it is no wonder that it is the second largest city in the state!

Cafés, Food & Wine

You will have no problems whatsoever in finding amazing restaurants, cafes and bars throughout Greater Geelong. Our Buxton Geelong teams absolutely love the variety and quality of the food scene across the region and would happily recommend their favourite spots to visit if you’re ever looking to try something new. Some great local favourites in the area include the Belmont Hotel,  Cremorne HotelPiano BarElephant and Castle HotelThe Pier GeelongIGNICafé Go and so much more.

We even shone a spotlight on a fantastic Geelong café when we looked at the most Insta-Worthy Cafés to visit across Victoria.  

Geelong Lifestyle


The Geelong College, Geelong Grammar, Sacred Heart College Geelong, Christian College Geelong, Kardinia International College, St Joseph’s College Geelong and so many other top performing schools are located in the Greater Geelong region, making it an area that families flock to. If schooling and education are an important factor when deciding where to live or raise a family, Geelong should definitely be included on your house hunting list.


No matter your budget, the Geelong area has properties to suit all. Large homes with land and the opportunity to renovate or redevelop, luxury homes with all the amenities you could ask for, period homes, properties for investors, downsizers, families and first home buyers alike – if you’re searching for a property you are bound to find a home that ticks all the boxes for your living and lifestyle needs. Greater Geelong is such an attractive option for those looking to step away from Melbourne yet keep the bustling lifestyle a city by the bay has to offer.

Geelong Homes

Our real estate agents across the Buxton Geelong Group are the local area experts that help vendors, buyers, landlords and tenants achieve their real estate goals every single day. Their local expertise, real estate knowledge, negotiation skills and desire to generate the best result possible for their clients is to second to none. When you think of real estate in Geelong, think Buxton.  

Found our moving guide helpful? Contact one of our four offices below to find out how Buxton Geelong can assist you in your real estate journey:

Buxton Geelong East 03 5201 6977 
Buxton Geelong North 03 5201 8070 
Buxton Highton 03 5246 4300 
Buxton Leopold 03 5242 4924 
Buxton Newtown 03 5228 2999

“I love the awesome team and local community we work with. The staff within our Highton office and the wider Buxton Geelong Group work really well together, to support one another. There’s a fantastic culture where hard work is equally matched by a bit of humour and humility!”
Tony Moorfoot - Director, Buxton Geelong East, Leopold, Highton, Newtown
“Our office is located in the Gateway Plaza, which is a hive of activity. Many happy and familiar faces frequent the centre and it is great to stop and have a chat with them when we are out and about.”
Rhiannon Russell - Office Manager, Buxton Leopold
“The teamwork and culture within our office and the passion that all of our employees bring into the office is amazing. The loyalty that our staff show and the terrific interaction between our sales and rentals team.”
Justin Brown - Director-Office Administrator, Buxton Geelong East
"The people are friendly, it is a professional environment - yet a team approach to helping people and providing quality real estate assistance and service."
Ben Riddle - Director, Buxton Geelong East, Leopold, Highton, Newtown
"Geelong offers everything a great mix of city convenience and country lifestyle and everything is at your doorstep."