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Geelong, Australia

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Geelong, Victoria

The port city of Geelong is the second largest city in the state of Victoria and is a one-hour drive from Melbourne. The city is known for its stunning waterfront setting on Port Phillip Bay, the Australian Football League team and manufacturing facility for Ford cars. Geelong is also considered a gateway city, due to its location near the popular surf coast and the Bellarine Peninsula. There’s an excellent variety of running in Geelong, including wonderful trails along the waterfront and Barwon River, plus numerous parks and multi-us paths.

Some of the best places to run in Geelong include the iconic Waterfront path and the picturesque Barwon River Trails. We also love Eastern Park and the Bellarine Rail Trail. For some fantastic trail running, we recommend the Waurn Ponds Creek Trail, and, a bit further away, the You Yangs Regional Park.

Our signature routes are centrally located and can be reached on foot. Geelong does have an extensive bus and train system. The myki card, which is also used for Melbourne public transport, should be used. There is a Park and Ride bus service around central Geelong and eastern gardens which only costs $3 per person per day.

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Geelong Waterfront Path

Geelong, Australia

A wonderful paved path along Corio Bay, with waterfront views, numerous parks, and several Geelong sights. It is 3.3 km between Eastern Beach and Rippleside Park. For more, there are additional trails in Eastern Park.
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Eastern Park

Geelong, Australia

Eastern Park provides 185 acres of recreational space to explore. Our preferred route is the 2.3 km off-road gravel track loop that follows the Eastern Park road circuit. For more, head down to Limeburner’s Point for nice views over Corio Bay.
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Geelong Downtown Tour

Geelong, Australia

A nice tour of the city of Geelong, its waterfront, Johnstone Park and the Pakington shopping district. The loop can be joined anywhere. Nice opportunities to add on, with a jaunt to Kardinia Park, or more in Eastern Park or along the waterfront.
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Bellarine Rail Trail

Geelong, Australia

Following the former train line from South Geelong to Queenscliff, this 32 km trail provides great scenery and a tranquil environment. We've mapped a 9 km out and back on a section closest to Geelong, starting near Geelong Station.
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Waurn Ponds Creek Trail

Geelong, Australia

A pleasant route in South Geelong. Starting at the wide open space of the South Barwon Reserve in South Geelong, this trail follows the Waurn Ponds creek and parkland through the suburbs of Belmont and Grovedale before finishing at the Waurn Ponds Plaza.
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You Yang’s Regional Park

Geelong, Australia

A popular mountain biking spot that also has trails that are great for running. The park is located between Geelong and Melbourne. The East-West Trail is popular for runners, and there are some more challenging trails as well.
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Geelong Waterfront Path

Geelong, Australia

A wonderful paved path along Corio Bay, with waterfront views, numerous parks, and several Geelong sights. It is 3.3 km between Eastern Beach and Rippleside Park. For more, there are additional trails in Eastern Park.
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Geelong has a great climate for running, with warm summers and mild winters. At height of summer, average high temperatures are around the 25C (68F) range with little humidity. Although winter temperatures average 10-15C (50 – 59F) during the day, with cool nights, it can be windy, making it feel colder than it is — bring a layer!

STORES

The Running Company can be found on Pakington Street, otherwise The Athlete’s Foot and Rebel Sport can be found in the city.

GROUP RUNS

For those who visit regularity, check out a fee membership with the Geelong Runners Club https://www.geelongrunnersclub.com.au/

Several of our routes in Geelong also have Parkruns, including this one in Eastern Gardens. https://www.parkrun.com.au/easterngardens/course/

Here’s a calendar with local running events in Geelong: https://www.runningcalendar.com.au/calendar/running/victoria/geelong/