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Geelong, Australia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Geelong, Australia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Geelong?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Geelong, they said:

"Geelong is a vibrant city located in the state of Victoria, known for its friendly locals, beautiful beaches, and a thriving arts scene. Before moving to Geelong, expats should know that the cost of living is relatively lower compared to other major Australian cities like Sydney and Melbourne. The city has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters, which can be a significant change for those from colder climates. Public transportation in Geelong is reliable, with a good network of buses, trains, and taxis, but having a car can be more convenient for getting around. The city is also very bike-friendly, with numerous cycling paths and trails. Geelong offers a range of housing options, from apartments in the city to houses in the suburbs, and the rental market is generally less competitive than in larger cities. The city is also known for its high-quality education, with a range of public and private schools, as well as Deakin University for those seeking higher education. Healthcare in Australia is of a high standard, and Geelong is home to several hospitals and clinics. Expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance, as Australia has a reciprocal healthcare agreement with certain countries, but not all. The city has a diverse food scene, with a mix of traditional Australian cuisine and international options. It's also in close proximity to some of Victoria's best wineries. Geelong is a sports-loving city, with Australian Rules Football being the most popular. The city is home to the Geelong Cats, one of the oldest and most successful teams in the Australian Football League. Finally, while English is the primary language spoken, Geelong is a multicultural city with residents from all over the world, so learning a few basic phrases in other languages can be beneficial," remarked one expat living in Geelong, Australia.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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