Melbourne AustraliaLife in Geelong is all about balance. You have the country’s charming peace and quiet on the one hand, and the city’s growing educational and professional opportunities on the other.

Geelong is only an hour away by car and 90 minutes away by plane from Melbourne and Sydney. In 2017, more people decided to move to Geelong because of the attraction to the quality of its post-industrial life.

Here are six reasons Geelong has become the ideal place to live in:

Value for money real estate

The price of homes in Australia continues to rise and many are opting to rent a place instead. In the Geelong region, house and land are exceptional value for money. In Melbourne, the average house price is over $700,000 while the average house price in Geelong remains under $450,000, which can afford you a spacious house and land from a wide range of city, suburban, rural, coastal or bayside areas.

Ease of transportation

The traffic in Geelong is relaxed. Crossing the town to reach recreational locations and business districts is a 10 to 15-minute journey. The commute is also hassle-free as Geelong has its own regional railway.

Educational growth

Geelong has many opportunities for educational growth. From childcare to universities and public to private facilities, Geelong has a strong list of institutions aimed at providing quality education for its residents.

Professional growth

The job rates in Geelong are going up while unemployment rates are decreasing. More people are seeking out job opportunities, which you can leverage if your business is moving to Geelong. The relocation of businesses to Geelong also means more opportunities for job applicants.

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Recreational activities

The Moorabool Shite in the north, Bass Strait in the south, Wyndham City Council and Borough of Queenscliffe in the East and Surf Coast Shire and Golden Plans Shire in the west bound Geelong. The region is home to the world-renowned coastline of southwest Victoria via the Great Ocean Road and the award-winning Waterfront overlooking Corio Bay, Bellarine Peninsula, Barwon River and You Yangs Regional Park. Geelong has its own wetlands, parklands and wildlife sanctuaries, while the shopping, dining and entertainment options abound.

The City of Geelong is booming. It has kept all of the charms of the countryside living amidst the development of its economy. It’s clear to see why it’s quickly climbing up the top places to live in Australia.