Helpful Tips

When it comes to living in Geelong Australia, our team have compiled some useful hints and tips to make your transition easier.

Traffic Lights

To assist you to cross the road safely, many traffic lights have pedestrian signals. Press the button and wait for the lights to change to the green walk signal before crossing. Make sure that vehicles stop before you cross, and don’t walk if vehicles are moving through the crossing or if the red don’t walk signal is showing. When approaching traffic lights, you must not start to cross on the flashing red don’t walk signal. You must wait for the green signal before you start to cross.

Visitor Information Centre Location

Located in the National Wool Museum in Moorabool St, the friendly volunteers can provide you with maps and visitor guides and share their knowledge of the region. If you are on The Bellarine, The Queenscliff Visitor Information Centre is located at 55 Hesse St.

Weather

Generally Geelong’s weather would be described as a temperate climate, with cool wet winters and warm dry summers. However it can be variable so check the forecast before heading out.

Food Deliveries

You can ring some restaurants directly to order home delivery. Other restaurants use delivery APPS such as Menulog, Uber Eats, Deliveroo.

Mobile Phone Sim Card

Sim cards can be purchased at airports, phone shops in most shopping centres, supermarkets and some post offices. If you buy a sim with a pre-paid credit limit you can recharge on line or buy recharge cards from the locations mentioned above. You will need photo ID to buy a sim or phone, such as a passport.

Money Exchange

There are several money exchange options in the Geelong CBD, including in Westfield Shopping Centre and the following banks, ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB and Bendigo Banks in Malop St, and Westpac in Moorabool St. Not every currency will be received by all banks.

Australian Currency

Australian coins are 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, one dollar and two dollars.
Australian banknotes are available in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
When shopping, prices are rounded up or down to the nearest five cents. So if an item costs $5.98, you pay $5.00. If an item is $5.96, you pay $4.95.

Supermarkets

The biggest supermarket chains are Coles and Woolworths and are located in most shopping centres in Geelong. Aldi stores can be found in some of the suburbs. In the Geelong CBD, Coles is located in Westfield Shopping Centre.