The city of Geelong is located on Victoria's south-west coast and is hailed as the gateway to the world famous Great Ocean Road.

Boasting one of the best lifestyles in Australia, this waterfront metropolis features many charming cafes & restaurants, fully restored Art Deco style sea baths, yacht club marina and is home to award winning wineries.

A walk along the scenic bayside promenade is punctuated by colourful carved bollards, which represent many of Geelong's historical characters.

Cruise ships berthing at Geelong's Cunningham Pier is located within the beautifully rejuvenated Waterfront and only a few minutes walk from the central city. The berth can cater for ships with a total length of 188 metres.

The Geelong region is a rich tapestry of natural beauty, native wildlife and mouth watering local produce just waiting to be discovered.

It offers guests a diverse range of contrasts, with rugged coastline giving way to tranquil rainforests, wide volcanic plains and mountain ranges abound with aboriginal culture and history.

Half and full day shore excursions allows for an extraordinary and very accessible guest experience.

With kilometres of pristine beaches and a rich calendar of major cultural and sporting events, this former major wool shipping port is now a thriving visitor haven. The sights, sounds and style of Waterfront Geelong are a reward for all that make the journey.



Sightseeing Opportunities (Half Day)

  • Geelong Waterfront including Baywalk Bollards - Over 100 brightly painted bollards are dotted around the bay depicting some of Geelong's local historic characters and encourage movement to other points of interest.
  • Wineries - The Geelong region produces complex, cool-temperate wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Among some of the region's finest drops are Scotchman's Hill, Pettavel and Jindalee, where you can taste and buy at the cellar door.
  • Boutique Shopping in the Historic Township of Queenscliff.
  • Great Ocean Road to Lorne or get a birds eye view of the road on a flight to the Twelve Apostles.
  • Golf - In the Geelong region, there are many world class golf courses. For something really unique, the Anglesea Golf Course is quite possibly the only course in the world where the greatest golfing hazard is kangaroos!


Sightseeing Opportunities (Full Day)

  • Great Ocean Road, one of the world's most inspiring coastal drives. It will take you past small coastal towns, sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, into the beautiful temperate rainforest of the Otway National Park and onto the Twelve Apostles.
  • Ballarat - In the 1850,s thousands flocked to Ballarat from all over the world to find their fortune. The city itself will draw you in with its rich goldfields heritage, enhanced by wide tree lined avenues, spacious parks and beautiful gardens. Melbourne, Victoria`s capital and Australia`s second largest city. Spectacular sports, arts and cultural events will have you enthralled.


Big events are thriving in Geelong. The world second largest sail regatta, the Festival of Sail in January, the popular Speed Trials in November, New Year by the Pier, Australian International Airshow every 2 year in February and the Steampacket Gardens Sunday market are just some of the more popular events.


Working hours

Customs Officers 24 hours
Quarantine Officials 24 hours
Immigration Officials As for Customs

Customs and Immigration

Passenger Manifest Three copies at the first port of call with one copy to Immigration with the passengers card one copy to Customs and the third copy to remain on board the ship.
Embarking Passenger Manifest 3 copies - 1 to Customs 1 to Port 1 stays
Crew Manifest 2 - 1 at first port to Immigration 2nd stays.
Stores List 2 (Aust. Customs Service and Sydney Ports Corporation
Customs Declaration (Ship) 1 (Australian Customs Service)
Customs Declaration (Crew) 2 (Australian Customs Service)
Forms Comments All forms listed above are produced at the first Australian port of call and then one copy of each form travels on board the ship to be produced at subsequent ports.
Customs Declaration (Passengers) One at first Australian port of call only.

Port health

Health Declaration One (pratique) at first Australian port of call only


Ground Operations

The following Ground Handlers are ACA members and supply superior ground handling services throughout Australia.

Port Approach


Arrival Departure Restrictions subject to Victorian Channel Authority (VCA)
Tidal Variation Tidal Range 0.8 metres
Prevailing Currents Not Applicable
Prevailing Winds Variable
Length of Channel n/a
Depth of Channel City Channel 8.5 metres
Comments The City Channel is 91m wide and lies at the junction of Hopetoun and Corio Channels. Lateral marks are at the nominal 12m offset outside the channel.

Depth and breadth of turning basin

  Content yet to be finalised.


Port Services

Shipping agents

The following ACA members offer superior service throughout the region.

Port Operations/Services

Inchcape Shipping Services


Geelong West 61 3 5221 8311


Are tugs available yes [2] Tugs available to pilots requirements
Are tugs compulsory No
Tug operator`s name Adsteam Harbour Geelong
Tug operator`s fax + 61 3 9646 0217
Ship or tug lines Tug Lines
Tug working hours 24 hours


Working hours 24hours
Port officials
Working hours 24hours
Overtime n/a


For details of suitable stevedores, please contact the Shipping Agent


Refer to Shipping Agents


Telephones On berth
How many n/a Notice required: n/a


Fuel Grades All
Quay or barge Quay
Suppliers BP Shell Mobil


Fresh Water yes by arrangement
Exquay or barge Quay
No of hoses n/a
Capacity per hose/hour n/a
Tonnes per hour guaranteed n/a
Type of connect n/a
Connect size in inches n/a

Dry garbage

Dry garbage yes By arrangement subject to AQIS requirements
Barge alongside n/a
Containers available n/a
Size of containers n/a
Number available n/a
Incineration or dump dump
Facilities to transport Compactor garbage truck or road tanker

Wet garbage

Wet garbage yes by arrangement subject to AQIS requirements
Ship or shore pump both
Sludge disposal yes
Sludge details Road tanker


Port Charges Negotiable

Repair facilities

Nearest dry dock Sydney - Australian Defence Industries - Garden Island
Length 347 metres beam 40 metres
Maximum Tonnage 100000 tonnes deadweight (according to vessel design)
Divers Available yes
Engineering facilities n/a


Dredging undertaken n/a
Dredging when n/a


Port Operator

Port operator

Name TOLL Geelong Port
Address 65 Brougham St, Geelong 3220 Australia
Telephone +61 3 5226 6300
Facsimile +61 3 5272 1560
Web Site n/a
Email Address n/a

Berth details

Berth Cunningham Pier West
Maximum draft 7.9 m + Tide
Tidal variation Tidal Range 0.8 metres
Berth length 215 metres (max. ship length 188 metres)
Guaranteed berthing for cruise ships Yes
Are other ships able to dock No
Cargo ships at dock No
Security fences Available on request

Nearest ports

Australia Melbourne, Victoria
Nearest Overseas Port Wellington, New Zealand



Terminal facilities

Terminal Building No
Meet and Greet Facilities yes, by arrangement
Toilet Facilities Yes
Telephones Yes
Availability of Maps and/or Brochures Yes
Souvenir Shopping No
Money Exchange No
Is the US Dollar Accepted? No


Closest Airport to Pier Melbourne International
Distance to Airport 70km
Transport to Airport Yes
Can Passengers Walk to Town yes (0.5km)
Drive Time from Pier to Shuttle Stop 0.5km
Distance from Pier to Town Centre 20metres
Are Shuttle Buses Necessary Can be arranged
Suggested Shuttle Stop in Town Yes
Availability of Taxis at Pier Yes
Availability of Public Transport at Pier No
Other Forms of Transport at Pier Yes

Tour buses

Distance from Ship to Tour Buses 0.5km
What is the Normal Coach Capacity 44-51
Are Tour Buses Air Conditioned yes
Are Refreshments Provided on Buses yes
Are Cold Towels Provided on Buses yes
Are Step Stools Provided on Buses yes



Tourism operators in Victoria:

City of Greater Geelong - see Victoria

Department of Transport - Victoria

Glenelg Shire Council

Melbourne Star Cruises Pty Ltd

Port of Melbourne Corporation

Port of Portland

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Southern Star Observation Wheel

Tourism Victoria