Welcome to Waurn Ponds Estate, a premier Geelong Conference Centre. We provide enriched conference experiences where innovation, accommodation and recreation come together in the one conference venue located in the regional Victorian city of Geelong.
What makes our conference centre unique.
Our estate stands as a premier conference venue with accommodation in Geelong, providing an opportunity to escape distractions and fully engage in your conference. From day and residential conferences to corporate retreats and seminars, we cater to a wide range of business events, offering technology-rich meeting spaces and multiple indoor and outdoor areas to encourage interaction, teamwork and celebration.
Located just 1 hours’ drive from Melbourne, our Estate is in the grounds of Deakin’s Waurn Ponds Campus, at the heart of the Geelong & Bellarine’s wine region and just a short drive away from the Great Ocean Road and all it has to offer.
Our unique setting allows our guests to escape from the distractions of the outside world and to immerse themselves in their conference experience. The venue offers conference rooms flooded with natural light, in addition to a variety of meeting rooms and public meeting spaces. Discover inviting breakout spaces that foster collaboration and relaxation, while taking in the large lawn areas, rolling hills, kitchen garden, tennis courts and a walking track perfect for team building activities.
The Estate is one of Victoria’s premier conference venues with accommodation. Guests will be able to indulge in luxury accommodation, unwind and relax at the end of the day. With 60 rooms available, each featuring King sized beds and superb bathrooms, the Estate has everything you need. Twin share accommodation is also available.
Our location has allowed us to create a unique food culture that explores sustainably sourced regional produce which becomes a talking point amongst conference delegates, promoting interaction.
We cater for a wide range of business events from day and residential conferences, corporate retreats, meetings, seminars and events.
Escaping from traditional conference food.
At the heart of our philosophy lies a deep passion for exceptional cuisine. Our unique food culture promotes interaction amongst conference delegates. For our contemporary and innovative feasting and shared menus, we source local and regional produce with complete consideration for sustainability.
Your own room to unwind, reflect & relax.
60 rooms to be your home away from home when at a conference, meticulously designed to provide comfort and style. Our unique accommodation in Geelong provides a peaceful environment to immerse yourself in your surroundings and make the most of your experience.
Conference Venue FAQs
Where is the Estate located?
Our Estate is located on the grounds of Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds Campus. The Estate is approximately 20 minutes drive from the Geelong city centre CBD and 1-hour drive from Melbourne. Located on Nicol Drive South, Waurn Ponds. From Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, take entrance 1 into Deakin University, turn left at the first round-a-bout. Follow this road to the very end until you reach the entrance to Waurn Ponds Estate which will be on your right-hand side.
How many conference rooms does the Estate have?
Our Estate has a total of 8 different conference rooms, in addition to a variety of public spaces that can be utilised for less formal discussions and meetings. Our conference venue presents a diverse selection of thoughtfully designed meeting rooms for hire, ensuring an ideal backdrop for your upcoming conference. Featuring cutting-edge audio-visual technology and contemporary amenities, our meeting spaces are expertly tailored to elevate the experience of your conference or corporate gathering.
Does the Estate offer conference catering?
Yes. In fact, we pride ourselves on having a unique food culture that aims to escape from traditional conference food and focuses on encouraging interaction amongst conference delegates.
Does the Estate offer conference accommodation?
Yes. Our Estate has 60 rooms that are available for your residential conference. Each room features bathrooms and a spacious king-size bed. 57 of our rooms can be effortlessly transformed into twin share accommodation with two single beds, providing flexible arrangements to suit your needs.
Does the conference venue have breakout areas?
Our six smaller meeting rooms located amongst the accommodation wings offer excellent breakout rooms with full audio-visual facilities.
The design of the conference venue event spaces encourages informal breakout spaces throughout the public areas and outdoors. Small groups of people can find a quiet spot to brainstorm, discuss ideas, reflect, or plan. Exclusive use of the Estate can be offered for conference groups of a certain size. Contact the team to find out more.
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I’ve had nothing but positive feedback from attendees over the 3 days who all noted the quality of the food as well as the extra steps taken by staff to make their stay more enjoyable. A number of our guests really appreciated your team pulling out the table tennis after our Monday dinner. Thank you.
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