Geelong might be the second largest city in Victoria, but we lead the way in dynamic new careers and industries. This is great news for our regional career seekers, and all those planning to move here to take advantage of Geelong’s attractive lifestyle, education and recreation choices.

Geelong’s career opportunities are just as inviting.

What is it like to work in Hospitality in Geelong?

Geelong is the fastest growing region in Victoria. As more people choose to live and holiday in our beautiful natural environment, there has been a corresponding explosion in our regional tourism and food services industries.

Geelong is known for great coffee, great local foods, and amazing tourism destinations. The Great Ocean Road is the most visited tourism destination in Australia. Regional Tourism’s 2016/2017 data showed the Great Ocean Road region contributed $871 million, an increase of 17.8% on the previous year. But there is much more to our beautiful region: wineries on the Bellarine Peninsula, the rich historic Colac Otways, our world class Geelong waterfront, the famous Bollard walk. All this and more within 50 minutes easy drive from Melbourne.

Regional Cafes and restaurants employment has grown 15.7% in five years.

Our busy working lifestyles have led to substantial growth in the takeaway foods and catering sector, reflected in its 17.8% growth since 2011.

Overall Accommodation, Tourism and Food services have increased an average of 15.7% in the past five years.

Food & Food Services

  • Chefs
  • Food preparation assistants
  • Barristas
  • Kitchen hands


  • Managers
  • Waiters
  • Chefs
  • Bar attendants
  • Baristas
  • Café and restaurant managers
  • Conference and Event Managers


  • Hospitality Managers
  • Hotel/motel administration
  • Tourism and Travel Advisors
  • Cleaners, Cooks

To get a start in an Eat Stay Tour Careers you could undertake a hospitality traineeship where you earn and learn on the job at the same time. Some roles like Barista, simply require a short course to get you ready. Many hospitality positions allow you to start without formal training and learn on the job, taking on position responsive training as you progress. Use Geelong Careers’ live job feed position descriptions to gain an up to the minute guide to what employers value in experience, training and skills.

Geelong’s future is far reaching and surprising. Our top trending industries: health, education, agribusiness, logistics, ICT, advanced manufacturing, construction and hospitality continue to grow. Professional services, are also up 16.5%, administration and safety services, up 12.4%, and arts and recreation up 20%. Read more here.

To be ready we have to plan. With Geelong’s population of 308,339 (2016) expected to grow by about a third again by 2031, Geelong Careers is committed to leading our region to prepare the work force we need to ensure our region continues to achieve its full potential.

Owner: Geelong Region Local Learning & Employment Network

Cover shot provided by Lynden Smith