Greater Geelong's already impressive economic trajectory is about to shift into high gear, as the city's skyline is redefined with a wave of exciting developments.

A new $250 million luxury hotel will rise in the heart of Geelong's CBD by 2026. Cunningham Place, a 17-storey development, will include a conference centre, a 650-seat auditorium, supermarket, 168-room hotel, restaurants, co-working office space and residential apartments. A sleek $300 million commercial hub is slated to replace the historic wool store on Brougham Street, breathing new life into the waterfront. This 12-storey titan will attract businesses and invigorate the local economy.

Under the Geelong City Deal – a 10-year plan to revitalise Geelong – more than $500 million is being invested to enhance the thriving city centre and grow the visitor economy. Work is underway on the centrepiece of this initiative, the $294 million Nyaal Banyul Geelong Convention and Event Centre. Featuring a 1000-seat venue and two large exhibition spaces, the precinct will be home to retail spaces, a large public plaza and the 200-room Crowne Plaza Hotel.

More than $1.1 billion will be invested in healthcare across the region in the coming years. Epworth HealthCare has proposed a $600 million innovation, education and healthcare hub next to its private hospital in Waurn Ponds, while a $500 million healthcare facility, Barwon Women’s and Children’s, is touted for the University Hospital Geelong precinct, providing world-class maternity and paediatric services for families in Geelong.

The West Gate Tunnel, set for completion in late 2025, will offer a game-changing solution for commuters to Melbourne. Twin tunnels will create a vital second river crossing, offering a new route for the 200,000 daily commuters. Work to widen the West Gate Freeway from 8 to 12 lanes will further ease congestion and reduce travel times.