Getting to CATE@thesmelter

CATE@thesmelter is dedicated to sustainability.  Therefore, patrons are encouraged to consider sustainable transport options when visiting. 

Public Transport


Avalon International Airport

Regular services from Australian and international airports to Melbourne airports (Tullamarine and Avalon).

A charter helicopter service runs from the Geelong Waterfront.

Charter flight from Geelong Yacht Club


Link from Tullamarine Airport (new 2018) via Melbourne city (inter-city train terminal at Southern Cross) and Avalon Airport.  The new tunnel from Avalon Point to CATE at Point Henry takes visitors to CATE and the Bellarine Peninsula under the shipping channel from Port Philip Bay into Corio Bay (2018).

Light Rail

Try the new fast light rail link from Geelong (Geelong Station, the waterfront, Eastern Park and new Stingaray Bayside trail) (new in 2018).  From 2020 light rail will link to the Bellarine Peninsula via the Bellarine Rail Trail reserve.

Servicing Geelong City, waterfront, the new Stingaree Bay sustainable lakes housing development and CATE.
Servicing Geelong City, waterfront, the new Stingaree Bay sustainable lakes housing development and CATE.


Ferries run from Williamstown, Werribee South (via Avalon Beach) and Geelong Harbourette.

Cruise ships

The former Alcoa deep water pier now has facilities to dock the largest liners, with the Bauxite Express Travelators to CATE utilising the previous bauxite conveyor system.

Former bulk bauxite conveyor line

Personal transport 

By bicycle and foot

From Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula – The Bay Trail has been extended from Eastern Park, Geelong, around Stingaree Bay to CATE.  A four metre wide bicycle path caters for commuting cyclists and recreational riders (with linkages to the new Stingaree (former Cheetham Salt works) sustainable lakes housing development, and Bellarine Rail Trail).  A separate walking path is adjacent.

From MelbourneFederation Trail to Werribee.  Highway to Avalon Airport.  Train tunnel to CATE (bikes travel free).

Complimentary undercover, valet bicycle parking.  

By Water

The new marina beside the former Alcoa pier caters for day and overnight berthing of yachts, launches and small boats.  Day berths are free.   It’s a short walk to CATE or use the Bauxite Express Travelator from the pier.

By Road

Motor vehicle parking is limited at CATE (apart from bus parking and disabled car parking).  However, a large car park is located near the intersection of Point Henry Road and Portarlington Road.  Patrons are advised to park here and take the frequent light rail services to CATE.




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