Waurn Ponds, Victoria
View of the suburb south from Rossack Drive
|LGA(s)||City of Greater Geelong|
|State electorate(s)||South Barwon|
The suburb is bounded by Rossack Drive, Princes Highway, the Geelong to Warnambool railway, Reservoir Road, Draytons Road, Pigdons Road, Deakin University and Honeys Road. It is home to the main Geelong campus of Deakin University and the regional Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre.
The town was named after the Waurn chain of ponds, a watercourse that flows from Mount Moriac over 30 km into the Barwon River. Two early hotels - the Victoria Inn (1845–60) and the Waurn Ponds Inn (1856) were located on the Princes Highway serving travellers on the road. The Albert and Victoria vineyards, owned by David Pettavel, began growing grapes in 1848 and the area was better known as Pettavel in the 1860s. The Pettavel Post Office opened on 12 January 1865 and remained open until 1952. The Waurn Ponds Post Office opened on 1 December 1871 and closed in 1968.
A quarry for limestone was opened in the 1840s, with quarrying continuing from 1964 to today at the nearby Blue Circle Southern cement works. Kilns for making mortar lime operated until the 1970s.
Waurn Ponds started to become part of the outer suburbs of Geelong from the 1970s, with the opening of the Deakin University campus and the Waurn Ponds Hotel on the highway. Major development did not begin until the early 1990s, based around Ghazeepore Road. The intervening years have seen housing developments spread across the hillside towards Grovedale.
Heritage listed sites
Waurn Ponds contains a number of heritage listed sites, including:
- Princes Highway and 110 Lemins Road, Lime Burning Kiln 
- Princes Highway, Waurn Ponds Creek Bridge 
As of 2007, it is low on water and is no more than 1 meter deep in most sections. It has a large weed problem which makes the creek look uninhabitable. The creek is home to species of fish (many introduced) including Carp, Redfin, Roach, Tench, Australian Grayling and short finned eels. The creek also is a large habitat of native birds including the pacific black duck. Increase in annual rain will bring the creek back to its original status.
The boundaries of Waurn Ponds were expanded in 2012 when, as a result of boundary changes related to the development of the nearby Armstrong Creek Growth Area, an area of land in the west of the current suburb between the Princes Highway and the Geelong-Warrnambool railway line was shifted from the locality of Mount Duneed to Waurn Ponds.
Waurn Ponds is located on the Princes Highway that links the suburb the centre of Geelong. It is also the southern endpoint of Geelong Ring Road completed 2009. Anglesea Road heads south through the suburb linking the area to Torquay and Anglesea. Pioneer Road links the region west to Grovedale, the road not being completed eastward across the Waurn Ponds Creek until the mid-1990s.
Public transport to the area is provided by buses operated by Benders Buslines and McHarry's Buslines, on routes to the Geelong city centre travelling via the university, Belmont, Highton and Grovedale.
The Geelong railway line is currently being extended to Waurn Ponds, with a new station under construction on Rossack Drive, due to be opened by the end of 2014. The new station will be named Grovedale, but will be physically located in Waurn Ponds. An earlier extension to Waurn Ponds had been considered when funding was set aside for an extension of the line in 2003-04, but this resulted in a new station at Marshall, closer to Geelong, instead.
The Deakin University campus at Waurn Ponds had the beginnings in the Gordon Institute of TAFE, who purchased land there in 1969. A building for the Applied Sciences was first built, followed by a library and student lodgings in 1975. In 1976 the Gordon Institute was divided into two parts, with academic courses becoming part of the newly formed Deakin University based at the Waurn Ponds campus.
Deakin enrolled its first students at its Waurn Ponds campus in 1977. Today the university is located on a 365 hectare site, has over 1,000 staff and over 4000 on-campus students.
Deakin offers many social groups for students to join, The main Association is DUSA, followed closely by the Deakin Students' Commerce Society Deakin University Student Association#Deakin Commerce Students' Society
The Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre, located on the corner of Princes Highway and Pioneer Road, is a regional-level shopping centre servicing the southern suburbs of Geelong and the surrounding region. It was built in the early 1990s, and repeatedly expanded; the most recent expansion, state two of which is due to be completed in August 2014, will take the centre to a size of 47,000 square metres.
The Geelong Homemaker Centre opened in mid-2005 and is located on the Princes Highway. It is the home of Bunnings Warehouse and Harvey Norman stores, as well as a number of smaller stores including Supercheap Auto, Beacon Lighting, Snooze, Ray's Outdoors and most recently JB-Hi-Fi.
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