The residential area - mostly small cottages, flats and terrace houses - lies downhill from the city centre.
Light industry and warehouses fill land to the east and south of Fyans Street. The riverside reserve is home to Landy athletics field and several rowing clubs.
The Geelong Indoor Sports Arena is in the south-east of the suburb. Geelong racecourse and the Barwon Valley Golf Club are nearby. And Kardinia Park in the north-west of the suburb, also contains netball courts and a swimming pool.
South Geelong has a railway station on the line between Melbourne, Geelong and the Western District.