Although Waurn Ponds is on the outskirts of Geelong, it is only 10 minutes from the city centre and 20 minutes from Anglesea and Bells Beach on the Surfcoast.
On the south side of the Princes Highway, there is a growing housing estate, flanked on one side by the Waurn Ponds Creek linear park. The north side of the highway contains some of the state's leading educational institutions - Deakin University, a campus of Geelong Grammar School and the private Marcus Oldham Farm Management College.
To the west, small vineyards have been re-established. This spreading suburb is served by a large shopping complex opposite parkland which includes a skateboard park.