About us

Welcome to the award winning Buckleys, located at 54 Fellmongers Road Breakwater, Geelong.


We are proud of our Club and the welcoming environment created amongst all our Members, Guests and Staff.


Our renovated facilities are among the best in the region and feature stylish furnishings, exciting colours and comfortable decor.


Our facilities include three bars, a bistro, alfresco dining, a fully equipped function room seating 300 guests, conference rooms, children’s room, TAB and ample car parking.


Buckleys is known for hosting great Functions, Weddings, Seminars, providing tasty food & friendly service.

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History

Opening in October 1993, Buckleys in Breakwater Geelong has grown into one of the largest and most popular Clubs in Victoria.


Situated in Breakwater about 5 minutes from the city centre, Buckleys was developed to assist local football leagues and football clubs. Buckleys opened with a 140 seat Bistro, TAB., Bar Lounge and a Gaming Room. Through a large Membership base, a friendly ‘Club‘ atmosphere  and diverse marketing strategies, Buckleys soon became the entertainment hub in Geelong with staff levels growing from 20 people in 1993 to over 90 currently.


Buckleys sponsors the three local football leagues - Geelong Football League (GFL), Bellarine Football League (BFL), and Geelong & District Football League (GDFL) every season  and also distributes money each year to the local football clubs in the Geelong and Bellarine area.


Buckleys official name is The Geelong Combined Leagues Club Ltd. and included in their sponsorship each year is also the Geelong Umpires League, Geelong Junior Football and the Geelong Falcons. Buckleys also prides itself on assisting various Community groups, charities, sporting clubs and donating goods and services to many local schools and businesses.


Buckley’s was built as an entertainment and dining Club and has developed into a real success story in the region. From small beginnings the Club has added a 300 seat auditorium in 1997, more renovations in late 2004 extended the Club further ahead from its competition.  From 2009-2016 the Club has undergone even more renovations and transformations, with the inclusion of another alfresco dining area, renovations to our entrance and reception area as well as other facilities such as the toilets. In June 2016 Buckleys introduced a new Private Dining area in addition to our Bistro, complete with private booth seating and touch screen TV's. Also included is a private party area seating up to 22 people, perfect for special occasions and Birthday Diners. Buckleys prides itself on its continuing improvements of what is already a great Club so that both members and visitors have a comfortable and modern venue that they too can feel proud of.


In 2013 Buckleys ventured out and purchased a 61 room motel in Warrnambool, the Mid City Motel Warrnambool. With extensive renovations and refurbishment made to all rooms, bar and restaurant area as well as reception, the motel has been transformed into a modem day stylish organisation.  This was part of the Buckleys Group portfolio until late 2018 when it was sold to make available other growth opportunities. 

Community

June 2011

Local Football Clubs and Umpires are now equipped to save lives in the event of a cardiac arrest, thanks to a commitment worth more than $ 100,000.00 by Buckley's Entertainment Centre.


Buckleys distributed 38 live-saving defibrillator machines at a special function on June 30 in partnership with the "Defib Your Club For Life" campaign, which aims to place a defibrillator at every local sporting club in Victoria.


Chairman of Directors Dick Philpott said; Buckleys, which is owned by the local football clubs and umpires association, was thrilled to join the campaign which was in line with its commitment to give back to local sporting clubs. "We are proud we have taken the initiative: he said.


Every year young footballers and/or spectators succumbed to heart problems. Buckleys donation means, there is now a defibrillator at each of the Geelong region's 36 football clubs, as well as one at the Geelong Umpires League and two at Buckley's Entertainment Centre in Breakwater.

June 2011

Buckley's Entertainment Centre chairman Robert Foster announced a $ 2,500.00 handout to all local football clubs and umpires - 35 handouts in all. That's $70.000.00 injected into our great game of football at this level. Buckleys this year so far has now put more than $140,000.00 into local football, and it doesn't stop there. 'We have also put more than $20,000.00 into local community needs through sponsorship,' Mr. Foster said." This is on top of the $1 Million the Centre has spent in upgrading and renovating the venue for the betterment of the public and those who use it.'


Buckleys is well known for the support and sponsorship the club provides throughout the Geelong and Bellarine Regions.


For some years running, Buckleys has become a major sponsor of 'Relay For Life', a community based 24 hour walkathon, raising much needed funds for cancer research.


In addition to this, Buckleys list of clubs and organisations to which support and sponsorship is provided are as follows:

Educational Organisations

Leopold Primary School, Gordon Institute of Tafe, Grovedale East Kindergarten, Newcomb Park Primary School, Grovedale College, Corio West Primary School, Tate Street Primary School, Inverleigh Primary School, Breakwater Preschool, City Learning and Care, St Mary's Primary School, Thomson Kindergarten, Ocean Grove Primary School, Christ The King School, Teesdale Primary School, Fyans Park Primary School, Moriac Primary School, Clairvaux Catholic School, Barwon Heads Primary School, Little River Playgroup, Portarlington Primary School, Whittington Primary School, Grovedale Primary School, Fyans Park Kindergarten, Oberon Primary School, Belmont Community Kindergarten, Ukrainian Community School.

Football and Crickets Clubs

Newcomb Football Club, Ocean Grove Football Club, Newtown Football Club, Geelong Amateurs Football Club, Anglesea Football Club, Barwon Heads Football Club, Drysdale Football Club, Modewarre Football Club, Portarlington Football Club, Queenscliff Football Club, Torquay Football Club, Anakie Football Club, Bannockburn Football Club, Belmont Lions Football Club, Bell Post Hill Football Club, Corio Sports Club, East Geelong Football Club, Geelong West Sporting Club, North Geelong Football Club, Thomson Football Club, Inverleigh Football Club, Werribee Football Club, Winchelsea Football Club, Bell Park Football Club, Colac Football Club, Geelong West St Peters Football Club, Grovedale Football Club, South Barwon Football Club, St Mary's Football Club, North Shore Football Club, Lara Football Club, Leopold Football Club, St Albans Football Club, St Josephs Football Club, Geelong & District Football League, Football Geelong BFL & GFL, Geelong Football Umpires League Inc, Geelong Junior Football, Geelong & District Coaches Association, Geelong Falcons, Geelong Auskick,...

Other Clubs & Organisations

Bellarine & District Netball Association, Parish of Newcomb/Whittington, Express Promotions, Knights of Southern Cross, Bluey Day, Quota International, Retired Police Association, Bareena Bowling Club, Geelong Caravan Club, Whittington Senior Citizens Club, Barwon Police and Patrons Golf, Belmont Probus, Bone Marrow Donor Institution, New Century Lions Club, Barwon Pediatric Bereavement Program, Grace McKellar Centre, Geelong Athletics, Geelong Senior Citizens, Barwon Health, Newcomb Tennis Club, St. Mary's Parish, City of Greater Geelong, Leopold Lions Club, Corio Bay Lions Club, Geelong & District Riding Club, Geelong Flyers Netball, CFA Firefighters, Geelong Calisthenics Club, Belmont Combined Probus.

Awards

Our hard work and attention to detail has been recognized with receiving the following awards.

2018 Best Hospitality Team

2018 Best Regional Club with Gaming

2018 Finalist - Best Bistro

2018 Finalist - Best Family Club

2017 Community Clubs Association of Victoria 

Winner - The Chairman's Award of Excellence for Uncle Buck’s Ice-Creamery.

2016 Community Clubs Association of Victoria

Winner - Best Regional Club of the Year

2016 Community Clubs Association of Victoria

Winner - Best Family Club

2016 Community Clubs Association of Victoria

Winner - Assistant Manager of the Year - Zoe Symons

2015 Community Clubs Association of Victoria 

Winner- Best Regional Family Club

2015 Community Clubs Association of Victoria

Winner - Best Keno Club

2014 Community Clubs Association of Victoria

Winner- Best Club Function Room

2014 Community Clubs Association of Victoria

Winner - Best Large Club

2013 Community Clubs Association of Victoria

Winner - Club of the Year

2013 Community Clubs Association of Victoria

Winner - Best Club Website

2012 Community Clubs Association of Victoria

Winner - Best Club Website

2012 Community Clubs Association of Victoria

Winner - Best Regional Club Bistro

2012 Community Clubs Association of Victoria

Winner - Best Family Club

Congratulations to Michael & Paul for winning the 2011 CMA Australia Awards!

2011 Clubs Victoria

Winner - Best Redeveloped Club

2011 Club Manager Association Australia

Community Club Manager of the Year - Michael Tonks

2011 Club Manager Association Australia

Assistant Manager of the Year - Paul Kelly

2009 Entertainment Book

Finalist - Best Family Dining

2008 Clubs Managers Association

Finalist - Club Manager of the Year

2007 Tabcorp

Winner - Regional Clubs Category A

2007 Clubs Managers Association

Winner - Club Manager of the Year

2007 Clubs Victoria

Winner - Best Presented Beer

2006 Clubs Managers Association

Finalist - Club Manager of the Year

2005 Clubs Victoria

Winner - Best Gaming Venue

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