These are the crème de la crème of podcasts created in our state.
Podcasts have truly transformed the daily grind into an altogether more bearable experience. Providing some much-needed escapism from Victorians in lockdown and bringing moments of joy to otherwise mundane household chores, podcasts have steadily become a necessity of everyday life – and it doesn’t look like they’ll be going anywhere any time soon.
Whether you’re looking to delve into the gritty details of a true-crime podcast, learn something new or simply laugh out loud, our local podcasters have got you covered.
These are the best Victorian-based podcasts that you need to make time to listen to. Browse, download and thank us later.
7am is a Australia’s most listened to daily news podcast from the publisher of The Monthly and The Saturday Paper.
Hosted by award-winning investigative journalist and documentary host Ruby Jones, 7am is a smart, strong, character-driven account of the big story of the day: the background, who’s involved, and why it matters. Best of all, the episodes are under half an hour so you can be on top of the day’s big story before you’ve finished breakfast!
The Steph Sanzaro Podcast
Created right here in Geelong, The Steph Sanzaro Podcast is a space for open and honest conversation, where guests are encouraged to lean into vulnerability and be empowered and educated through thoughtful conversation.
With a focus on mental health, you will hear the inspiring stories of guests, as they take you through their incredible experiences and offer you their wisdom and insight. Your host Steph is passionate about raising awareness for important issues that enable the listeners to know that they are not alone in the world. Guests have included Ryan Mannix, Jo Betz, Jenna Hutchison and more.
The Culture is a weekly show hosted by Osman Faruqi focusing on film, music, TV, streaming, books and art. Each episode takes a deep dive into a pop culture moment with a thought-provoking cultural analysis. Think #FreeBritney, the cultural impact of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and the rise of The Kid LAROI.
A Chat With Pat
Compelling interviews and conversations with truly amazing people doing amazing things, A Chat With Pat is the go-to podcast for when you’re looking for a dose of local inspiration.
Bringing you interesting insights from diverse individuals as they sit down and have a chat with your host Pat. Guests have included Rowan Marshall, Danny Kennedy, and Sharelle Grant, among many others.
Australian True Crime
Think nothing ever happens in your town? Australia’s suburbs are home to some of the most mysterious and disturbing true crime cases in the world.
Meshel Laurie is a true crime obsessive. Emily Webb is a true crime author. And together with expert interviews with writers, victims, investigators and perpetrators, they probe the underbelly of our towns and suburbs, and uncover the darkness at the heart of Australian life.
Passion to Profession
The Passion to Profession podcast is by Lee ‘Stampsy’ Stamps and Jayde Heywood and it’s showcasing the stories and individuals behind a multitude of successful businesses and brands.
Passion to Profession takes a deep dive into how people have taken what they love and turned their passion projects into their full-time careers. Shining a light on the individuals who have taken a leap of faith to follow their dreams – and how they turned it into their incredibly successful businesses – the podcast aims to entertain, educate and ultimately inspire its listeners by showing off businesses initially fuelled by genuine love and passion.
If you’ve been dreaming of leaving your 9-5 job to start a more creative career, or you’re considering a big career switch, this podcast might just be made for you.
After launching their podcast to inspire their listeners to explore their entrepreneurial passions, Robbie Hicks and Lachlan Bradford capped off 2020 by quitting their day jobs. A recruiter and a productivity coach respectively, Robbie and Lachlan know what it takes to take charge of the professional world. Each week the hosts are joined by inspirational leaders in business and life to talk about how to balance the grind. So far they have featured guests like Lisa Curry, Adriano Zumbo, Mark Philippoussis, Simon Doble, Steph Taylor and more.
Paul Verhoeven’s father, John, is a cop. Well, an ex-cop. Long since retired, John spent years embroiled in some of the seediest, scariest intrigue and escapades imaginable. Paul, however, is something of an artsy, sensitive soul who can’t understand why he doesn’t have the same heroism and courage as his dad. One day, John offers Paul the chance of a lifetime: he’ll spill his guts, on tape, for the first time ever, and try to get to the bottom of this difference between them.
If creating a profitable business and a life you adore is what you’re craving then The Choice with Geelong business coach Amy Bett podcast is your weekly GO TO guide! The choices we make now have a huge impact on our future so it’s more important than ever to master your mindset, manage your money and focus on business strategies that work.
Tune in to this podcast each week to learn how to supercharge your business, transform your dreams into action and pick yourself back up when life throws a curveball your way.
It’s no secret Aussies are food-obsessed – from TV shows like MasterChef to food and wine festivals and Instagram accounts solely dedicated to it – we love to eat and we love to talk about it.
But if you were stranded on a desert island and you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life – what would it be? That’s the question hosts Paul Verhoeven and Tegan Higginbotham ask their guest each week and what ensues is a hilarious conversation about food and culture.
So, What Do You Reckon?
Coming in with amusing banter, comical relief but also honest and open discussion, Joel Jackson and Jackson Tozer are creating the feeling of ease and curiosity through their podcast ‘So, What Do You Reckon?’
Loaded with fun and sometimes naughty remarks – but always with good intent, the duo is aiming to provide a release of stress for 18 to 34 year olds who are currently losing their minds because of the pandemic.
Too Peas In A Podcast
Mandy and Kate created the show as they found it really helpful to talk to each other about the challenges they face as parents of special needs children, and they thought it could help other mothers also facing similar challenges. The show definitely has helped thousands of mothers, but also have morphed into something bigger as these two lovely ladies laugh and occasionally cry as they open up and talk about their highly relatable lives.
Big Sister Hotline
Welcome to the Big Sister Hotline! Presented weekly by Clementine Ford, this is your place to ask all the questions you STILL don’t know the answers to about sex, friendships, relationships, family and life stuff, with the kind of frank advice you could expect to get from the person who loves you most – your big sister. Because life isn’t easy, and sometimes we all need a big sister to call on.
Mark Bonanno, Broden Kelly and Zachary Ruane make-up the hilarious comedy trio called Aunty Donna. They regularly perform for sold-out shows at the world’s biggest comedy festivals (Edinburgh Fridge Festival & Melbourne International Comedy Festival) but still find time to produce and record a weekly dose of hilarity for their loyal fans!
Everyone Has An Ex
Exes. We’ve all had one and we’ve all been one. And while breakups can be painful and heart-breaking, a complete surprise or a total relief, there’s always a story to be told.
This documentary-style series, narrated by Georgia Love, will bring you a collection of unconventional stories about relationships past, through the eyes and the hearts of the very people who lived them.
Tales of public humiliation and prison to forbidden love and funerals; she’ll bring you the good, the bad and all the juicy details in between. Everyone Has An Ex explores the deep intricacies of relationships, the curveballs life throws at you and overcoming adversity through resilience, honesty and a few glasses of wine.
The Weekly Planet
The Weekly Planet covers all things movies, TV shows and comics as well as news, reviews and general nonsense. Hosted by Nick Mason & Mr Sunday Movies (James Clement), it is the first and worst podcast on the Planet Broadcasting Network.