is the second largest city in the state of Victoria, Australia
and is the largest regional centre in the state. It is
a port city with an urban population of 160,199 people.
  Also it is one of the largest provincial cities
in Australia. Geelong is located on Corio Bay, 75 kilometres
south-west of the state's capital, Melbourne.
The city is a gateway to many renowned
tourist attractions, namely the scenic Great Ocean Road,
the Shipwreck Coast and the Bellarine Peninsula. Geelong
is also home to the Geelong
Football Club, known by locals as The Cats. Geelong
is covered by the municipality of the City of Greater
Geelong is located on the shores of
Corio Bay, a south-western inlet bay of Port Phillip.
During clear weather, the Melbourne skyline is visible
from areas of Geelong when viewed across Port Phillip.
The Barwon River flows through the city to the south before
entering Lake Connewarre and the Barwon River estuary
at Barwon Heads before going into Bass Strait.
Geelong is surrounded by many kilometres
of developed farmland and is noted for its many wineries
and nearby surf beaches along the Great Ocean Road.
Many materials used to construct notable
Victorian buildings were quarried from Geelong, such as
bluestone, used to construct the steps of Parliament House
in Melbourne and sandstone, used to construct the Sacred
Heart Cathedral in Bendigo.
A small number of brown coal deposits
exist in the Geelong region, most notably at Anglesea
where it is mined to fuel Alcoa's Anglesea Power Station.
Average maximum temperature in Geelong
peaks at 24.7 degrees Celsius during February to a minimum
of 13.3°C. July maximum temperatures average 13.9°C,
the minimum temperature averages 5.1 °C. The highest
maximum temperature recorded is 44.8°C in January
2003. The lowest recorded maximum is 7.9°C, recorded
Aug 2005. Rainfall is generally uniform throughout the
year with no distinct wet or dry seasons, although autumn
and spring are generally regarded as the most reliable
rainy seasons. Average annual rainfall is 551.8 mm.
The Geelong region attracted over 6,000,000
tourists during 2001. Geelong is a gateway to many
renowned tourist attractions, namely the scenic Great
Ocean Road, the Shipwreck Coast and the Bellarine Peninsula.
Coupled with an array of gardens Geelong's other tourist
* Bellarine Peninsula Railway
* Bells Beach, home to the Bells Beach Surf Classic during
Easter since 1973
* Eastern Beach - swimming pool and boardwalk on the edge
of the Geelong CBD.
* Ford Discovery Centre, Ford Motor Company museum.
* Fort Queenscliff - museum of regional and national military
* Geelong Art Gallery
* Geelong Botanic Gardens - oldest botanic gardens in
* Geelong Performing Arts Centre
* Geelong Racecourse - home of the Geelong Cup.
* HM Prison Geelong (also known as Old Geelong Gaol) -
historic prison built by convict labour, closed in 1991.
* Kardinia Park - Home ground to the Geelong Football
* National Wool Museum - the wool capital of Australia's
tribute to wool.
* St. Mary of the Angels Basilica - one of five Catholic
Basilicas in Australia.
* Waterfront Geelong - one of Australia's finest waterfront
* You Yangs - granite peak near Lara.
Information courtesy of Wikipedia
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