Geelong, situated on Corio Bay (an arm of Port Phillip Bay) and about 75km from Melbourne, is the state's most sizeable provincial city, with a population approaching 250,000.
The CBD is quite elegant and beautiful owing to the Victorian public architecture, the floral gardens and parklands, the festive seaside qualities created by Corio Bay's presence, the beauty of Eastern Park and the Botanical Gardens on the headland overlooking the bay, and the thoughtful presentation of the promenade at Eastern Beach. The CBD is 73 km south-west of Melbourne's city centre.
Geelong has always been a major port and has always had a symbiotic relationship with the fertile agricultural and pastoral districts to the west and north-west of the city - a relationship which is manifest in the form of huge bay-side grain silos. The city's heavy industry is mostly situated on the flat land beside the bay to the north of the CBD. Geelong also has a reputation as an educational and commercial centre.