The port city of Geelong is the second most populated city in Victoria with an urban area bordered on three sides by plains and rolling hills, and by gorgeous Corio Bay to the east. The Barwan River meanders through the city before entering Lake Connenwarre and the Barwan River estuary. Sandstone hills and basalt Mount Duneed are close by, as are volcanic plains. The soil here is rich and suitable for farming, grazing, foresting, and planting productive vineyards. The area also produces materials that are sought-after in the building industry: bluestone, sandstone and limestone. There are even small mining concerns nearby to remove brown coal deposits that have been used to fuel the Alcoa Anglesa Power Station since the late 1960's.
Geelong has a pleasant temperate climate with four distinct seasons and a moderate amount of precipitation. Summers are warm and winters are cool with January being the hottest month and July the coldest. The locals love their city, and an unusually large percentage of the residents – 78.4% – are Australian born. The city also boasts the largest Croatian community in Australia.
There are plenty of opportunities for families to get out and about in Geelong while enjoying cultural events, festivals and the arts. Geelong is host to the Queenscliff Music Festival, Meredith Music Festival, the Offshore Festival, Poppykettle Festival, Pako Festival, and the wildly popular National Celtic Festival. Geelong has a vital music scene year-round and a number of venues for live musical performances. Notable Australian bands and musicians were born in the city, including Barry Crocker, Gyan Evans, Jeff Lang, and Denis Walker, and it was here that the popular band Magic Dirt got its start. There is always a musical or theatrical performance to enjoy at the 1500 seat Costa Hall or the Geelong Performing Arts Centre.
Geelong is a favorite filming location, and the motion picture industry has made use of the scenery here, using the region as a setting for movies from 1950's On the Beach to Mad Max in the late 1970's and Ghost Rider in 2007. The area is also the setting for the television series Sea Change.
Sports-loving locals support their home teams, including the second oldest AFL club in existence, and there are three independent football leagues running in the area. Also popular, the Geelong Racing Club which schedules 22 horse racing meetings annually, including the Geelong Cup in October. The city is home to baseball's Bobcats, who play their home games at Geelong Baseball Centre in Waurn Ponds, and the Geelong Supercats basketball team that is based at The Arena stadium. Geelong regularly hosts internationally-televised triathlons and racing car events such as the Geelong Speed Trials. Sailing and yachting events, both competitive and recreational, take place in Corio Bay. Geelong also accommodates the Aussie sporting and outdoor lifestyle with numerous golf courses, sporting and recreational ovals, skateboard venues, and playing fields to compliment the nature-created areas for hiking and trekking, water skiing and swimming, rowing and kayaking, and excellent areas for fishing.