Set on stunning Corio Bay and divided by the beautiful Barwon River, Geelong, home to the AFL Cats and Ford Australia, city of the arts and festivals, has a lot going for it.
But behind the peerless scenery, the cosmopolitan lifestyle and the colourful waterfront, beats a state and nationally significant education and research sector.
This educational and scientific program is powered by over 100 schools and myriad institutions including the Gordon Institute of Technology, the Australian Animal Health Authority, the Marcus Oldham Agricultural College, Deakin University and the textile think tank of the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
Jewel in the educational crown is Geelong Grammar whose old boys include statesmen, bishops, war and law lords and heir apparent to the British throne, Prince Charles.
The aquatic playground of Water World straddles the suburban boundary between Norlane and Corio.