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Geelong is a port city of approximately 152,000 people located on Corio Bay, 80 kilometres south-west of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. It is Victoria's second largest city. Despite its proximity to Melbourne, it remains physically and psychologically separate from its much larger neighbour, with many kilometres of undeveloped farmland, as well as independent local media and their own AFL club (the Geelong Football Club). However, it is perhaps the pungent stench of the Werribee sewerage treatment facility that has been the true barrier to development between the cities.

The town's major industries include the Shell oil refinery and the Ford Motor Company's engine plant.

The nearby town of Torquay, Victoria[?] is also the location of many surfing equipment and clothing manufacturers, as well as some of Australia's finest surf beaches. Along the coastline to the west is the Great Ocean Road.

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