Geelong, situated on Corio Bay (an arm of Port Phillip Bay), is the state's most sizeable provincial city.
In 1993 urban sprawl forced the de facto recognition that Geelong, Geelong West, Newtown, South Barwon, Bellarine and the shire of Corio were effectively a continuous whole and they were amalgamated to form the City of Greater Geelong which, in 1996, had a population of 175,409.
Geelong also has a reputation as an educational and commercial centre.
For about 25 000 years prior to European settlement the area was occupied by the Wathawurung people.
“The Classic Sale has produced some of Australia’s best Group 1 performers in recent years including reigning Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign and the likes of I Am A star, Yankee Rose and Extreme Choice just to name a few,’’ D’Arcy said.
“The inaugural Gold Riband session was an overwhelming success last year and with it again being on opening night in 2018 – which doubles as opening night of our new Riverside Stables complex – Saturday February 10 is going to be one memorable day and night.’’ The Inglis Classic Yearling Sale begins at 6pm on February 10 and runs until Tuesday February 13.
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.