Geelong City


Overall Area28,382 hectares
Climate548 mm per annum at Geelong
Main TownsGeelong
Land UseResidential
Grazing cattle sheep and horses
Main IndustriesManufacturing
Main Natural FeaturesBarwon River
Moorabool River
Hovells Creek
Waurn Ponds Creek
Corio Bay
Coastal Wetlands
Map of the Geelong City Landscape System including link to NRM Portal
Click on map to access Natural Resource Management Portal interactive mapping


Geelong is the largest urban centre within the region with a population of over 250,000 and is forecast to be nearly 400,000 by the early 2040s.  This landscape system extends south from Windemere Road, is enclosed by Corio Bay to the east as far as Point Henry and extends to the south, incorporating the Armstrong Creek growth area.  To the west the designated growth areas are included.  It contains parts of the City of Greater Geelong. The Traditional Owners are the Wadawurrung.

Limeburners Lagoon, which forms part of the Port Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline) and Bellarine Peninsula Ramsar site, is within this system, as are reaches of the Barwon River, Moorabool River, Waurn Ponds Creek and Hovells Creek which provide linear corridors for recreational and environmental values.

The Geelong landscape system encompasses the urban area of Geelong as well as the identified growth areas.  A key area of responsibility for the Corangamite CMA is the management of a large stretch of the Barwon River for both environmental and recreational purposes.  Other key issues for the CMA include flood plain and waterway statutory responsibilities.  The CMA also has responsibility for the management of some key built assets, including the Barwon River barrage. 


The Geelong City is principally an area for manufacturing, education, service provision, retail, tourism and residential activities.  There is also limited agriculture, viticulture and horticulture occurring in the peri-urban areas around Geelong.


Geelong City landscape system supports the largest population of the Corangamite region, with over 250,000 people, over 40% of the total population. Its population is concentrated in the urban areas of Geelong, as well as in the township of Lara.

View of Geelong from lookout