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Barwon Heads
Travel Guide

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Spend a holiday in this seaside town, playing golf in picturesque coastal landscapes, sampling upmarket gourmet dining and experiencing the wildlife of the Barwon River Estuary.

Aquatic activities and wildlife experiences abound in Barwon heads, a holiday destination nestled between lagoons, farmlands and the mouth of the Barwon River. The town started in the 19th century as a small fishing settlement, but quickly attracted wealthy Melbourne holiday-makers with its stunning natural beauty.

Get your bearings at Barwon Head's commercial centre, along Hitchcock Avenue. Join a population of around 3,500 permanent residents mingling around this collection of shops, cafés and restaurants.

After breakfast, spend the heat of the day by the water. The Barwon River shoreline has the best swimming, with calm, cool waters lapping against its sandy banks. Alternatively, tackle the waves at beaches along the Bass Strait coastline. Sign up to a local surf school and learn how to ride the waves.

Walk to the Bluff Lookout on Point Flinders for a panoramic view of the township and the Bass Strait. Otherwise, enjoy the view from the Barwon Heads Golf Course, located along the foreshore reserve.

For a foodie experience, take a winery tour of the surrounding vineyards. Local grapes are paired and complemented with cheese platters. See stretches of farmland from above with an adventure flight in a supercharged military fighter plane. Hold your stomach; these pilots love to pull some heart-pumping aerobatic manoeuvres.

Shift gear with a relaxing tour of the Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary, which hosts a thriving diversity of water plants and fish. See one of Australia's iconic native animals being nurtured at the Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary.

Spend a day enjoying the marshy vistas of Lake Connewarre, just outside town. Go boating, fish for bream and mulloway or camp by the water. This area is also perfect for birdwatching, with ibis and spoonbill amongst the most regular winged visitors.

Barwon Heads is located on the south coast of the Bellarine Peninsula, 90-minutes’ drive southwest from Melbourne. Visit in March to see the Festival of the Sea, an annual celebration of the town's history, environment and culture.

Seahaven Village
Seahaven Village
4 out of 5
3 Geelong Road, Barwon Heads, VIC
Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Connewarre Wildlife Reserve and Frank Ellis Reserve Beach. Barwon Heads Golf ...
4.3/5Excellent! (133 reviews)
"Was really the perfect place to stay for a weekend get away to Barwon Heads. Comfy studio unit with absolutely everything you needed. Lovely and clean, comfortable bed and fabulous shower. Contactless communications and instructions were excellent from team at Seahaven.. and bonus was we could access ..."

Reviewed on 11 Feb. 2021

Seahaven Village
Barwon Heads Golf Club
Barwon Heads Golf Club
3.5 out of 5
Golf Links Road, Barwon Heads, VIC
Offering direct access to the beach, this Barwon Heads hotel is next to a golf course and within 2 mi (3 km) of Barwon Heads Golf Club and Jirrahlinga Koala ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)

Reviewed on 29 Jan. 2014

Barwon Heads Golf Club
Spacious and Unique Beach Cottage for Relaxing Getaways
Spacious and Unique Beach Cottage for Relaxing Getaways
2 Wandin Ct, Barwon Heads, VIC
Situated by the sea, this romantic holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lake Connewarre Wildlife Reserve, Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary and Frank ...
4.3/5Excellent! (10 reviews)
Great Family Property
"Loved the outside dining, BBQ and seating areas in a fernery and undercover so we sat out in the rain. The house suited us perfectly. Great location, lovely cycle path into town. Quite rustic which we liked, very relaxing. Nice grass at the rear. Plenty of room. Separate toilet worked well as only ..."

Reviewed on 26 Jan. 2021

Spacious and Unique Beach Cottage for Relaxing Getaways
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Spacious 5 Bedroom, Family-friendly Property - Enjoy the Beauty of Barwon Heads
Spacious 5 Bedroom, Family-friendly Property - Enjoy the Beauty of Barwon Heads
54 Cottesloe Dr, Barwon Heads, VIC
The price is AU$380 per night from 1 Jul. to 1 Jul.
This family-friendly Barwon Heads holiday home is located on the riverfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Connewarre Wildlife Reserve, Frank Ellis Reserve Beach ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Great place to stay for family and friends. Very spacious and comfortable with all the facilities.
"Highly recommend Briana's home to anyone. Very thoughtful touches to all details and aspects to make sure comfort and ease are ensured. All modern facilities and very clean. Enjoyed our stay very much. Will come back again."

Reviewed on 18 May 2021

Spacious 5 Bedroom, Family-friendly Property - Enjoy the Beauty of Barwon Heads
Seahaven Village
Seahaven Village
4 out of 5
3 Geelong Road, Barwon Heads, VIC
Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Connewarre Wildlife Reserve and Frank Ellis Reserve Beach. Barwon Heads Golf ...
4.3/5Excellent! (133 reviews)
"Was really the perfect place to stay for a weekend get away to Barwon Heads. Comfy studio unit with absolutely everything you needed. Lovely and clean, comfortable bed and fabulous shower. Contactless communications and instructions were excellent from team at Seahaven.. and bonus was we could access ..."

Reviewed on 11 Feb. 2021

Seahaven Village
Spacious and Unique Beach Cottage for Relaxing Getaways
Spacious and Unique Beach Cottage for Relaxing Getaways
2 Wandin Ct, Barwon Heads, VIC
Situated by the sea, this romantic holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lake Connewarre Wildlife Reserve, Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary and Frank ...
4.3/5Excellent! (10 reviews)
Great Family Property
"Loved the outside dining, BBQ and seating areas in a fernery and undercover so we sat out in the rain. The house suited us perfectly. Great location, lovely cycle path into town. Quite rustic which we liked, very relaxing. Nice grass at the rear. Plenty of room. Separate toilet worked well as only ..."

Reviewed on 26 Jan. 2021

Spacious and Unique Beach Cottage for Relaxing Getaways
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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