Nestled at the mouth of the Barwon River on Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula, the quiet holiday hamlet of Barwon Heads is the ideal place to slow your pace for long, languid summers on the water.
Stay a while in Barwon Heads and be greeted by quiet river beaches on your doorstep, a main shopping strip featuring quirky boutiques, cafes and produce stores, and a large hotel to accommodate locals and the summer influx of visitors.
The wide and picturesque river estuary is used for many water-based activities year-round including swimming and fishing. Enjoy safe swimming along the sandy river foreshore at the river mouth and lively surf action over the Bluff at Thirteenth Beach. Over on the ocean beach, high hummocks shelter one of Australia's best links golf courses.
Cross Victoria's longest wooden bridge (built 1927) to reach Ocean Grove, where you'll find a jaw-droppingly impressive sweep of beach. From the heads at Point Lonsdale, the unbroken stretch of sand reaches out to the mouth of the Barwon River many kilometres away and it is one Victoria's most popular ocean beaches for surfing and swimming.
Barwon Heads is 95 kilometres south-west of Melbourne, or about 90 minutes' drive, on the Princes Highway and Barwon Heads Road.