Welcome to the Barwon Coast (Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads)

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The Barwon Coast, centred on the townships of Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove, is a wonderful place, brimming with natural beauty and a rich cultural and historical heritage.

The Barwon Coast Committee of Management (Barwon Coast) has the responsibility for the management of the coastal crown land reserves from Collendina on the eastern boundary of Ocean Grove, through to Blue Rocks to the west of 13th Beach.

The Barwon Coast combines a broad estuary system, fragile dunes and long beaches, producing a landscape with high environmental and conservation values. The coast is also important for recreation, with surf beaches, as well as beaches that are safer for families and a range of accommodation on offer.

We welcome visitors who are keen to enjoy all that this unique region has to offer, in a responsible and respectful way. We also welcome community input to help us balance the wishes of recreational users with the conservation of the natural environment.

Stay with us at our Barwon Heads Caravan Park, Riverview Family Caravan Park - Ocean Grove or the Riverside Camping area, all located on the south-west coast of Victoria near Queenscliff (car ferry) and Torquay (Great Ocean Road).




Please remember that from 18th December to 31st January dogs are prohibited from most local beaches. View our brochure below for full details      Dogs on Beaches


At the 2013 award night Barwon Coast won the State Award for "Education" with our "Kids @ the Coast" activity booklet.

The activity booklet deals with issues such as litter impacts and prevention, dune erosion and personal safety, wildlife protection, habitat protection, and education on recycling programs

Within the first year of distribution these simple environmental messages and actions have reached in excess of 5000 people.

The 2013 award follows up on our success at the  2011  Victorian Coastal Awards when we won the State Award for "Education" with our Community Connections program.

Key messages conveyed through our education program include responsible pet ownership, the value of indigenous flora and fauna, controlled access to protect dunes systems; and threatened species issues.


The Minister for Environment and Climate Change, the Hon Ryan Smith MP, by letter of 5th April 2013, advised that he had approved the contents of the Barwon Coast CMP.

The CMP details what Barwon Coast seeks to achieve over the next three years.

Download the Coastal Management Plan 2012-2015 (PDF 3.4Mb)



Have a look at our 2012/13 financial statements

ANNUAL REPORT 2012-13 click on this link to have a look at our first Annual Report


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In an endeavour to protect the eroding sand dunes east of the Ocean Grove beach emergency vehicle access ramp a large amount of sand has been moved from the Ocean Grove Spit and placed on the dunes.

The area has been re-fenced along the toe of the dunes and signs warning everyone to keep off the dunes, have been installed.

PORT OF BARWON HEADS - Safety & Environmental Management Plan

We are currently seeking input from both the boating community and the general public on the the review of our SEMP. Click here to view the 2014 version.


We will again operate the free shuttle bus that undertakes the one hour trip around Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove, visiting the beaches, caravan parks and shops.

The free bus starts on 27th December running through to Australia day starting each day at 10am at the O G Post Office with the last bus finishing at 6pm

Brochures and Maps available from a number of shops around both towns.

NEW YEARS EVE FIREWORKS.   We hope you enjoyed the New Years Eve fireworks display  let off at midnight from the Barwon Heads Bluff. We thank the Barwon Heads Golf Club, Wynndean Caravan Park, VHC P/L (At the Heads, and both the Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove Business / Traders Associations for their financial support of the fireworks.

We also thank the Barwon Heads Fire Brigade for their on site support at the B H Bluff.


Click here to see our Annual Report that details our achievements in natural resource protection / management; our caravan park operations ; our education program and our working with a range of community based volunteer groups.


Click here to see our annual financial report for 2013/14 that records just over  $5m in caravan park revenue  that was used to fund nearly $1m of work on our coastal environment plus capital works and caravan park operations


Following upon the retirement of long serving Chairman Mark Edmonds , The Minister for Environment and Climate Change has announced that he has appointed Tony Overman as the new Chairman of Barwon Coast

Tony is a sustainability professional with expertise in environmental and natural resources management and corporate sustainability planning. He currently works as Coordinator, Strategy and Sustainability with Barwon Water and lectures in sustainability at the Gordon TAFE.


On the 31st September  2014 long serving Committee Members Danny Keating and John Lesser retired. On the same date Chairman Mark Edmonds resigned from the Committee after 13 years service as a volunteer committee member including 8 years as Chairman.  Those 3 members had given a substantial amount of their time as volunteers on the Committee and their experience and commitment will be sorely missed.

To fill those vacancies the Minister for Environment and Climate Change has appointed three new members to the Committee being Ocean Grove residents Briony Darcy, Phil Emery and Ross Middleton


Barwon Coast has for a number of years promoted the provision of safer access from Barwon Heads to 13th Beach both on road and off road.

Following upon community feedback to the December 2010 Trail proposal Barwon Coast resolved to proceed with the trail from beach access 33W Signpost to the turning bowl in Stephens Parade. The proposed track to the Surf Club from 33W was put on hold until the outcomes of the multi agency investigations into pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle safety on 13th Beach Rd were completed. These investigations are ongoing.

Application was subsequently made to the Department of Environment and Primary Industries for Coastal Management Act consent for the trail from 33W to Stephens Parade noting that the trail generally follows the direction of the existing informal trails. Such consent was received and Barwon Coast then applied for an obtained a Planning Permit from the City of Greater Geelong.

As part of the Coastal Management Act consent Barwon Coast has developed an approved Vegetation Management Plan (Net Gain) for the coastal dunes.


Take a look at the Victorian Coastal Strategy

Prepared by the Victorian Coastal Council, the new strategy provides a five-year plan for managing Victoria's coastline in the face of major ongoing change.

Ocean Grove Spit Draft Landscape Masterplan.

In late December 2009, a draft of a 10 year landscape masterplan was released for feedback from campers and the local community. The period for commenting on the draft masterplan has now closed and all submissions have been reviewed. A detailed survey of the proposed walking trail will be undertaken as the first stage of the project.

Port of Barwon Heads - Safety & Environment Management Plan.

Local Community Group Contacts.