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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Barwon Coast Update

Barwon Coast Committee is in the process of developing a new website that is more responsive to our needs and the interests of our community.

Apologies for any out dated material currently on this site; we are endeavouring to get our new site up in the coming months.

Hot Topics:

12th October 2015:

Film Crew around the Barwon Heads Bridge:

A film crew filming a new ABC tele series; 'Tomorrow When The War Began' are in town for 2 days (12 & 13 October) filming on and around the Barwon Heads Bridge. VicRoads has provided consent for this to occur on the bridge and nearby roads. Traffic delays are expected.

Barwon Heads Seawall & Promenade:

Work has started on re-building the wall and all visitors to the area are reminded as a worksite it is necessary that people are exclude from the some areas and signage is in place to direct pedestrian traffic and avoid any potential danger.

Barwon Heads Football Netball Club:

Planners Thompson Berrill Landscape Design have been engaged to complete a Master Plan for the future use of the Harmer Oval precinct in the Barwon Heads Caravan Park.

The Master Plan will chart the development of facilities that improve the clubs use of the precinct at the same time taking account of the needs of the Caravan Park.

An initial community consultation will take place at the Multi Purpose Facility (Football Club Rooms) on Wednesday 21st October 2015 at 6.30 pm. All community members with any interest in the precinct are encouraged to attend.