Welcome to the Barwon Coast (Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads)
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).
DOGS ON BEACHES
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
2013 VICTORIAN COASTAL AWARD WINNERS
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.
COASTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN 2012-2015 (CMP)
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)
ANNUAL REPORT 2012-13 click on this link to have a look at our first Annual Report