Boating - Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads

Barwon Coast is the delegated manager of the local port of Barwon Heads, which includes the channel markers, two jetties (Barwon Heads main jetty and Ozone rd pedestrian jetty) and two swing mooring areas; the larger area upstream for small craft only. Barwon Coast is also responsible for the waters of the local port.

Boating is a great way to relax, go fishing, or enjoy the coastal and marine views. Responsible boating is a must to ensure your own personal safety, the safety of other estuary and beach users, and to protect our wildlife and important mangroves and seagrass meadows. For more safe boating information.

Boats may be launched at Ocean Grove boat ramp (22W) which is managed by the City of Greater Geelong, or Minah Street boat ramp and Pelican Court boat ramp (23W) in Barwon Heads; both managed by Parks Victoria.

PWC may be launched at Pelican Court boat ramp and Ocean Grove boat ramps only.

There is no launching or landing of PWC water craft along the estuary except for personal safety and a 5 knot speed limit applies to the estuary and open coastline. The mangroves and seagrass meadows are important fish nursery grounds. Exceeding the 5 knot speed limit damages these valuable habitats leading to a decline in fish stocks. A 5 knot speed limit is a fast walking pace or around 8km/hr. Knowing your speed is a breeze.

For some great tips on how to navigate the Barwon river safely including bridge clearance, some local hazards and navigational aids that are available see this video made by local boater Josh Mills.Thanks to Josh for sharing this video with us!

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