Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary

National Parks and Reserves

Located near the mouth of Barwon River, Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary protects 17ha of predominately composed of reef.

The eastern half of the reef is basalt, formed from lava flow, and is exposed to the flow of the river. The western side is old sandstone and influenced by ocean swell. On the outer edges of the reef are the wrecks of two ships.

The variation in conditions across the reef results in the presence of a huge diversity of plants and animals.

Visitors can see anything from feather stars and barnacles to rock lobsters, rays and schools of fish. Bull Kelp, sandstone arches and sponge gardens create a fascinating and complex underwater world.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

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Paddle Life Barwon Heads

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The Airvan in an outback location

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Barwon Heads, Greater Geelong

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Grove Pavilion

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Various works on display upstairs at The Hive Gallery, showing sculpture, paintings and furniture.

The Hive Gallery Ocean Grove

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Meerkat Manner Indoor Play & Cafe

Meerkat Manner Indoor Play & Cafe

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Bellarine Horse Riding Centre

Bellarine Horse Riding Centre

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