Barwon Heads Beaches

This area is blessed with many beautiful beaches, most of which are within easy walking distance from Seahaven Village. We have hire bikes also for those wanting to explore a little further afield. If you have surfboards or rods to carry there are good beach car parking facilities.

  • The River Beach
  • The Bluff
  • RAAF’s
  • Thirteenth Beach
  • The Ship’s Graveyard

Read more on each of the featured beaches below.

The River Beach

There are sand beaches and walking tracks on both sides of the Barwon River. A great place for an evening stroll.

The Bluff

The Bluff provides a great vantage point to survey the surrounding landscape. You can sit and watch the Barwon River flow out to sea.

It is also an area rich with artifacts left by the areas original indigenous people. There is parking close at hand with good walking tracks throughout. At low tide a walk along the Barwon River estuary will lead you to the foot of the Bluff. A great place to explore.

RAAFs Beach, Ocean Grove

RAAFs beach is a flat sweeping sandy beach joining Barwon Heads Ocean Grove. It is a popular walking beach. However, caution must be shown if you decide to take a swim as there can be strong currents.

Thirteenth Beach

13th Beach is reknowned for its surf, long sandy beaches and good beach fishing. During the summer months surf life savers patrol designated swimming areas. At times there are strong undercurrents and rips so be careful.

Thirteenth Beach Surf Life Saving Club –

The Ship’s Graveyard

The Ship’s Graveyard is the resting place of at least 25 vessels which were scuttled between 1925 and 1971.

Retired or brocken steamers, sailing barques, dredges, barges and even a submarine were towed out of Port Phillip Bay and laid to rest in 35 fathoms (60-70 metres) of water.

The scuttling site, also known as ‘Commonwealth Area No. 3’ is approximately 8 kilometres South-West of Barwon Heads.

Various vessels were progressively ‘Hulked’; their fittings, engines and upper decks were salvaged before a hole was cut below the waterline and the hull allowed to settle in its watery grave.

Reference: L. Foster, “Port Phillip Shipwrecks”, for the Victoria Archaeological Survey, Ministry for Planning and Environment, 1988.