Generic Parks Victoria - Kelp

Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary

Address: Bluff Rd, Barwon Heads, Victoria 3227

Freecall:  131 963  

Email: info@parks.vic.gov.au
Web: parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/barwon-bluff-marine-sanctuary

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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Local directions

Barwon Bluffs is located at the mouth of the Barwon River. Access is via 13th Beach Road and Bluff Road.

Facilities

  • Car park

Activities

  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming

How to get here

Great Ocean Road