Natural centrepiece of Geelong, the Barwon River empties into Bass Strait between the twin resort towns of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads.
In concert, the two towns offer the best of both coastal worlds - Ocean Grove lays on the challenging surf and fishing, while Barwon Heads beckons families with its safe swimming off its protected river shoreline.
This is the favourite aquatic playground for the people of Geelong, Victoria’s second largest city which lies 22km upstream.
The seaside apart, the twin towns’ attractions include the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve, the Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary, the Koomahla Park Equestrian Centre and the Moorfield Wildlife Park.
The mangrove swamps of the Lake Connewarre State Game Reserve are a few kilometres upstream.
Although Geelong and Melbourne sun and sea-worshippers have been making the annual pilgrimage to the region for generations, Barwon Heads won a host of new admirers when ABC Television's astonishingly popular series, Sea Change, was shot in the town.