Barwon River Through Geelong

The Corangamite Catchment Management Authority is responsible for managing a 20-kilometre stretch of the Barwon River through Geelong, including various river reserves, from Queens Park bridge to the lower breakwater (just upstream of Lake Connewarre). This includes the maintenance and enhancement of the river banks and various adjacent reserves, and providing associated services and facilities.

The Barwon River in Geelong is one of our greatest natural assets, being a key to the city’s early development and an integral part of community life. Sections of the Barwon River in Geelong still retain many of the natural habitat values in the stream side and channel zones of the river, supporting a diverse array of terrestrial and aquatic native flora and fauna.

The river is a hub for community sport and recreation, including rowing, waterskiing, canoeing and fishing. The network of access trails attracts many cyclists, walkers and joggers, and the well-serviced picnic locations are enjoyed by Geelong and district residents and visitors alike.

Parks, Reserves, Trails, & Picnic Spots

  • Yollinko Wetlands Walk
  • Queens Park
  • Fyans park
  • Marnockvale Reserve
  • Frederick Morton Reserve
  • Bob Morell Reserve
  • Richardson Reserve


Rowing has been an integral part of the Barwon River’s history since the 1800s. The river is also used for kayaking, canoeing and boating.

  • Clubs include:
  • Geelong Canoe Club
  • Geelong Outrigger Club
  • Corio Bay Rowing Club
  • Geelong Rowing Club
  • Geelong Grammar Rowing Club
  • Geelong Dragon Boat Club
  • Dragons Abreast Geelong Club
  • Barwon Rowing Club


Our waterway map details the local vessel operating and zoning rules for the Barwon River (between the Lower Breakwater and Orana Road).

Boating Permits

Contact your nearest local club for Barwon River through Geelong recreational boating permits.


Corangamite CMA Recreational Boating Permit fee $35.

Other club fees and charges may apply, contact your nearest club for further details.


Industry Boating Permits

You will need to submit an application form and pay an application fee to Corangamite CMA if you wish to conduct industry boating activities on the Barwon River through Geelong.


Corangamite CMA Industry Boating Permit fee $114.

Contact us for further information


Water (Recreational Area) Regulations 2023

Corangamite CMA’s functions are governed by a range of legislated requirements. These requirements are detailed in legislation including the Water Act 1989.

Contact Us

Colac Office

64 Dennis Street, Colac VIC 3250
PO Box 159, Colac, VIC 3250
Hours: 8:30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday

T: 1800 002 262

Geelong office

Hours: 8:30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday
All mail must be sent via our Colac office
PO Box 159, Colac, VIC 3250

T: 1800 002 262