Barwon River through Geelong

Important notice – Recreational use of the Barwon through Geelong precinct

Recreational use of the Barwon through Geelong precinct is permitted in accordance with Victorian Government restrictions to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Please refer to the directions of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer on the DHHS website.

Barwon River

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


Barwon River Rowing Mile

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



Waterskiing is an established use on the river, principally downstream of the Rowing mile with water skiing on Sundays between the hours of midday and sunset.

Clubs include:


Waterway Rules – Marine Safety Victoria

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

Barwon River Maritime Safety Map

Barwon River re-zoning for the 2020/21 season

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

By-Law No. 2 Barwon River

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

Public Notices

View public notices for Exempt Boating Activity on the Barwon River between Moorabool St Bridge and Queens Park Bridge, Highton.

Bike riding, running, rowing, fishing, dog walking and waterskiing.


Event calendar

View our Events calendar for all events held on the Barwon River through Geelong.

Holding an event

The Corangamite CMA can assist with advice on any permits or requirements needed by the authority to hold your event along the Barwon River through Geelong.

Event organisers must complete an Events Application Form. Please allow up to 10 working days for processing, during which time you may be contacted for further information. An email listing event requirements and/or permit needs will be sent to the event organiser.

Our Events Fact Sheet provides the information you need to assist you in planning your event.

If your event is on land outside the Corangamite CMA Event Management Zone, please contact the City of Greater Geelong.

Event venue map

Filming and photography

The Barwon River through Geelong is a film-friendly location while balancing amenity for community and river users.

Go to Filming and Photography for information on permits for commercial filming, including television, feature films, advertising and television commercials, documentaries and music videos.