Boating permits



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


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 information.

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 for further information.

Waterway rules

Barwon River Maritime Safety map

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

Event permits

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.

The Events fact sheet provides information to assist you in planning your event. Event organisers must complete an online Events application form. The information provided in the application is then circulated to relevant agencies and Corangamite CMA departments for feedback. An email detailing any requirements and/or permit needs will be sent to the event organiser.

If further information is needed, you will be notified within 10 working days of the Corangamite CMA receiving the event inquiry.

For events on land outside the Corangamite CMA management zone, contact the City of Greater Geelong.