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Barwon Heads

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Barwon Heads is a coastal township on the Bellarine Peninsula, near Geelong, Victoria, Australia. It is situated on the west bank of the mouth of the Barwon River below Lake Connewarre, while it is bounded to the west by farmland, golf courses and the ephemeral saline wetland Murtnaghurt Lagoon. At the, Barwon Heads had a population of 3,536.HistoryThe township of Barwon Heads was surveyed in 1827 but remained sparsely populated for years, a Post Office finally opening in the area on 15 December 1889 .Fishing was the mainstay of the town in its early years. In the 1920s and 1930s the town became a popular holiday resort and a number of the richer families of Melbourne built houses here. The summer period today still sees a large influx of holidaymakers to the town.In 1959 the closing scenes of the film On the Beach based on a Nevil Shute novel about the end of the world was filmed in the town.The Barwon Heads Golf Club Clubhouse, located on Golf Links Road and dating from 1923–24, is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. The former Barwon Heads Bridge is also listed on the Register; however, it was demolished in 2009.
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