Winchelsea is close enough to both Geelong and Ballarat to be a commute satellite. It isn’t. Winchelsea is an old town that has its roots in the gold rush era, and was a half way point for many a traveler.

The first Europeans to reside in the area were squatters who established grazing runs there c. 1837. Thomas Austin migrated from Tasmania and occupied the present day site of Winchelsea in 1837. The area was then called Austin's Ford. Austin built up his estate of Barwon Park to 29,000 acres (12,000 ha), including a mansion which still stands today. The town developed around the Barwon Inn, established in 1842 by Prosper Nicholas Trebeck and Charles Beal The Post Office opened as Barwon on 1 July 1848 and was renamed Winchelsea in 1854. The railway though the town was opened in 1876, as part of the line to the south west of the state.

The town is located on the Barwon River. The Barwon Bridge was an old and famous landmark.

The Barwon Hotel, that also doubles as a museum is a great pub that has its history on display. Time your visit so as to enjoy refreshment at this historic hotel.

The Winchelsea Hotel is on the east bank.

All of the denominational churches practice in century old and more heritage structures.

The Winchelsea War Memorial is mainly acknowledged within the ‘old’ shire building. Now a café.

Be sure to check out the Barwon Hotel. All types of beverages are on offer.

Heritage diary


Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic   Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information   Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course