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Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary

Rock
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senator wrasse
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Brown Seaweed
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Corallina sp
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Barwon Bluff (photo: Scott Crabtree)
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Overlooking Barwon Bluff MS (photo: Scott Cra
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Scalyfin (photo: Mark Rodrigue)
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Rock Lobster (photo: Mark Rodrigue)
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Limpet (photo: Mark Rodrigue)
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Bull Kelp (photo: Mark Rodrigue)
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Abalone
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Park Statistics

  • Established:November 2002
  • Area:17ha
Bird watching
Short walk
Snorkelling/SCUBA Diving
Surfing
Swimming

Located near the mouth of Barwon River, Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary protects 17ha predominately composed of reef. 

The eastern half of the reef is basalt, formed from lava flow, and is exposed to the flow of the river.  The western side is old sandstone and influenced by ocean swell.  On the outer edges of the reef are the wrecks of two ships. 

The variation in conditions across the reef results in the presence of a huge diversity of plants and animals. 

Visitors can see anything from feather stars and barnacles to rock lobsters, rays and schools of fish.  Bull Kelp, sandstone arches and sponge gardens create a fascinating and complex underwater world. 

Access

Access this park from the shore or via boat (launching point in Barwon Heads). 

Aboriginal Traditional Owners

Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters.

Indigenous traditions indicate that this sanctuary is part of the Country of the Wathaurong people, who continue to have a close relationship with the sanctuary.

Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria

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