Straddling the mouth of the Barwon River, Barwon Heads' relaxed pace will immediately slip you into holiday mode - it's no wonder the town was chosen as the location for filming the ABC television series SeaChange (1998-2000).
The river beach is perfect for small children to paddle and build sandcastles and just around the bluff to the west stretch out some of Victoria's favourite surf beaches, including 13th Beach.
The main drag features an eclectic mix of specialty shops and renowned eateries.
Aptly known as 'the golf village by the sea', Barwon Heads boasts three of the top 50 public access golf courses in Australia (as rated by Ausgolf).
The area is also popular with recreational cyclists who ride the scenic bike path atop sand dunes towards the Surf Coast.