Destination guide

Enjoy your trip with holiday homes to rent in Barwon Heads

Barwon Heads is a coastal township near Geelong in Victoria that sits on the west bank of the Barwon River. It is known for farmland, golf courses, saline wetlands, and unspoiled beaches and natural spaces. Founded in the 19th century, it was originally a fishing village, but today it’s a popular holiday town and golfing destination. Holiday homes to rent in Barwon Heads place you near everything you need for a magical visit that you won’t forget.


Activities and attractions in Barwon Heads

Are you hoping to find attractions to see while you're in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that Barwon Heads has to offer. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Barwon Heads Golf Club (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Thirteenth Beach Golf Links (1.9 mi / 3.1 km)
  • Warbird Air Adventures (3.9 mi / 6.3 km)
  • Adventure Park Geelong (5 mi / 8.1 km)
  • McGlashan's Wallington Estate (5.4 mi / 8.6 km)
  • Lonsdale Golf Club (6.2 mi / 10 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural landscape of Barwon Heads

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, Barwon Heads is a great place to get outside. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Raffs Beach (0.8 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Lake Connwarre (4.1 mi / 6.5 km)
  • Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park (6.6 mi / 10.7 km)
  • Point Lonsdale Beach (7 mi / 11.2 km)
  • Geelong Botanical Gardens (11.1 mi / 17.9 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Barwon Heads

Fly into Melbourne, VIC (AVV-Avalon), the closest airport, located 17.6 mi (28.3 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Melbourne, VIC (MEB-Essendon), which is 44.2 mi (71.1 km) away.

How to get around

Travel and getting around Barwon Heads

There are many means by which you can travel around Barwon Heads. Most people will fly into a local airport like Melbourne. From there, the town itself is accessible by bus, taxi or train, all great ways to see the countryside on the drive to the town. You can also secure a car hire and drive yourself around the area, which is a great option for day trips. Once inside the village, many people choose to walk and cycle around and enjoy the countryside at their leisure.

Food & drink

Sample local cuisine near Barwon Heads holiday accommodation

There are a number of iconic foods you should experience while in Barwon Heads. Many people are surprised to discover that dim sum, though considered a Chinese dish, was invented in Victoria. The meat pie is an iconic take-away food that should be experienced while in the region. Pavlova is another iconic Australian dish that should be tasted with its meringue base, whipped cream and fresh fruit topping. Finally, the region is renowned for its wine country, and you must experience a local vintage while you’re in the area.

Essential info

What to know about your Barwon Heads holiday accommodation

This seaside community offers a variety of coastal attractions. It’s the home of almost 4,000 people, though it swells by thousands during the high season in the summer. Travel and hospitality are the primary industries, so you’ll find all the amenities you need from your holiday accommodation. It’s also a big sports community, fielding an Australian football team and a cricket club, along with tennis, soccer and more. Golf and water sports are also popular. Australian English is the primary language spoken by residents here.

Family friendly

Family fun and adventure near Barwon Heads holiday rentals

Barwon Heads offers a lot of family fun for the kids not far from holiday rentals. Point Nepean National Park features a gorgeous landscape with hiking and cycling trails, as well as large open spaces for the kids to play. Adventure Park Geelong is an amusement park with rides, food, waterslides and games. The Point Lonsdale Lighthouse is just a few miles away and offers educational history and beautiful views of the ocean and surrounding region. You and your kids can swim with dolphins and seals at nearby Queenscliff Harbour.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Barwon Heads?

Our 2021 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 818 holiday rentals around Barwon Heads. From 737 holiday houses to 67 flats & apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Barwon Heads is on Stayz.

Can I rent Houses in Barwon Heads?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 737 Houses in Barwon Heads. Our other popular types of Barwon Heads holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 67 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 18 holiday houses
  • Townhouses: 73 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Barwon Heads?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 76 holiday homes with pool available in Barwon Heads. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.