Breakwater, Victoria

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V/Line train crossing the Breakwater Bridge
Breakwater is located in City of Greater Geelong
Coordinates 38°10′55″S 144°22′30″E / 38.182°S 144.375°E / -38.182; 144.375Coordinates: 38°10′55″S 144°22′30″E / 38.182°S 144.375°E / -38.182; 144.375
Population 1,054 (2006)[1]
 • Density 340/km2 (881/sq mi)
Established 1837
Postcode(s) 3219
Area 3.1 km2 (1.2 sq mi)
LGA(s) City of Greater Geelong
State electorate(s) Geelong
Federal Division(s) Corio
Suburbs around Breakwater:
South Geelong Thomson Thomson
Belmont Breakwater Whittington
Charlemont Charlemont St Albans Park

Breakwater is a residential and industrial suburb of Geelong, Victoria, Australia, located on the Barwon River, 4 km south-south-east of the Geelong central business district. Breakwater is also home to the Geelong Racing Club, Geelong Racecourse and the Geelong Showgrounds.


The name Breakwater originated from a rock ford constructed across the Barwon River by Geelong's first Police magistrate, Captain Foster Fyans, in 1837. The ford stopped the inflow of salt water to the fresh water river, supplying the town with fresh river water.

A Post Office opened on 1 January 1867 and closed in 1982.[2]

Land between the industrial area and the river is prone to flooding.

From 1913 - 1916, the Geelong Water and Sewerage Trust built the 750-metre long Barwon River Ovoid Sewer Aqueduct across the Barwon River to an ocean discharge point at Black Rock. It was retired after 80 years of service due to its poor structural condition which was beyond economic repair. The aqueduct is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.[3]

The Sunnyside Wool Scour in Tucker Street is also listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.[4]

Census populations[edit]

The Census result of given below years

  • 1861 - 136
  • 1871 - 312
  • 1981 - 1,521


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Breakwater (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ "Ovoid Sewer Aqueduct Over Barwon River (H0895)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sunnyside Wool Scour (H1146)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 

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