Clifton Springs, Victoria

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Clifton Springs
Image-Clifton Springs Jetty.jpg
The Clifton Springs jetty in 2007
Clifton Springs is located in City of Greater Geelong
Clifton Springs
Clifton Springs
Coordinates 38°09′S 144°34′E / 38.150°S 144.567°E / -38.150; 144.567Coordinates: 38°09′S 144°34′E / 38.150°S 144.567°E / -38.150; 144.567
Population 7,153 (2011)[1]
Postcode(s) 3222
LGA(s) City of Greater Geelong
State electorate(s) Bellarine
Federal Division(s) Corio
Localities around Clifton Springs:
Port Phillip Port Phillip Bellarine
Curlewis Clifton Springs Drysdale
Curlewis Drysdale Drysdale

Clifton Springs is a coastal town located on the Bellarine Peninsula, near Geelong, Victoria, Australia, named after local mineral springs, which were found around Fairy Dell, which was closed due to possible landslides however re-opened in 2007 after extensive work repairing the area.


A Clifton Springs Post Office was open from 1902 until 1921, and from 1927 until 1932. Fairy Dell Post Office opened on 1 July 1916 and closed in 1971.[2]

The Former Mineral Springs site on Spring Street is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.[3]

Town overview[edit]

Clifton Springs is often grouped with its neighbouring town, Drysdale. The town overlooks Corio Bay, the You Yangs and Geelong. The area has undergone drastic changes over the past decade, with expansions to population amongst the biggest of them all. New housing developments around the area have been vast, with new developments on the north side of the town.

Clifton Springs has a local church located in the suburb, called the "Drysdale Community Church" which is apparent to be only for the town of Drysdale but is for both towns.

Time has slowly degraded the local fountain, with big bold letters 'Clifton Springs', all in upper case. The fountain has been subject to town meetings discussing its future including whether or not to destroy the monument, which came to an ominous decision to keep it. Not only this, but it has been filled with bubble bath solution, causing the water to become filthy and having to be refilled. Late 2006, it was emptied for its last time until further notice, due to water restrictions. The monument is known around the area as a landmark and is often cited in reference to directions.

Golfers play at the Clifton Springs Golf Club on Clearwater Drive.[4]

Clifton Springs has more than one primary school.

Census populations[edit]

  • 1911 – 50
  • 1966 – 146
  • 1976 – 1,049
  • 1986 – 3,657
  • 1991 – 5,847
  • 2006 – 7,063
  • 2011 – 7,153

The population is expected to grow to more than 9,000 residents by the year 2020.[5]


Clifton springs 1955.jpg Clifton springs pier.jpg Clifton Springs Pier.jpg
Clifton Springs, overlooking the pier in 1955 The Clifton Springs pier, as it appeared in the 1910s. The Clifton Springs pier in 2007.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Clifton Springs (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ "Former Mineral Springs, Clifton Springs (H2088)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 2014-03-26.
  4. ^ Golf Select, Clifton Springs, retrieved 2009-05-11 
  5. ^ City of Greater Geelong: Population and household forecasts

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