Former town hall, now Tea rooms
Winchelsea is a town in Victoria, Australia. Most of the town is located in the Surf Coast Shire local government area, with a small section part of the Shire of Colac Otway. Winchelsea is located on the Barwon River 115 km south-west of Melbourne and close to Geelong (37 km north-east).
The first Europeans to reside in the area were squatters who established grazing runs there c. 1837. Thomas Austin migrated from Tasmania and occupied the present day site of Winchelsea in 1837. The area was then called Austin's Ford. Austin built up his estate of Barwon Park to 29,000 acres (12,000 ha), including a mansion which still stands today.
The town developed around the Barwon Inn, established in 1842 by Prosper Nicholas Trebeck and Charles Beal . The Post Office opened as Barwon on 1 July 1848 and was renamed Winchelsea in 1854. The railway though the town was opened in 1876, as part of the line to the south west of the state. The local railway station is served by V/Line passenger services on the Warrnambool line.
Places of interest
- Barwon Hotel (1842) with a collection of historical artefacts.
- Old Shire Hall
Heritage listed sites
Winchelsea contains a number of heritage listed sites, including:
- 105 Inverleigh-Winchelsea Road, Barwon Park 
- Princes Highway, Barwon River Bridge 
- 70 Hopkins Street, Eastern Reserve Memorial Grandstand and Gates 
- 17-19 Willis Street, Globe Theatre 
- 765 Ingleby Road, Ingleby Homestead 
The Winchelsea Golf Club is located between Lorne Road and Lauders Lane. The course is popular with locals and tourists alike.
- Thomas Austin (1815 – 1871) a pioneer settler at Winchelsea who is generally credited with the introduction of rabbits into Australia in 1859
- Albert Jacka, the first Australian to win a Victoria Cross in World War I was born at Winchelsea in 1893
- Marjorie Lawrence, soprano, noted as an interpreter of Richard Wagner's operas, born at Deans Marsh, south of Winchelsea in 1907
- The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP (1952- ) Premier of the State of Victoria
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