Breakwater, Victoria

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V/Line train crossing the Breakwater Bridge
Breakwater is located in City of Greater Geelong
Coordinates38°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
Population1,014 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density327/km2 (847/sq mi)
Area3.1 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. At the 2016 Census Breakwater had a population of 1,014.[1] Breakwater is 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.

Heritage sites[edit]

Breakwater contains a number of heritage listed sites, including:

Census populations[edit]

The Census result of given below years

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


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Breakwater (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 2 March 2021
  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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