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V/Line train crossing the Breakwater Bridge
|Population||1,014 (2016 census)|
|• Density||327/km2 (847/sq mi)|
|Area||3.1 km2 (1.2 sq mi)|
|LGA(s)||City of Greater Geelong|
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. 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.
Land between the industrial area and the river is prone to flooding.
Breakwater contains a number of heritage listed sites, including:
The Census result of given below years
- 1861 - 136
- 1871 - 312
- 1981 - 1,521
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Breakwater (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
- "Ovoid Sewer Aqueduct Over Barwon River (H0895)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- "Sunnyside Wool Scour (H1146)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
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