The streets of Barwon Heads are bordered by seaside grasses and ti-tree. Some roads are still unsealed.
The town is smaller than Ocean Grove and Torquay and still retains an older charm. The town area is low-lying, protected by a levee bank from flooding. Beaches along the river are safe and popular swimming spots. On the ocean beach, high hummocks shelter one of Australia's best links golf courses. Nearby 13th Beach is loved by surfers.
One main shopping street and a large hotel provide for locals and the summer influx. The main street ends near Barwon Heads Village Park with facilities for most sports.
The wind and water-swept river mouth make Barwon Heads a great place for watersports of all descriptions. Barwon Heads is just 30 minutes from Geelong.