The Following is a short extract from The "Queenscliff Pilot" A Holiday and business Guide to the Bellarine produced in by Alex. J. Bennett and printed by N.B. Johnson & Son. in the 1950's. And is reproduced here for research and historical reference
Early reference to Barwon Heads was made by J. T. Gellibrand in 1836, when his party accompanied by William Buckley ("Wild White" man), as guide and interpreter left Indented Heads on their way to the "Settlement" on the Yarra. Observing breakers on each side of the Heads they followed the river Barwon towards Geelong, referring to Lake Connewarre as "a great marsh, where they shot some wildfowl and a large musk duck, which they had for supper." Eventually they reached Queens Park where Buckley showed them the hollow tree in which he used to live and places where he caught fish during his 30 years life with the blacks.
"Ye Barwon Heads"
About this time a Mr. Dungey built his Coffee Palace here and in his advertisement said : "Ye Barwon Heads" and which is spoken of by all travellers as "Ye most champagne seaside place to visite in everie season, ye weather in wynter being of ye moast mylde and clement kynde. Cobb bys Stage Coaches journie thither everie day !"
Most Champion" Seaside Resort
Barwon Heads is unique as the Estuary of the Barwon River providing river sports as well as its beautiful safe surfing beaches, its natural rugged scenery, and its wonderful, deep, shaded Hitchcock Avenue, affording cool conditions on the hottest days. Its camping park undoubtedly the best and most well appointed around the coast, is the Mecca of the Caravaner and Camper. The Park is sewered, water laid on, electric light, dressing enclosures and every facility provided for those occupying perfect camping sites which adjoin the river. River shallows provide juvenile bathing whilst across the bridge splendid ocean surfing is obtained, and also to the West of the Bluff. It is a fishing centre of note and plenty of fish available in season at the Pier.
Sporting Facilities of Barwon Heads
ANGLING -Splendid river and sea fishing is obtained and fine Salmon Trout, King Fish, Mullet, Flathead, etc., may be taken from the Pier, Boat, or River bank. Trolling for Salmon Trout is a feature of the fishing. Excellent night spearing is to be had here: Usual baits are blue bait, sand worms, cockles, mussels, white bait, and shrimps, also spoon bait and spinner.
Three Guest Houses, Hotel, modern shops include Milk Bars, Bake:-, Butcher, Draper, Gents. and Ladies' Hairdresser, Dining Rooms, Grocers, Hardware, Cool Stores - in fact all local requirements are met. Local Fire Brigade, Baby Health Centre, Electric Light, Water Supply, Police Station, Churches and Regular Telephonic and Mail Services, Paved Footpaths.