Barwon Downs

Barwon Downs is a rural village on the east branch of the Barwon River’s headwaters where they descend the southern slopes of the Otway ranges. It is 22 km in a direct line south-east of Colac, and considerably further by road.

The name is descriptive of the area, the downs referring to the hilly landscape. ‘Barwon’ was derived from an Aboriginal word thought to describe the magpie.

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