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V/Line train crossing the Breakwater Bridge
Population 1,054 (2006 census)
 • Density 340/km2 (880/sq mi)
Established 1837
Postcode(s) 3219
Area 3.1 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. Breakwater is also 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.

Heritage sites

Breakwater contains a number of heritage listed sites, including:

  • 42 Leather Street, Barwon Sewer Aqueduct
  • Tucker Street, Sunnyside Wool Scour

Census populations

The Census result of given below years

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