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Fyansford Hotel
Population 171 (2006 census)
Postcode(s) 3218
LGA(s) City of Greater Geelong
State electorate(s)
  • Geelong
  • Polwarth
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Fyansford:
Batesford Hamlyn Heights
Stonehaven Fyansford Herne Hill
Barrabool Ceres

Fyansford is a township on the western edge of Geelong, Victoria, Australia, named after Captain Foster Fyans who came to Geelong as a Police magistrate in October, 1837. It is located at the junction of the Barwon and Moorabool rivers.

Fyansford is one of the earliest places of settlement in the Geelong region. Fyans established his police camp nearby where the Moorabool could be forded - giving the name Fyan's Ford.


The Hamilton Highway runs though the town. The first river crossing at Fyansford was a ford, with the first wooden bridge built downriver by the Corio and Bannockburn Shire councils in 1854, and was tolled until 1877. It was in poor condition by 1898, with load restrictions being put into place. A new bridge was built nearby in 1900 by John Monash and J. T. N. Anderson, the three-arch bridge being the largest Monier reinforced concrete bridge in the world at the time. In 1970 a new bridge was built on the site of the old wooden bridge to cater for heavier traffic on the Hamilton Highway, the 1900 bridge retained for pedestrians.

High Street (now Hyland Street) was one of the first sealed roads in the area in 1933, the road being relaid in concrete in 1937. Deviation Road was built between 1931-32 with unemployment labour during the Great Depression and opened in 1933. Cut into the hillside, the surface was originally of concrete construction. The road opened 54 years after the first petition by Fyansford residents for such a road.

Heritage listed sites

Fyansford contains a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • 42-52 and 100 Lower Paper Mills Rd, Barwon Paper Mill Complex
  • 425-465 Hamilton Hwy, Frogmore
  • 67 Hyland St, Fyansford Hotel
  • Hamilton Hwy, Old Fyansford Bridge
  • 150-220 McCurdy Rd, Old Geelong Orphanage Asylum and Common School
  • 20-50 Hamilton Hwy, Old Swan Inn

Census populations

  • 1861 - 227
  • 1901 - 134
  • 1933 - 189
  • 1961 - 238


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