Tourism in Winchelsea

Passing through and looking for a travel-break?
Staying in the region on holiday?
Visiting friends and family?
Picturesquely located on the banks of the Barwon River, Winchelsea is a rural town steeped in history and surrounded by the fertile farmland of Victoria’s Western District.
Winchlesea is the first township on the Princes Highway between Melbourne and the Surf Coast, and is a popular rest and refreshment stop for people travelling to and from the Surf Coast and the Otway Ranges. There are a number of local attractions including the National Trust property Barwon Park, the Barwon River, a number of historic bluestone buildings, a dahlia farm, an ostrich farm and the Otway Harvest Trail. There is a small local motel, a small caravan park and a number of bed and breakfast establishments.

Winchelsea welcomes visitors travelling in caravans and recreational vehicles (RVs) and encourages them to stop, enjoy the town and environment and restock supplies. There is a free RV dump point available.

In the broader district there is an active tourism industry, with a number of wineries, berry farms, eateries and accommodation establishments.

Cycling and horse riding are popular pastimes in the District, with many visitors enjoying the scenery and exercise challenges posed by the Barrabool Hills and the Surf Coast hinterland.

There is a thriving arts and culture community in Winchelsea and District, with many resident artists and musicians and a history of successful events including the annual art show and regular music events at the Globe Theatre, Barwon Park, the Tea Rooms and a number of beautiful local churches. There are a number of home-based artistic enterprises in the township and district.

Fishing is popular in this section of the Barwon River, with brown trout, redfin and eels commonly caught nearby.
There are also lakes and reservoirs close by that are popular with anglers.
Winchelsea has a range of places to eat & drink, including take away food outlets and cafes situated along the main road through town.
Restaurants include the Winchelsea Hotel and the Winchelsea Tavern. The impressive old Shire Hall is home to the The Winchelsea Tearooms.The extended shopping centre caters for most needs, including a supermarket, butcher, bank, hairdresser, hardware store, petrol station and the Winchelsea Op Shop (open Fri-Sun).
There’s also a medical centre, hospital, train station, police station, pharmacy, post office, community house, kindergarten and a primary school.

For accommodation, options include a small caravan park, motels and bed & breakfasts.

Features of Winchelsea:

Historic Bluestone Bridge
Opened in 1867, after the first one washed away in a flood. It will soon become a pedestrian bridge when a 3rd bridge is constructed as part of the highway improvements through
Barwon River
The riverside setting gives Winchelsea a beautiful nature-rich park to enjoy picnics, take a walk, and let the kids burn up some energy.
There’s a free outdoor barbecue next to a playground.
For those keen on fishing, the most abundant angling fish are tench, short-finned eel, redfin and brown trout.
Swimming Pool
The public swimming pool open during summer months, and a caravan-friendly parking/turning area – all right next to the Barwon.
Winchelsea’s historical buildings
Follow the signposted Heritage Trail to follow, an easy walk for a few kilometres.
There are quite a few listed buildings in and around Winchelsea.
Barwon Park Mansion
Built by Thomas Austin, a National Trust property, is a grand old building that has been extensively renovated and restored. Guided tours showing the lifestyle of the rich and aristocratic!