Fishing from the banks of the Tarwin - What can be better?

Situated on the banks of the Tarwin River, the township of Tarwin Lower is a much loved fishing destination.

Wooden fishing platforms abound along the river and fishing competitions are held regularly.

Tarwin Lower’s main street, River Drive, is home to several shops, and the town’s long picnic table is a well regarded picnic destination.

The coastal town of Venus Bay is located approximately 3 kilometres to the west of Tarwin Lower, and the two towns can be easily accessed by road, or a picturesque walking/cycling pathway.


Tarwin Lower is approx 2 hours drive from Melbourne, along the South Gippsland or Bass Highway.


– Steeped in history, the riverside village was first settled in the 1840s and today offers a relaxed lifestyle beside the Tarwin River.

– Enjoy river boardwalks with their opportunities for fishing,viewing the birdlife, or merely soaking up the peace and tranquility of a river that once boasted a wharf and relied upon the ketch ‘RIPPLE’ to deliver stores, carry mail and take the towns supply orders. A river that once was the life blood of a small town.

– Home to the disappearance of ‘THE LADY OF SWAMP’, a local mystery still unresolved today, the village of Tarwin Lower today boasts the Baldhills Wetlands where migrating birds can be observed at dusk; golf, tennis, boating, cycling, river fishing, accommodation and eateries.

– Tarwin Lower, home to the longest picnic table along the banks of the Tarwin River.

– The Post Office opened on 1 February 1881.

The Town Today

The majority of the town is on its main street ‘River Drive’ and is often passed through by holiday makers on their way to nearby Venus Bay.

– The main shopping strip is home to a take-away store, petrol station, post office, general store, hardware store, pub, tennis court, combined church (Uniting and Anglican services alternate each Sunday, Catholic Mass on Saturday 6pm), craft shop, health food shop, real estate agent, local hall and the local fire brigade.

*Information on history and the town today was gathered from and Wikipedia – The Free Encyclopedia websites

Town Facilities

Petrol Station
Shell, 49 River Drive

Post Office
Australia Post, 47 River Drive

IGA + Liquor, 41-43 River Drive

Quick Facts

Quick facts about Tarwin Lower
– Population approximately 500
– 160 kilometres southeast of Melbourne

Tarwin Lower – Activities and attractions
– Stroll along the Tarwin Lower boardwalk, which follows the Tarwin River, a good spot for fishing
– View abundant bird life and mangroves at Bald Hill wetlands (close to Tarwin Lower and heading towards Walkerville).
– Discover Bald Hills Wetland Reserve
– Picnic on the 35 metre ‘long table’ a table that has been shaped and curved to represent the flow of the river. Great for family reunions and clubs!
– The boardwalk beside the river, is perfect for a leisurely stroll.

Town Association

Tarwin Lower – Venus Bay Tourism & Local Commerce

Our purpose is to provide a united front to drive and support all businesses in the area and
to facilitate economic and strategic growth for the two townships,
while preserving their unique appeals and attractions for residents and visitors alike.

Address: Tarwin Lower Post Office, Tarwin Lower, 3956
Mobile number: TBC