Suburb Profile

Venus Bay

Venus Bay is a picturesque, seaside township on the east coast of Victoria and a popular holiday retreat for people from Melbourne and surrounds. Its permanent population hovers just below 1,000 however this can swell into the thousands during holiday periods. The town is home to a modest shopping strip which includes a well stocked general store, a pharmacy, a couple of retail shops and delicious dine in or take away eateries. Of the five beach entrances to Venus Bays stunning coastline, No 1 is patrolled by the Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club durng holiday seasons. The Venus Bay Community Centre is also located within easy walking distance to the shops and offers a varity of programs and activities. Its also known for its impressive Community Recycling Op Shop. In addition, the Community Centre runs a Summer holiday program for children and organizes a Summer beach shuttle bus.  

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Tarwin Lower

The delightful town of Tarwin Lower and surrounds boasts a population of approximately 500 residents and meanders alongside the prominent Tarwin River offering a choice of fishing platforms. Tarwin Lower is passed through by holiday makers on their way to Venus Bay or as a scenic route to Walkerville. The main shopping strip is home to several businesses including an IGA supermarket, a petrol station, post office, hardware store and the iconic Tarwin Lower Hotel. There is a CFA with neighbouring tennis courts, a small primary school and a community health centre. During long weekends and holidays throughout the year, Tarwin Lower hosts a popular indoor/ outdoor market held in the Mechanic Institute Hall- believed to be one of the oldest buildings in South Gippsland. At the western end of the town is the local fishing jetty, boat ramp and famous long picnic table. From there an approx 5 kilometre walkway exists along the river from Tarwin Lower to Venus Bay. A popular path utilised...

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