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Breamlea, on the estuary of Thompsons Creek which enters Bass Strait west of Barwon Heads, is about 28 km. south of Geelong.

Thompsons Creek was also known as Bream Creek, and attracted campers and fishermen from the 1870s onwards. By the 1920s makeshift huts were built by regular campers. During the 1930s depression unemployed people made permanent buildings, rent-free with the prospect of getting meals from the creek and the sea. Freehold land was subdivided for residential purposes in 1942. The resulting small linear township, scarcely more than three house blocks wide, had a post office, store, recreation reserve and a public hall.

Breamlea alternated between a shanty town, a tidied-up holiday place and a secluded backwater. Seclusion has prevailed, with the Breamlea Progress Association sometimes being described as a regress association. The seclusion has lead to exclusiveness and buoyant residential property prices. The sole non-residential building is the general store which services the residents and the caravan park.


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