Rural City of Bellarine

Rural City of Bellarine

Location in Victoria
Population 44,180 (1992)[1]
 • Density 133.161/km2 (344.88/sq mi)
Established 1853
Area 331.78 km2 (128.1 sq mi)
Council seat Drysdale
County Grant
LGAs around Rural City of Bellarine:
Geelong Corio Bay Port Phillip
South Barwon Rural City of Bellarine Queenscliffe
South Barwon Bass Strait Bass Strait

The Rural City of Bellarine was a local government area southeast of the regional city of Geelong, Victoria, Australia, covering most of the Bellarine Peninsula. The Rural City covered an area of 331.78 square kilometres (128.1 sq mi), and existed from 1853 until 1993.


Bellarine was first incorporated as the Portarlington Road District on 12 December 1853, and became a shire on 26 September 1865. On 12 December 1989, Bellarine was proclaimed a Rural City.[2]

On 18 May 1993, the Rural City of Bellarine was abolished, and, along with the Cities of Geelong, Geelong West and Newtown, the Shire of Corio and parts of the City of South Barwon and the Shires of Barrabool and Bannockburn, was merged into the newly created City of Greater Geelong.


The Rural City of Bellarine was divided into three ridings, each of which elected three councillors:

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 7,015
1958 9,270*
1961 10,127
1966 14,529
1971 18,791
1976 24,495
1981 30,014
1986 35,302
1991 41,130

* Estimate in 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. pp. 49–52. ISSN 0067-1223.
  2. Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 299–300. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
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