Balyang Sanctuary

Newtown and Chilwell, Australia

Balyang Sanctuary

Balyang Sanctuary is a public park in the suburb of Newtown, Geelong. Situated at 38.1642°S 144.3312°E / -38.1642; 144.3312 on the banks of the Barwon River, it is 20 acres (81,000 m2) in size and consists of open park lands, lakes, and wetlands. It was opened in 1973.

The area occupied by Balyang Sanctuary was once owned by Captain Foster Fyans, who purchased it in 1845 at the first Government land sale. It has on this land that Foster built his permanent home - 'Bellbird Balyang' to remember a young aboriginal who accompanied him in the early days of the Geelong settlement.

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