History & Heritage

A rich history to be told

Did you know the Great Ocean Road itself was built by soldiers who returned from World War 1? Learn about the history of the diverse region, from our first people to stories of seafaring, shipwrecks and European settlement.

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A Forager's Delight

With so many stately homes and a local passion for history it is no wonder that Camperdown and surrounds are a forager’s...

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Courthouse Camperdown

For tips on how to make the most of your visit, gifts and warm local hospitality be sure to call into Courthouse Camperdown,...

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Apollo Bay

The Old Cable Station Museum

The Cable Station officially opened on the 1st April 1936, it was the Victorian end of the first submarine telephone cable...

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Aireys Inlet

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Apollo Bay

Great Ocean Road History

The building of the Great Ocean Road is a story of resolve and conquest over adversity, and a triumph of great Aussie spirit...

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Dry Stone Walls

Western Victoria has up to 3,000km of the most dramatic and accomplished dry stone walls in Australia, historically and...

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Apollo Bay

Shipwrecked Coast

By the 1830’s Bass Strait became an important part of the sea route between Europe and New South Wales, with many ships...

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Warrnambool

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

Victoria’s Largest Maritime Museum and...

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Aireys Inlet

Look After Each Other

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Apollo Bay

Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch

Built as a tribute to the soldiers from the First World War who were engaged in the construction of the Great Ocean...

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Spend some time in Macarthur

Uncover a hidden gem. Settled on the banks of the Eumeralla River, Macarthur is the gateway to the spectacular Budj Bim National...

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History of Macarthur

The land surrounding the township of Macarthur is rich and fertile. Evidence of volcanic activity is obvious as Mt Eccles. About...

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Shipwrecks of the 12 Apostles Coast

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Heytesbury Settlement Historical Park

The Heytesbury Settlement Historic Park is located on the banks of Simpson Lake and commemorates the development of the...

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Dry Stone Walls

Western Victoria has up to 3,000km of the most dramatic and accomplished dry stone walls in Australia, historically and...

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Koroit Heritage Trail

Grab a brochure online or from the Koroit Bakery and treat yourself to a journey through the town’s fascinating...

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Camperdown & District Historical Society

Visit the Camperdown & District Heritage Centre in Manifold Street. You will find family and local history information and...

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Cape Otway Lightstation

Cape Otway Lightstation is Australia’s most important lighthouse. The light established in 1848 is perched on towering sea...

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Warrnambool

Look After The Environment

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Alan Marshall Discovery Trail

Invoke, warm nostalgia and a flood of schoolyard memories on the Alan Marshall Discovery...

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Torquay

Shopping in Torquay

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Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay History Trail

Discover ten historical points of interest on a walk through the Apollo Bay...

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Heytesbury & District Historical Society

Visitors can view artefacts and displays connected to local settlement and shipwreck history. Shop for local arts and crafts,...

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Lake Bullen Merri - South Beach

Find your own space on this crystal clear volcanic lake on the southern outskirts of...

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5 Facts you may not know about the Shipwreck Coast

There’s a section of coast between Cape Otway and Port Fairy in Victoria that holds a fascinating chapter in Australian maritime history. Base...

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Walk in the footsteps of an 1800s lightstation keeper

When you visit the Cape Otway Lightstation, you’ll immediately get a sense of the wild, rugged and isolated life led by an 1800s lightstation...

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Dreaming of Scotland? Trek Victoria's Volcanic Lakes and Plains

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A Glimpse into one of Victoria's Best Kept Secrets

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Port Fairy

Meet the Locals: Boat Builder, Roger Haldane

Roger Haldane is an adventurer and pioneer. He spent his childhood along the river Moyne before setting sail with his family to found the tuna...

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Warrnambool

5 Reasons You Should Stay at 'The Cally'

When you’re visiting regional Victoria, staying at a modern pub like The Cally, can be loads of...

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Warrnambool

Stories of the Landscape - Tower Hill, near Warrnambool

Tower Hill  is an important natural landmark between Warrnambool and Port...

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Warrnambool

Stories of the Landscape - Moyjil, Point Ritchie Warrnambool

Point Ritchie or in local Gunditjmara language, Moyjil, is a rocky headland at the mouth of the Hopkins River in Warrnambool,...

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Explore the Charm of Historic Towns on the Princess Highway

What if we said you can see a scattering of extinct volcanoes, crater lakes and forests all within 100 kilometres of each other? Would you believe...

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Camperdown Heritage Car Tour

The delightful period architecture and well preserved buildings of Camperdown come to life on this well presented...

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The Cobden Story

The Cobden Story is a series of signs that interpret key buildings, people and places around town. Pick up a map and see them...

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, past present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.