History & Heritage

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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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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The Story of Port Campbell Rocket Crew - by Reid Webber

A fantastic insight into Port Campbell shipwreck history by our youngest local...

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Cobden Pioneer Park

Cobden Pioneer Park is open to the public on the third Sunday of each month from 11am to 4pm. It is also available for hire for...

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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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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...

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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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Anchor at Wreck Beach
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Wreck Beach

The highly photographable anchors of the Marie Gabrielle and Fiji provide haunting reminders of the power of the ocean and the...

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Shipwrecks of the 12 Apostles Coast

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Cape Otway Lightstation Ariel view
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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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Follow the Lighthouse Trail

It’s a little known fact that there are five working lightstations operating across the coastline of the Great Ocean Road region between...

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Historic leafy towns just 2 hours from Melbourne

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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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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Port Fairy

Story Towns Audio Tour Podcast

‘The Country to Coast Trail’ Designed for travellers, this podcast tour connects with creative communities, absorbs local knowledge, uncovers...

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Warrnambool

Flagstaff Hill: Pioneers, shipwrecks & a sunken peacock

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and Museum has everything you need to know about the shipwreck history along Victoria’s south west...

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Port Fairy

Worthy of exploration: Battery Hill Virtual Tour

Come along with our Visitor Information Centre (VIC) Tour Guide and enjoy one of the many picturesque walks around historic Port...

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Port Fairy

Worthy of exploration: The township of Port Fairy Virtual Tour

Come along with our Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre (VIC) Tour Guide and enjoy one of the many picturesque walks around historic Port...

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Explore the charm of historic towns on the Princes Highway

We think this beautiful patch of the Great Ocean Road region between Colac and Terang makes for a great autumn road...

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

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

With a winter carpet of emerald green, morning mist on sapphire lakes, hill walking and charming historic towns you could be forgiven for thinking...

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

A Glimpse into one of Victoria's Best Kept Secrets

Everything tastes better when enjoyed in the stunning setting of the Volcanic Lakes and Plains. Immerse yourself in the cultural highlights of the...

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Port Fairy

Worthy of exploration: Wharf and Port on the Moyne River Virtual Tour

Come along with our Port Fairy Information Centre (VIC) Tour Guide and enjoy one of the many picturesque walks around historic Port...

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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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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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Discover All Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

Portland Cable Trams

Portland

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Merino Old Stock Route Walking Trail

Merino

Split Point Lighthouse Tours Aireys Inlet

Aireys Inlet

Cape Otway Lightstation

Cape Otway

Mount Elephant

Derrinallum

Follow our stories @visitgreatoceanroad

Check out the iconic lookouts and walkways of Greatopia including Gibson Steps, Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and all our favourite Coastal Trails and Lookouts or for a tasty difference check out the Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail.

P.s This is Mark a local who happens to also manage the Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre. If you’re lucky you might catch him at one of these lookouts filming for @visit12apostles make sure you say hi 👋 

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Discover Greatopia, where the fish are cray and nature calls you home. 

#Greatopia @visit_apollobay @safari.global #iamcolac #iamotways #iamapollobay #iamotwaycoast #greatoceanroad @visitmelbourne @australia @forrestguesthouse @forrestbrewery @otwaysdistillery @hellocoffeeroastery @apollobayfishcoop @otwayflyvictoria
Don’t pinch yourself this place really does exist. Bells Beach in winter = pure magic. 🏄‍♂️ 

You can thank @ashhughesphotos for capturing this stunning shot 👏

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Greatopia’s answer to a seafood-lovers haven, the Apollo Bay region should be top of your list of places to visit. Experience some of the best ‘off the boat’ local catch from the ‘Bay’s’ selection of restaurants and cafés . 

Local tip: The @apollobayfishcoop offers great view and local crayfish. The @apollobaydistillery is the perfect place for a cheeky sundown.

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Let Greatopia inspire you. 

Venture deep into the Otways to Lake Elizabeth where you can hike, camp or Kayak. - Wake up early and you might even spot the elusive platypus in the waters of the lake at dawn. #Greatopia 

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Thanks to our amazing local talent @hellocoffeeroastery @otwaysdistillery 👏
As you wind your way down the Great Ocean Road you will soon find yourself discovering the richness that is #Greatopia. Abundant with surf, trails, rivers and scenic walks and that’s just the beginning… 

@visit12apostles #iam12apostlescoastandhinterland #greatoceanroad #iam12postles @12apostleshelicopters @timboondistillery @timboonicecream @12apostlesfoodartisans

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, 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.