Situated in the heart of the Great Ocean Road’s iconic attractions including the Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands Coastal Park, Peterborough is a great family friendly destination with a shorefront playground and children's riding loop
Place names around Peterborough are often tied to nearby shipwrecks. Look for names like Newfield Bay, Halladale Point, Antares Rock and Schomberg Reef.
Neighbouring Peterborough is the popular London Arch, an offshore formation in the Port Campbell National Park. This stack was formed by a gradual process of erosion, and until 1990 formed a complete double-span natural bridge.
The span closer to the shoreline collapsed unexpectedly on 15 January 1990, leaving two tourists stranded on the outer span before being rescued by helicopter. No one was injured in the event.
Family Friendly Peterborough
A great shore front playground, children's riding loop and placid waters of Curdies Inlet immediately marks Peterborough as a family friendly destination.
The tennis courts are often alive with family challenge matches until the smell from the BBQ draws everybody from the court.
With careful supervision there are rock pools to explore, good fishing spots and plenty of options for walks and short drives to nearby attractions. Check out our Craters to Coast Discovery activity program and get in touch with your wild side on your next visit to the region.
Peterborough Golf Course
Set right on the shoreline, with views of the battered coast and iconic limestone formations from just about every tee off, fairway and green, there's nothing like comparable to round at Peterborough anywhere in Australia, if indeed the world.
With no par 5's to wrangle back a few strokes, few walk away from the challenging Peterborough Golf Course with an air of success. Add the elements of the exposed course into the mix and a round on par might take a few attempts.
The vistas alone make Peterborough Golf Course a must on any Great Ocean Road golf tour.
Dog Friendly Peterborough
With the Bay of Islands Coastal Park on it's doorstep Peterborough features some opportunities to enjoy a "whole family" holiday.
Visitors with dogs can enjoy a seasonal off leash area at the mouth of the Curdies River.
Dogs are permitted on a leash in the area bounded by and including Hamilton and Irvine Streets and Schomberg and Halladale Road and the Childrens playground and BBQ area on Irvine Street. Dogs are also permitted on lead on the walking track and beaches between Peterborough and Bay of Martyrs.
Download our Dog Friendly Information sheet
Nearby Natural Attractions
Bay of Islands Coastal Park
This coastal park has outstanding ocean views and geological features. Sheer cliffs and rock stacks dominate the bays, and heathlands display colourful spring wildflowers.
The car park to the south of town offers views looking east across the wreck sites of the Schomberg and the Newfield.
Peterborough- Bay of Martyrs Trail
A wonderful cliff top trail from Peterborough Golf Course to the Bay of Martyrs car park which provides access to some spectacular beaches and coves, a favorite local dusk and...
Bay of Martyrs
Are the stacks martyred; sentinels guarding the land from the bold affront of the Southern Ocean or is reference made to the despicable events of nearby Massacre Bay where local...
Bay of Islands
The pale limestone of this section of coast reflects a different quality of light and offers superior photographic opportunity in overcast conditions.
Anybody who has ever backed a trailer needs to have a look at this ramp. Lots of offshore stacks are visible in this sheltered bay.