History & Heritage

Tales of shipwreck and marine misadventure are woven into the very fabric of the region and a vibrant pastoral history, rich volcanic soils and philanthropic benefactors have left a legacy of cultured street scapes and magnificent historic buildings just north of the coast.

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Anchor at Wreck Beach

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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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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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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Cape Otway Lightstation Ariel view

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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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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Shipwrecks of the 12 Apostles Coast

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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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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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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.