Port Fairy, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
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Maritime history

Discover the dramatic past of the Great Ocean Road region's treacherous section of coast that has claimed more than 180 ships in its colourful maritime heritage. Take in spectacular views from historic lighthouses dotted along Victoria's south west coastline.

Shipwrecks
Follow the Shipwreck Discovery Trail and visit the many shipwreck sites along the coast. Learn about the tales of dozens of wrecks and their resting places such as Loch Ard Gorge, where you can discover the history of the Loch Ard, wrecked in 1878 and Wreck Beach. Dive underwater to see where many shipwrecks lay including over 60 nineteenth century shipwrecks in Port Phillip Bay, the wreck of the SS Casino of the shore at Apollo Bay, the shipwreck Fiji at Moonlight Head and in Warrnambool see the shipwreck Labella, about 250 metres off the end of the breakwater.

Lighthouses
Visit a number of historic lighthouses along the Great Ocean Road. Climb to the top of the Cape Otway Lighthouse that guided ships bound for Port Phillip through the narrow entrance to Bass Strait and admire the breathtaking vista. Take a tour of many lighthouses open to the public including Lady Bay Warrnambool at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet, Point Lonsdale Lighthouse on the Bellarine Peninsula and Cape Nelson Lightstation near Portland.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

Step back in time to Victoria's treacherous southern coast as it was in the 19th century, when 160 ships were lost at sea, in this recreated village.

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Queenscliff Harbour

Queenscliff Harbour

Queenscliff Harbour is a modern marina precinct established in a true Victorian working harbour, so there is always something to see and do. Whether...

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Western View

Split Point Lighthouse Tours Aireys Inlet

You'll spot her as you travel the Great Ocean Road. To locals and fans afar she is affectionately known as 'The White Queen'. Don't just wonder as...

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Cape Otway Lightstation

Cape Otway Lightstation

Climb to the top of mainland Australia's oldest lighthouse, Cape Otway Lightstation, 90 metres above the wild Southern Ocean, and see why many tragic...

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Queenscliffe Maritime Museum

Queenscliffe Maritime Museum

The Queenscliffe Maritime Museum was built in 1986 to display Queenscliff's last Lifeboat. Since then, the Museum has expanded to cover the maritime...

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Portland Maritime Discovery Centre

Portland Maritime Discovery Centre

At Portland Maritime Discovery Centre you'll experience a range of activities. Step inside the rib cage of our Sperm Whale skeleton. Unfold the...

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