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Art & culture

Be inspired by the vibrant creative community, exceptional works of local and international art, and maritime history to be discovered in towns and villages along the the Great Ocean Road.

Surf and turf

Visit a diverse range of museums that capture the Great Ocean Road region's rich maritime heritage and farming history and chronicle the rise of Australia's surfing legends.

Explore one of the many local museums dedicated to the region's maritime history including Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, depicting life in a typical Australian seaport village between 1850 and 1900, and the Portland Maritime Museum, where you can explore treasures rescued from shipwrecks.

Community festivities

Join in the fun at cultural events all year round, from literary and music festivals to art exhibitions and historical events. Music fans will want to time their visit to coincide with the famous Port Fairy Folk Festival, Falls Festival or the Lorne Festival of Performing Arts.

Artists studios and Angry Penguins

Experience the flourishing art scene in galleries and cafes dotted throughout the Great Ocean Road region, from Torquay to Port Fairy. Visit large regional galleries at Warrnambool to see works by some of Australia's finest artists or pop into small private galleries and potteries to get a glimpse of local contemporary talent.

Port Fairy has a growing reputation for its arts and crafts and with more than a dozen galleries and studios open to the public, it's easy to see why. Pick up a Port Fairy Art Map at the Visitor Information Centre and start exploring. Browse gallery collections or visit the artists at work in their own studios. You'll find a wide range of arts including paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics and jewellery, and the galleries are often housed in beautiful historic buildings. Be sure to stop off at the Whale Bone Gallery too, an artists' co-operative that showcases some of the region's best creative work.

Wander through galleries in Lorne and Apollo Bay and check out the wide variety of local art, including oil and watercolour, pottery and photography. Or head further along the coast to the renowned Warrnambool Art Gallery, which houses a diverse collection of works, from elegant European salon paintings to examples of avant-garde modernism from the Angry Penguins movement.

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Portland Maritime Discovery Centre

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

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Portland Powerhouse Motor and Car Museum

The Portland Powerhouse Motor and Car Museum features veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, a Penny Farthing bicycle, stationary engines,...

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Cheese World and Museum

Cheese World promotes the local dairy industry through offering tastings and sales of the award winning Warrnambool Heritage Cheddar, Cracker Barrel,...

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Australian National Surfing Museum

Check out the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame plus interactive displays and exhibits celebrating the history of surfing and beach culture in Victoria.

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Great Ocean Road Story

Experience The Great Ocean Road Story: Building Australia's Most Famous Road. This purpose built permanent exhibition in the newly constructed Great...

Maritime history

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village has just undergone a major redevelopment, that included interactive digital installations throughout the village, a...

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Anglesea Art Studios

Anglesea Art Studios is a trail of working art studios around the Surf Coast town of Anglesea. United by a contemporary vision, each one of these art...

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Will Dielenberg Galleries

Will Dielenberg Galleries showcase the beautiful Fine Art Landscape Photography of Australian photographer, Will Dielenberg. Recently awarded the...

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SCOPE Galleries Warrnambool

SCOPE Galleries showcases the artwork of Liza McCosh alongside contemporary painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and jewellery from other...

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Bay of Whales Gallery

Displaying some of the very best realist animal and bird paintings, the Bay of Whales Gallery showcases world class oil paintings by Brett Jarrett. A...

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Gellibrand River Gallery

Nestled in the heart of the Otways in the charming village atmosphere of Gellibrand River, the Gellibrand River Gallery and Gift Shop has a large...

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Qdos Arts & Sculpture Park

Enjoy the tranquil Japanese-inspired bush setting of this art centre, cafe, sculpture park and gallery, which represents leading artists.

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Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery

Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery Inc. (RRRTAG) is a community based, not for profit organization run entirely by community volunteers. The...

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Merri View Gallery

Merri View Gallery is run by the Warrnambool and District Artists Society, to showcase the work of local artists. They have regular exhibitions...

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Warrnambool Art Gallery

For the past 130 years, with more than 2,000 artworks ranging from European Salon and Colonial paintings of the 1800's and Indigenous artefacts, to...

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