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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 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. Browse the 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.

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 our Sperm Whale skeleton. Unfold the...

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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...

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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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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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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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Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery

Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery is a not for profit organisation based in a former church, in the small regional community of Cororooke in...

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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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Robert Ulmann Studio

The Robert Ulmann Studio features work by the noted wildlife artist and his daughter Justine, a botanical artist. On open farmland overlooking the...

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Anglesea Art House Inc

The Anglesea Art House is a venue for members to attend classes, exhibit & sell their work. Weekly classes are held in watercolour, life drawing,...

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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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SCOPE Galleries Warrnambool

SCOPE Galleries showcases contemporary painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and jewellery from regional and metropolitan artists. SCOPE is one...

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Events

From world-class surfing and ocean swims to folk music and wine celebrations, the Great Ocean Road region hosts a diverse range of events all year.

Things to do

History and heritage

Delve in the rich history and heritage of the Great Ocean Road region, from Aboriginal Dreamtime to maritime museums, lighthouses and shipwrecks.

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Tours

Let someone else do the driving while you focus on the breathtaking scenery and join a Great Ocean Road tour or enjoy one of the specialised groups.

Great Ocean Road

Food and wine

With a stunning coastline stretching for hundreds of kilometres, fertile farm country and wineries aplenty, there's lots for foodies and wine lovers.