Art & culture
Be inspired by the region's vibrant creative community, public artworks and maritime history on display at towns and villages up and down the coast.
Art on every corner
Pick up an artwork or craft piece for someone back home at local markets and boutiques. See the artists at work in their studios and wander through galleries full of works inspired by the spectacular coastal scenery. Art lovers will find plenty to get excited about in the significant collections of the Geelong and Wannambool art galleries, with works spanning European salon paintings through to avant-garde modernism.
Keen to mix it with the locals? Join in the fun at cultural events all year round, from literary and music festivals to art exhibitions and historical events. For a bit of sea air and local culture, take a walk along Geelong's waterfront and check out some of the great public artworks on show. Music fans will want to time their visit to coincide with the famous Port Fairy Folk Festival or the Lorne Festival of Performing Arts.
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.
Experience the eclectic art scene throughout the Great Ocean Road region from seaside village studios to large collections at regional centres.
Visit a diverse range of museums that capture and display the region's rich maritime and farming history and the birth of Australian surfing legends.
Discover the wealth of public art works along the Geelong waterfront from the whimsical Baywalk Bollards to the Cargo Boxes and Paving Splats.