Cape Nelson Lighthouse, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
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History & heritage

Tread in the footsteps of the past of the Great Ocean Road region, from Aboriginal history and sacred sites to maritime museums, lighthouses and shipwrecks. Visit grand mansions with elegant gardens around Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula or drive the famous World War I memorial – the Great Ocean Road.

History of our ancestors
Learn about the heritage of Aboriginal Victoria from Wathaurong country in Geelong, to the Gunditjmara people of the west. Walk and talk with a local guide, see native wildlife or have the opportunity to sample bush foods of the area. Visit Lake Condah near Heywood, a permanent Aboriginal village – exploding the myth that all Indigenous people of Australia were nomadic. Get an Aboriginal perspective on flora, fauna, volcanic land formations, bush survival and traditional medicinal practices at Tower Hill State Game Reserve.

Seafaring past
Discover the tragic shipwreck history of Victoria's southern coast. Visit shipwreck sites, maritime museums and historic lighthouses. Learn about the tragedy of the Loch Ard Shipwreck near Port Campbell in 1878, one of the most infamous of Victoria's shipwrecks. Explore the beaches on foot along the iconic Great Ocean Walk.

Heritage buildings
Wander through beautifully preserved historic buildings that capture the region's colourful past at towns such as Queenscliff, Port Fairy and Portland. At Queenscliff you'll see imposing Victorian-era hotels, solid old churches and quaint fishermen's cottages. Charming National Trust-classified homes, modest cottages and stately buildings are everywhere you look in Port Fairy while Portland, Victoria's first European settlement, is an old and charming place on the edge of a harbour that was once busier than Melbourne.

Queenscliff Harbour

Queenscliff Harbour

Queenscliff Harbour is a destination in itself & being a working harbour there is always something to see and do. The 250 berth marina is home to the...

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Old Geelong Gaol

Old Geelong Gaol

The Old Geelong Gaol museum has a great variety of displays that tell the history of the gaol and visitors get hands on experience of the harsh...

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Portland Cable Trams

Portland Cable Trams

Come and explore Victoria's birthplace by the sea onboard Portland Cable Trams. Travel along Portland's historic foreshore and enjoy the breathtaking...

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Split Point Lighthouse Tours

Split Point Lighthouse Tours Aireys Inlet

You'll spot her as you travel the Great Ocean Road. To locals and fans afar Split Point Lighthouse is affectionately known as 'The White Queen'....

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Heritage Service

Bellarine Railway

The Bellarine Railway is a volunteer operated organisation located on the Bellarine Peninsula, offering heritage train rides and experiences between...

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The Carousel

The Carousel

The Carousel is an Armitage-Herschell portable steam driven, hand-carved wooden carousel was constructed circa 1892 and is one of only 200 in...

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Cape Otway Lightstation

Cape Otway Lightstation

Cape Otway Lightstation is Australia's most important lighthouse. The Light established in 1848 is perched on towering sea cliffs 90 metres above...

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