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History & heritage

Tread in the footsteps of the past of the Great Ocean Road region. Learn about local Aboriginal history and sacred sites, visit maritime museums, lighthouses and shipwrecks, and drive the famous World War I memorial – the Great Ocean Road.

Aboriginal history

Learn about the heritage of western Victoria's Gunditjmara people. 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 Port Fairy and Portland. 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.

Ode to the Great Ocean Road

See how 3000 World War I returned soldiers conquered difficult terrain and extreme weather to build this remarkable road. The Great Ocean Road Story is a permanent exhibition housed in the Lorne Visitor Centre – a memorial to Australia's diggers, and a celebration of a project that united the region's coastal towns.   

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Maritime history

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'....

Maritime history

Cape Otway Lightstation

Climb for dramatic views and stories of shipwrecks at this historic lighthouse perched on towering cliffs where Bass Strait meets the Southern Ocean.

Maritime history

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

By day or by night Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village & Shipwrecked Sound and Laser Show is a must do - and winner of Victorian Tourism Award Hall of...

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Art and culture

Stroll through historic towns and discover arts and culture inspired by the spectacular coastal scenery or the fascinating range of local museums.

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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.

History and heritage

Building the Great Ocean Road

Learn about the Great Ocean Road, a permanent memorial to those who died in World War I, carved in rock, it winds around the rugged southern coast.

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Aboriginal Victoria

Walk and talk with a local guide, visit heritage sites, discover native wildlife or sample bush foods in the spectacular Great Ocean Road region.