| Port Campbell VIC 3269|
The west coast of Victoria once inspired fear, sailors spoke of wild seas and dangerous rocks, of reefs which lay beneath the surface of the water, of steep cliffs and heavy mists. Many ships had narrow escapes in this stretch of water, many were not so fortunate.
The area between Cape Otway and Port Fairy claimed over 80 ships in 40 years: ships which had traveled safely across half the world, to find disaster only miles from their destination.
|Historic Shipwreck Display|
|at 12 Apostles Visitor Information Centre 26 Morris Street, Ph: 1300 137 255. Open 7 days from 9am.|
A delightful collection of artefacts from wrecks between Childers cove and Moonlight Head is on display at the 12 Apostles Visitor Information Centre – Port Campbell. A 1/60th scale model of the Loch Ard allows visitors to reference the size of the ship against actual hardware including a kedging anchor on display.
Entry is free!
|Lord Street Port Campbell VIC|
A summer institution in Port Campbell. Stalls bursting with fresh local produce, gifts, crafts, clothing and plenty of refreshment
|Port Campbell Touring Company|
|129 Currells Road Port Campbell VIC 3269|
For a unique, memorable touring experience along the majestic Great Ocean Road and scenic surrounds. Take to the road with John your experienced tour guide with 25 years as a ranger with Parks Victoria and an extensive knowledge of the flora, fauna, history and geology of the region.
Full Day, Half Day & Chartered Tours
|Call into the Info Centre at 26 Morris Street or Ph: 1300 137 255 The friendly staff will help you plan family activities such as helicopter flights, scenic boat trips, hiking trails, food and wine trail, local markets, tennis courts, beach exploration, historic shipwreck display etc etc.|
Guided bus tours of the National Park attractions contact John at Port Campbell Touring Company on 03 5598 6424 (max 12 persons).
|Silver Gulls also known as Sea Gulls nest from August to December. Males in the colony establish a small territory and are then joined by a female, usually the mate from the previous year. Nests are built on the ground so they can spot any predators approaching. Between 2-4 olive blotched eggs are laid and both partners share nesting duties. The eggs take 21-27 days to hatch.|
|Presents a gently sloping family friendly profile sheltered from the bulk of Southern Ocean swell. Waters inside the pier are generally suitable for swimming and wading and are patrolled during summer season. Address: Cairns Street Port Campbell.|
Swimming is not recommended at any of the open ocean beaches.
|• Swim or surf only at beaches patrolled by lifeguards|
• Always swim between the flags marking the area safer for swimming.
• Read and obey the signs
• Be careful where you dive – accidents often result from diving into shallow waters.
• Be aware of slippery banks and rocks when fishing
• Don’t swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
• Always swim under supervision
• If you get into trouble in the water, stay calm. Signal for help, then float and wait for assistance
• Float with a current or undertow. Don’t try to swim against it.
• When out on the water always wear the correct safety equipment.
|Fascinating island to the west of Port Fairy. Australia’s only submarine volcano, the lava flows have created an unusual flat top and almost vertical cliffs surround the island. Home to the largest fur seal colony in the southern hemisphere - you are able to book a boat trip from the wharf (subject to weather).|
|Battery Hill and the Powder Magazine|
|The hill first served as the Garbour Master’s signal point for shipping. Local militia units established the gun batteries and built the concrete fortifications that were completed in 1857. The collection of such weapons is exceptional. The bluestone powder magazine was built in 1860 to store explosives used in construction of the river wall.|