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Shipwrecks in and around Port Campbell National Park
Shipwrecks in and around Port Campbell National Park
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.
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Water Safety Hints
Water Safety Hints
• 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.
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Historic Shipwreck Display
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!
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Silver Gulls
Silver Gulls
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.
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Much to See and Do
Much to See and Do
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).
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Seaside Markets
Seaside Markets
Lord Street Port Campbell VIC
A summer institution in Port Campbell. Stalls bursting with fresh local produce, gifts, crafts, clothing and plenty of refreshment
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Port Campbell Bay
Port Campbell Bay
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.
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Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park
Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park
29 The Boulevarde Princetown VIC 3269
Only 15 minutes from the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road (Princetown side). See iconic Australian wildlife animals such as Kangaroos, Wallabies, Dingos, Emus, Deer, Alpacas in our newly developed petting area. Plus other herd animals in a large free range environment - We are not a Zoo! Coffee, tea and pizza available.
Open 7 days 9am to 6pm, longer hours in summer
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Memorial Arch - Eastern View
Memorial Arch - Eastern View
A very popular stop-over for visitors to the Great Ocean Road is the Memorial Arch a few kilometers from Aireys Inlet and just past Fairhaven.
The Arch commemorates the construction of the road and symbolizes the sacrifice made by so many in the First World War. It stands astride the largest enduring war memorial in the world, “The Great Ocean Road”, a living memorial to our forefathers.
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