| 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.
|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.
|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).
|Lord Street Port Campbell VIC
A summer institution in Port Campbell. Stalls bursting with fresh local produce, gifts, crafts, clothing and plenty of refreshment
|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!
|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.
|Information about fishing along the Great Ocean Road.
List of best baits to use for each fish species.
Detailed information on the species of fish you might expect to catch in this area.
|Port Campbell: Great fun fishing from the jetty or book a fishing charter through the Info Centre. Surf fishing also popular. Peterborough: When the bream are biting the estuary attracts fishermen from all over. Salmon, snapper and gummy are caught off the beaches whilst bream, mullet and estauary perch are caught on the Curdies River.
Princetown: The estuary of the Gellibrand river fishes well fro bream, trevally, eel and mullet. From the surf catches of salmon, snapper, trevally and gummy shark are common.
Surging shorebreak has caught many seasoned campaigners unawares so please be careful.
Species: Australian Salmon, trevally, snapper, gummy shark. Location: Turn off the Great Ocean Road onto Old Coach Road East 18km east of Port Campbell.
Access: Via a 650m sandy track (steep in parts) from the north of the parking area or by following the sandy banks of the Gellibrand River to it’s mouth 750m.
Caution: Gravel road gives way to deep sand very quickly visitors without 4WD need to take the first opportunity to turn right when approaching the small car parking area.
Port Campbell Pier:
Great spot to try for luck. Fishing in deep water from ocean jetty
Species: Australian salmon, squid, trevally,
Location: Lord Street Port Campbell
Access: Pedestrians share access with vehicles and boat trailers launching via the crane on the pier. Access is reasonable to the upper level, steps to the lower level.
Species: Australian salmon, trevally, snapper, gummy shark
Location: 11km east of Port Campbell
Access: From car parks on the east side of the Peterborough bridge (steep sandy tracks.) Access (when the Curdies river mouth is closed) is also possible from the main car park on the west side of the bridge.