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Maritime history

Discover the dramatic past of the Great Ocean Road region's treacherous section of coast that has claimed more than 180 ships in its colourful maritime heritage. Take in spectacular views from historic lighthouses dotted along Victoria's southwest coastline.


Follow the Shipwreck Discovery Trail and visit the many shipwreck sites along the coast. Learn about the tales of dozens of wrecks and their resting places such as Loch Ard Gorge, where you can discover the history of the Loch Ard, wrecked in 1878 and Wreck Beach. Dive underwater to see where many shipwrecks lay including the wreck of the SS Casino off the shore at Apollo Bay, the shipwreck Fiji at Moonlight Head, and in Warrnambool see the shipwreck Labella, about 250 metres off the end of the breakwater.


Take a tour of one of the many historic lighthouses open to the public along the Great Ocean Road including Lady Bay Warrnambool at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet, and Cape Nelson Lightstation near Portland.

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Maritime hitory

Portland Maritime Discovery Centre

At Portland Maritime Discovery Centre you'll experience a range of activities. Step inside the rib...

Split Point Lighthouse Tours Aireys Inlet

Come and climb Split Point Lighthouse in Aireys Inlet. The views are simply breathtaking. You will...

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and Shipwrecked Sound and Light Show is temporarily closed for...

Cape Otway Lightstation

Climb for dramatic views at this historic lighthouse perched on towering cliffs above Bass Strait.





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