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Maritime history

Great Ocean Road

  • Port Fairy, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

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.

Shipwrecks
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.

Lighthouses
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.