Victorian West Coast Holidays
The Victorian West Coast comprises the coastal strip running west from Melbourne to the South Australia border and extending inland to the Hamilton/Glenelg Highway.
It is a popular vacation destination that boasts one of the world's premier ocean front drives, namely the Great Ocean Road that runs from Torquay, south of Melbourne, to Warrnambool which is about half way to the South Australian border.
This drive provides access to some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Australia. One of the best known locations is Port Campbell National Park with the eroded formations of the 12 Apostles (now 11) and Loch Ard Gorge.
The region has long been home to small resort towns and fishing fleets. The Otway Ranges offer bushwalks, eucalypt forests and waterfalls.
Places of Interest - Victorian West Coast
Anglesea - well known as a kangaroo habitat, especially the local golf course where putting can be tricky! Wildflowers displays from August through November and great coastal views from the lighthouse at nearby Aireys Inlet.
Lorne - always a popular destination due to its proximity to Geelong and Melbourne and known for its moderate Mediterranean type climate and sheltered swimming beaches that are always popular with visitors. The popular Erskine Falls is nearby and there are walks and mountain bike rides in the Angahook-Lorne State Park. The coastal views are spectacular from Teddy's Lookout.
Apollo Bay - an attractive fishing port and small village, popular with arts and crafts people, many of whom have relocated to Apollo Bay. Nearby Mariners Lookout offers coastal views and the Otway Range has the usual bushwalks etc. This is a good base from which to explore the relatively pristine Cape Otway.
Port Cambell - the town is set on a spectacular gorge and adjoins the famous 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. An opportunity to follow the Shipwreck Trail and experience some of the local history. There are nearby attractions at Glenhample Homestead, Gibsons Steps, Blowhole, Grotto and London Bridge which, sadly, is no longer a bridge since the centre of the arch collapsed.
Warrnambool - the major town of the region with Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, whale watching at Logan's Beach from May to October, nearby Hopkins Falls, the Mahogany Ship Walking Track, Proudfoots Boathouse at Hopkins River, nearby Tower Hill State Game Reserve and the crater lake.
Port Fairy - a small fishing village with a well known Fisherman's Wharf and many historic buildings classified by the National Trust. The town hosts a popular annual Folk Festival in March. There is a seal colony on nearby Lady Julia Percy Island.
Portland - the oldest town in Victoria with a history linked to whaling. The town is now a mixture of historic and modern industrial. The nearby Cape Nelson State Park has some fine walks and a historic lighthouse.