Spectacular coastal scenery, superb dining and accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, plus a wealth of natural and man-made attractions. Victoria's Shipwreck Coast is the perfect destination for a holiday, weekend getaway or day trip.
The Coast regularly proves its ever-changing nature -- on July 3rd, tourists at the world-famous 12 Apostles watched in amazement as one of the huge offshore rock stacks collapsed into the sea. Surprises are many on the Shipwreck coast!
Learn about the often tragic history of past seafaring days, find a bargain or antique treasure in the markets and shops, enjoy a game of golf, bowls or tennis, match wits with the local fish, or just relax and unwind with a stroll along a beautiful beach or through nearby bushland.
Visit during one of the world-class events or festivals for fantastic fun and entertainment, or marvel as newborn whales frolic just offshore at one of the most accessible whale nurseries in the world.
Browse this site for a glimpse of some of the Coast's favourite attractions and events, and plan to visit Victoria's most spectacular coastline for your next holiday or weekend away!
Southwest coast of Victoria, Australia, between Cape Otway and Port Fairy, approximately 180 Kilometres (113 miles) coastal length.
Warrnambool is the largest city, population 29,500. Smaller towns on or close to the coast include Port Fairy, Koroit, Allansford, Timboon, Peterborough, Port Campbell, and Princetown.
Closest international and national arrival point is Melbourne, Victoria's capital. Travel along the coast on the Great Ocean Road, or inland via the Princes Highway or railway to Warrnambool. Charters and rentals of buses and cars are readily available in capital cities and larger centres.
Variable, but mainly moderate in all seasons, with very hot or cold weather usually lasting only a few days. Winters can be wet and very windy at times, but this provides enthralling spectacles along the coastal cliffs.
Victoria's Volcanic Trail, Goldfields, Grampians mountain range, Melbourne, Geelong (Victoria's second-largest city), and South Australia's Limestone Coast are all within easy travelling distance from the Shipwreck Coast.
The 12 Apostles, prior to the collapse of the leftmost rock stack
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