Culture, Arts & Music

Story Towns Audio Tour Podcast

‘The Country to Coast Trail’

Designed for travellers, this podcast tour connects with creative communities, absorbs local knowledge, uncovers hidden histories and explores the famous country pub scene.

It’s free and simple to use. Download the Storytowns app, choose a podcast tour to your liking, then your phone will instantly take you on a podcast adventure around the Port Fairy Region. And best of all you can take the kids, get out of your car, and experience our great region.

The audio tour takes listeners on a journey through thirteen charming towns that are based in the port Fairy region, at the western end of the Great Ocean Road, a holidaymaker’s paradise with a dynamic coast to country charm, stunning beaches, grassy plains and quaint streets to explore.

Storytowns host Jarrod Pickford, dives deep into every location and meets the people that know best – local characters who have incredible stories to share. Listeners get to hear what life is like for local fisherman out at sea, get a glimpse of life on the farm with dairy industry experts, understand what it’s like to be behind the bar of a family-owned country pub, plus much more. A variety of everyday country folk step up to the microphone and have the best tips, local secrets, hidden gems and out-of-this-world stories to reveal.

The interviews and information are pieced together to create an entire podcast adventure, where listeners get to tune in and tackle the trek in real time. The towns featured on the tour are Port Fairy, Mortlake, Koroit, Peterborough, Macarthur, Woolsthorpe, Yambuk, Kirkstall, Hawkesdale, Caramut, Allansford, Panmure and Killarney. These towns are renowned for having rich agricultural roots, cultural heritage, artisan delights, hearty country pubs and diverse visitor experience. There are hidden histories to absorb and creative communities to connect with.

The charming seaside village of Port Fairy, attracts travelers from far and wide during the hot summer months for a relaxing coastal retreat. This podcast series however, highlights that outside of this well known town there is more to discover along the coast and inland, even in tiny villages of just a couple hundred people. Storytowns are passionate about encouraging people to travel to regional and rural towns and experience the incredible spirit of small communities. Through the storytowns podcasts, unlikely characters have an opportunity to share their story with the world.

With interactive maps and geo-location technology, travelers will be able to just drive and the geo-located podcasts will automatically play just before you enter each town, providing a revolutionary travel experience that has never been seen before. It’s like having a tour guide that you can pull straight from your pocket.

The Country to Coast Podcast Tour is available to download for free on the Storytowns app via the Apple App Store or Google Play, or head to the website for further information: storytowns.com.au

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, past present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.