Killarney

Killarney boasts Victoria’s best whiting fishing, safe snorkelling and paddling in a natural lagoon, amazing birdlife, a boat ramp and endless beach walking. And don’t forget your surfboard.

Lovely clear water and wide open spaces set the scene for endless ambling. Let the kids run free at the playground then splash into the sea back at the 1km long swimming beach.

Relax: the waves are usually low to calm and without rips.

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Koroit

Nestled on the northern rim of Tower Hill State Game Reserve, Koroit is named for the Koroitch Gundidj people who occupied the area for thousands of years.

Rich volcanic soils lured men of the land. In the 1840s and 50s Irish immigrant farmers settled here, many as small grain and potato farmers who ‘took their produce down the slope to Warrnambool’.

Stroll or cycle along the main street, wandering into the side streets, and you’ll find Irish charm at every turn.

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Macarthur

Uncover a hidden gem. Settled on the banks of the Eumeralla River, Macarthur is the gateway to the spectacular Budj Bim National Park.

It’s a magnet for those seeking adventure in the nearby National Park’s hiking and biking tracks, lava canals and rare caves. While Budj Bim’s rich indigenous history and World Heritage listing puts Macarthur on the radar, there’s more to this quaint town than meets the eye.

Add these to your must-do list: sipping a glass of fine red at the local winery, marvelling at the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere, or stepping out on a self-guided historical tour of town.

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Mortlake

Situated in the Volcanic Lakes and Plains region at the foot of Mt Shadwell, Mortlake is the centre of the rich agricultural and pastoral Great South Coast region of Victoria.

From fishing to gem fossicking in the volcanic rocks of Mt Shadwell, Mortlake has it all.

The thriving rural town on the Hamilton Highway has a variety of eating spots, great sporting facilities including a 50-metre swimming pool, skate park, historic bluestone precinct and a relaxed country atmosphere.

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Peterborough

Located in the heart of the Great Ocean Road’s natural attractions including the Bay of Martyrs, Bay of Islands Coastal Park and London Bridge Peterborough is a great family friendly destination with a shorefront playground, children’s riding loop.

The tennis courts are often alive with family challenge matches until the smell from the BBQ draws everybody from the court.

Place names around Peterborough are often tied to nearby shipwrecks; Look for names like Newfield bay, Halladale Point, Antares Rock and Schomberg Reef.

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Yambuk

This peaceful setting in an idyllic location has all that you require for a relaxing stay whilst reconnecting with nature.

Come for a day, or stay for a night, nestled beside the tranquil Yambuk Lake, you can pitch your tent or pull up your caravan and sit back and enjoy the serenity with excellent fishing available in the lake or nearby surf beaches.

Yambuk is a relaxed rural area just a short 10 minute drive west from the historic township of Port Fairy.

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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.