Port Campbell is an attractive fishing village located on a scenic stretch of the Great Ocean Road, about 280km from Melbourne.
Set in a natural gorge of Campbells Creek, the settlement has one of the few sheltered moorings along this section of the coast. Due to the isolation of the area, it was not settled until the 1870s and the first wharf was built in 1880.
Port Campbell is home to the Loch Ard Shipwreck Museum. Here, relics of many ships wrecked along this notoriously treacherous coast known as the Shipwreck Coast can be seen. One of the most famous wrecks was that of the Loch Ard, wrecked in 1878 at Loch Ard Gorge with the loss of all but two of those on board.
Swimming is safe in Port Campbell, though the water remains cold even in summer and vigilance is always required. The fishing is good from the rocks or pier and boats can be chartered for fishing or diving.
Surrounding the town is Port Campbell National Park, and nearby are some of the spectacular rock formations for which the Great Ocean Road is renowned. To the west is London Bridge which remains a spectacular sight, despite the collapse of one of its archs. Muttonbird Island, to the south west of the town, is visited by migratory short-tailed shearwaters (muttonbirds) in the summer months. The world famous Twelve Apostles lie just a little further away.
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section of the Great Ocean Road.
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