Museums, History & Heritage

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Maritime History & Heritage

Much of the region's maritime history and heritage is still visible in the lighthouses that dominate the landscape at various points along the road.

Torquay's position as the capital of the international surf industry makes the local museum 'Surfworld' ideally placed to deliver a historic look at the origins of surfing and the phenomenon it has become.

Across the broader region, there are several National Trust properties such as Barwon Park open to the public that give an indication of early life in the region.  There are also a range of interpretive historic sites, such as the old mill site at Triplet Falls and self guided heritage walks in towns such as Port Fairy.

Perhaps the newest historical museum and exhibition to open along the Great Ocean Road is the new Heritage Centre.  It is a purpose purpose-built permanent exhibition that showcases the full historical story of the Great Ocean Road - the back breaking story that many are unfamiliar with.

Located in the Lorne Visitor Information Centre, and open every day except Christmas, the Centre is a must on your ‘to-do’ list when you visit the Great Ocean Road – you’ll see the road in an entirely different light. 

The 12 Apostles and surrounding region has a vibrant and rich pastoral history, with magnificent historic sites to be discovered. The heritage touring is a must-do on your Great Ocean Road journey.

Flagstaff Hill in Warrnamabool is Australia's most awarded maritime heritage centre. Extensive indoor galleries and the outdoor maritime heritage precinct make Flagstaff Hill an absolute highlight on the Great Ocean Road.

The museum has an outdoor village with Australia's richest shipwreck collection, all contained in an 1870's village located overlooking Lady Bay. The village provides a glimpse into the maritime lifestyles and trades of the 1870's era, the peak of Australia's maritime heritage.

Shipwrecked! is Flagstaff Hill's spectacular sound and laser show that takes you on a journey through a raging ocean - on board the ill fated Loch Ard - with special effects, strobe lighting it really is an unforgettable experience.