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The Great Ocean Road is famous for its big nature. It’s impossible to visit without becoming both awe-struck and inspired by the beauty of it. But it’s not just big nature that we offer; Below is a list of what to see on the Great Ocean Road with a focus on history and art.

What to See Along the Great Ocean Road: History and Art

To help you decide what to see on the Great Ocean Road in Australia here are just a few ideas:

  • Indigenous History

Before settlement the Great Ocean Road region was home to indigenous Australians from the Gunditjmara, Wathaurong, Eastern Maar and Gadubanud language groups. At the Cape Otway Lightstation’s Aboriginal Meeting Hut you can do a heritage tour with Gadubanud guides. Neil Fahey has detailed his experience of the tour in our blog.

  • Art

Port Fairy is home to so many artists that it’s developed a Port Fairy Art Map for tourists to follow. Enjoy the easy walk through the town to a collection of galleries and studios.

  • Settler History

The town of Portland hosts a large number of historical buildings and settler history-related activities. While in Portland pick up the self-guided historical buildings map at the Visitor Information Centre.

Starting Planning What to See 

We have many more ideas about what to see on the Great Ocean Road in our Insider’s Guide and Road Trips pages.

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