Anglesea Golf Course, Tourism Victoria

Population 2454

A pretty and sheltered part of the Surf Coast, Anglesea is one of the smaller holiday hamlets along the Great Ocean Road. The main beaches are patrolled from Christmas through to Easter, making it a favourite destination for both swimmers and beginner surfers.

Visitor Information

Great Ocean Rd or Torquay Visitor Information Centre, Surf City Plaza, Beach Rd; (03) 5261 4219

Nearby national parks

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Nearby towns

  • Aireys Inlet

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  • Torquay

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  • Lorne

    Lorne is one of Victoria's most attractive and lively coastal resorts. The approach into town along the Great Ocean Road is truly...more

In Town

Coogoorah Reserve Set on the Anglesea River, the name of this park means 'swampy reed creek'. Coogoorah was established after the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires and now features a network of boardwalks weaving through the distinctive wetland vegetation. Keep an eye out for local birdlife, including the peregrine falcon.

Anglesea Golf Course: golfers share the greens with kangaroos; Golf Links Rd.

Melaleuca Gallery: open daily 11am–5.30pm; Great Ocean Rd.

Viewing platform: overlooks open-cut brown-coal mine and power station; behind town in Coalmine Rd.

Paddleboats: for hire on the banks of the Anglesea River.


J. E. Loveridge Lookout: 1 km W.

Pt Roadknight Beach: a shallow, protected beach, popular with families; 2 km SW.

Ironbark Basin Reserve: features ocean views, local birdlife and good bushwalking. The Pt Addis Koorie Cultural Walk leads through the park, highlighting sites of Indigenous significance; 7 km NW, off Pt Addis Rd.

Great Otway National Park: the park begins near Anglesea and stretches to the south and west. The section near Anglesea features unique heathland flora and good walking trails; access via Aireys Inlet, 11 km SW. For more details see Apollo Bay.

Surf Coast Walk: 30 km from Torquay to Moggs Creek (south of Aireys Inlet). The track passes through Anglesea.

Surf schools: learn to surf on one of the beginner courses available at nearby beaches; details from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Anglesea 1 km

Beach fishing species here are the same as Torquay, with the best fishing east of the Anglesea River, although you need to be aware of the marine park that extends west from Point Addis. But most anglers go here to fish... Find out more

Torquay 15 km

The offshore waters of western Bass Strait, from Torquay to Cape Otway contain an abundance of species including Australian salmon, snapper, barracouta, King George whiting, yellowtail kingfish, silver trevally, gummy... Find out more

Lorne 23 km

On the way into Lorne is a popular ledge known as Jump Rock. It consistently produces salmon, silver trevally, barracouta, pinkies and mullet. The drive into Lorne will also take you across the Erskine River, a small... Find out more

Barwon River 30 km

Sometimes going fishing in our southern rivers is about making the best of what is available, as is the case of the Barwon River, which flows through Geelong. Like the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers, the coffee-coloured... Find out more

Barwon River Estuary 31 km

The Barwon River estuary enters Bass Strait about 10 km west of Port Phillip Heads and it divides the holiday towns of Barwon Heads  and Ocean Grove. This estuary  is one of the most productive  waterways... Find out more

Western Shore 34 km

Taking a southerly route around the bay from the lagoon you pass a large industrial and waterfront area. The next fishable water from shore is North Shore rocks, just outside the entrance to Corio Quay. During winter,... Find out more

Stingray Bay 35 km

Stingray Bay on the southern shore is properly called Stingaree Bay, but many anglers simply refer to it as Limeburners, due to the boat harbour at Limeburners Point. The boundary of the bay is roughly between the... Find out more

Curlewis Bank 38 km

Curlewis Bank is well regarded for King George whiting during late summer and autumn. However, this vast bank of sand, seagrass and spoil ground also produces snapper, snook, squid and flathead. It is popular with soft... Find out more

Point Henry 38 km

Point Henry is a sand spit point on the southern shore of Corio Bay and is the demarcation between the inner and outer harbours. It is distinctive in that there is a large aluminium smelter and a long pier used to unload... Find out more

Inner Harbour 41 km

Following the inner harbour around from Bird Rock you pass Avalon Beach, which is little more than a collection of old huts. There is a boat ramp at the west end of Avalon Beach and the seagrass beds between the old... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Canoeing on Lake Elizabeth 42 km

For a fantastic dawn or dusk paddle in which you have a 95 per cent chance of seeing a platypus, join Otway Eco Tours on Lake Elizabeth. Half-day trips to this remote lake in the ranges depart from the small hamlet of... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Sands, Torquay 18 km

Sands by name . . . Sands by nature. It doesn’t take long to figure out the overwhelming feature of a round at Torquay. Standing on the 1st tee of this Stuart Applebydesigned layout, a blanket of white is... Find out more

Thirteenth Beach Golf Links (Beach Course) 27 km

After all the accolades Tony Cashmore received for his design work at The Dunes, on the Mornington Peninsula, he must have felt some pressure to produce an equally fine layout when it came time for his next project:... Find out more

Thirteenth Beach Golf Links (Creek Course) 28 km

Sir Nick Faldo won six major titles, playing himself into winning positions on the back of strong shot-making, a trait that is highly prized on the courses he now designs. The Creek course at Thirteenth Beach, created... Find out more

Barwon Heads Golf Club 30 km

From the moment you pull up at the car park in front of the Barwon Heads clubhouse, it is as if you have travelled back in time to a more genteel era. The old-world charm is present not only in the architecture of the... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Locanda Del Mare

Snap your fingers and transport this beachside eatery complete with courtyard, terracotta tiles and terrific Italian food to Italy, and it would be absolutely right at home – somewhere around the Ligurian coastline... Find out more

Campsites around town

Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park 1 km

In Anglesea, turn off the Great Ocean Rd onto Cameron Rd to access this waterfront campground, where you can choose between a splash in a river and chasing waves off a surf beach. Anglesea township is only a short walk... Find out more

Hammonds Road camping area 14 km

There’s plenty of open space at this campground up in the far north of the national park. Back towards the coast, close to Aireys Inlet, nice short walks include the easy Distillery Creek Nature Trail and the Moggs... Find out more

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park 14 km

Torquay is the centre of the Victorian surfing scene, so it’s no surprise that this caravan park is adjacent to a great surf beach at the southern end of Paterson Bay – not very far from the best known surf... Find out more

Big Hill camping area 22 km

This is an open, easily accessible spot that can accommodate about 20 tents. The bushland location has a faraway feel but is within striking distance of many coastal attractions. Big Hill Track is signposted about 11 km... Find out more

Breamlea Caravan Park 22 km

Fringed by tea-trees and sand dunes, this caravan park is located on Horwood Dr in the small, low-key town of Breamlea, near the beginning of the Great Ocean Rd. A patrolled surf beach is only a short walk away and... Find out more

Erskine River Caravan Park 23 km

This park has several dozen sites right beside the Erskine River, which flows through the busy seaside holiday town of Lorne. Tackle the walking trail to Erskine Falls, dive into the surf off Lorne’s main beach or... Find out more

Kia-Ora Caravan Park 23 km

Kia-Ora is one of several campgrounds next to the Erskine River in Lorne that are collectively managed by the Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park. It’s located on the river’s southern bank close to the Great Ocean... Find out more

Allenvale Mill Site camping area (walk-in camping) 25 km

The old Allenvale Mill site lies just beyond the outskirts of Lorne, which is handy for campers who like to have all the conveniences of a modern township within easy reach. This is a walk-in campsite, but it’s... Find out more

Cora Lynn camping area (walk-in camping) 26 km

The 2 campsites at Cora Lynn offer intimacy and tranquillity. They are accessed on foot via a track leading from the Blanket Leaf picnic area – you can take a walk from the carpark here to scenic Erskine Falls. The... Find out more

Sharps Track camping area 27 km

This site is up in the hinterland behind Lorne. To stretch your legs, head to the nearby Sheoak Picnic Area and follow the well-graded trail to Upper and Lower Kalimna Falls. To reach the camping area from Lorne, take... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park 1 km

This large beachfront and riverfront park is centrally located just 500 metres from the town centre. It has large expanses of lawn, shady sites and a range of good facilities. It is a very nice park! Bookings are... Find out more

Torquay Holiday Park 14 km

The park is located on the highway about 400 metres from the centre of town. It is a very good quality park and facilities include tennis courts, putting greens and private bathrooms with spas. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Geelong Surfcoast Highway Holiday Park 23 km

This park between Geelong and Torquay has been rejuvenated as a tourist park and importantly for those who travel with pets is one of the very few parks in the region that takes pets. It is easily accessible from the... Find out more

Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park 23 km

This is actually a group of five parks all within Lorne, and all five are administered from the one office. Each is well positioned and within walking distance of the resort-style town centre. Lorne is one of... Find out more

Cumberland River Holiday Park 28 km

Cumberland River Holiday Park is set in a picturesque spot on the scenic coastal strip. It is close to the beach and a good base for exploring the Otways. Bookings are required in peak periods, with a minimum-stay period... Find out more

Geelong Riverview Tourist Park 30 km

This is a great park on the south side of the Barwon River, just 2 km from the centre of Geelong. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Riverglen Holiday Park 30 km

This is a large, owner-operated park with good facilities and is located just 2 km from the centre of Geelong. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and long weekends, with a minimum-stay period at Easter and long... Find out more

Barwon Heads Caravan Park 30 km

This is a large park fronting the wide picturesque estuary of the Barwon River close to the river mouth. It is a popular summer beachside park and just a short walk from the town centre. Waterfront sites are available at... Find out more

Barwon River Tourist Park 30 km

On the south side of the Barwon River about 2 km from the centre of Geelong, this place has good facilities and is easily accessible. There are nicely shaded sites and it is just a short walk to the shopping centre. A... Find out more

Riverview Family Caravan Park 32 km

This is a large holiday park with a long frontage to the Barwon River. It is popular with families during summer. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and long weekends, with a minimum-length stay period during... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town


These three villas are on a property where sea breezes rustle through ironbark trees in the surrounding native gardens. The two- and three-bedroom villas are available for overnight and long-term stays. Spas, wood fires... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Anglesea Park Area

West side of town

Large area adjacent to the road on the west side of town. Good facilities.

Urquharts Beach park area 6 km

6km SW of Anglesea (L) or 23km NE of Lorne (R)

On the foreshore 500m off the highway.

Torquay park area 15 km

At Torquay

Overlooking the beach on the esplanade.

Lorne park area 23 km

At Lorne

On the foreshore, just off the highway. On the east side of town.

Leigh River rest area 36 km

At Inverleigh

Large grassed area just off the highway under shady trees. On the east side of town.

Winchelsea park area 37 km

At Winchelsea

On the riverbank via Barton Tce.

What's on around town

Markets: local crafts and produce, held over summer, Easter and Melbourne Cup weekend; by the Anglesea River.

ANGAIR Wildflower and Art Show: Sept.

Rock 2 Ramp Swim: Dec/Jan.

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