What to see at Shipwreck Coast

‘I have seldom seen a more fearful section of coastline.’ The famous quote by British explorer Captain Matthew Flinders speaks volumes. Shipwreck Coast off the southwest coast of Australia is notorious for its unforgiving waters. The 130km stretch – running from Cape Otway to Port Fairy – was responsible for the demise of some 700 ships.

One of the most famous shipwrecks was that of Loch Ard in 1878, carrying 54 passengers. Only two teenagers survived the tragedy. The two teens made it to the safety of the cove – later named Loch Ard. They took refuge from the elements before being rescued.

Shipwreck Coast is one of the most breathtaking stretches of scenery in Victoria. The rugged and demanding limestone cliffs create superb coastal views. A charming selection of seaside towns scattered along the coast to explore as you go.

The Historic Shipwreck Trail is a glimpse into the troubles faced by the ship captains. Learn about the wrecks and what caused the fatal end to a months-long journey to Australia. Anchors from some of the ships are visible at low tide so you can take a closer look at what remains of the wrecks.

The Cape Otway Lighthouse, also referred to as the ‘Beacon of Hope.’ This is the oldest surviving lighthouse in Australia. The lighthouse was the first glimpse of mainland Australia for voyagers as they travelled from far away continents.

Nearby attractions:

Port Campbell National Park – home to stunning nature and the 12 Apostles. You are in the perfect place to take in some magnificent views and snap a memorable photo.

Port Campbell – a beautiful small town to settle in for the night and recharge. If time is not on your side, you can pass through and pick up a bite to eat from a bakery or café.

Warrnambool – the largest town between Geelong and Adelaide. You could spend a night or two here with plenty to do. Depending on the time of year you are likely to see several species of whales just off the coast.

Shipwreck Coast Map