Originally known by the less attractive name of Swampy Creek, Anglesea changed its name in 1884 when the town was formed. These days it’s a sporty place, with its own Aussie Rules footy team, cricket and golf clubs, skateboard ramps and surf beaches. But that’s not all there is to this diverse location. Drive here or jump on a bus from Geelong and find out for yourself! Stay in accommodation ranging from caravan parks to beachside apartments or even cosy cottages. You can swim or surf at Anglesea Beach or even fish at the mouth of the river. Coogoorah Park has boardwalks and bridges that will take you on a walk through the peaceful wetlands. For an authentic local shopping experience, the Anglesea Riverbank Market happens each Sunday across various locations. Everything from books to trinkets go on sale, with the event raising funds for the local primary school and other community organisations. When you feel like something to eat, Anglesea has several fresh food stores, restaurants and cafes, some with lovely ocean views.
Anglesea’s golf course is famous for its Eastern Grey Kangaroos. Sadly, the kangaroos don’t play golf, but they do hang around while you tee off. Numbering around 300 in total, they’re a sight to see as they hop around the fairways. The Anglesea Art Walk features six mosaic art pieces created by local organisations. This 2.5 kilometre walk starts at the sweeping views of JE Loveridge Lookout and finishes at Anglesea Primary School, taking you through town along the way. Love rugged natural scenery? Take a day trip to Point Addis, a 4,600-hectare marine national park and surf beach with large sandstone cliffs.
From Anglesea it’s a quick 10km trip to Aireys Inlet, the town famous for the Split Point Lighthouse, which was used as a location in the popular children’s TV series ‘Round the Twist’. Indulge in a photo opportunity or take a guided tour for a closer look at the place where "strange things happen". While you’re in town, take a look at Eagles Nest Fine Art Gallery, picnic or bushwalk at Great Otway National Park. Still need entertaining? Try fishing, canoeing or bird-watching.
If you want to explore more of what Victoria has in store, Anglesea and Aireys Inlet are within driving distance of Geelong, The Mornington Peninsula and the rest of the Great Ocean Road including the amazing 12 Apostles Rock formations at Port Campbell. Sound like a trip worth taking? Then wot’s the hold-up? Book your Anglesea or Aireys Inlet hotel with us!
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Hotels in Anglesea start at AU$95 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.