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Anglesea - Cities, Towns and Localities

‘Where the bush meets the sea’

The seaside town of Anglesea sits on the Anglesea River, between Torquay, Bellbrae and Aireys Inlet. Significantly, Anglesea is the first town from the official start of the route at Torquay, where the Great Ocean Road meets the coast.

Anglesea has long sandy beaches and is surrounded by coastal heathland and eucalypt forest. With the Great Otway National Park and the Point Addis Marine National Park, the area provides some great opportunities to commune with nature. It also offers some great place to stay over and enjoy a little bit of shopping and the good cafes and eateries.

As well as the surf and swimming beaches (patrolled during the summer period), there are a couple of walks,  parks and gardens that line the coastal foreshore and the Anglesea River, Coogoorah Park is at the end of River Reserve Road made up of a network of islands linked by boardwalks and bridges through wetlands. There are picnic and bbq areas along the Anglesea River and Coogoorah Park.

Check out our listing of Anglesea accommodation, Great Ocean Walk accommodation and Great Ocean Road accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Anglesea Attractions

There are a number of walks to enjoy:
  • Anglesea Beach Walk
    — Enjoy a pleasant stroll along the beach, that commences from Anglesea main beach, walking to Point Roadknight (approx. 20 minutes).
  • Point Addis Koorie Cultural Walk
    — This 2 km return walk starts at Point Addis. There are signs along the way that interpret the local indigenous way of life and show how they lived in harmony with the environment ( 1 hour).
  • Surf Cost Walk
    — A spectacular marked trail that commences at Jan Juc and ends at Moggs Creek. Covering some 30 km, the walk can be done in several sections to suit the individual, all being easily accessed and with spectacular scenery.

Coogoorah Park Reserve and Anglesea Riverbank Area
• Coogoorah Park is a bush reserve and recreation area that was created in response to buried peat smouldering during the Ash Wednesday fires. Channels were created to allow water from the River to extinguish the smouldering peat, and the result was a series of creeks channels and islands, which have become a popular recreation area for canoeing, fishing, bush walking, bird watching and picnicking. It is also an important refuge for native plants and animals. Coogoorah Park contains areas of bush containing native grasses, reeds, sedges, lillies, herbs, shrubs and trees, which are considered endangered within the greater region (bioregion). It is also important habitat for animals such as the Powerful Owl, Brushtail Possum, Ringtail Possum, Echidna, Kangaroo and Wallaby, as well as native fish, eels and many speciesof waterbird.1

There are informal grassed areas, electric bbqs, picnic areas and public toilets. There are walking tracks around the riverbank and boardwalks over wetlands and river.
Point Addis • Point Addis Marine National Park
• About 10 km north-east of Anglesea is Point Addis, a place where the rugged sandstone cliffs overlook the Point Addis Marine National Park. It is a popular launching place for hang gliders. There are steps leading down from the cliff top to the beach. The marine national park spreads along the coastline between Anglesea and Jan Juc, covering some 4,600 hectares. The marine park include the world famous Bells Beach, noted for its waves and suring.
Great Otway National Park
• Spanning over 100,000 hectares along the coast region between Anglesea and Princetown and inland towards Colac, is the Great Otway National Park. This beautiful area features the steep timbered ridges of the Otway Ranges, criss-crossed by fern gullies, creeks, cascades and waterfalls, down to the coastline dominated by tall cliffs, coves and sandy beaches.
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Anglesea Distance

Distance to Anglesea
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Anglesea:
• Aireys Inlet 17
• Bellbrae 13
• Bells Beach 10
• Fairhaven 20
• Geelong 39
• Eastern View 23
• Jan Juc 16
• Lorne 36
• Melbourne 114
• Moggs Creek 21
• Torquay 19
• Wye River 53
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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Anglesea Other Links

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1 Surf Coast Shire: Where the bush meets the sea Anglesea Estuary Management Plan 2004-2007 - Anglesea EMP Pt 1 and Anglesea EMP Pt 2.
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