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Peterborough - Cities, Towns and Localities

One of the many destinations along the famous tourism drives of the Great Ocean Road and the rugged Shipwreck Coast, Peterborough is located on the Curdies Inlet, fed by the river of the same name. To the east along the coast is Port Campbell, with Warrnambool to the west.

With the spectacle of the 12 Apostles just up the road, Peterborough is also just minutes from a range of coastal formations said to rival and considered by many to be more spectacular than the 12 Apostles.

The Bay of Islands Coastal Park is simply breathtaking, with mother nature at its best. Stretching for some 33 km there are a number of small coves, beaches, limestone cliffs, and striking rock formations to be found in the park.

One of the more famous shipwreck is The Loch Ard, located not far from here just east of Port Campbell. Peterborough has a general store, fuel, hotel, bottle shop, golf course and tennis courts.

Check out our listing for Peterborough accommodation, Great Ocean Road accommodation and Shipwreck Coast 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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Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre

Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre

Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre

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Peterborough Attractions

Bay of Martyrs
• Just off the Great Ocean Road, on the outskirt of Peterborough is a place with spectacular views of the Bay of Martyrs that take in the many rock stack islands. There is a short walk from the eastern end of the carpark, that leads to Halladale Point, which is the site of the 'Falls of Halladale' shipwreck., which hit the reef back in 1908.

The Bay of Martyrs is just west of Peterborough, and has numerous middens that are testimony of the local indigenous people with the area. The area has a number of names such as Massacre Bay, Massacre Point and Bay of Martyrs, which lend credence to the local oral history of the area, suggesting that Europeans killed many Kirrae-Wurrong Aboriginal people. The men were said to be driven off the cliffs, whilst women and children were allegedly killed in nearby swamp. Although there are no written evidence, the indigenous population said to be in the thousands, suddenly reduced to practically nil at some point in Australia's history. Whilst some say the drop in numbers was due to migration, local folklore begs to differ.
Fishing
• Both Curdies Inlet and Gellibrand River at Princetown are popular local fishing spots. There is also some good ocean fishing locations at Clifton Beach, Gibson Steps Beach, Newfield Bay, and from the Port Campbell jetty. You need to ensure that you have a Victorian Amateur Fishing Licence (see the Victorian Department of Primary Industries website). Fishing is not permitted in Marine National Parks and Marine Sanctuaries. Check the Parks Victoria website for activity guidelines and boundaries.
London Bridge now known as London Arch
• One of the major attractions located between Peterborough and Port Campbell is London Arch. Once connected to the mainland, the arch collapsed in 1990 leaving a couple stranded on the wrong side, having to be rescued by helicopter. There is a viewing platform that provide great views of the bridge and of the London Bridge Beach.

London Bridge now known as London Arch located between Peterborough and Port Campbell.


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Peterborough Distance

Distance to Peterborough
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Peterborough:
  Km
• Apollo Bay 109
• Anglesea 167
• Lorne 153
• Melbourne via Lorne 296
  Km
• Port Campbell 20
• Princetown 30
• Warrnambool 53
• Wye River 137
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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