Visit Glenelg, Victoria

Time to visit Glenelg

You don't find yourself in Glenelg, Victoria, by accident. You find it with a purpose; with the intent of ditching the urban rush and finding solace in untouched landscapes.

It's for explorers who are willing to take the time to experience the utterly unique space alongside scenery.

Glenelg is idyllically remote and ecologically diverse. Home to flowing rivers and expansive oceans, thousand-year old cultural and geographic marvels, dotted with historic townships.

Here's what's on offer:

At the far western end of the Great Ocean Road, just over the Victorian border, Glenelg boasts a variety of world class nature-based attractions, enticing explorers that are willing to take a step off the beaten track.

In the southern pocket of the region sits the picturesque Bridgewater Bay, arguably one of Australia's most beautiful beaches with its stunning deep blue waters and coastal cliffs that stretch in a perfect crescent around the rim of a huge, ancient volcano crater. Take in the surreal landscape of the petrified forest, watch as the sea spray blasts metres skyward at the natural blowholes or dive into the crisp freshwater springs. Explore the world-class Great South West Walk which offers an abundance of scenery, see the large breeding colony of fur seals, lose yourself in the enchanted forest, walk its rugged cliffs, take in its sublime bays, and be in awe of the pristine river.

Closer to the border and you will find Nelson, a tiny township located on the mighty Glenelg river. This tranquil location offers ocean, estuary, river and not one, but two, National Parks. Visit the Cape Nelson Lighthouse, enjoy boating, river and ocean fishing, swimming, snorkelling, bird watching, water skiing and canoeing. A nature lovers' playground, unspoilt beaches and rivers provide a haven for soaking up the riches of this coastal town.

Heading inland through the quaint townships of Dartmoor and Heywood you will find yourself at the recently listed wonder of the UNESCO listed Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape, one of the world's most extensive and oldest aquaculture systems.

The northern corner of Glenelg is a world away from the rugged coastal clifftops, providing instead an abundance of historic charm. The township of Casterton is idyllically nestled amongst the rolling hills and river red gums of the Glenelg River valley, tempting you to stay and explore the legendary history of ''Kelpie Country". The town's leafy streets, heritage buildings and friendly country hospitality make it a pleasure to stay. Visit its galleries, bakery, cafes and boutiques.

Head back south to Portland, a thriving city by the sea. Wander streets dotted with heritage buildings and dine on great pub fare while overlooking the busy harbour. Watch the local fishing fleet unload its catch, walk the foreshore, spot the resident seals and watch for Southern Right whales in the harbour.