Area Profiles


Cobden


Cobden is located amidst low hills near Curdies River, 208 km south-west of Melbourne and 39 km north of Port Campbell. It is a small and picturesque service town of tall flowering trees and about 1400 people within a prosperous and closely settled dairying district. There is a large butter and powdered milk factory in town although its chief appeal is as the gateway for the Twelve Apostles and the spectacular Great Ocean Road.

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Gellibrand


Gellibrand is located at the foot of the OTWAY RANGES, at the entrance of the CARLISLE STATE PARK and only some 30 kms to the famous MELBA GULLY STATE PARK which is referred to as "the jewel of the Otways". Rivers in close proximity offer good fishing, Gellibrand River is renowned as "Home of the Blackfish". The Old Beechy Rail Trail which follows much of the original path of the narrow gauge railway "The Beechy" ran from 1902 until 1962. It passes through Gellibrand to Dinmont then on to Beech Forest and Crowes. It is popular with walking groups and mountain bike riders. The area has scenic forest, rich farmland and rolling hills with the coast not too far away. There is excellent bird life along the trail and rain forest pockets have magnificent eucalypts and blackwoods shading the lush understorey. The local Store and Post Office is warm and welcoming, offering a range of food and drinks, and gourmet pizzas on a Saturday night. There is also the local pub, which serves appetizing...

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Johanna


Johanna  - Whether suffused with sunshine, bathed in moonlight or rumbling as the mighty rollers break under a thunderous sky, Johanna Beach is one of the most wild and beautiful stretches of coastline easily accessible to the public. Johanna is very easily accessible to the public. Separated from the Great Ocean Road by the bucolic dairy farms of the south west, Johanna is reached by either the Red or Blue Johanna Roads.  With only farm houses and holiday cottages dotting the countryside, and a small onshore campground, the isolation of the beach has preserved the flawless golden sands that reach to towering cliffs and distant headlands. Known by surfers as one of the prime board riding sites in Australia, the famous Bells Beach Surf Classic has been moved to Johanna at times, depending on prevailing winds and ocean currents. Usually, however, the quiet and seclusion of Johanna Beach provide a chance to experience the elemental forces of nature as your footprints break the p...

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Lavers Hill


Lavers Hill is situated on the Great Ocean Road between Port Campbell and Apollo Bay, but on the inland section of the road, north-west of Cape Otway, and at the junction of the roads to Cobden and Colac. The small commercial centre of the town caters well for tourists, featuring a number of cafes, a bakery, a pub with a bistro, and a couple of information centres. The landmark wood sculpture at the junction of the Great Ocean Road and Colac Road is the "Drift", which is a tribute to the marine environment, prehistoric skeletal finds, shipwrecks and the agricultural machinery of the area, designed by artist James Catell. Lavers Hill is an area noted for scenic beauty. Perched at highest point on the Great Ocean Road, views can be enjoyed of the rolling hills and timbered forests of the Otway Ranges. Lavers Hill is a handy base for exploring the natural attractions of the area, including the Triplet Falls, Hopetoun Falls and Beauchamp Falls. The Great Otway National Park surrounds m...

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Swan Marsh


Swan Marsh is a town in the Western District of Victoria, Australia. The town is located in the Colac Otway Shire local government area, 168 kilometres (104 mi) south west Melbourne. The area around Swan Marsh was first settled by Europeans in the mid 19th century. The area was described as "“wet, marshy land, forest and some beautiful cleared rich gently sloping high land."The swamps were drained using bullock teams and hand labour to install large drains—the beginnings of the Tirrengower Drainage Scheme. The name "Swan Marsh" was derived from the swans prevalent in the local area. In 1907, the area saw closer settlement with 60-acre (24 ha) blocks created and allocated mainly to young families. The Swan Marsh dairy, operated by the Colac and District Company, was built in 1901. From the 1930s to its closure in 1956, the dairy produced casein. Swan Marsh today has four businesses: the post office, the general store/take away food outlet, a peat mine and a water carter. Community fac...

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Warrion


Warrion is a village in south west Victoria, Australia. Its buildings include a motor vehicle and farm equipment workshop, the Ti Tree Hotel, a church, a fire brigade station manned by volunteers and a community hall. Warrion sits at the foot of Warrion Hill.  Main rural industries included cropping of peas and onions, and dairy farming. Warrion has important groundwater resources which are used widely in local farming activities.

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