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Great Ocean Road

 

This area extends along the south-west coast of Victoria from Port Phillip Bay through to the South Australian border. It includes Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne, Wye River, Kennet River, Port Campbell, Apollo Bay, Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland. The hinterland includes Colac, Cobden and Winchelsea.

The Great Ocean Road itself was built by returned servicemen after the First World War as a memorial to fallen comrades. With its stunning coastal scenery it probably constitutes Australia's most spectacular and unusual war memorial.

 

See also our entries under these places of particular interest:

Warrnambool
Camperdown

Some places of interest in the Great Ocean Road region:

Barwon Park
A historic bluestone mansion with 42 rooms and an enduring reminder to the wealth and success of the Western District graziers of the 19th century. The mansion also includes a room celebrating the achievements of the local soprano, Marjorie Lawrence. More information at The White Hat Guide to Barwon Park.

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Cape Otway Lighthouse
Located in beautiful Otway National Park this 1848 lighthouse tower is now the oldest on the Australian mainland.

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Flagstaff Hill Maritime Muesum
A recreation of a coastal settlement fro the 19th century. This museum contains significant artefacts from the wreck of the Loch Ard near Port Campbell. Entry fees apply.


Some markets in the Great Ocean Road region:

Anglesea Community House Market
An outdoor market with over 150 stalls selling a wide variety of goods.

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Anglesea Foot ball Club Market
An outdoor market with up to 100 stalls selling a wide variety of goods. This is one of several markets operated by community groups during the summer months in the wonderful outdoor setting on the riverbank.

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Anglesea Lions Club Market
An outdoor market with over 150 stalls selling a wide variety of goods.

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Anglesea Market
An outdoor market with up to 200 stalls selling craft, jewllery, food & a wide variety of goods. Plenty of family entertainment. This is one of several markets operated by community groups during the summer months in the wonderful outdoor setting on the riverbank. If you are visiting Anglesea for this market, why not stay overnight and make a weekend of it. White Hat recommends these holiday parks and this beach house.

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Apollo Bay Farmers Market
Apollo Bay Farmer's Market showcases some of the finest culinary delights being produced in and around the Otways. The market offers fabulously fresh local produce including: wine, meat, olives, fruit and veg, honey and lots more.

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Apollo Bay Market
An outdoor market with 20 to 50 stalls selling home made produce and handcrafted goods as well as local produce. Stalls are only available to local residents or rate payers and hence this market truly reflects the craft and produce of the Otways region.

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Birregurra Sunday Market in the Park
Birregurra is at the foot of the Otway ranges 45 min from Geelong enroute to Lorne & Apollo Bay. The markets feature quality craft & local produce in a relaxing rural atmosphere.There are a variety of local shops to visit also.

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Camperdown Rotary Craft Market
Home made & home grown goods. Historic tours (including the famous clock tower) available.

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Camperdown Show Society Sunday Market
An indoor market with a range of goods.

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Colac Lions Sunday Market
An outdoor market selling a wide range of goods including local produce.

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Cowrie Community Market
An outdoor market selling produce, art & craft with an emphasis on edo-friendly products. Live music - buskers welcome.

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Derrinallum Town and Country Market
Derrinallum Town and country Markets are an initiative of the Derrinallum Progress Association. We have a large variety of stalls including plants, toys, felt craft goods, coffee, icecream, cakes and biscuits, bread, Lions club BBQ, music. New stallholders welcome

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Lorne Kindergarten Annual Easter Market
Over 60 stalls with gourmet food, children's rides and lots more.

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Moriac Makers & Growers Market


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Moriac Makers & Growers Market
Celebrate all that is sustainable, innovative, hand and homemade at the newest market in the region. Specialising in clothing and textile design, art and jewellery, fresh organic produce and tasty homemade food, the Moriac Makers & Growers Market is where quality and quirky come together. Imagine seeds and stitches, jewellery and jam, sewing mchines and local seasonal produce accompanied by live acoustic music to soothe and inspire. Here craft is cool and excellence is expected! Head to the hinterland and tap into some real country soul. Coming dates: 8th January 2012; 6th May 2012

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Pombo Mart
A very large building (originally a butter factory) with a large range of antiques, collectables, old wares and plenty of surprises. White Hat recommends that if you are travelling the Princes Highway between Geelong and Warrnambool that you take a break at the Pombo Mart. There is a cafe and one of  the proprietors is Peter Brocklehurst "The singing cobbler" continues to ply his trade repairing watches and shoes, cutting keys and engraving. More information at Pombo Mart

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Port Campbell Summer Market
A small outdoor market with arts, crafts and refreshments.

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Port Fairy Craft Market
Featuring craft and other goods

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Port Fairy Farmers' Market


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Portland Angling Club Sunday Market
A small indoor/outdoor market with a range of goods.

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Portland Bentinck Street Sunday Markets
Home made cakes & slices and sausage rolls. Flowers, Plants, Craft, Food. BBQ/Sausage Sizzle. New stall holders' welcome - no trash please. More details at Portland Bentinck Street Sunday Markets. An extra Christmas market on 21st December 2009.

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Torquay Central Farmers Market
Local & regional bread, cheese, organics, eggs, vegies, berries, jam and honey. White Hat has not yet attended this market but when we do we will let you know what we think.

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Torquay Primary School Market
A once-a-year market with a variety of goods.

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Up Markets
New Fashion,Vintage and Cultural Art, become a stall holder in Lorne new indoor permanent market, we do all the hard work for you selling your products seven days a week, prime beachfront location in the heart of lorne's lively shopping hub, stalls and wall space available now.

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Warrnambool Hillside Market
An outdoor market selling a range of quality goods including craft and produce. The most picturesque market in the area with sites of high quality craft and produce. Free entry.

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Warrnambool Mill Markets
A market operated in the same style as the mills markets in Newtown and Daylesford. Stalls are available on a monthly lease and you will find all manner of clothing, jewellery, antiques, collectables and bric-a-brac. The market is located in the factory and gardens created by Fletcher Jones.

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Warrnambool Spirit of the Sea Market
Held in the delightful area of Lake Pertobe - a colourful and mixed outdoor market held just once a year.

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Warrnambool Undercover Market
This market has a range of bric-a-brac and variety goods. White Hat can particularly recommend the fresh flowers and produces sold by farmers off the bck of their trucks at this typical down-to-earth country market. Despite the name of the market, there are also a number of outdoor stalls in fine weather. No dogs are allowed.


What's on and things to do in the Great Ocean Road region:

Apollo Bay Music Festival
This festival with a large number of performers features, rock, jazz, blues, indie, world and classical music.


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Cobden Spring Festival
An annual community festival with a market, food stalls and entertainment.


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Colac Country Music Festival Truck & Ute Show
A festival featuring country music and showcasing trucks and utes. (The ute was invented not far from Colac). Bring a picnic or sample the wares at the food stalls.


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Gnatannwarr Multicultural Festival
This festival (previously known as the Tarerer Festival) promotes local indigenous culture through song and dance.


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Koroit Irish Festival
Poetry, history music and dance highlighting the Irish heritage of the area.


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Mortlake Buskers Festival
Food and craft stalls plus buskers competing in the Australian Busking Championships.


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Moyneyana Festival
An annual community festival which has been running since 1948 and adopted the name "Moyneyana" in 1960. Highlights include the New Years Eve Procession, Australia Day activities historic walks, historic buildings open days, a Summer Fair and much more.


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Rip Curl Pro Surfing Carnival
This major surfing event is now over 40 years old. The main events are held during the Easter period.


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The Port Fairy Spring Music Festival
A festival featuring classical and contemporary music.


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The Wood, Wine & Roses Festival
This annual festival features a range of activitie including wood chopping, highland dancing, rose competitions, entertainments and stalls.


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Timboon Railway Music Festival
'Jazz on the Rail' with music and fine dining.


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Warrnambool Fun 4 Kids Festival
Creative, imaginative, funny, fascinating, comical, inventive, unconventional, original, visual, moving, charming, engaging, massive, exciting - a festival like you have never experienced before.



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You can find a comprehensive guide to markets around Australia at The White Hat Guide to Markets in Australia.