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Peterborough

Peterborough is located on the Shipwreck Coast section of the famed Great Ocean Road, 13 km west of Port Campbell. The town sits at the mouth of Curdies River, with Port Campbell National Park of the eastern side of the river and the Bay of Islands Coastal Park to the west.

While these two parks contain shores of dramatically rising cliffs and treacherous waters, the beaches and bays around Peterborough are decidedly family-friendly.

The town is only small, but its proximity to the major attractions of the region, such as Loch Ard Gorge, London Bridge and The Twelve Apostles, makes it a fine alternative base for exploring the area, or for a stopover for those pushing on along the Great Ocean Road.

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Peterborough: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Bay of Islands Coastal Park


This coastal park has outstanding ocean views and geological features. Sheer cliffs and rock stacks dominate the bays, and heathlands display colourful spring wildflowers. Beaches are accessible at some points.

Aboriginal Traditional Owners
Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.




Great Ocean Rd
Peterborough, VIC, 3270

Located 0.8K from Peterborough

Port Campbell National Park


Port Campbell National Park is world famous for its extraordinary collection of wave-sculpted rock formations and the Twelve Apostles.

Loch Ard Gorge, site of a 19th century shipwreck 'Loch Ard', as well as the Island Archway and London Bridge are other highlights. The Island Archway collapsed in 2009, highlighting the fragile and ever-changing nature of Victoria's coastline.

Discover the heritage of the Shipwreck Coast on short walks such as the Port Campbell Discovery Walk. Take a scenic drives along the Great Ocean Road, stopping at points of interest.

For refreshments visit the kiosk at the Twelve Apostles visitor centre.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.





Great Ocean Rd
Port Campbell, VIC, 3269

Located 10.7K from Peterborough

The Arches Marine Sanctuary


Just off the coast near Port Campbell, The Arches Marine Sanctuary protects 45ha of remarkable seascape. This area is known for the above water limestone landscape, however 19 to 25m below the waves there is a labyrinth of towering limestone canyons, caves, arches and walls. It is these structures which give the park its name. The area is characterised by high energy waves and cool water with flows from the Southern Ocean.

The complex structures beneath the waves provide a foundation for brilliantly coloured seaweeds and sponges to grow on. Due to the shaded underside of the underwater arches, habitats here are typical of those found in the deeper waters of Bass Strait.

There is a diverse array of life including gorgonians, sponges, bryozoans and hydroids. The upper side of these structures are covered in the thick, brown kelp Ecklonia radiata with an understory of delicate red alage. These habitats support schools of reef fish, seals and a range of invertebrates such as lobster, abalone and sea urchins.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.





Great Ocean Rd
Port Campbell, VIC, 3269

Located 10.7K from Peterborough

Twelve Apostles Marine National Park


The iconic golden cliffs and crumbling pillars of the Twelve Apostles can be found 7km east of Port Campbell. They are protected by the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park which covers 7500ha and runs along 17km of stunning coastline. As well as the above water beauty the park protects some of Victoria's most dramatic underwater scenery. Spectacular arches, canyons, fissures, gutters and deep sloping reefs make up the environment below the waves. Wild and powerful waves of the Southern Ocean constantly pound the coastline which has shaped the area into what you see today.

The remarkable underwater structures provide a complex foundation for magnificent habitats including kelp forests and colourful sponge gardens.

Many animals prosper both above and below the water including seabirds, seals, lobsters, reef fish and sea spiders. The intertidal and shallow subtidal reefs are known to have the greatest diversity of invertebrates on limestone reef in Victoria.

Marine mammals, such as whales, are also known to visit the area. Patient visitors after dark or in the early morning may see Little Penguins which nest in caves below the Twelve Apostles.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.




Great Ocean Rd
Port Campbell, VIC, 3269

Located 15.0K from Peterborough

Timboon Toybox


Welcome to Timboon Toybox, beautiful toys for imaginative minds.

There is nothing better than hearing the wow as children step into the store and are mesmerised by the toys, games, books, puzzles and treasures that surround them. Timboon Toybox is a collection of items that not only entertain the young but offers games and puzzles that brings together families and friends. There is something here for every age, newborn to 99.

Timboon Toybox is a place that offers a unique experience. It is the belief of the owners that you should be able to touch and feel the toys available and have the opportunity to play the games.
Children can learn Sleeping Queens or Rat a Tat Cat and adults enjoy making shapes in the kinetic sand.

Each product at Timboon Toybox has been lovingly hand picked with importance given to child development, the quality of the product and consideration on its value for money and how much fun it is going to be. There is a wide selection of gifts suitable for the birthday party to the forever treasure a grandparent might give for a first birthday.

At Timboon Toybox's there is a strong focus on providing products from suppliers that are environmentally conscious and focus on using sustainable timber and follow fair trade practices to produce their toys. There is a large range of Australian designed and owned companies that the store stocks such as Artiwood and Tiger Tribe. With over 20 suppliers, you will be surprised by the range and quality of gifts available.











1/11 Curdievale Road
Timboon, VIC, 3268

Located 16.3K from Peterborough

Peterborough: Travel Tips

Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre


Local, regional and state wide information to help you make the most of your stay. Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre specialises in tailoring itineraries to suit the needs of individuals and industry.

Ask about the fabulous and free award winning Craters to Coast Discovery program. Borrow an eight inch Newtonian Reflector telescope, binoculars or delight the kids with activities like Wind Hunter and Crater Quest.

Visitors are invited to view the wonderful display of artefacts from local wrecks including the Loch Ard, Schomberg, Fiji, Falls of Halladale and Newfield. Read the stories and connect to the tales of heroism and tragedy that are woven into the very fabric of the region.

The Visitor Information Centre chronicles the region daily on social media with daily insights and spectacular regional photography.

Looking for a special souvenir or gift to remember your trip by? Or perhaps a shipwreck book to curl up and read with a glass of local red?

Call in and see them in Port Campbell and let the friendly staff show you why there is so much more than just 12 reasons to stay. Together they will create a holiday to remember.




26 Morris St
Port Campbell, VIC, 3269

Located 10.5K from Peterborough

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