Voices and visions of the walk

Every-ones experience of the Great Ocean Road is unique. A wonderful way to enhance that experience is to listen to audio accounts from guides, historians and fellow Great Ocean Walkers. Listen to these Audio stories on your iphone.

 

Aboriginal History, Heritage and Shipwrecks

The traditional owners Country transcends what is known today as the Otway coastline. This area, rich and diverse in plant and animal life, has been a gathering, ceremonial and feasting place for thousands of years. Many sites and spiritual links remain today.

Navigational Marker & the Grange

Navigational markers, beacons and lights are features right along our southern coastline.  They tell both a heritage and contemporary story of the clever and reasonably simple methods used to ensure safe sea travel.

Destination - Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay - sea, sand, summer fun. This is a contemporary view of the locality. many years ago it was a place built on industry - whaling, timber and trade. These activities shaped what we experience today on the GOW.

Shipwrecked Despite Local Knowledge

Captain Jeffery and Seabird. Captain Jeffery was a master mariner, one of the best known trading captains along the Otway coast during the early days of sailing the Melbourne to Apollo Bay route.

Logging the Otways

Timber attracted the first permanent inhabitants to the areas within the ranges and Apollo Bay in the 1850s. The Black Thursday bushfires of 1851 swept through soon after with a loss of life and a destruction to the forest.

 

Tracks in the landscape

At the end of the 1840s, when William Roadknight came to establish a cattle run on Cape Otway peninsula he crossed the mountains using the valley of Wild Dog Creek and made the remainder of his journey westward along the coast.

William and his son Thomas expended a great deal of effort widening this track into a ‘good sound dray road’.