Port Campbell has a resident population of about 450, but attracts a huge number of visitors, due in no small part to its proximity to the coastal scenery at the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. The town has one pub and a couple of restaurants and good number of takeaway food vendors who cater to the passing parade of tourists who pass through the town.
The township is situated at the edge of a small square bay and a few properties have views of the bay, but none have views of the spectacular scenery of the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge etc. They are located about 7 − 12 kilometres away, and despite the fact that every accommodation property has pictures of the 12 Apostles in their advertising brochures, you won’t see them from your room.
Port Campbell Attractions
Port Campbell is quite small so just about everything is within walking distance and the beach at Port Campbell is quite sheltered and offers a safe swimming location.
Port Campbell is not considered to be a getaway destination as the vast majority of visitors come to to look at the scenery and not to wander around the township or to drink latte’s in coffee shops, you only have to walk up and down the main shopping centre to see everything is aimed at the passing traffic with fast food outlets and shops selling tourist bric a brac.
Port Campbell History
In the 1830’s Captain Alexander Campbell was working for the Henty Brother sailing cargo and supplies between their main base in Launceston to their outlying settlements at Portland Bay, Port Fairy and King island, story has it that during one of these trip he encountered a storm at took shelter in a small bay about 70 kilometres west of Port Fairy. However there are rumours that he had used this bay quite frequently and not all of the cargo he carried actually reached its destination. It either case his exploits went undetected and he has been remembered with the naming of a street in Port Fairy and more importantly the naming of a village which lies close to one of Australia’s most recognisable tourist icons
By the mid 1840’s farming had commenced on land surrounding the bay but it was 1875 before there the township was surveyed and 1880 before was any houses were built. For the next 100 years it remained a small fishing village and the population never grew beyond 100.
Flashpackers Motel Lord St Port Campbell
Motel style accommodation at Backpacker prices - and upmarket backpacker style accommodation in the centre of Port Campbell. Close to shops and restaurants, clean, cheerful and friendly accommodation for travellers, families or small groups travelling on a budget
Butterfly Farm Port Campbell Rd Nirranda
From $90 pn
Butterfly Farm Bed and Breakfast is a lovingly restored Edwardian country homestead situated on the Great Ocean Road a few minutes drive from Peterborough. An ideal base for touring the Great Ocean Rd..
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Raglan Motor Inn
Seaview Rooms from $90/night
Great prices, and friendly owners make Raglan Motor Inn a fabulous place to stay .5 minutes drive to Logan's beach and close to Warrnambool's CBD - Prices start from around $85 per night
Raglan Motor Inn has sea views from its front rooms and has off street parking and caters for couples and family bookings -
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