Port Campbell started off as a peaceful seaside resort and the base of a small crayfishing industry. However, over the years the town has become famous for the numerous world-famous attractions located in Port Campbell National Park that the town sits within on the Great Ocean Road.
Most visitors come to see the Twelve Apostles, however, they end up staying for the sparkling seaside village nestled on a perfect pine-fringed bay. There’s plenty to do here including fishing, swimming and endless ogling of coastal scenery. Continue reading to find out all about Port Campbell and its many attractions.
Port Campbell History
Port Campbell was named after Captain Alexander Campbell who was known as ‘the last of the buccaneers’. In charge of the whaling station at Port Fairy, he traded between Victoria and Tasmania using Port Campbell Bay as shelter in the 1840s.
As the English colony grew, Bass Strait became a major shipping route and pastoralists moved into the area. However, it wasn’t until the 1870s that the town of Port Campbell was established.