Welcome to the Glenelg Shire, one of Victoria’s best kept secrets! Tucked away in Victoria’s south west corner, it is the western gateway to the Great Ocean Road.
This unforgettable experience winds around three National Parks, hardwood forests, the pristine Glenelg River, the picturesque township of Nelson, aboriginal heritage sites, the mighty Southern Ocean and vast sand dunes, sandy bays and beaches, rugged cliffs, freshwater lakes, the Cape Nelson Lighthouse, and the stunning Bridgewater Bay.
LOWER GLENELG NATIONAL PARK
Surrounding the Glenelg River, this park is perfect for walking, sightseeing, picnics, camping (permits required), canoeing, boating and fishing. Take a cruise from Nelson, up the river, past the limestone cliffs to the stunning Princess Margaret Rose Cave, where underground adventures await.
MT RICHMOND NATIONAL PARK
Mt Richmond is an ancient volcano and forms part of the ‘Coast and Caves’ precinct of the Kanawinka Geopark. Accessible via the Portland-Nelson Road, this park features a network of walking tracks and look-out towers with spectacular views, spring wildflowers and abundant wildlife.
COBBOBOONEE NATIONAL PARK
Victoria’s newest National Park, the Cobboboonee is a wonderland of lowland forests, heathlands and wetlands offering a wide range of activities, it is a special spot for bird life and walking.
DISCOVERY BAY MARINE NATIONAL PARK & COASTAL PARK
Experience the full force of the Southern Ocean’s Marine National Park from the Blowholes at Cape Bridgewater. The large coastal park stretches from Portland to the South Australian border. It offers a vast area of unspoilt beaches with huge rolling sand dunes, tranquil lakes and wetlands. Camping permits are required for Swan Lake and Lake Monibeong.