Timboon is a rural centre at the heart of a rich grazing and dairying area where the production of milk, cheese and butter is still central to the economy. Located 152 km southwest of Geelong and 235 km from Melbourne, Timboon is growing in popularity as a food lover's haven. It is home to cheesemakers, an ice creamery, berry picking, smoked eels, chocolates and a stylish whiskey distillery and restaurant in the town's old railway shed.
A rail trail linking Camperdown to Timboon, constructed along a disused railway line built in 1892, provides activities for anyone wanting to keep fit or simply enjoy the scenery.
The trail takes in a mixture of terrains, from the rainforest-like hinterland of Timboon, to the grassland area around Glenfyne and the prime dairy areas surrounding Cobden.
You can cycle or walk through the beautiful bushland setting and across the restored trestle bridge, choosing to take in the entire 34 kilometre trail or smaller sections.
The town's main street offers a variety of shopping choices, including clothes, accessories, crafts, gifts, cafes and a bakery.
All this is nestled just 15 minutes from the iconic coastline of the Great Ocean Road.
Peterborough is a small, tranquil, low-key fishing and holiday resort of about 200 people situated on the western side of the Curdies River estuary which forms a broad inlet behind the town. Peterborough is located on the Great Ocean Road 247 km south-west of Melbourne between Port Campbell (13 km to the east) and Warrnambool (53 km to the west). On the eastern side of the river mouth is Port Campbell National Park and on the western side of Peterborough is the Bay of Islands Coastal Park. Both are characterised by sheer limestone cliffs, offshore islands, towering rock stacks, gorges, arches, blowholes and other striking rock formations. Thus Peterborough, with its small beaches and sandhills, presents a family-friendly aspect of the south-west coast.
The beach at Peterborough is hemmed between cliffs and has a feeling of some solitude. It is readily accessible and ideal for swimming, fishing and surfing.
Curdies Inlet is a large open stretch of calm water behind the sand dunes which is in considerable contrast to the turbulence of the Southern Ocean. It offers safe swimming, sailboarding, boating and fishing opportunities.
are opportunities for snorkelling, walking, beachcombing, photography and surf
The seaside village of Port Campbell is located on the scenic Great Ocean Road between Lavers Hill and Warrnambool. The tree-lined Lord Street is the town centre featuring cafes, restaurants and speciality shops. Port Campbell Bay presents a gently sloping family friendly swimming area sheltered from the bulk of Southern Ocean swell. Waters inside the pier are generally suitable for swimming
and wading and are patrolled during the summer season.
Take advantage of fishing from the jetty or book a fishing charter through the Info Centre.
The Southern Ocean is renowned for its excellent surfing. Ask the locals about their favourite spots; The Well (Peterborough), Crofts Bay (Peterborough) and The Point. Or take the path along the headland at Port Campbell to watch the surfers perfect their waves at Two Mile Beach.