Wye River, Victoria

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Wye River
Wye river.jpg
Looking South over Wye River Township
Wye River is located in Colac Otway Shire
Wye River
Wye River
Coordinates 38°38′0″S 143°53′0″E / 38.63333°S 143.88333°E / -38.63333; 143.88333Coordinates: 38°38′0″S 143°53′0″E / 38.63333°S 143.88333°E / -38.63333; 143.88333
Population 144 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3234
LGA(s) Colac Otway Shire
State electorate(s) Polwarth
Federal Division(s) Corangamite
Localities around Wye River:
Barramunga Separation Creek Separation Creek
Kennett River Wye River Bass Strait
Kennett River Kennett River Bass Strait

Wye River is a small town in Victoria, Australia. It is also the name given to the waterway which flows through the town and into the sea at this point. Situated some 155 km west of Melbourne, on the Otway Coast part of the scenic Great Ocean Road, the Wye River township is a popular tourist destination about 15 km west of the resort town of Lorne, Victoria. It became a popular place for Melbournians to holiday after the Great Ocean Road was officially opened in 1932. The postcode of Wye River is 3234. At the 2006 census, Wye River had a permanent population of 144 although its holiday population is ten times that number.[1]


The site was occupied by white settlers in 1882. Brothers Alex and Donald MacRea and their cousin Alex MacLennan were looking for an area suited to farming and fishing and chose this site. The MacRaes settled near Separation Creek, establishing a farm which they named The Wye after a river in Wales and Herefordshire. Alex MacLennan settled a little further west at a site he named The Kennet (later the town of Kennett River) after another UK river.

Wye River Post Office opened on 19 January 1914 though before 1945 it was reduced to just a Telegraph office for considerable periods of time, mail being delivered from Lorne.[2]


The area is known for scenic coastal views, beautiful beaches, Otway Forest walks, wildlife including koalas and birds as well as the Great Otway National Park. Active tourism opportunities include fishing and excellent surfing.

The official tourism organisation representing Wye River is Otway Coast Tourism.

There are many self contained holiday rental houses available - some found here - Otway Coast Accommodation. Wye River is an all season tourist destination where visitors enjoy beaches in summer and drives, food trails and water falls in winter. Tourists travelling with dogs are encouraged in many places. See a guide to Pet Friendly Travel.

There are two caravan parks, the Seasonal Foreshore, located close to the main beach, and the BIG4 Wye River Holiday Park in the valley, which is privately owned and operates all year round.

There is one pub, the "Wye Beach Hotel" (formally known as "The Rookery Nook Hotel") and a general store "Wye General" which also contains the post office and a cafe.

In recent years, the numbers of Southern Right Whales[3][4] and Humpback Whales[5] seen around the shores are increasing as the whale populations recover as well as other species such as Bottlenose Dolphins.


Wye River has a Country Fire Brigade and a Surf Life Saving Club.

The Wye River Separation Creek Progress Association whose purpose is simply to “advance the welfare and protect the environment” of Wye River and Separation Creek. The association’s volunteer committee of 12 meets every few months and hosts a public Forum in January that is open to the entire community and is attended by members of the community and the many related service organisations


A few seconds of the movie Blinder was filmed in Wye River. The scene features a car driving along the Great Ocean Road. The camera was positioned outside the local pub.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Wye River (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ Beckhurst A., 2013 WYE RIVER WHALES. Vimeo. retrieved on 01-06-2014
  4. ^ BIG4WyeRiver's channel. 2013 Whale Watching Wye River BIG4 Wye River Holiday Park on YouTube. retrieved on 01-06-2014
  5. ^ Darby A., 2013 Whale boom on Surf Coast. The Age Environment. retrieved on 01 June 2014

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