Anglesea, Victoria

Coordinates: 38°24′23″S 144°11′13″E / 38.40639°S 144.18694°E / -38.40639; 144.18694
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Anglesea, including the tidal river mouth, seen from a lookout above the Great Ocean Road. Coastal points of interest visible in this picture are Main Beach, which is home to the Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club, and Point Addis, in the background.
Anglesea is located in Surf Coast Shire
Location in Surf Coast Shire
Coordinates38°24′23″S 144°11′13″E / 38.40639°S 144.18694°E / -38.40639; 144.18694
Population2,545 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation12 m (39 ft)
LGA(s)Surf Coast Shire
State electorate(s)Polwarth
Federal division(s)Corangamite
Localities around Anglesea:
Gherang Paraparap Bellbrae
Wensleydale Anglesea Bells Beach
Aireys Inlet Bass Strait Bass Strait
View of Point Roadknight, to the southwest of the town centre, as seen from a lookout above the Great Ocean Road.

Anglesea is a town in Victoria, Australia. It is located on the Great Ocean Road in the Surf Coast Shire local government area. In the 2016 census, Anglesea had a population of 2,545 people.[1]

Originally known as Swampy Creek, the area's name was changed to Anglesea River in 1884 when the township was established. A Post Office under that name opened on 16 April 1886.[2] and was renamed Anglesea in 1950. The name derives from Anglesey, an island in North Wales.[3]

Alcoa of Australia operated a power station and open-cut coal mine near the town from 1969 until August 2015. The site is now the subject of restorative work.

In February 1983, the Ash Wednesday fires swept through the area, destroying many houses.


Aerial panorama of the coastal township of Anglesea, Victoria and the Anglesea River. Shot September 2018.

There is a surge in population during the summer months, reaching a peak around Christmas and New Year's Eve, as many Melbourne residents arrive for the holiday season. Although the town's main beach usually has reasonable surfing conditions, many surfers opt for the beach known as "Guvvo's", just west of town at the end of O'Donohue Road. Anglesea is also well known locally for its regular riverbank markets, which are held by the river on Anglesea's main street, the Great Ocean Road.[4]

The town's golf-course is renowned for its resident population of eastern grey kangaroos which graze on the fairways.[5] In September the town hosts the Angair Wildflower Festival.

Point Roadknight Back Beach Aerial Panorama. Shot September 2018.

The Surf Coast Walk passes through the town and can either be followed north-east along the coastline to Torquay or south-east towards Aireys Inlet and Moggs Creek.[6]

Point Roadknight, Point Addis and Harvey Street are some of the tourist attractions along with several parks which surround the coastline. The Coogoorah Park is located towards the end of the River Reserve Road which boasts of a network of islands connected by boardwalks and bridges through wetlands.[7]


Anglesea has an Australian Rules football team and Netball Club that both compete in the Bellarine Football League.[8]

The town is also home of the Anglesea Cricket Club which competes in the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association.

Golfers play at the Anglesea Golf Club on Noble Street, home to a great many kangaroos.[9]

Anglesea has a recently re-built skateboard ramp which has led a controversial life, with the construction material having changed from wood to steel, and then concrete.

The area has a variety of surfing locations that cater to both beginners and experienced surfers. Both the patrolled main beach and the sheltered beach at Point Roadknight provide a perfect surfing environment for beginners. More experienced and adventurous surfers can tackle the more exposed beaches to the north and south of the town, or several offshore reefs, which are accessible via boat or a lengthy paddle from shore. These "bombies" can produce challenging waves during large swells.

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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Anglesea (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 22 January 2021
  3. ^ "Anglesea - Intown Geelong". Archived from the original on 8 July 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Anglesea Riverbank Market". The Market Roll. Archived from the original on 16 August 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Anglesea Golf Club's Kangaroos". Anglesea Golf Club. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  6. ^ Tourism Victoria. "Surf Coast Walk, Great Ocean Road". Visit Victoria. Archived from the original on 21 September 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Anglesea". Travel Victoria.
  8. ^ "Bellarine Football League". Football & Netball Geelong. Archived from the original on 14 August 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  9. ^ Golf Select, Anglesea, retrieved 11 May 2009

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