|Population||2,545 (2016 census)|
|LGA(s)||Surf Coast Shire|
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. and was renamed Anglesea in 1950. The name is ultimately named after Anglesey which is an island in North Wales.
In February 1983, the Ash Wednesday fires swept through the area, destroying many houses.
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.
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.
The town is also home of the Anglesea Cricket Club which competes in the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association, winning the 2017/18 A Grade Final and the 2018/19 B Grade Final, courtesy of an incredible keeper's end run out by wicketkeeper-batsman Brent Smith, resulting in pandemonium.
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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