Johanna, Victoria

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Johanna is located in Colac Otway Shire
Coordinates 38°45′0″S 143°23′0″E / 38.75000°S 143.38333°E / -38.75000; 143.38333Coordinates: 38°45′0″S 143°23′0″E / 38.75000°S 143.38333°E / -38.75000; 143.38333
Postcode(s) 3238
LGA(s) Colac Otway Shire
State electorate(s) Polwarth
Federal Division(s) Corangamite
Localities around Johanna:
Lavers Hill Lavers Hill Wyelangta
Yuulong Johanna Glenaire
Southern Ocean Southern Ocean Glenaire

Johanna is a small town on the coast of Victoria, Australia located west of Cape Otway in the Colac Otway Shire. It is named after the schooner Joanna that was wrecked at the mouth of the Johanna River on 22 September 1843 [1] [2] .[3]


Johanna Post Office opened on 1 November 1913 and closed in 1967.[4]

The surfing beach at Johanna is a long stretch of beach breaks, or beach and reef, noted for its power and reputation for rapid jumps in size (doubling over the space of just a few hours).[5] The Bells Beach Surf Classic competition has been moved from Bells Beach to Johanna on occasions when the surf at Bells was flat (such as in 2003 and 2010).[6] The westerly facing of Johanna picks up swell that misses Bells and the Surf Coast.


  1. ^ Blake, Les (1977). Place names of Victoria. Adelaide: Rigby. p. 294. ISBN 0-7270-0250-3 , cited in Bird (2006)
  2. ^ "Loss of the Joanna". Launceston Examiner. 7 October 1843. p. 4. Retrieved 2011-02-12 
  3. ^ Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria". The Australian National Placename Survey (ANPS). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-02-09. 
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  5. ^ 100 Best Surf Spots in the World, Rod Sumpter, 2004, ISBN 0-7627-2598-2
  6. ^ The 2003 ASP/WCT Rip Curl Pro: Round Three — Johanna Turns On at Surfing magazine

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