Towns and Activities
Kennet & Wye Rivers

Situated some 155 km west of Melbourne, on the scenic Great Ocean Road, Wye River is a popular tourist destination about 15 km west of the resort town of Lorne.

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 Shepperation Creek, establishing a farm which they named The Wye after a river in England. Alex MacLennan settled a little further west at a site he named The Kennet (later the town of Kennett River) after another UK river.

The hamlets of Kennett River and Wye River are both noted for their surf breaks, both have good sandy beaches.

The area is great for koala spotting especially in the Grey River Reserve near the Kennet River. Both places have camping grounds and the Rookery Nook pub at Wye River is a pleasant place to have a beer or a meal while you admire the view.

After Kennett stop off  the lookout at Cape Patton which offers great views along the coast to Apollo Bay. 

Kennet River Caravan Park
1-13 Great Ocean Road (03) 5289 0272

Wye River Foreshore Caravan Park
(03) 5289 0412

surfing, fishing, walks, koalas & king parrots, glow worms, carisbrook falls, cape patton, rainforest walks, sabine falls.