Peterborough, VIC: Destination Guide


Embrace the laid back lifestyle of this seldom visited spot along the Great Ocean Road, and be treated to the warmth of Peterborough.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Peterborough or find and book accommodation in Peterborough today.

About Peterborough

Peterborough is somewhat of a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it place. The Great Ocean Road speeds through, with little to indicate that this is an actual township. But don’t be fooled. True, the town itself doesn’t offer an endless array of activities. That, however, is the point. Places such as Peterborough – easy to miss but downright beautiful – are everywhere. They miss out on the media coverage and as a result miss out on the crowds. But that’s a good thing, right?

Things to do in Peterborough

Everything in Peterborough is within walking distance. If you’re hoofing it, the shopping district is 10 minutes away. I use the word ‘district’ rather loosely, here, as it amounts to two stores. One is a good takeway – pizza, pies, coffee – doubling as a post office. The other, however, is the town’s licensed grocery store. As one bloke mentioned, the store has a greater variety of booze than groceries. That said, there’s enough on offer to keep your van’s pantry stocked.

Attractions in Peterborough

The Beach

People visit Peterborough for two reasons: the solitude and the beach. A rather magnificent rock pool attracts the older kids, the ocean’s waves crashing a stone’s throw away. Snorkelers explore the rocks and reefs, boogie-borders ride the breakers, and people follow secret tracks in the nearby sand dunes in search of a vantage point from which to take in this glorious but small part of the world.

There’s a jetty and boat ramp behind the tourist park, and Curdies Inlet offers up bream and flathead. It meanders beneath a bridge, towards the beach, but we’re told that the ocean rarely meets the inlet itself – this explains the somewhat murky appearance of the river water. But closer to the beach, where the inlet is shallow, the water is clear and popular with families. Toddlers frolic, chasing fingerlings and adventure, safe from the open water of the Southern Ocean.

Getting to Peterborough

Peterborough lies on the Great Ocean Road, 235km west of Melbourne, 54km east of Warrnambool, and 153km east of Portland.

By car

Peterborough is located a three hour drive from Melbourne along the Princes Highway.

When to visit Peterborough

Peterborough is at its best in the warmer months. According to locals, the water doesn’t begin to warm up until January or February, but it’s tolerable in December.

Where to stay in Peterborough

Situated on the Curdies Inlet and a 10-minute walk from an amazing beach, the Great Ocean Road Tourist Park is a welcoming, and well setup, place to park your van or pitch your tent. In 2013 and 2014 it won the coveted Turu award of 'Favourite Australian holiday park'Facilities include a clean camp kitchen, plenty of powered sites adjacent to the inlet, cabins, and a large field for campers requiring unpowered sites.