The Most Famous Shipwreck Site in Victoria
Port Campbell is most well known for its shipwreck history, located as it is on the Shipwreck Coast. From the 1850s, ships sailing to Australia were a common sight along Great Ocean Road, but conditions were wild and there were no lighthouses, so it was a very hazardous route.
In 1878, the infamous Loch Ard ran aground on a reef near the gorge that now bears its name, and the ship sank, killing nearly everyone on board. There were only two survivors, Tom Pearce and Eva Carmichael, who managed to shelter on what is now the Loch Ard Gorge beach while waiting for rescue.