Anglesea is the first spot when driving along the Great Ocean Road that meets the coast, and the small town is packed with something for everyone. Anglesea offers stunning beaches surrounded by beautiful Moonah Woodlands and forests further in land.
The Anglesea River was named after Anglesey, an island in North West Wales, and was previously known as Swampy Creek. Recognised for its abundant flora, Anglesea is home to hundreds of rare orchids and native wildflowers during spring.
Aboriginal Traditional Owners
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria – including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee manages 5km of Anglesea coastal reserves.
Environmental volunteer groups in the region
Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Society for the protection of Flora and Fauna
A prominent environmental group in Anglesea, ANGAIR is dedicated to protecting the indigenous flora and fauna of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet. The group has over 600 members and participate in a variety of activities designed to include members of all ages and abilities. From weeding to propagating plants, nature walks and more, ANGAIR has an environmental activity for everyone.
The group was established in 1968 and works on all crown land in the vicinity of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet.
The group has published several documents, including the Flowers of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet, Anglesea – A Natural History Study and more, all available on their website, www.angair.org.au.
ANGAIR has an extensive calendar filled with a variety of activities throughout the week and on weekends, including:
- environmental care (weeding)
- propagation of local native species
- nature walks
- bird walks
- working with schools and university students on environmental care
- maintaining and opening an extensive environmental library
- environmental talks and presentations
- assisting with research projects
- microscope group
Full event calendar available at angair.org,au.
Plant propagation | every Tuesday and Thursday, 9.00am
Working bees | 3 Mondays a month, followed by morning tea. Meet at 9:30am at the ANGAIR Natural History Centre, McMillan St, Anglesea.
Contact | Carl Rayner on 0439 558 600
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Formed in the late 1980s, Friends of Eastern Otways focus on the Eastern Otways, Great Otways National Park and the Anglesea Heath (in conjunction with ANGAIR).
The group works primarily with Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to do weeding and bush regeneration works in the national park.
The group has begun conducting wildlife monitoring with cameras set up around the Ironbark Basin to capture a snapshot of the fauna.
The group has caught several native speices on the camera including the Eastern-brown Bandicoot, Long-nosed Bandicoot, Brushtail possums, the rare Rufous Bristlebird and more.
With more than 180 members, the group holds monthly walks and working bees.
Meetings | Second Tuesday of each month 9:30am-11:00am
Location | Corner of O’Donohue Road and Great Ocean Road
Contact | Margaret MacDonald on 5289 6326 or email email@example.com.
Sub-committee of ANGAIR
The Friends of Aireys Inlet Coastal Reserve was established in 1991 as a sub group of ANGAIR to focus on the removal of woody weeds from the 3.7km of land along the cliff top between Boundary Road and the Inlet.
The group has made significant progress in the area over the years and is turning their focus to the regeneration of native flora and controlling the presence of environmental weeds.
Meetings | First Saturday of each month (except January) 9:30-11am followed by morning tea.
Location | Meet above the junction of Beach Road and Eaglerock Parade.
Contact | Roger Gantly on 0409 502 480.
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Read the latest volunteer stories from Friends of Aireys Inlet Coastal Reserve on our blog.
Friends of Anglesea Coast is a subcommittee of ANGAIR and was formed in 1995 to care for the coastal reserves from the Anglesea Beachfront Caravan Park to O’Donhues Road, Point Roadknight.
The group has been working to restore the Soapy Rocks section of the Surf Coast Walk near Point Roadknight, revegetating the landscape to improve the scenic outlook of the area.
The group is also involved in the protection and enhancement of indigenous vegetation along the Anglesea Main Beach sand dunes and the vegetation at Point Roadknight.
Working bees | Second Saturday of each month, 10:00am-12:00pm
Locations | Meet at the Anglesea Motor Yacht Club, Point Roadknight.
Contact | Carl Rayner on 0439 558 600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Friends of the Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary (FERMS) provides opportunities to people of all ages to experience the sanctuary above and below the surface. Established in 2013 the group participates in Parks Victoria’s Sea Search program, and the annual Great Victorian Fish Count to help support marine research.
FERMS has created an intertidal field guide from a collection of photos, and is a great educational resource about the marine environment around Aireys Inlet, available at local book stores. The group hopes to expand the field guide to a user-friendly app for mobile phones.
FERMS has family memberships and members from all age groups, including pre-school students, teenagers all the way through to retirees. FERMS keeps activities fun and interactive and encourages everyone to get outside and explore our magnificent backyard.
Meetings | Activities and dates vary – please contact for details
Contact | Sharon Blum-Caon on 5289 7389 or email@example.com