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Wye River - Cities, Towns and Localities
The historic coastal town of Wye River is located in Victoria’s south west region, on the river of the same name and part of the iconic Great Ocean Road. This spectacular stretch of the iconic drive is where the cliffs rise above rocky shores and sandy beaches. It is considered by many that this section of the scenic Great Ocean Road between Lorne and Apollo Bay as the best section of the iconic drive.

The community of Wye River and the nearby Kennett River attracts visitors seeking a quieter locale to stay, but still close enough to the hustle and bustle of the larger seaside towns of Apollo Bay and Lorne.

There is a general store that includes a cafe open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, popular with locals and visitors. There is the Wye River Surf Lifesaving Club that patrol the local beach and surf during the summer, on weekends and public holidays and a shipwreck.

Check out our range of Wye River accommodation and Great Ocean Road accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Lorne Visitor Information Centre

Wye River Attractions

WB Godfrey and The Lonely Grave
• Located 5 km north of Wye River at the spot known as ‘The Lonely Grave’, is one of the more accessible shipwrecks along this stretch of coast. This historic spot marks where the barque ‘WB Godfrey’ was wrecked. Although no one from the ship died, a number of men lost their lives during the three salvage attempts.

The present grave signage was erected by the Roads Board in memory of graves that were found when surveying for the Ocean Road. The road gang at the time had trouble reading the well worn wooden markers, thus the inscription on the headstone is not correct, as only two salvage workers are buried in the area under the present road. It is a coincidence that one of the salvage members who was killed and buried here was named Godfrey, whilst hte land was owned by the Godfrey family - there being no relationship between them.

At low tide, wreckage from the ship can still be seen, including the capstan winch, anchor and the iron frame. Visit the Lorne and Apollo Bay Historical Societies for more information.

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Wye River Local Services

Wye General Store
• 35 Great Ocean Rd, WYE RIVER VIC 3221 • Ph: 03 5289 0247 • Email
• The newly renovated Wye General Store And Caf้ provides a perfect place for a meal or even coffee. From breakfast through to dinner, it is the place to meet family and friends. The Wye General Store is a cross between a convenience store, gourmet deli and quality green grocer all under the one roof. As well as carrying a wide range of essential grocery items, fresh fruits and vegetables, their own freshly baked bread and pastry, plus a few surprises even the most respected larder would be proud to stock.
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Wye River Distance

Distance to Wye River
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Wye River:
• Aireys Inlet 36
• Apollo Bay 28
• Geelong 84
• Lorne 17
• Kennett River 5
• Melbourne 159
• Peterborough 137
• Port Campbell 116
• Torquay 64
• Warrnambool via Peterborough 186
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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