Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia.
- Area:72.834 km2
- Elevation:17 m
- Local Government Area:Corangamite Shire Council
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. The town is on the Great Ocean Road, west of the Twelve Apostles, in the Shire of Corangamite. It is popular for day trips as the sandy beach is relatively safe to swim in. At the 2016 census, Port Campbell had a population of 478.
The port and the town are named after Captain Alexander Campbell, a whaler and colonist of the Port Fairy region.
The town was settled in the 1870s, with the first wharf being built in 1880. Port Campbell Post Office opened on 19 March 1874. It was renamed Port Campbell West in 1881 when a new Port Campbell office opened near the wharf.
There were hopes of a rail connection when the Timboon line opened in 1892 but the state government vetoed the idea in 1916.
The town became a centre of infamy in 1970 when the bodies of a family from Melbourne were discovered in a car that had fallen over a cliff, see Crawford family murder
The town used to be the centre of a football competition known as the Port Campbell Football Association that operated from 1927, it reformed after WWII as the Heytesbury Football League and ran until 1991.
At the 2001 census, Port Campbell had a population of 372.At the 2006 census, Port Campbell had a population of 599. At the 2011 census, Port Campbell had a population of 618.
Port Campbell is now a popular tourist destination for visiting The Twelve Apostles, located 12 kilometres to the east of the town and the Port Campbell National Park, as well as maintaining a small crayfishing community.
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