Camperdown is the next town heading east towards Geelong, or west if Warrnambool and beyond is the target. Camperdown is a place that requires the traveler to pause for a while, if not for a stopover visit. There is plenty of heritage on offer and on display at Camperdown.

The first British settlers arrived in the area from Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) after 1835 to establish sheep runs. Although settlement was met with resistance by some of the local aborigines, the town's history also records remarkable instances of mutual assistance and friendship between native and settler peoples. Notable on this account is the family of David Fenton, the Scottish Presbyterian shepherd and drover who built the first house in Camperdown in 1853. The town was surveyed in 1851 and named Camperdown after the Scottish naval hero Lord Viscount Adam Duncan the Earl of Camperdown.

By the late 20th century the town had become a major centre for tourism because of its unspoiled 19th century architecture and as a gateway to the southern tourist attractions of the Otway Ranges

All of the church buildings in Camperdown are great classic structures. The Anglican being the oldest.

The Camperdown Museum is located on the main street. A good insight to the local history is offered.

The Camperdown War Memorial is a first world war ‘classic’. Take the time to absorb the message.


Camperdown has really nice hotels. The invitation to visit is strong, so if the timing is right these pubs look great, for both a visit or just to view.

Camperdown is worth an overnight consideration.

Heritage diary




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course