Little River is a town tens of thousands travelers on the Geelong Melbourne commute road have never visited; just perhaps the occasional weekend visitor. There is in fact no reason to take the diversion. There is nothing at Little River.
The Little River has its headwaters in the nearby Brisbane Ranges. It was also known as the Cocoroc Rivulet, Cocoroc being a locality near the area. The road from Melbourne to Geelong once crossed the Little River and the Travelers Rest Inn was opened there in about 1839.
In the vicinity of Mount Rothwell, near Little River, an ancient semi-circular arrangement of rocks now known as Wurdi Youang was discovered and in 2011.
Australian rock band Little River Band is named after Little River after seeing the name on a road sign on their way to a gig in Geelong. Interestingly absolutely no attempt on exploiting the fame on the Little River Bands birth and band signature.
Some scenes for the 2005 Australian television series We Can be Heroes were filmed at Little River, although it was referred to as the fictional town of 'Dunt'. Little River also featured in the movie Mad Max with Little River Road being used as the movie's infamous "Highway 9".Some parts of Little River, and surrounding areas where filmed in the successful television show, Blue Heelers Also, in nearby, You Yangs, the 2003 film, Ned Kelly.