Wonthaggi is part of Victoria’s Wild and Natural South/East Coast
Wonthaggi is accessed within a 1.5 – 2 Hours’ Drive from Melbourne South or East Via the A420 Bass Highway or Nth Via the C437.
As you reach the Bass Coast, the landscape transforms into ruggedly spectacular seaside vista’s that can change to a wild, awe-inspiring spectacle. There are few coastlines in Australia that still have the historic heritage, natural interest and scenic beauty of the Bass Coast.
Wonthaggi is the Main Retail and Commercial Hub of the Bass Coast Shire as part of this dynamic Coastal Region with a Major Hospital servicing a population of approx. 20,000.
Some travellers believe our Coast Line and Parks are equal or even more breathtaking than the Great Ocean Road in the Western part of the State.
Wonthaggi sits centrally and proudly between Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory at the foot of the Strezlecki Ranges, offering a beautiful and diverse playground for many Tourists and visitors that search for their Ancestry with the early settlement of this historic region and early years of Commercial Mining, Farming and Fishing in an early large employment region.
The Historic State Coalmine (open for tours) operated from 1909 until 1968 and produced almost 17 Million Tonnes of Coal for early Victoria’s Railways and Industries prior to Diesel Engines and Electrification, it was a large employer in the region together with the many Rural Industries supplying the masses in the larger Cities of the State with Timber, Cattle, Fish, and Dairy Supplies, Etc.