Anglesea about a half hours drive from central Geelong has boomed over the past few years and now has a vibrant cosmopolitan heart, but retains much of its charm of yesteryear, with its old boat houses, bed and breakfasts and laid back lifestyle.
Being home to about 2500 people, the township swells over the summer months reaching four or five times higher with families flocking to the camping grounds and other accommodation to soak up some of the fantastic beach life the town has to offer. Anglesea has amazing beaches, and the surf beach has good protection with Point Roadnight just west of the township. The rugged red cliffs form lovely half moon bay around the tranquil Anglesea River making it ideal for surfing, windsurfing, swimming, fishing or just lying back enjoying the sun.
The beaches are patrolled during the warmer months by the Anglesea Surf Lifesaving club which is one of our regions finest, with a history dating back to 1952.The beach features several surf carnivals and ocean swims over the summer which attract thousands of spectators with the annual "Anglesea Rock 2 Ramp Ocean Swim" attracting over 650 swimmers each December.
The town is surrounded by sea on one side and bush land on the other which contains some unique flora and fauna. There is estimated to be over 700 species of plant in the area and an incredible 100 varieties of wild orchid, some only found in the Anglesea area. There is abundant wildlife including wallabies, koala and echidnas and lots of birdlife. But the many come to Anglesea to see the flocks of Kangaroos which graze on the Anglesea Golf Course in-between the golfers. The course is a must for any overseas visitor.