Maritime Destinations

Ports of Call

The efficiency of Australia's shipping industry, ports and the links to them, on both land and sea-sides, is critical for our national economy. As an island nation, we rely on shipping for both international trade and domestic freight movements (coastal trading). Our major ports and related infrastructure provide the key locations for supply chain activities servicing both bulk and container facilities.

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Victoria's Shipwreck Coast

The south west coast of Victoria on the Great Ocean Road between Cape Otway and the town of Warrnambool is one of the most rugged and scenic stretches of coastline in Australia. Feared by sailors of old, many of whom lost their lives and their ships on its rocky shores, it is today a magnet for tourists and sightseers.

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Australia's Most Famous Shipwrecks

Photo: Western Australian Museum

As an island nation, shipwrecks are a very important part of Australia's rich maritime heritage. It is ironic that Australia's oldest shipwrecks are often the least known, mainly because of their isolated locations.

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Shipbuilding Yards

The Australian shipbuilding industry which had begun with the launch of the 10 ton Rose Hill Packet in 1789 continued to grow with the establishment of the Colonial Government's shipyard in 1797. The ship building industry, although active in various States, did not expand significantly until, in 1911, a naval ship building programme was introduced at Cockatoo Island.

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Coastal Encounters

Many pre-colonial explorers and navigators encountered the coastline of Australia on their journeys of discovery. In this series of articles we visit some of these locations and disover what happened there and what remains today.

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