Originally known as Swampy Creek, the area’s name was changed to Anglesea River in 1884 when the township was established. A Post Office under that name opened on 16 April 1886. and was renamed Anglesea in 1950. The name is ultimately named after Anglesey which is an island in North Wales.
In February 1983, the Ash Wednesday fires swept through the area, destroying many houses.
There is a surge in population during the summer months, reaching a peak around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, as many Melbourne residents arrive for the holiday season. Although the town’s main beach usually has reasonable surfing conditions, many surfers opt for the beach known as “Guvvo’s”, just west of town at the end of O’Donohue Road. Anglesea is also well-known locally for its regular riverbank markets, which are held by the river on Anglesea’s main street, the Great Ocean Road.
The town is also home of the Anglesea Cricket Club which competes in the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association.
Golfers play at the Anglesea Golf Club on Noble Street.
The area has a variety of surfing locations that cater to both beginners and experienced surfers. Both the patrolled main beach and the sheltered beach at Point Roadknight provide a perfect surfing environment for beginners. More experienced and adventurous surfers can tackle the more exposed beaches to the north and south of the town, or several offshore reefs, which are accessible via boat or a lengthy paddle from shore. These “bombies” can produce challenging waves during large swells.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). “Anglesea (State Suburb)”. 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
- “Anglesea Riverbank Market”. The Market Roll. Archived from the original on 16 August 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
- “Anglesea Golf Club’s Kangaroos”. Anglesea Golf Club. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
- Tourism Victoria. “Surf Coast Walk, Great Ocean Road”. Visit Victoria. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- “Bellarine Football League”. Football & Netball Geelong. Archived from the original on 14 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
- Golf Select, Anglesea, retrieved 2009-05-11
- Australian Places – Anglesea
- Official Great Ocean Road Info
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- Anglesea Visitor Information – Anglesea.com.au
- Anglesea Community website – www.anglesea.community