Moggs Creek, Victoria

Moggs Creek is an Australian coastal hamlet on the Great Ocean Road between Aireys Inlet and Lorne. In the 2016 census, Moggs Creek had a population of 89 people.[1]

The settlement is located on a sandy coastal strip, backed by wooded hills, in which the creek itself rises, running about 10 km south-east to the ocean. The origin of the name Moggs is uncertain, the creek having also been known as the McLaren and Bell Bird in the past. Local belief is that Moggs derives from a family of graziers near St Arnaud, who used to bring cattle to graze in the area.[2]

The construction of the Great Ocean Road in the 1920s paved the way for further development, but it was only after World War II that land in the area was subdivided and sold for housing.[2]

In 1959, a group of Moggs Creek residents erected a rough cairn of bricks, topped by a plaster bust, as a monument to the mythical Sir Samuel Moggs, alleged to be the first European to have landed at the location, on 29 February 1759.[3]

AFL footballer Patrick Dangerfield was born in Moggs Creek.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). “Moggs Creek (State Suburb)”. 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Bentley, Philip. “Group M and the Moggs Creek Clickers”. Deeper Feeling, Wider Vision. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  3. ^ “Sir Samuel Moggs”. Monument Australia. Retrieved 2018-04-22.