Ocean grove is a seaside town in Victoria, Australia, located on the Bellarine peninsula. At the 2016 census, ocean grove had a population of 14,165. In 1869, American methodists established a permanent religious camp community on the coast at ocean grove, new jersey, in the united states of America. It was so successful that they decided to spread their camps overseas, including to Australia. Following a collaboration with the victorian methodists, an initial camp was set up near point Lonsdale. By 1882 they needed to acquire a larger area, so they could establish their Australian ocean grove community. The site chosen was on the eastern side of the mouth of the Barwon River, overlooking bass strait. Now the largest town on the Bellarine peninsula, ocean grove has the largest shopping centre on the peninsula. Only a few blocks from the beach, it is popular with tourists and locals alike. In 2005 a new shopping centre was built in the collendina area, allowing the locals to shop at both coles and Woolworths supermarkets. Ocean Grove has a resident population of about 12,000 which, during the school summer holidays, swells to four times this number as tourists from Melbourne, Geelong, interstate, and overseas flock in. The area offers surf beaches, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, bushwalking and other outdoor activities. The ocean grove nature reserve preserves some remnant native woodland and contains walking tracks.

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  • Population: 14,165
  • State electorate(s): Bellarine
  • Federal Division(s): Corangamite
  • Population information is based on 2016 Census data.

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Barwon Heads VIC 3227 (6.8 km, 10 mins)