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Transport

For transport to Grantville and surrounds please use the v-line website http://www.vline.com.au/ 

Grantville

Grantville is a small township of some 740 people located 103 km south-south-east of Melbourne 500 m from the eastern shore of Westernport. Grantville was once a supply port for the settlers in the adjacent hill country and a timber town with four sawmills linked by tramway to the jetty from whence the timber was shipped to Melbourne.

The settlement was named after Lieutenant James Grant who, in 1801, made the first-known east-bound passage through Bass Strait followed by the first European survey of the coast between Wilsons Promontory and Westernport.

Sand is now mined in the area for use in concrete and, in this way, a small part of Grantville has ended up in the concrete bridge that connects San Remo and Phillip Island.

Grantville has a small shopping centre, a foreshore caravan park, bed and breakfasts, a bakery and other shops. At the end of Pier St are a jetty, boat ramp, toilets and a picnic area with barbecue facilities. A variety market is held on the fourth Sunday of each month on the Bass Highway. Remnant bushland around Granville has over 54 species of native orchids which provide a great drawcard for people all over the world who are interested in native plant species. the ecological values of bushland are also highlighted on the 200 acre Freeranger Egg farm - the only accredited free range farm in Bass Coast Shire.

For more information about Grantville, contact:

Wonthaggi Information Centre
Watt Street
Wonthaggi 3995
Ph: (03) 5671 24444
Email:woninfo@basscoast.vic.gov.au

Hinterlands

 

The perfect balance for the beautiful coastline is the equally beautiful hinterland. Head inland anywhere between Grantville and Inverloch to experience a rural idyll - from rich farms and grape-laden vineyards to bushland replete with wildlife. Every back road will make you long for a life in the country.
Some of these little places also boast a pub, like Archies Creek where you can get a good feed and comfortable accommodation. The compact nature of the hinterland is one of its most appealing aspects. Wandering, winding roads encourage discovery and exploration without the urgency of actually getting lost. So, toss a coin at each intersection to decide which way to turn.
Take The Shunt Off Road towards Kernot to appreciate the spectacular view of the Mornington Peninsula and French Island. When this island was a penal colony, the convicts used to swim across and go to the local dances in towns just north of the Bass Coast. Visit The Gurdies Flora and Fauna Reserve on Dunbabbin Road. This haven of large trees frames yet another great sea view.
Wineries are increasing in number throughout this area of the hinterland. At the intersection of The Gurdies St Hellier Road there's even a signpost pointing every which way to a great choice of wineries. Expect warm welcomes at the cellar doors of the region's wineries. Most are owner operated, so the wine makers themselves are likely to pour your tasting glasses.

Flora and Fauna in Bass Valley

Take a stroll in The Gurdies Flora and Fauna Reserve. Have a look at the magnificent view from the picnic area at the end of Dunbabbin Road and walk down to the wayside stop on the Bass Highway. Do it in daytime and (depending on the time of year) you will see a host of exquisite native orchids. Do it at night, you will see bats, boobooks and owls. Go down into the gullies and you may even encounter one of the endangered Powerful Owls.

The area is a birdwatchers paradise with more than 150 species of native birds identified - including Wedge Tailed Eagles, Gang Gangs, Powerful Owls, Barking Owls and Lewin's Rail. Saltmarsh at the mouth of the Bass River is habitat for the critically endangered Orange Bellied Parrot although there have been no sightings of the birds there for some years.