Situated near the mouth of the Glenelg River, and 5km from the South Australian Border, Nelson is a popular holiday destination. This tranquil location offers ocean, estuary, river and two National Parks – something for every-one.
Nelson was named and surveyed by Lindsay Clarke in 1852. He names the town in honour of Lt. James Grant and his vessel ‘The Lady Nelson’.
Major Mitchell names the Glenelg River after the then Colonial Secretary in the House of Commons.
Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.