Ship Creek

So named as occasionally the sandbar drops to reveal a wreck, believed to be part of the 2,600-ton clipper Schomberg, which was lost when it went ashore off the Victorian coast in 1855 on its maiden voyage.

Cynics suggest that her captain had run the vessel ashore deliberately – it was insured for £300,000 – as he had failed to make good his widely publicised boast of making the Liverpool-to-Melbourne voyage in 60 days ‚with or without the help of God‘. In the event the sandbar on which the sailing ship perished proved to have been uncharted. A short distance from the highway the sandy beach, backed by coastal forest, is pleasant for walking.