Anglesea is a town in Victoria, Australia. It is located on the Great Ocean Road in the Surf Coast Shire local government area. At the 2001 census, Anglesea had a population of 2,290.
Originally known as Swampy Creek the name was changed to Anglesea River in 1884 when the township was established. A Post Office under that name opened on April 16, 1886 and was renamed Anglesea in 1950.
The town's golf-course is known for its resident kangaroo population.
In September the town hosts the Angair Wildflower Festival. Alcoa of Australia operate a power station and open-cut coalmine in the town. There is a surge in population during the Summer months, reaching a peak around Christmas and New Year's Eve, as many Melbourne residents arrive for the holiday season. Although the town's main beach has surfing conditions, many surfers opt for Government Beach (known as "Guvvo's"), just west of town. Anglesea is also famous locally for its annual riverbank markets, which take place by the river on Anglesea's main street, the Great Ocean Road.
In February 1983, the Ash Wednesday fires swept through the area, destroying many houses.
Anglesea is also home to a newly re-built skateboard ramp which has led a controversial life, with materials moving from wood to steel, and has now been re-constructed using concrete.
Melaleuca Gallery has been a fine art venue for over 20 years. It is located at 121 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, opposite the river, protected by the ancient Melaleuca trees, after which the gallery has been named.