Victoria, December 2015 - January 2016

Wye River - Jamieson track / Great Ocean Road Bushfire

Quick Statistics

$120 million Insurance Costs
116 Homes Destroyed

On 19 December 2015, lightning strikes ignited two bushfires in Victoria’s Barwon Otway area.

Between 19 December 2015 and 21 January 2016, the bushfire that became known as the Wye River – Jamieson Track fire burned 2,500 hectares in the Otway Ranges in the Lorne-Wye River region. By the end of 25 December, the fire had destroyed 98 houses in Wye River and 18 in Separation Creek.

The Wye River – Jamieson Track fire continued to burn for 34 days until it was contained on 21 January 2016.  The fire burnt over 2,500 hectares with a perimeter of 47 kilometres.


Insurance Council of Australia, Historical disaster statistics, April 2021, website viewed 31 May 2021
Inspector-General for Emergency Management, Victoria 2016, Review of the initial response to the 2015 Wye River – Jamieson Track fire. At: