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Welcome to Country
Reconnect with Big Nature
10 Active Adventure 16
20 Surf and Saltwater Wellness 24 Local Heros 30 The Great Ocean Road Story 33 Great Events 64 Drive Times & Map 37 Village Inspiration
40 Aireys Inlet
42 Apollo Bay
44 12 Apostles Coast & Hinterland
45 Volcanic Lakes & Plains
47 Port Fairy
50 Great Stays
49 Roads Less Travelled
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CALIFORNIAN REDWOODS, BEECH FOREST
FUEL your senses and step into the wonder of big nature, unearth the raw magic of untamed landscapes, bound by wild oceans, as you explore and discover new frontiers. From rugged coastlines boasting ancient limestone sculptures, to the breathtaking beauty of cool temperate rainforests and surging waterfalls, your spirit is set to soar.
Buckle in and be prepared for Mother Nature to reveal herself at every turnâ€Ś whether you stand small under the towering mountain ash of the Otways, spot whales migrating through the Southern Ocean, feel invigorated by the spray of waves crashing against rugged rocks or marvel at the magical spectacle of glow worms lighting up the forest at night, itâ€™s a breathtaking experience.
PORT CAMPBELL NATIONAL PARK
NATURE’S OWN GALLERY
Stop at The Grotto to spy mystical rainbows arcing over a mist-covered lookout. Absorb the mood of the still, clear water of the open cave, casting reflections to create a sense of awe and wonder. Enjoy sweeping vistas and watch for little penguins at London Bridge, an outcrop once connected to the mainland via a natural archway and tunnel carved into the cliffs. Perch on coastal lookouts or traverse cliff-hugging trails of the Port Campbell Discovery Walk, to fully absorb the true magnitude and beauty of this region. Delight in unobstructed views to Sentinel Rock and the 12 Apostles, or catch glimpses of wildlife at dusk and dawn. Explore the sheltered coves, grottos and offshore stacks of the Peterborough beaches. Turn and twist your way around the shoreline and walking trails to discover Wild Dog Cove, Bay of Martyrs, Worm Bay and Crofts Bay. Loch Ard Gorge
NATURE has carved her own gallery along the coastline of the Great Ocean Road, where Port Campbell National Park boasts the world-famous collection of wave-sculpted rock formations, thundering blowholes, natural archways and rugged, colourful cliffs.
Marvel at the sheer scale of Gog and Magog – two towering offshore stacks at Gibson Steps, where you can venture down to the beach via 86 steps originally carved into the cliff by local settler Hugh Gibson.
Rising majestically from the ocean floor, the towering limestone stacks known famously as the 12 Apostles, have evolved over six to twelve thousand years, eroded by stormy seas that pound the coast. Immerse yourself in the powerful landscape of Loch Ard Gorge, where spectacular cliffs give way to a narrow opening out to sea. Here you can discover one of the region’s most compelling shipwreck stories, and marvel at the raw wilderness of this coastline and experiences of those who attempted to navigate it.
Find more information at www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au or stop by a Visitor Information Centre to chat with a local. 6
Port Campbell Discovery Walk
A WORLD OF WONDER AND ADVENTURE
RENEW. REFRESH. REVIVE. Rediscover yourself in the Otways, where nature connects the beauty of coastal rainforests with the energy of wild oceans, to create an abundant world of wonder and adventure. Roam through ancient forests to absorb the breathtaking majesty of giant trees, and allow the fresh air of this unique cool temperate rainforest to wash over you. This lush eco-system will touch your soul, as you walk amongst Mountain Ash or Myrtle Beech that have stood here for centuries. With dozens of magnificent waterfalls scattered throughout the Otways, you can craft your own adventure: from the natural charm of tumbling Erskine Falls, close to Lorne, to the spectacular
cascading drop of Beauchamp Falls, reached via a 90-minute walk deep into the forest. Others can be accessed via loop walks, or link in with longer walks through shady rainforests and glades of mossy tree ferns. The region’s generous rainfall promises an enchanting experience, whichever waterfalls you choose. Slip into an easier pace and immerse yourself in the tranquility of Lake Elizabeth, formed in 1951 when a landslip dammed the river. This natural wonder sits deep in the Otways, providing a secluded and magical connection with the world around you. Take one of many local walks, paddle a canoe to glide serenely among the sunken trees, or linger at dusk to spot the elusive platypus.
Sleepy koalas (above) often perch high in gum trees, munching on eucalyptus leaves or dozing on a branch. Look for these unique marsupials (not bears!) at Cape Otway, Kennett River, Wye River and Lorne. As you travel through the region. Tower Hill generally rewards visitors with a sleeper or two! Watch for brilliantly coloured king parrots weaving in and out of tree trunks and screeching through the forest with acrobatic twists and turns. Try spotting the difference between the red head of male birds and the green head of females. If you spot a small, dark ‘kangaroo’, chances are you’re looking at a wallaby, a close relative of the kangaroo, commonly sighted hopping through the Otways. Parts of the forest come alive at night as dazzling glow worms create a magical ‘fairylight’ spectacle. Find them at Great River Picnic Reserve, Melba Gully and Maits Rest, or on some of the waterfall walks and trails around Lorne.
Aire River Crossing
Move slowly, you might be lucky enough to spot the unique Otway Black Snail, a carnivorous snail found only in the Otways, which features a distinctive cream and golden spiral on its shiny black shell and is most often sighted in the wet forests near Laver’s Hill. 7
VOLCANIC LAKES AND PLAINS
ANCIENT LANDSCAPES AWAIT Lake Gnotuk
Climb to the top of Mount Sugarloaf for spectacular 360-degree views spanning ancient volcanic cones formed more than 20,000 years ago. You’ll spot the distinctive volcanic peak of Mount Elephant from a distance, as it rises dramatically from the landscape. Hike to the summit to gaze into its crater or look for local wildlife in surrounding bush.
UNLOCK the secrets of ancient Volcanic Lakes and Plains as you head inland from the Great Ocean Road to meander through charming country towns or discover fascinating geology. Discover deep crater lakes or climb lookouts and conical peaks to take in the full vastness of the world’s third largest Volcanic landscape. Stop at multiple lookouts to absorb the ageless beauty of the Volcanic Lakes and Plains or don your hiking boots and let your heart lead you on a journey back in time. Bring your rod and reel to snag a trout in one of the many stunning crater lakes or simply soak up the serenity in a canoe.
Step back in time on the Alan Marshall Discovery Trail at Mount Noorat, as you wander around one of Australia’s best-preserved dry craters and reflect on a site that was once a traditional meeting place for local Aboriginals. Pack a picnic lunch and head to the ancient shores of beautiful Lake Bullen Merri to lap up the serenity. Sit quietly at Lake Bookar, where patient bird watchers could be rewarded with the sighting of a hoary-headed grebe or a freckled duck.
DISCOVER the dramatic moods of the Southern Ocean, crashing wildly into coastal cliffs one day, calmly lapping hidden coves the next. Nature engages you with a spectacular performance day after day that’s hard to resist. Boasting an abundance of diverse marine life, the Southern Ocean is home to world-class snorkeling sites and opportunities to kayak through protected marine sanctuaries. During the cooler months, you might spot the Southern Right Whale nursing calves at Logans Beach or migrating along our coastline.
If you’re feeling playful take a tour with New Zealand Fur Seals at Cape Bridgewater or watch them frolicking on the rocks at Portland or Marengo. With up to up 700 shipwrecks submerged in its waters, the unforgiving coastline of the Southern Ocean is not to be ignored and reveals a spectacular maritime history. Look for old anchors embedded in the rocks at Wreck Beach, near Moonlight Head, a somber reminder of the unfortunate ending of both Marie-Gabrielle and the Fiji, or unravel the mysteries at one of our five favourite lighthouses.
Cape Otway Lightstation
CHASING LIGHTHOUSES Split Point Lighthouse: Affectionately known as the ‘White Queen’, this beauty is nestled on the cliffs overlooking Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary in Aireys Inlet, and is much-loved by former fans of the TV series Round the Twist. Cape Otway Lightstation: Let the salty sea air smack you in the face as you emerge from the steep staircase to spectacular vistas from the windswept balcony of the oldest surviving lighthouse on mainland Australia. Make like a lightkeeper and stay overnight for an exclusive experience. Flagstaff Hill Lighthouses: Boasting not one, but two working lighthouses, Warrnambool is home to Lady Bay High and Lady Bay Low, which both sit as part of the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, with a fascinating history. Griffiths Island Lighthouse: This small island is home to an abundance of birdlife on its wetlands, including a colony of short-tailed shearwaters known as ‘mutton birds’. Head over on a Sunday to climb the lighthouse and enjoy magnificent views.
Cape Nelson Lighthouse: Immerse yourself in the full drama of the high seas, with enthralling guided tours to tell the tales of shipwrecks off the shore of this magnificent lighthouse, which is still operational today. 9
BLAZE A TRAIL
Stretch your boundaries and delve into the wilderness of the sublime Great South West Walk. Looping 250km from Portland, the walk is remote but accessible, traversing the communities of Cape Bridgewater and Nelson, as it weaves through four National Parks, along the pristine Glenelg River and into stunning, untouched forests. Start and finish anywhere, with 15 shorter sections, or tackle it all in one go.
Great Ocean Walk, Aire River
IMMERSE yourself in a natural adventure on the spectacular coastal and rainforest trails of the region. From big skies and wild nature, to family-friendly pathways and clifftop views, you’ll find world-class walks and mountain bike tracks to engage your body, mind and soul. Step out into the adventure of a lifetime on a multi-day hike, or ease into the tranquility of nature with a gentle day-walk. Pitch your tent at remote campsites or unwind in luxury accommodation. The choice is yours. It’s time to choose your path.
GREAT OCEAN WALK – WHERE NATURE’S DRAMA UNFOLDS AT EVERY STEP Connect with the raw beauty of the Great Ocean Road coastline on this iconic long-distance walk from Apollo Bay to the magnificent 12 Apostles. Awaken your senses to the spectacular landscape. Vivid blue skies, lush green forests and rich red cliffs ignite your sense of wonder. Savour the freedom of wide, open spaces, then wind your way through rugged bush tracks and towering forests. Enjoy majestic views of wild rocky coastlines, and feel the ocean spray on your face as you descend the cliffs to deserted beaches. No two days are alike. Choose to walk the full eight days, covering more than 100 kilometres, or explore a shorter section to capture a taste of this breathtaking landscape. Sleep under the stars in stunning hike-in campsites that reward you with a beauty of their own. Or opt for creature comforts in off-walk accommodation. The astounding, ever-changing scenery and remote wilderness of the Great Ocean Walk will fix itself in your heart and feed your soul. Take your time and unlock the magic. 10
Start your day with a latte, end it with a glass of wine, and enjoy the best of nature in-between, on the stunning Surf Coast Walk. Stretching along more than 40km of dramatic coastline from Torquay to Aireys Inlet, the easy-access trail can be enjoyed on foot or bike, meandering over spectacular clifftops, through leafy-green eucalypt forests and along sandy surf beaches. Ride high in Forrest, where 65km of world-class mountain bike trails (below) snake their way through the magnificent Otways rainforest. With all tracks leading home, riders can choose from easy loops to difficult single tracks, while taking in the breathtaking scenery. Or just taking a breath. There’s a ride for everyone. From tight technical climbs, switchback corners and challenging jumps, to fun descents and wide, free-flowing trails.
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RAIL AND ROAD TRAILS
Start with something simple like the 6km family-friendly Terang to Noorat Rail Trail, or set your sights on a bush expedition and tackle the Old Beechy (50km) through the Otways, incorporating an overnight stop in the beautiful hamlet of Gellibrand. Foodies get their fix on the Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail (also known as Crater to Coast) completing the 34km trip in Timboon, where you might need a stiff single malt whisky at the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery, or treat yourself with ice-cream, chocolates, honey and other local delights from the region.
Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, Beech Forest
SEE THE FOREST FROM ABOVE AMPLIFY your adventure with a treetop encounter in the Otway Ranges. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the forest as you walk amongst the tree canopy, swing like Tarzan, or strap yourself in to ride Australia’s most extreme zip line. Flanked by lush rainforest and towering trees, you’ll feel all the exhilaration of flying high at Otway Fly Treetop Adventures. Sway gently in the treetops on a 30-metre-high elevated walkway, or step it up a little and climb the 47-metre tall Spiral Tower for even more spectacular views.
Finally, beach lovers, look no further than the Warrnambool to Port Fairy Rail Trail for 37km of meandering pathway, with extensive sea views, while traversing wetlands, coastal sand dunes and the rim of a 25,000-year-old volcano at Tower Hill. Feel the freedom of pedalling from village to village to discover stunning lookouts, hidden beaches and wildlife wonders that you might otherwise miss. During the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (held late January), the Family Ride and People’s Ride provide opportunities for everyone to take part and ride sections of the Great Ocean Road.
Thrill seekers can test out epic ropes courses at Livewire Park or Trees Adventure, where electrifying outdoor challenges will test your nerve, endurance and agility. Recharge the spirit as you climb up into the trees, to swing, leap and fly through the forest on ropes, suspended bridges and ladders. For nature’s ultimate joy ride, buckle in to the Shockwave Zip Coaster at Livewire Park, where the sheer force of gravity propels you through the forest, twisting and turning on a treetop rollercoaster. 12
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LEAVE the road behind and pick up a paddle for a change of pace on a multi-day, kayaking adventure down the peaceful Glenelg River. Find your own internal rhythm as you stroke through the glassy depths, on a four-day flatwater journey that transports you physically and spiritually to a place of solitude. Or simply dip your toe in the water and choose a shorter distance to paddle over a day or two. Stretching 75km from Dartmoor to Nelson in the southwest corner of Victoria, the river snakes its way through the Lower Glenelg National Park, flanked by natural bush and native wildlife. Hire a kayak or canoe, or BYO, and paddle downstream from camp to camp, to appreciate wilderness from a new perspective. Spot koalas perched in riverside gums, or wild ducks bursting from the water. Stop for a mug of hot tea at one of the many landing points to watch the natural world go by. Glide through dramatic new scenery every day. From misty mornings and stunning sunrises, to dense forest and towering limestone gorges. Paddle hard, or just float and listen to the sounds of the bush. Discover your secret places along the riverbank – hidden nooks and trees reflecting off the water. Toss a line behind your canoe to try and catch your dinner (note that all recreational fishing in Victoria requires a licence, which can be easily obtained online at vfa.vic.gov.au or from many authorised outlets, including Bait and Tackle shops, Service Stations, Caravan Parks and Post Offices). Need to stretch your legs? Climb ashore and choose from a selection of walking trails off the riverbank, such as the short but steep walk to the sublime Princess Margaret Rose Caves. Explore the Gorge, Sapling Creek and Livingstone Island. After a long day’s paddle, settle in to one of the tranquil riverside camping areas, take a twilight dip and toast marshmallows around the fire. The night forest comes alive with sounds of possums, wallabies and kangaroos foraging through the bush. Just when you think time has stopped, you’ll round the bend into the thriving township of Nelson, but the natural wonder of this paddling paradise will remain with you long after you plant your feet firmly back on shore.
Camping along the Glenelg River
Choose from a single-day to a four-day trip. Camping areas and picnic areas have wooden landings where you can easily launch and get out of the river. Or get a mate to drop off some luxuries. You’ll find seven canoeonly camping areas along the river in the national park. Two camping areas have vehicle access for launching canoes. Check that the river mouth is open before you set out. When it closes, the river rises and the landings may be under water but camping areas are generally not affected. Look for wind strength and direction when choosing your course. Kayak or canoe hire is available in Dartmoor and Nelson. Outfitters will fix you up with life jackets, bailers, paddles and waterproof barrels for your food and gear. Pick-up or drop-off at any of the camping areas is also available. • Bookings are required for camping: www.parks.vic.gov.au
Lower Glenelg National Park
Anglesea Bike Park
FIND YOUR FAMILY’S
INSPIRE your kids to see nature as their playground. Teach them to try something new or introduce them to the great outdoors with a tailor-made bite-sized adventure for the whole family. Ride a mountain bike, paddle a canoe, or let them discover the joy of standing up on a surfboard for the first time. With some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, rivers and forests as your backdrop, the scene is set for a natural family adventure. The hardest part is choosing just one!
Lake Pertobe, Warrnambool
The best fun you can have for free. Lake Pertobe in Warrnambool is the 8th largest adventure park in the world. With giant slides, flying foxes and a maze set amongst eight hectares of landscaped gardens, this playscape ticks all the boxes. Take a boat ride around the lake or play ball with the kids on the grassy lawn. Add in walking trails, picnic areas, mini-golf and a nearby skate park, and you quickly understand why this is a one-stop-shop for every family adventure. Kids love the all-level challenge of Anglesea Bike Park, a worldclass mountain cross track, purpose-built for all ages, and just 1km from the Anglesea town centre. Set into a hill, with a natural slope, the park offers a fun, shaded space to experience all the thrills of off-road bike riding in beautiful bush surrounds. Splash around with the kids on the peaceful Anglesea River in colourful boats from Anglesea Paddle Boat and Canoe Hire, for a fun, flatwater family adventure. Paddle your way downstream toward the estuary at Anglesea main beach, watch for fish jumping from the river depths, or take a longer river trip upstream
TOP 5 FOR KIDS to explore the natural beauty and birdlife of nearby Coogoorah Park. Hang ten with the kids and take a surf lesson from Go Ride a Wave or Great Ocean Road Surf Tours at multiple locations along the Great Ocean Road. With the right equipment, experienced and enthusiastic staff, and heaps of encouragement, these surf schools will have your groms standing up in no time. But don’t let your kids have all the fun! Join in for the ultimate family funfilled adventure at our pristine surf beaches. Expose your family’s wild side with the Craters to Coast Discovery Program. A unique way to explore nature’s ultimate theme park, this free program loans out telescopes, anemometers, GPS units, digital cameras and compasses, so you and the kids can navigate for hidden treasure, learn to read history in rocks, explore the night sky and investigate the secrets of untamed landscapes. Drop into the Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre for all the details.
CULTURE Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm
FRESH FROM THE FARMGATE SET off on a culinary adventure to meet the makers and growers of the region, and discover your own foodie paradise. Farmgate trails lead you through lush green pastures, connecting you with passionate producers of the hinterland who’ll welcome you in to savour and sample their bounty. Start with the 12 Apostles Artisan Trail and make sure you’re hungry! With creamy artisan cheeses, enormous strawberries, homemade ice cream, chocolate, fudge, olives and more, the artisan trail is best enjoyed slowly. Unwind at the end of it all with a sip of local whisky or craft beer. Allow about five hours to complete the full loop from Port Campbell, traversing surrounding countryside via the townships of Timboon and Cobden. If you don’t complete the trail, or you’re still wanting more (and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t be?) look for local delights on menus at many of the region’s top restaurants and cafés.
HANDPICKED AND HOMEMADE FEED more than your hunger when you explore the Otway Harvest Trail. Meet real people growing or sourcing their food from local farms with generations of gourmet wisdom to share. Relish the distinctive flavour of authentic food, made with passion in a place of natural wonder. Meet the locals and soak up the ambience of rural life as you discover the abundance of the region. From breweries and wineries, to markets and farmgates, the Otways are bursting with opportunities to connect with local provedores and culinary connoisseurs who delight in down-to-earth hospitality. Create your own feast with lush berries, organic meats, handcrafted cheeses, chocolates, fine wine and local brews, and you’ll quickly discover you’re spoiled for choice. 16
La Bimba Chef Steve Earl
TAKE your time on the Great Ocean Road to savour more than the view. With the coast on one side and hinterland on the other, your road trip offers the ultimate foodie indulgence. Eat it up and drink it all in. Let local chefs spoil you at one of the region’s most celebrated restaurants, where carefully crafted menus ensure your experience is as memorable as the meal itself.
TOP 5 OF THE REGION Reconnect with your food and the land as you explore the menu and property of much-awarded Brae in Birregurra. Showcasing the magic of his organic working farm, chef Dan Hunter delights in a creative approach to food, presenting an ever-changing feast for diners to relish. With an immense respect for nature and seasonality, Brae is considered one of the world’s best. Ignite your senses beyond the plate when you stay over in Brae’s luxury onsite accommodation to fully digest all the magnificence of your meal. Lovers of fine food and coastal views can feast on both at Forage on the Foreshore, in Port Campbell. Overlooking the front beach, the family-run restaurant focuses on local, seasonal produce and fresh ingredients that are handpicked, homegrown and foraged along the Great Ocean Road. All-day breakfast and lunch is served on refurbished wooden dining tables and chairs, with local artworks adorning the walls to create a wholesome relaxed atmosphere. Discover the extraordinary in ordinary, simple food at La Bimba in Apollo Bay. With a passion for keeping the food cycle as close to
home as possible, owner and head chef Steve Earl allows his produce to speak for itself. From organic, grass-fed beef and lamb, to homegrown fruits and vegetables, the menu delivers a true paddockto-plate experience. Be inspired by the view as you enjoy the catch of the day in a restaurant setting that celebrates sustainability in every sense of the word. For a more casual food and wine provenance experience stop into the Cellar Door at Basalt Wines in Killarney, just outside of Port Fairy. Vigneron and Chef Shane Clancy sources beautiful local food for the tapas menu including Port Fairy Abalone, locally Smoked Eel and Shaw River Buffalo Cheese to match the award-winning wine. Tap into tapas at the new MoVida in Lorne, where the Spanish tradition of the original Melbourne-based restaurant continues with a coastal twist. Tantalise your taste buds with fresh seasonal produce that draws on the bounty of local oceans. You’ll feel as comfortable here wearing your boardies as you would in your Sunday best. Let the food do the talking.
Takeaway Fish and Chips, Anglesea
LET’S face it. Family road trips are much more fun when there’s food involved. So let your kids in on the secret, and share some of the great foodie treats to be found on the road.
FAMILY FAVOURITES Sweeten up the kids with a Family High Tea at the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. Food has never been so fun. Decadent petite delights, pastries, scones and sandwiches are complemented by an endless supply of organic local teas and barista coffee. But we’re here for the chocolate right? Kids will devour the chocolate fountain with a wonderful selection of dipping treats to enjoy. Make sure they save some for you. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Better still, make your own. Book the family into Sundae School at Timboon Fine Ice Cream, and learn to churn ice cream from ‘cow to cone’ using milk fresh from the neighbour’s farm. Then eat it. Try the Maple and Cinnamon, Forest Fruit, Lime and Coconut, or the Big Boss (just to remind the kids who’s footing the bill!). Say Cheese! Put the camera away and take the family into the heart of rich dairy country for one of Cheese World’s famous Sungold milkshakes and a glimpse into rural life from the 1900s. Of course, there’s cheese as well. This is the ‘cellar door’ of the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory, where
many family-favourite and awardwinning cheddars were born, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Relish the pure joy of an early morning start with the kids and head out for a hearty breakfast at The Pavilion, overlooking the bay in Warrnambool. Order your café latte and watch the horses train up and down the beach before tucking into your poached eggs or something more exotic like ginger wild rice porridge. When you’re done soaking up the spectacular views, take the kids to find the local’s much-loved Sammy the Seal. No trip to the coast is complete without eating fish and chips by the seaside. And there’s no better wharf to eat at than The Wharf in Port Fairy. Sit on a bench and watch the fishing boats go by as the kids munch on fish bites, or wander along the picturesque wharf with a potato cake in hand as the sun sets over the tranquil Moyne River. This is one tradition that no one is ever too old to enjoy.
Warrnambool Art Gallery
Loune, Port Fairy
ART comes to life on the Great Ocean Road with extraordinary landscapes and environment providing inspiration to all kinds of artisans and creators. With a thriving and vibrant creative culture, the region is a hot spot for artists to reside and visit. Let your imagination soar as you connect with your own creative self and explore the many open art studios, arts trails, local galleries, exhibitions and performing arts events.
INSPIRED CREATIONS Share the creative journey with artists at work in their private galleries and studios. While many are open to visitors year-round, the Surf Coast Arts Trail features more than 160 artists in 54 venues over a single weekend in August each year. Making a home in Lorne is Qdos Arts a complete respite for creative souls with master classes and an ‘open air’ sculpture park to enjoy. Like attracts like, and the villages of Aireys Inlet and Port Fairy have become hubs for thriving arts communities. Catch a local exhibition at Eagles Nest Art Gallery in Aireys Inlet, or grab the Port Fairy Art Walk Map and guide your own tour through a collage of eleven local galleries and working studios. Just outside Narrawong, between Port Fairy and Portland you will discover the Bay of Whales Gallery where it becomes very clear how our vivid landscape and diverse wildlife inspire the most talented artists. Discover the riches of Warrnambool Art Gallery, where art-lovers have enjoyed diverse work for more than a century. Browse regular exhibitions,
from elegant European salon and colonial paintings to Melbourne modernism and more contemporary works, or take to the streets to discover an eclectic selection of street art and public sculptures. Take your cue and head to the Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre for a night on the town. Catch a cabaret or laugh out loud at the latest comedy. The stage is set for music, theatre, drama, circus and kids’ shows. Be sure to book in early for the best seat in the house. Slip on your festival shoes for a flurry of fun and frivolity at Lorne’s annual FOPA (Festival of Performing Arts). Comedy, cabaret, magic and music come together over a fabulous weekend by the sea.
HANG 10 ON DRY LAND
GLASSY waves and crumbling white water dare you to dive in. Surfers say it’s saltwater therapy. Get wet and feel the vibe at one of the many world-class surf beaches of the Great Ocean Road. Surf pro’s can make a break for the legendary right-handers at the iconic Bells Beach, while newbies should book in for a surf lesson at one of the many coastal towns along the way. Safer beaches for swimming and surfing are found at Torquay, Anglesea, Apollo Bay and Port Fairy, while big wave surfers are taken care of at Port Campbell.
Want to try surfing without the crowds? Head to Wye River for waves rolling in over a beautiful beach and bush setting. The café and general store across from the beach provide a welcome space for you to trade epic tales of your surfing feats. You don’t need a surfboard to be part of the action. Hire equipment from local outfitters to join in the fun. Body surf, boogey board or Stand-Up-Paddle (SUP). Or simply sit down in the shallows and let the waves wash over you.
Perch along the beach at Fairhaven, or watch from the point at Lorne, to be inspired by surfers young and old. Head to the home of Victoria’s surfing culture and visit the Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay, where it all began. Meet the nation’s surfing heroes in the hall of fame, check out surfing movies and marvel at the rad collection of boards from bygone eras.
Deep Blue Warrnambool
ABSORB the goodness of fresh, salty air as you connect with the restorative benefits of the Southern Ocean. Escape your every day and enrich your spirit as you unlock the powerful benefits of time spent in nature. This is your time to nurture body and soul. Relax. Rejuvenate. Replenish. You don’t need to look far to find your indulgence of choice. Immerse in the therapeutic waters of a natural hot spring, surrender to a relaxation massage or have it all with a full-day pamper session at one of our coastal village day spas. For a serious wellness makeover, find refuge in a multi-day retreat in a welcoming bushland, clifftop or rural setting.
GET YOUR ZEN ON Kick off your Great Ocean Road journey in the right frame of mind. Unwind with a pamper session at Torquay’s ultimate Saltair Day Spa. The view alone is enough to relax you but don’t stop there. Revive before the drive with a twohour Saltair Spa Wrap, complete with an invigorating sea salt exfoliation, a silky slather of body mud and a tension-busting warmoil head massage. Get wet in a different way. The unique ‘wet room’ at One Spa at RACV Torquay Resort has a thermal stone room with heated surrounding walls, floor and stone seat, with four overhead showers set for varying degrees of refreshment while you steam. Submerge in the stress-relieving heated spa, then awaken the senses with a quick dip in the plunge pool. Find your sanctuary at Lux Spa, located at the Great Ocean Road Resort in Anglesea. Embrace the ocean theme and try a freezedried seaweed mask to soothe the skin after a day in the elements, or discover the delights of a tropical body wrap.
Dissolve into the healing waters of the Deep Blue Hot Springs. Restore your wellbeing as you soak up the therapeutic benefits of natural minerals, salts and heat in Victoria’s newest open-air hot spring bathing retreat, right on the idyllic beach foreshore of Warrnambool. Set yourself up on a secluded beach for your own private yoga practice or buddy-up with likeminded travellers. With many qualified instructors calling the region home, it’s not hard to find a teacher that fits the bill. Open your mind with an extended yoga and meditation retreat at one of the many dedicated yoga centres and wellbeing properties spanning the coast and hinterland including the very popular Summer House Seasonal Retreats in Jan Juc. Whether you escape to a forest wilderness eco lodge or unwind with ocean views in a boutique coastal haven, there’s no better setting to find your zen.
LOSE your shoes and bury your toes in the pristine sand of the region’s best walking beaches. Discover hidden coves with old-world secrets and long sweeping bays where sea birds glide. Go barefoot on pristine sandy beaches and splash your soles in glimmering rock pools, where a closer inspection will often reveal crabs, sea anenomies and starfish (be sure to leave them there!).
WANDER AROUND Wander along the large natural amphitheatre of Bridgewater Bay, where an arc of stunning white sand connects the volcanic headlands of Cape Nelson and Cape Bridgewater. Find a little off-the-beaten track to Childers Cove, between Port Campbell and Warrnambool. You might be lucky enough to have the place to yourself, to enjoy the gorgeous sandy beach and marvel at stunning rock formations. Fossick for shells as you follow the coast six kilometres east from the safe sandy beaches of Apollo Bay over easy rock shelves to the idyllic Skenes Creek. Start below the Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet and set your sites on the headland six
kilometres west at Spout Creek, to enjoy the Great Ocean Road’s longest stretch of uninterrupted sandy beach. Take in views of Fairhaven’s local landmark – the Pole House, suspended on a platform 40m above the beach – and stop half way at the famous Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch. Ramble among layered ancient rocks and across silky sand on a two-hour trek between the two beautiful coves of Wye River and Kennett River. Pass the relics of two abandoned piers as you head west from Wye, and watch out for the natural mini amphitheatre at Point Sturt. Speak to the locals and check the tides before heading out on this walk.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD DUCKS
I hadn’t thought much about where my food came from before my husband Greg and I moved to Port Campbell and started a duck farm. Being a city girl all my life, I hadn’t even used a shovel. More than a decade later, I have such enormous respect for food and farming. Ducks have taught me so much about how hard people work to put quality food on our tables. Great Ocean Ducks started as an idea that would allow us to live and work in the country, while raising our kids. It’s been a huge learning curve but the local food industry and chefs in particular have worked hand-in-hand with us to ensure the duck that is served up to customers is the very best it can be. 24
We started out with about 30 Aylesbury ducks, then expanded about six years ago with Pekin ducks, and now have around 2,200 paddock-reared, fruit-fed ducks on the farm at any given time. Our dogs help herd the ducks in the paddocks and we sell ducks each week to some of Australia’s best restaurants. This region is full of passionate people who are invested in good food. There is great mutual respect between those producing food, and the chefs and provedores of the region. Chefs like Dan Hunter at Brae, Simon Yarham at Timboon Distillery and Sam Anderson at Forage on the Foreshore, have been so supportive.
Like most of the top chefs in this region, they want customers to experience not only great tastes but food sourced from a community of farmers who respect the produce they grow and the land they farm. For them, it’s more than serving up a meal. It’s about where the food comes from, how it was farmed, how it tastes and, importantly, the relationship between the producers, the chefs and the consumer. It’s about the quality of the whole experience.”
- Jodi Clarke, Great Ocean Ducks
STREET ART, WARRNAMBOOL
At the core of it, the best thing about street art in Warrnambool is that it’s accessible to everyone. This is a place where anyone can access world-class art for free… just by taking a walk around town. It makes life more interesting. You get everything from epic, largescale murals on public buildings, to fun sculptured elements and smaller, hard-to-find artworks in laneways. Warrnambool’s blockstyle layout and myriad of laneways make it a perfect location for exploring a trail of art. It encourages people to discover parts of the city that they may not have otherwise seen. I find people love interacting with the art – and the artists when we are on the street creating it.
There’s a real buzz about it. Kids really love it too. There are more than 25 public artworks around Warrnambool, from both local and out-of-town artists. You can’t miss Adnate’s spectacular mural of an indigenous elder and young boy on the wall of the TAFE building, and Claire Foxton’s tribute to local immigrants on the water tower. There’s the impressive 3-metre seal installation by Dave Jones and, of course, the Jimmi Buscombe ‘wombat’ is fun to find. It has become quite famous and has a great story behind it. I think my favourite piece of street art here is Kitt Bennett’s stunning pink, white and grey mural on the wall of Biba hairdresser in the laneway off Ozone walk, one block
back from the main strip. It’s big and it’s different to everything else. That’s a good spot to start exploring, as almost every laneway running off the Ozone carpark has some interesting art in it. You’ll find Jimmi Buscombe’s great Black Cockatoo piece around there too. You can explore Warrnambool’s Street Art via an official Google map online or just follow your nose. Engaging with art is a really positive experience for people. I think our street art makes people feel welcome in Warrnambool. It’s fun, it’s unique and it’s available for everyone to enjoy.” - Nathan Pye, Artist, Warrnambool 25
LONG-NOSE POTOROO, CONSERVATION ECOLOGY CENTRE
Not only are the Otways home to some of the cutest animals in the world, but the fact that many species still survive here provides great hope for the future. Biodiversity is critical to the survival of our planet, so it’s really exciting that we can nurture local wildlife through our conservation and research programs. We have a couple of local heroes in the Otways – the Tiger Quoll and the Long-nosed Potoroo – both threatened species that have a special role to play in our conservation program. Until 2012, the Tiger Quoll was thought to be extinct in the region, but a chance sighting by a visitor in Lorne, and DNA analysis of a 26
scat left behind, confirmed this species still survives here. The Potoroo is vulnerable to predation by introduced foxes and cats but is readily detectable when present at a site so can provide a good indicator of the health of an ecosystem. The Conservation Ecology Centre was established in 2000 to address various challenges in the Otways region, and we’ve found that many visitors are keen to be involved in some way. One option is to stay at our Ecolodge, where Australian wildlife roam right up to your doorstep and all profits are reinvested into wildlife conservation. People love living ‘off-the-grid’ for a night or two and being part of the conservation effort.
We’ve also partnered with Otway Brewing, which has created a premium boutique beer, the Prickly Moses ‘Spotted Ale’, to help fund our efforts. All profits from sales are donated to our threatened species research program, so you can enjoy a quality, handcrafted beer and support Otways wildlife at the same time. It’s a win-win for all and a great way to contribute to the region’s sustainability while enjoying the magic of the Great Ocean Road.”
- Lizzie Corke, CEO, Conservation Ecology Centre
The unique volcanic landscape in south-western Victoria was most likely formed from about two million years ago, when lava flowed from many vents. This filled the valleys and created plains with lakes, wetlands and stunning waterfalls from Melbourne to Mount Gambier. The basalt plains are very fertile, perfect for farming, with some roadsides and reserves sporting colourful wildflowers in Spring, and birds of all types. There were also volcanoes that erupted in this region about 40,000 years ago, forming huge crater lakes, such as Lake Purrumbete and Bullen Merri near Camperdown. These are now popular for fishing, boating and walking.
Those up for a challenge can summit the four peaks – Mt Leura, Mt Suglarloaf, Mt Noorat and Mt Elephant – all in one day. Or take in a view of them from the observation points on Mt Leura or on Red Rock across Lake Corangamite. Another significant site is Budj Bim, north of Portland. This is now a UNESCO world heritage site and is the only Australian World Heritage property listed exclusively for its Aboriginal cultural values. The Budj Bim national park is comanaged by Gunditjmara Traditional Owners and Parks Victoria. Apart from its natural beauty, it is most significant because a large, settled Aboriginal community once farmed and smoked eels there for food and
trade. They used channels and weirs constructed from the abundant local volcanic rock, to manage water flows and trap eels. This is considered to be one of Australia’s earliest and largest aquaculture systems. Visitors can have an authentic experience walking as a guest on Gunditjmara country with an expert Indigenous guide, through Budj Bim Tours, where they’ll learn about a culture that is more than 60,000 years old. This is such a unique landscape to explore. And the volcanic plates have shifted, so we’re not expecting any new eruptions any time soon!”
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The south coast of Victoria is an ideal place to spot whales, and it’s such a thrill to see these magnificent mammals in our backyard. Both the Humpback and the Southern Right Whales frequent our waters, while the mighty Blue Whale and the Killer Whale (Orca) are also occasional visitors.
Whales surviving. With an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 Southern Rights now swimming in our ocean, we can appreciate their ability to survive as a species. They’re such huge and magnificent creatures and the fact that they’re still here gives us great hope. Every time you see a whale, you can’t help but be filled with awe and marvel at their resilience.
There’s a good chance of seeing a Southern Right close to shore around Portland and Warrnambool, as they come here to breed between May and October. Whales have a long history in Portland, which started out as a sealing and whaling station in the 1820s. Although whaling was very lucrative for a period of time, whale numbers declined rapidly and by the 1930s it was estimated that there were only a few hundred Southern Right
Southern Right Whales breed at Logans Beach in Warrnambool, where they come in so close to shore and often hang around for weeks. It’s the only established whale calving nursery in Victoria, and of course a popular spot to see whales.
-M ike Risk, Portland Visitor Information Centre
HAVE YOU SPOTTED A WHALE? Whales can be seen all along the Great Ocean Road coastline during the cooler months. At visitgreatoceanroad.org.au/ whale-sightings you can find out where recent sightings have occurred, log your own sighting if you have spotted a whale and even subscribe so that you receive an email alert whenever someone logs a whale sighting between Torquay and the South Australian border. And, if you’re visiting between May and September, be sure to talk with the locals who are always happy to share if whales have been spotted.
BOARD SHAPING, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL SURFING MUSEUM
I started surfing when I was eight or nine years old and shaped my first board at 13. Growing up in my dad’s surfboard factory filled me with this deep desire to create and to be immersed in the surf industry. Now, 30-odd years later, I feel incredibly privileged to be still doing a job that I love in a part of the world that I love. There is nowhere else that offers surfers what we have on the Great Ocean Road. There’s a reason why the world’s best come here to surf. Obviously Bells Beach and Winki Pop are the two best breaks for world-class surfing but beyond that, we have every variety of wave for every kind of surfer, from novice to expert. It’s all compressed into one phenomenal stretch of coastline.
It has everything you could want as a surfer. And I have it right on my doorstep.
up and going. You might be hooked after your first surf, or you might take a while to warm up.
Shaping boards forces me to get in to the surf regularly, to test out ideas and stay connected. It’s an essential part of my job. But I’d surf anyway. There aren’t too many other things that could keep me as fit and healthy and happy as surfing.
There’s a great surfing culture in Torquay so you’ll find everything you need right here, but if you continue on to Lorne and Warrnambool, the crowds thin out and the coast gets more wild the further you venture out. There’s a good spread of waves for everyone and, if you’re prepared to put in the effort, you’ll get the waves you want.
Similarly, if shaping boards wasn’t my job, I’d still shape boards. It’s my creative outlet. All my boards are handcrafted, many of them custommade to meet specific needs of the surfer, so for me it’s an art. Surfing and shaping go hand-in-hand. I think that anyone who wants to try surfing should start with a local surf school. Grab a lesson and get the basics, then go from there. They have the best equipment to get you
I love this coast and these waves. I still get as excited about surfing on this coast as anywhere.
- Corey Graham – Board Shaper, Torquay 29
GREAT OCEAN ROAD
It is one of the most iconic drives in the world, known for its remarkable views and cliff-hugging curves. But there’s more to this story than meets the eye… 30
VIEW FROM TEDDYâ€™S LOOKOUT TO ST GEORGES RIVER, GREAT OCEAN ROAD
100 YEARS IN THE MAKING AS you snake your way around the spectacular curves of the Great Ocean Road, hugging hills and gazing out over Bass Strait, take a moment to think about the thousands of returned Australian servicemen from WW1 who carved this world-famous landmark from cliff faces, mostly by hand. With 19 September 2019 marking 100 years from the day construction started on the road, it’s a timely reminder that this is the world’s largest war memorial. It has been named on Australia’s National Heritage list for its extraordinary historic and cultural significance. The story began in the early 1900s when Howard Hitchcock, the Mayor of Geelong, was inspired by a drive through the southwest of France, and brought his vision for the Great Ocean Road back to Australia. As the driving force behind the road, he has affectionately become known as the father of the road. For 13 years, more than 3,000 returned soldiers were part of the team that built the section of road from Eastern View to Cape Patton, using picks, shovels and hand explosives to shape and sculpt the road into the masterpiece we enjoy today. Acknowledging the early road workers en route is an important part of the journey.
CELEBRATE STORIES OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD The stories of the Great Ocean Road live on. Discover them on your journey by following the Great Ocean QR Trail from Torquay to Apollo Bay. Access stories about landmarks along the road and throughout the region, about the history of traditional owners, the construction of the road and the industries it enabled. With 26 key points of interest along the trail, visitors will experience Augmented Reality, short film and art to connect with local stories and local people who inspire travellers on their journey. Find more, download a map at visitgreatoceanroad.org.au/ qr-trail.
FALLS FESTIVAL LORNE
FALLS FESTIVAL LORNE
LORNE PIER TO PUB
28-31 December 2019
10-11 January 2020
Falls Festival Lorne is the ultimate end of year getaway! Lorne will once again play host to incredible national and international artists who will ply their trade amongst the stunning natural beauty of your coastal dreams.
HEYWOOD WOOD WINE AND ROSES FESTIVAL
February 2020 woodwineroses.com.au Street parade, food and market stalls, live entertainment for all ages, sideshows, truck and ute show and fireworks. We invite you to join us to what promises to be our best festival yet!
CADEL EVANS GREAT OCEAN ROAD RACE
30 Jan - 2 Feb 2020 cadelevansgreatoceanroad race.com.au
The Lorne Pier to Pub is the largest open water swim in the world and is organised and run by volunteers from Lorne Surf Life Saving (LSLS) Club. The course is 1.2km from the Lorne Pier to the LSLS Clubhouse.
Classified as a UCI World Tour Event, this is an opportunity to see the world’s elite men & women cycling teams compete. A Family Ride and People’s Ride provide opportunities for everyone to take part.
PORT FAIRY JAZZ FESTIVAL
APOLLO BAY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
7-9 February 2020 www.portfairyjazz.com.au The Port Fairy Jazz Festival is a not-for-profit festival and organisation run entirely by volunteers, promoting all genres of jazz music in the picturesque surrounds of Port Fairy.
February 2020 apollobayseafoodfestival.com For a truly unique and memorable pescatarian experience with perfect sea views, visit the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival – a celebration of the finest seafood Apollo Bay has to offer.
To explore all events www.visitgreatoceanorad.org.au/events
HOOKED ON PORTLAND FESTIVAL
PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL
25-26 January 2020
6-9 March 2020
The Hooked on Portland festival features some of Australia’s best up and coming musical performers and celebrity chefs, as well as offering entertainment and activities for all ages.
KOROIT IRISH FESTIVAL
Over the Victorian Labour Day weekend in March the beautiful and historic coastal town of Port Fairy attracts thousands of visitors to the Port Fairy Folk Festival, with 100+ acts from across the globe.
RIP CURL PRO, BELLS BEACH
WARRNAMBOOL MAY RACING CARNIVAL
3-13 April 2020
5-7 May 2020
The Rip Curl Pro is the longest running professional surfing contest in the world, and this year will be the 55th running of the event. Held over Easter/ school holidays.
A celebration of country racing featuring 23 flat races and 7 jumps races including the internationally acclaimed Grand Annual Steeplechase.
koroitirishfestival.com.au Celebrating great Irish music, Koriot and its proud irish heritage for over 21 years.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD RUNNING FESTIVAL, LORNE - APOLLO BAY
16-17 May 2020 greatoceanroadrunfest. com.au Victoria’s iconic Great Ocean Road is home to the Great Ocean Road Running Festival, featuring a range of different distances and courses so there’s something for everyone.
RIP CURL PRO
To explore all events www.visitgreatoceanorad.org.au/events
CASTERTON KELPIE FESTIVAL
WINTER WEEKENDS PORT FAIRY
June - July 2020
7 June 2020
CASTERTON KELPIE FESTIVAL
6-7 June 2020
Port Fairy Winter Weekends festival is a celebration of Port Fairy’s history, culture and community. Festival events and activities fall under four main pillars - community, arts, food & wine and environment.
Started in 2006 by the Forrest Lions Club, the Forrest SoupFest has grown into a festival with some 5,000 visitors, local market stalls, live musical entertainment and fundraising activities by groups.
The start of the Long Weekend in June is the Street Parade, followed by various novelty events including Kelpie High Jump, Kelpie Dash, animal nursery, Kelpie Pinball and Stockman’s Challenge.
WINTERWILD, APOLLO BAY
INTERNATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE WEEKEND
June 2020 runforest.com.au Staged in the hinterland township of Forrest, nestled in the heart of the Otway Ranges, Run Forrest will showcase the regions world-class trails and breathtaking natural beauty – undulating hills, flowing rivers, dense fern gullies and the cool, fresh air of the Otway Ranges.
Two epic weekends in Apollo Bay of music, performance, feasting and workshops for your body, mind and soul. Can you see what flickers in the darkness?
Celebrating lighthouses and the people that worked in them. The festival is held every year on the 3rd weekend in August and involves lighthouses and lightships from all around the world.
To explore all events www.visitgreatoceanorad.org.au/events
SURF COAST CENTURY, ANGLESEA
PORT FAIRY VINTAGE WEEKEND
BIRREGURRA FESTIVAL & ART SHOW
10-11 October 2020
A spectacular 50km and 100km ultramarathon takes runners on an extraordinary journey below towering sea cliffs, along remote beaches and through the captivating wildflower hinterland.
Festival goers get to experience rock ‘n’ roll dance, vintage roadshow valuations, a vintage car display, AFL Grand Final breakfast, vintage markets, crafts for kids and music.
An event synonymous with quality farm produce, agricultural displays, craft and live local music and held on the second weekend of October annually.
ROCK THE CLOCK, CAMPERDOWN
LORNE SCULPTURE BIENNALE
UPWELLING FESTIVAL, PORTLAND
17 Oct - 8 Nov 2020
Rock the Clock is Camperdown’s own rock ‘n’ roll festival. The four-day event runs in Camperdown’s main street and features bands, classic car and motorcycle displays, street market, vintage fashion and much more.
Lorne Sculpture Biennale is a vibrant festival celebrating the best of Australian and international sculpture. Lorne foreshore becomes the picturesque pedestal for these sculptures, and the venue for a vibrant program of events.
A free, one-day event celebrating the natural wonders brought to the town of Portland by the Bonney Upwelling – the richest marine feeding area in Australia.
LORNE SCULPTURE BIENNALE
To explore all events www.visitgreatoceanorad.org.au/events
Warrnambool Foreshore Promenade
I AM WHERE STORIES UNFOLD EACH village along the Great Ocean Road has its own story to share. Find out what really makes us tick. We’re more than a road – we’re a collection of deliciously different destinations. From the dynamic townships and boutique villages on the coast, to thriving hinterland communities, you’ll discover unique characters at every stop along the way. Come play. Come connect. Stay over and really get to know us. Come discover us – your way. Swing Bridge, Lorne
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Surf Coast Walk
Combine your morning surf check with a brisk walk along the 3.2km Bells Track from Bird Rock to Bells Beach. Be inspired by scene-stealing views of reef breaks and relentless waves marching in along surfing’s ‘golden mile’, on this spectacular stretch of the 40km Surf Coast Walk. Make friends with a sea star at the Point Danger Marine Sanctuary, an ideal spot to swap your surfboard for a snorkel and meet the local marine life. Start the day right with a sunrise cycle along The Esplanade, then head to one of the many cafés to nourish your body with a healthy, best-of-season alfresco breaky right on the beach.
Deck yourself out in surf style at Surf City Plaza, home to iconic surf retail brands like Rip Curl and Quiksilver, which made their start in Torquay in 1969.
I AM TORQUAY I AM the fear that you chase for the thrill of the ride. iamtorquay.com.au Surf City
Shop local and stock up on gourmet supplies at the weekly Torquay Farmers Market, held every Saturday morning in the carpark of the Surf Coast Shire offices, where the best of the region’s fresh local food and artisan produce is up for grabs.
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Kangaroo, Anglesea Golf Club
Round up the kids and book in the whole family for a beginner surfing lesson on Anglesea main beach. Splash around in waistdeep water with gentle waves or, for more experienced surfers, hit the swell at Urquharts Bluff. Test out your core and balance as you try Stand Up Paddleboarding on the calm waters of Coogoorah Park reserve. Circumnavigate the tree-lined canals and complete the full loop for a tranquil escape upriver. Falling in is half the fun! Get your legs pumping on offroad, purpose-built mountain bike tracks that criss-cross the bushy surrounds of town. Venture to the trails east of Eumerella Scout Camp, or test your wheels at the family-friendly Anglesea Bike Park just 1km from the centre of town. Anglesea Beach
I AM ANGLESEA I AM wind-whipped cheeks. I am your first adventure. iamanglesea.com.au Anglesea River
For a blooming great time, go walking on the Anglesea Heath â€“ a biodiversity hotspot and home to about a quarter of all Victoriaâ€™s plant species. Head to Dusty Miller Track during Spring to marvel at the sea of vibrant colourful wildflowers. Camp out with the kids under the maze of tea trees right next to the river at the Anglesea Family Caravan Park. Just a hop, skip and a jump to the beach. A great way to get back to nature, while keeping creature comforts close at hand. 39
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Split Point Lighthouse
Climb the cast-iron spiral staircase of the Split Point Lighthouse for one of the best views on the coast. Take as long or as little as you like on a selfguided tour of this much-loved landmark, the White Queen. Tick off a leg of the Surf Coast Walk and watch the sun rise over the horizon on an easy four-kilometre coastal stretch from Split Point Lighthouse to Sunnymead Beach. The Aireys Inlet Cliff Top Walk provides jaw-dropping ocean views while meandering through low coastal scrubland. Do it in reverse and finish at the lovely Lighthouse Café for a lazy morning tea. Tee off at the 12 Apostles – with Great Ocean Road mini-golf. Get your game on around the replica 12 Apostle mini-golf course or the 18-hole Shipwreck course for a preview of the Great Ocean Road’s key attractions. Sunnymeade Beach, Aireys Inlet
I AM AIREYS INLET I AM a gorgeous coastal hamlet. I am where dramatic nature begins. iamaireysinlet.com.au Blazing Saddles
Homegrown, handmade, recycled and vintage – that’s the ethos of Aireys Inlet’s ever-quirky and always surprising local market. You never know what you’ll find! Check the calendar for Sunday dates then follow the flags and big red signs. Horse riding on the beach? Saddle-up and ride away with Blazing Saddles on a 2.5 hour beginner twilight beach and bush ride, taking in the beauty of the Great Otway National Park and pristine white sands of Fairhaven Beach.
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Absorb the invigorating wonder of waterfalls framed by ancient ferns, shrubs and native trees. With 10 cascading beauties within 10km of town, you can plot a course and cover them all. Some are 10 minutes walk from the carpark and others lead you on a hike deep into the rainforest. Lose an afternoon or entire day browsing artworks in the tranquillity of the forest at Qdos Arts & Sculpture Park. Set against the stillness of nature’s soundtrack, discover a visual feast of leading artists’ work, both in the garden and hung beneath the gallery’s lofty rooflines. Immerse yourself in community life and attend a local festival. The Falls Music Festival, Festival of Performing Arts (FOPA) and Sculpture Biennale are three key events that keep Lorne in the limelight.
I AM LORNE I AM an endless romance. Let the lights of the pier guide you home. iamlorne.com.au Lorne Pier Sunrise
Take a twilight stroll along the esplanade of Mountjoy Parade, soaking up the historic architecture of the old theatre, Erskine House and the Lorne Hotel. Let the lights of Lorne Pier draw you out over the ocean as you amble beyond the town strip to a gentle walking track that wraps around the bay. Dig a little deeper. Come learn the history of this familiar place. The Great Ocean Road Heritage Centre is brimming with stories unknown by many and fascinating to learn. 41
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Cook your own catch or have the experts do it for you. Stroll down to the harbour where you can’t miss the Fisherman’s Co-op to hand-select your own catch of the day – freshly-caught crays, prawns and snapper. For a bird’s eye view of town, take a hike up to Marriners Lookout. Head 1.5km north along the beach, climb the steep hill and track a surfaced road for 1.5km. Relax with a picnic and soak up the sweeping curve of the bay. Spend your Saturday morning strolling along the foreshore. Admire intriguing public art and take a poke around the local handmade and homegrown fare of Apollo Bay Community Market.
Apollo Bay Beach
Hire some fishing gear and go dangle a line from the harbour wall or off the pier. Head to Barham River and you might just bring home your own catch of trout or bream for dinner. Failing that, you can always get your fresh seafood fix from a first-rate restaurant in town.
I AM APOLLO BAY I AM the salt of the earth. A real catch. iamapollobay.com.au Apollo Bay Harbour
Tap into the taste of local craft beer at Great Ocean Road Brewhouse, where you’ll be tempted by more than 100 craft beers and cider. Stock up on supplies at Tastes of the Region, behind the Brewhouse, or enjoy a produce platter showcasing locally produced cheeses, dips, bread, olive oil and more.
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Head to the hills and wander through ancient forests of the Otways to discover cascading waterfalls set against vivid greenery. Discover your own or tick off three of our favourites: Triplet, Beauchamp and Hopetoun Falls, and don’t miss the nearby Redwoods, a favourite for photographers. Zip through the treetops like a bird or rove among giants on the longest and tallest elevated walkway of its kind in the world. The Otway Fly Treetop Walk takes you 30m up into the canopy, for a birds-eye view of the rainforest. Loop around the tranquil shoreline of Lake Elizabeth, a four-kilometre return walk through the rainforest – ancient trees, shady fern glades, serene waters. You might spot a platypus hiding in the reeds or a cormorant taking flight from the glassy lake. Beauchamp Falls
I AM OTWAYS I AM breath of fresh air. I am what it’s like to be a tiny person amongst big nature. iamotways.com.au
Cape Otway Lightstation
Fill your picnic basket with gourmet regional produce as you drive through the countryside. Discover farmgates and smalltown provedores for fresh supplies of berries, cheeses, olives, mushrooms, beer and wine of the Otway Harvest Trail. Devote a day to exploring Cape Otway Lightstation precinct’s incredible line-up – amazing lighthouse, secret World War II radar bunker, indigenous experience, whale info site and more in the most stunning natural setting. 43
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12 Apostles Helicopters
Watch nature at work as you walk the 1.2km trail from the 12 Apostles car park to Gibson Steps. Take the 86 cliff-stairs down to the beach and feel dwarfed by the epic scale of the cliff-line, the offshore stacks and the power of the ocean waves. Strap in for a helicopter ride high above the roaring Southern Ocean for unrivalled views of the majestic 12 Apostles and untamed coastline.
12 Apostles Sunset
I AM 12 APOSTLES
COAST & HINTERLAND
I AM a storm-carved coastline. A wild reminder that you are alive. iam12apostles.com.au Forage on the Foreshore
Get a taste of rural life when you follow the 12 Apostles Artisans Trail through Timboon and the hinterland. Stock up on supplies for the road or settle in for a wholesome meal at one of the region’s top restaurants or cafés. You’ll find great dining options in both Port Campbell and Timboon. Witness mobs of ‘roos feeding on the river flats in the golden sun at Princetown, as you wander the boardwalk straddling the Gellibrand River estuary and the Port Campbell and Great Otway National Parks. Seek out a private sandy cove or explore towering cliffs in the Bay of Islands Coastal Park at Peterborough. Hidden treasures wait to be discovered by foot and boat.
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Lace up your hiking boots and hike to the summit of Mount Elephant or Mount Noorat to gaze into ancient craters and enjoy commanding views of the volcanic plains. Stake your claim on an elusive item at the antique centre of Pombo Mart. Located in the century-old Cheese and Butter Factory at Pomborneit North, this is a treasure trove of antiques, collectables, vintage, retro, old and new.
I AM VOLCANIC LAKES & PLAINS
Walk the avenue of Linden Trees at Camperdown Botanic Gardens or settle under one of the magnificent Himalayan Oaks for a picnic lunch. Exotic trees from six continents form an impressive canopy, perched above two volcanic crater lakes. Throw in a line at Lake Bullen Merri and Lake Gnotuk for your own catch of the day. Head to one of the pretty community markets at Mortlake or Skipton to enjoy country charm and load up on local arts, crafts and bric-a-brac.
I AM the wonder of what once was. A window to a bygone era. iamvolcaniclakesandplains.com.au Mount Elephant
Tuck in to home-style fare and enjoy country hospitality at Lake Edge CafĂŠ in Camperdown. Sit outside to max out your view over Lake Purrumbete. A true hidden gem of the hinterland. 45
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12 Apostles Stingray Helicopters Bay
Between June and September, lay vigil at Logans Beach for a glimpse of Southern Right Whales returning for their annual calve. It’s the only place in the world you can watch this spectacle from land. Let your lantern guide you over bluestone cobbles to the open-fronted Wharf Theatre, where Australia’s rich maritime history is brought to life in the dramatic sound and laser show Tales of the Shipwreck Coast, at Warrnambool’s open-air Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. Meet the penguin-protecting Maremma dogs made famous in the movie Oddball – you’ll find them hanging out at Flagstaff Hill during the summer months.
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Capture your insta sunset at Thunder Point, overlooking the dramatic Southern Ocean. If the light is right, rocky outcrops and low tide pools set a spectacular scene.
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Walk to the end of Warrnambool Breakwater rock pier keeping an eye out for remnants of the old railway line, as well as local marine life. Another great spot to watch Southern Right whales swim by.
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Absorb all the charm of this seaside village when you follow one of the historic walking trails. From whitewashed cottages built by whalers and seamen, to fishing boats bobbing along the Moyne River, the heritage of the town has been well preserved. Wander along the wharf and treat yourself to the best fish and chips in the region at The Wharf restaurant, right on the water’s edge. Plan your stay around the iconic Port Fairy Folk Festival in March. The ‘folkie’ is one of Australia’s largest music festivals, offering big talent on centre stage and loads of family fun on the fringe. Follow the causeway from the mouth of the Moyne around the Port Fairy Coastal Reserve and Griffiths Island to the lighthouse. The rugged natural landscape is home to native wildlife - ideal for that perfect pic. Port Fairy Wharf
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Take a swing at one of Australia’s top 50 public access golf courses. The Port Fairy Golf Club is situated right along the coastline so try not to be distracted by the view when you’re putting for par. Splurge on some boutique shopping, pick up a local masterpiece or simply enjoy a stroll down the main street to take in the diverse collection of art galleries, bookstores and homewares. The weekly Saturday Market at the old railway station is a local fave. 47
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Tarragal Cave, Bridgewater Lake
This is big fish country. An angler’s paradise. Hook yourself a King George whiting, flathead, snapper, tuna or mulloway ... straight off the beach, the breakwater or out in a boat. Climb the cliff walk at Cape Bridgewater to spot families of seals frolicking off the rocky coastline. Or take a boat trip out to the seal colony for a close-up encounter. Look for the yellow flag flying at the Visitor Information Centre – it means a whale’s been spotted! Grab your binoculars and try to identify the Southern Rights by large white bumps on the top and sides of the head.
I AM PORTLAND I AM a wild beauty with an untameable spirit. iamportland.com.au
Find yourself inside the rib cage of a 14m whale skeleton at the Portland Maritime Discovery Centre, co-located with the Portland Visitor Information Centre, where you can explore a bountiful heritage of whaling, seafaring, shipwrecks and rescue. Lose yourself in history on a self-guided tour using the Historical Buildings Walk map and discover more than 200 buildings of historic significance dotted throughout the streets of Portland. < Cape Nelson Lighthouse
WINCHELSEA Indulge in the elegant country lifestyle of Winchelsea, surrounded by fertile farmland and natural goodness. Enjoy the old-world charm of Barwon Park Mansion and take a wander along on the banks of the Barwon River to marvel at the impressive triple-arched bluestone bridge.
COLAC Plant yourself on the doorstep of the Great Otway National Park, where the thriving town centre of Colac provides a great base for exploring. Stretch your legs in the pretty Botanic Gardens, with open lawns, lakeside views, an all-ages playground and the popular Botanic CafĂŠ.
ROADS LESS TRAVELLED INDULGE in the charming history of a tranquil country town. Breathe in the fresh air and experience the elegant lifestyle that awaits. visitgreatoceanroad.org.au
Sniff out doggy love in Casterton, the birthplace of Aussie working dog, the kelpie. Follow the Kelpie Walking Trail to enjoy sculptures, historic enclaves and open parkland, en route to the state-of-the-art Australian Kelpie Centre. And be sure to include a wander down Main Street to unearth antique delights at second-hand shops, galleries and specialty stores.
NELSON The Great Ocean Road region ends here! But the adventure doesnâ€™t. Cruise up the Glenelg River on a leisurely boat ride or tumble down the massive sand dunes on the 50km-long beach of Discovery Bay. Take the scenic 24km round trip through the Cape Nelson Coastal Park to check out the lighthouse, coastal cliffs, a myriad of wildlife and at least one walking trail. 49
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Parkwood Motel & Apartments Geelong
A: 8 Lily Street (Cnr Ballarat Rd & Shannon Ave), Hamlyn Heights, Geelong
T: 03 5278 5477
E: firstname.lastname@example.org AAA Star + Quality + Value = Excellence Relax and enjoy the central garden, BBQ and outdoor pool. 12 twin rooms with queen and single beds, A/C, microwave, toaster, kettle, free tea and coffee. 3 apartments each sleep 7 and 1 house sleeps 10, all fully self-contained. Free Wi-Fi, Foxtel, parking and laundry. Only 3km from Geelong CBD, GMHBA Stadium and Waterfront. Close to Arena, shops, hotels, golf and lawn bowls. Mention advert to receive 10% discount. www.parkwoodmotel.com.au
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
A: 35 Bell Street, Torquay T: 03 5261 2496 or 1300 736 533 E: email@example.com Listen to the waves breaking on Torquay Surf Beach, the perfect spot for a weekend away, a long vacation or an overnight camp. Located on the picturesque Torquay Surf Beach and only a short walk to local shops and cafés. Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park is Torquay’s only beachfront camping ground. We offer a range of accommodation to suit all budgets including self-contained cabins and powered camping sites. www.torquaycaravanpark.com.au
Peppers The Sands Resort, Torquay
Perched amongst the dunes on the northern headland of Torquay which is located at the start of the world-famous Great Ocean Road is where you will find Peppers The Sands Resort. Balancing first class leisure facilities with 112 beautifully appointed accommodation rooms and suites all with balconies or grassed terraces, the resort offers a Stuart Appleby designed championship links style golf course, tennis courts, heated indoor lap pool, health club and gymnasium. The resort’s signature restaurant, Hanners Restaurant and Bar is positioned overlooking the pristine course and is one of the region’s most desired dining destinations. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days. Times may vary during winter. Peppers The Sands Resort makes for the ideal location for any occasion. A: 2 Sands Blvd, Torquay The Sands Torquay is a beautifully designed and testing course that is now T: 03 5264 3333 available for public play at restricted times during the week. Please contact E: firstname.lastname@example.org the professional golf staff on 03 5264 3307 for your opportunity to play. www.peppers.com.au/sands
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Sea All Dolphin Swims / Great Ocean Road Surf Tours
Swim with wild seals and dolphins and get up close and personal with local marine life – with Sea All Dolphin Swims. Join exhilarating adventure tours and sightseeing experiences on Port Phillip Bay, and explore places only accessible by boat. Swim with wild dolphins and seals – or spot them from the comfort of the boat. Delight in the award-winning, best outdoor experience the region has to offer. This is an adventure not to be missed – ride the boom-net hammock, jump from the boat roof, enjoy a duck spa! All equipment provided. All swimming abilities catered for. Transport and accommodation options are available. • Swim with wild dolphins and seals • Sightseeing Tours • Snorkel experiences on Port Phillip Bay • Surfing Lessons • Qualified instructors and guides • Award-winning experience
A: Queenscliff Boat Harbour, Queenscliff
T: 03 5258 3889
E: email@example.com www.dolphinswims.com.au
Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Anglesea Golf Club
A: 1200 Great Ocean Road, Bellbrae
A: Golflinks Road, Anglesea
T: 03 5263 1588
No. 1 tourist attraction at the start of the Great Ocean Road, just 10 minutes from Torquay. The Chocolaterie is set on 15 acres of landscaped grounds. Open every day 9am-5pm, entry is free. Enjoy free chocolate and ice cream tastings, a spectacular showroom choc-filled with thousands of chocolates and gift ideas, chocolate production on view, all-day café serving breakfast, lunch and desserts plus hand-crafted ice cream in our café and outdoor kiosk with extensive open play area for kids. www.gorci.com.au
T: 03 5263 1582
Set in pretty Heathlands on the Great Ocean Road, our 18 hole golf course is home to more than 300 Eastern Grey Kangaroos. Exciting 25 minute Kangaroo Tours run daily from 10am-4pm and attracts visitors from around the world. Book online or at the Clubhouse. Our facilities include 6-bay driving range, gaming and mini golf. Our Clubhouse welcomes visitors and opens 10am daily for lunch, dinner, coffee, Friday happy hour and mid-week dinner specials. www.angleseagolfclub.com.au
ANGLESEA & LORNE
Anglesea Family Caravan Park
A: 35 Cameron Road, Anglesea T: 03 5295 1990 or 1800 040 455 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
A: 105 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea
Great beach. Great location. Great Ocean Road memories. The Anglesea Family Caravan Park is the perfect holiday destination to explore and create memories. Itâ€™s a must for your next adventure in nature, weekend away or overnight camp. We offer powered sites, cabins, heated pool, mini golf and more. www.angleseafamilycaravanpark.com.au
Great Ocean Road Resort is a 4-star resort located at the gateway to the Great Ocean Road in the seaside town of Anglesea. The resort has a variety of accommodation options, free Wi-Fi, cable television (Foxtel) and onsite amenities including indoor heated pool, spa, gym, restaurant, day spa, trampoline park and barbeque. www.greatoceanroadresort.com.au
Anchorage Motel & Villas
T: 03 5263 3363
A: 32 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne
A: 150 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne
T: 03 5289 1891
Lorne Ocean Sun Apartments. Right in the heart of Lorne, Anchorage offers stylish self-contained motel accommodation, DVD, Foxtel, BBQs and pool. 1, 2 and 3 bedroom luxury apartments, ocean views, balconies, air-conditioning, video, DVD and spas. Overnight or weekly. www.anchoragelorne.com.au
Great Ocean Road Resort
T: 1800 037 010
Cumberland Lorne combines sweeping ocean views with outstanding accommodation, leisure and conferencing facilities. Choose from our 1BR, 2BR or penthouse apartments â€“ each offering private balconies, spa, kitchen and laundry. Facilities include free Wi-Fi, indoor pool and spa, gym, tennis and squash courts, BBQs and games room. Conferencing needs are catered for with a 350 seat auditorium, multiple boardrooms and breakout space split over 3 levels in our purpose built facility. www.cumberland.com.au
LORNE, WYE RIVER & YEODENE
Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park
BIG4 Wye River Holiday Park
A: 2 Great Ocean Road, Lorne T: 03 5289 1382 or 1300 364 797 E: email@example.com
A: 25 Great Ocean Road, Wye River
Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park takes in the breathtaking coastal and bush surrounds of Lorne. Superbly located along the beautiful Erskine River, a short stroll to the beach and just steps from local shops and restaurants. We offer a range of accommodation to suit all budgets including powered and unpowered sites as well as a variety of self-contained cabins. www.lornecaravanpark.com.au
A stunning natural setting and relaxed atmosphere, directly opposite the beach. Quality accommodation, large riverside campsites. Awesome new amenities, fully equipped camp kitchen, outdoor BBQ areas. Plenty of trails for walking and riding â€“ spot a koala or three! The kids will love our adventure playground, giant jumping pillow, pedal go karts, indoor games room, loads of wildlife, endless exploring for kids. Walk to great food, coffee and treats at the Wye General CafĂŠ, plus the Wye Beach Hotel. www.big4wyeriver.com.au
T: 03 5289 0241
Beacon Point Ocean View Villas
A: 270 Skenes Creek Road, Apollo Bay
T: 5237 6218
E: firstname.lastname@example.org Enjoy the spectacular ocean views while surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Otway Ranges. Our one or two bedroom villas offer a luxury accommodation experience. Log fires, spas, air-conditioning, private BBQs and outdoor settings. Relax in a private villa and indulge in the regionâ€™s finest wines or explore the many famous attractions in the surrounding areas. www.beaconpoint.com.au
Pick up a copy of an official destination guide from one of the visitor information centres and discover more of our beautiful region.
Apollo Bay Bakery
The Apollo Bay Bakery is a family run business located on the iconic Great Ocean Road in Apollo Bay. This bakery is known around the world as the home of the famous Scallop Pie on the Great Ocean Road. Baking 7 days a week and open from 6am each morning serving a bakery style breakfast plus barista coffee and leaf tea. With a large selection of freshly baked breads, rolls and cakes this bakery has it all. Their pie cabinet has all the favourites, plus gourmet filled pies including vegan and gluten free options. Freshly made delicious sandwiches and rolls plus a cake cabinet you canâ€™t say no to.
A: 125 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay
T: 03 5237 6440
E: email@example.com www.apollobaybakery.com.au
CAPE OTWAY & PRINCETOWN
AUSTRALIA’S MOST SIGNIFICANT LIGHTHOUSE
Features: >> Lighthouse – 1848 >> Telegraph Station – 1859 >> 1850 Keepers Quarters & Workshop >> WWII Radar Bunker >> Aboriginal Talking Hut >> History and Bush Tucker Talks >> Lightkeepers Café & Souvenir Shop >> Accommodation Open daily 9am-5pm, last entry 4.30pm 1140 Lighthouse Road, Cape Otway T: 03 5237 9240 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park
12 Apostles Helicopters
A: 29 The Boulevarde, Princetown
A: Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Princetown
T: 03 5237 5262
Experience Australian wildlife across 39 acres in a natural eco-friendly setting. Hand feed and interact with kangaroos, wallabies, emus and alpacas in our petting area. Experience a ‘hands on’ encounter with dingoes and behold the beauty of wildlife, herd animals and wild birds in the beautiful surroundings of the Otways, only 15 minutes from the Twelve Apostles. Food, coffee and refreshments available in our café. www.greatoceanroadwildlifepark.com
T: 03 5598 8283
Experience a breathtaking flight over the most spectacular coastal scenery in Australia. 12 Apostles Helicopters on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, offers you a unique opportunity to see the entire Shipwreck Coast and Port Campbell National Park in style. Perhaps a journey over the Twelve Apostles, a flight to the Bay of Islands via London Bridge, or take in the beauty of the entire Shipwreck Coast all the way to the Cape Otway Lightstation. www.12ah.com
Port Campbell Shopping
Best Western Great Ocean Road Motor Inn
A: 10 Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell
A: 23 Lord Street, Port Campbell
T: 03 5598 6522
T: 03 5598 6379
Providing all your travelling needs: • Groceries • Souvenirs • Australia Post • Liquor • Camping and fishing • ATM located in store • Newsagency • DVD hire • Meat, fruit and vegetables • Bait and tackle • Confectionery, ice-cream and drinks.
E: email@example.com Offering friendly, personalised service in the heart of Port Campbell, home of the Twelve Apostles. Walk to Port Campbell Bay, restaurants, great coffee and boutique shopping. The perfect base from which to explore the Great Ocean Road and Port Campbell National Park. Our spacious rooms are tastefully decorated with emphasis on your comfort – king spa suites, standard queen or interconnecting family rooms. www.greatoceanroadmotorinn.com
Southern Ocean Villas
Modern, contemporary accommodation in Port Campbell. 20 architect-designed fully self-contained luxury three bedroom villas. Facilities include outdoor deck, free Wi-Fi internet, BBQ, TV/DVD, fully equipped kitchen, reverse cycle air-conditioning, QS beds and private laundry facilities. Situated on the edge of Port Campbell National Park within five minutes walking distance of town centre and beach and only 10 minutes drive to the Twelve Apostles. A short walk to a selection of cafés and restaurants.
A: 2 McCue Street, Port Campbell
T: 03 5598 4200
E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.southernoceanvillas.com
PORT CAMPBELL, TIMBOON & WARRNAMBOOL
Sea Foam Villas
Ride With Us
A: 14 Lord Street, Port Campbell
A: 1 Bailey Street, Timboon
T: 03 5598 6413
We offer visitors a luxurious and relaxing stay to complement their sightseeing adventures along the Great Ocean Road. Sea Foam Villas are close to the food, fashion, arts and crafts of Port Campbell. We look forward to making your stay a memorable one! www.seafoamvillas.com
M: 0438 407 777
Explore Timboon and the 12 Apostles region. We provide transport services from airports, train stations, accommodation and campsites. Great Ocean Walk transfers are our specialty. Breeze along with our bike hire service on the Timboon to Camperdown Rail Trail. All bicycles are supplied with helmets and maps. Our 8 seater luxury touring vehicles are fitted with bicycle racks or you can hire our child and pet-friendly bike trailer. www.ridewithus.com.au
A: 89 Merri Street, Warrnambool
M: 0402 984 379
A: 110 Merri Street, Warrnambool T: 03 5561 1415 or 1800 035 069 E: email@example.com
Port Fairy to 12 Apostles & everything in between. Experience the local attractions and history of our region without the stress of navigating or driving. Travel safely in our stylish, 12 seater Mercedes and be hosted by our friendly and knowledgeable guides. Tours offer City Sightseeing, Spectacular Coastline, Volcanic Landscapes, Food and Wine Trails, Australian Wildlife and the Southern Right Whale Nursery (seasonal). WARRNAMBOOL TOURS... TOUR WITH A LOCAL. www.warrnambooltours.com.au
Stay at this charming Warrnambool hotel located in the heart of town, close to attractions including Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum, Tower Hill Game Reserve, Botanic Gardens and Hopkins Falls. Fully refurbished motel, two bedroom self-contained apartments. Free Wi-Fi. Restaurant, bar and free gym onsite. Rajâ€™s Bar offers old world charm making it the perfect setting to meet, chat and enjoy a pre-dinner drink. Short walk to CBD, beaches and museum. www.oldemaritime.com.au
BIG4 Warrnambool Figtree Holiday Village
Comfort Inn Western
A: 33 Lava Street, Warrnambool
A: 49 Kepler Street, Warrnambool
T: 03 5561 1233
Figtree Holiday Village is Warrnamboolâ€™s most centrally located holiday park. Offering a wide range of accommodation options including self-contained apartments, flats and cabins. Powered ensuite sites and powered sites are both suitable for caravans, campervans, mobile homes and tents. Facilities include an indoor heated pool & spa, tennis court, games room, TV room, free BBQs, playground, camp kitchen and free Wi-Fi. www.figtreepark.com.au
Best Western Olde Maritime Motor Inn
T: 03 5561 5100
2018 Comfort Gold Award Winner. Comfort Inn Western is a fully refurbished motel located two blocks from the CBD, train and bus stations. All rooms come with FREE high speed wireless internet, FOXTEL and mini-bar. One kilometre to Lady Bay Beach. Suitable for corporate and leisure guests, and groups. Warrnambool is a great place to stay after exploring the Great Ocean Road and Shipwreck Coast. www.westernwarrnambool.com.au
Deep Blue Hotel, Spa & Hot Springs
Discovery Holiday Parks Warrnambool
A: Worm Bay Road, Warrnambool
A: 25 Pertobe Road, Warrnambool
T: 03 5559 2000
T: 1800 808 130
Relax, rejuvenate and replenish at Warrnambool’s boutique seaside hotel. 80 beautifully appointed guest rooms including studios, ocean view suites, and fully self-contained penthouse apartments with expansive ocean view vistas. The hotel features a restaurant, Hot Springs Bath House & Day Spa and indoor heated pool. A new open air Hot Springs Retreat is scheduled to open 2019. Located at the heart of Warrnambool’s coastal attractions and just 1 hour from the 12 Apostles. www.thedeepblue.com.au
Discovery Holiday Parks - Warrnambool. Adjacent to the beach, is the perfect coastal escape. Conveniently located within walking distance of popular Lake Pertobe Adventure Park, 1 hour from the Twelve Apostles and in easy reach of Port Fairy – this holiday park is a family favourite. Facilities include playground, pedal karts, games room and pool with spa. Choose from a luxury spa cabin to self-contained cabins and villas and fully-equipped camping and caravan sites. www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au
Mid City Motel Warrnambool
Surfside Holiday Parks
A: 525 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool
A: Pertobe Road, Warrnambool
T: 03 5562 3866
Mid City Motel Warrnambool is truly in a class of its own. Centrally located in the heart of Warrnambool and only minutes to the main street and beautiful beaches. Mid City is the perfect place for your next holiday, conference or event. Offering 61 refurbished rooms all with mini bar and room service. Daily buffet breakfast available. Stylish onsite restaurant, free Wi-Fi, outdoor pool and spa, BBQ gazebo and playground. www.midcitywarrnambool.com.au
T: 03 5559 4700
Relax by the sea at Surfside Holiday Park. • Direct beach access • Opposite Lake Pertobe • Walking distance to main attractions and CBD • Full grassed caravan and tent sites • Modern camp kitchen and free BBQs • Laundries • Modern amenities • Free Wi-Fi www.surfsidepark.com.au
WARRNAMBOOL & TOWER HILL
Warrnambool Holiday Village
Flagstaff Hill Lighthouse Lodge
A: 81 Henna Street, Warrnambool
A: 83 Merri Street, Warrnambool
T: 03 5562 3376
Warrnambool Holiday Village is a peaceful and immaculately maintained park situated in Warrnamboolâ€™s city centre. 100m from Woolworths Shopping Centre and only a short walk to the aquatic centre, gardens and all central attractions. This clean and friendly park offers accommodation from ensuite cabins to powered sites, playground and jumping pillow. www.holidayvillage.com.au
T: 1800 556 111
Stay in our award-winning Lighthouse Lodge, located adjacent to the Lady Bay lighthouses and Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. Self-contained three bedrooms, each with queen or twin beds and own ensuite. With shared kitchen, lounge, BBQ area, laundry and free Wi-Fi. Highest rated accommodation in Warrnambool on Trip Advisor. www.lighthouselodge.com.au
TOWER HILL VOLCANO - WILDLIFE - INDIGENOUS HISTORY
Located between Warrnambool and Port Fairy, Tower Hill is a haven for wildlife, a fascinating ecological site and a showcase for local culture. Guided tours operating daily at 11:00am and 1:00pm. Join us at dusk for our 'Twilight Tours' operating Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To book: www.towerhill.org.au 5565 9202 or 0428 318 876 Open everyday 9:00am-4:00pm
KILLARNEY & PORT FAIRY
54 on Bank
A: 1131 Princes Hwy, Killarney
A: 54 Bank Street, Port Fairy
M: 0429 682 251
M: 0428 792 975
Basalt Wines - “A laugh in every glass”. Hand crafted organic wines and tapas made by local artisans served daily in our rustic winery shed. Basalt vineyard is located only minutes from Warrnambool and Port Fairy, it’s truly a must do Great Ocean Road experience. Nearby Tower Hill Volcano features on our label. www.basaltwines.com.au
Indulge in 4 1/2 star luxury accommodation in the centre of historic seaside village, Port Fairy. Timber and sandstone suites and apartments – beautifully appointed with leather furnishings and granite bathrooms – some with spas, gas log fires and full kitchen facilities. www.54onbank.com.au
Ashmont Motor Inn & Apartments
Ashmont is centrally located in the charming seaside village of Port Fairy offering travelers clean, quiet, friendly and affordable accommodation. With stunning swimming and surf beaches, historic buildings, quaint galleries, fashion boutiques, vibrant cafés and restaurants, heritage wharf and iconic Griffiths Island Lighthouse, Port Fairy is an unmissable destination. • 6 luxury apartments with king beds and 14 stylish motel rooms with queen beds • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi and Chromecast A: 47 Bank Street, Port Fairy • BBQ area • 10 minutes from Tower Hill Nature Reserve • Family owned and operated T: 03 5568 1588 Book direct and save. E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ashmontmotorinn.com.au
MOYNE SHIRE & PORTLAND
Discover the Beauty of the Moyne Shire Region www.portfairycaravanparks.com
Portland Holiday Village
A: 37 Percy Street, Portland
A: 74-76A Garden Street, Portland
T: 03 5521 7567
Small and centrally located... 250m from the beach and 100m from shopping centre. Modern self-contained cabins, caravan and tent sites, camp kitchen, laundry, lots of lawn, shady trees and playground for the kids. Boat parking is available. www.holidayvillage.com.au
Portland Tourist Park
T: 03 5523 5673
Whether you are after family camping, ensuite cabins or luxurious superior cabins, Portland Tourist Park has an accommodation style to suit your needs. 11.2 acres of natural bushland setting only 1.7km from post office, main street and boat ramp. Large camp kitchen, large two bedroom cabins, ensuites and powered sites, parking for boats, playground and jumping pillow. www.holidayvillage.com.au
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LIFE SAVING VICTORIA BEACH SAFETY Life Saving Victoria is working with local authorities and G’day Friends to educate Chinese visitors about beach safety. The pilot program included attaching QR Codes to beach safety signage at key beach entries along the Great Ocean Road. TRY IT – SCAN THE BEACH SAFETY QR CODE
Upon scanning the QR code users are taken to a page displaying beach safety information in Mandarin. The same QR Codes are also located in tourist hotspots: • Visitor Information Centres • Caravan Parks Any business can participate in the program by becoming a G’day Friends Chinese friendly business.
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/vstgreatoceanrd Take advantage of the free Wi-Fi to share your Great Ocean Road story. Look out for the FREE Wi-Fi hotspot signs. For more information about the Great Ocean Road region visit: www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au
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Take advantage of the free Wi-Fi to share your Great Ocean Road story. Look out for the FREE Wi-Fi hotspot signs. For more information about the Great Ocean Road region visit: www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au
DRIVING THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD Travel times are a guide only and may vary due to the scenic winding nature of roads and different weather conditions. The region is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace with lots of detours and stops! Expect travel times to be longer during peak season. Drive on the left in Australia. Share the drive – don’t do the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne in one day. Take your time, make the moment last. Stay safe: Be aware of the environment within which you are travelling. In an emergency, call: 000 (police, fire or ambulance). VicEmergency hotline: 1800 226 226 (free call) www.emv.vic.gov.au www.cfa.vic.gov.au www.parks.vic.gov.au www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
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When travelling, look for this symbol, it denotes accredited Visitor Information Centres, open daily 9am to 5pm. GREAT OCEAN ROAD - APOLLO BAY 100 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay T: 1300 689 297 CASTERTON 3 Racecourse Road, Casterton T: 03 5581 2070 COLAC Cnr Queen & Murray Streets, Colac T: 1300 689 297 LORNE 15 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne T: 1300 891 152 PORT CAMPBELL 26 Morris Street, Port Campbell T: 1300 137 255 PORT FAIRY Railway Place, Bank Street, Port Fairy T: 03 5568 2682
I AM A LOCAL TO GET the most out of your visit to the Great Ocean Road plan ahead at visitgreatoceanroad.org.au and for the latest information and local tips call into an accredited Visitor Information Centre and chat to a local.
PORTLAND Lee Breakwater Road, Portland T: 1800 035 567 TORQUAY 77 Beach Road, Torquay T: 1300 614 219 WARRNAMBOOL 89 Merri Street, Warrnambool T: 1800 637 725
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Experience nature super-charged at Live Wire Park located in Lorne, just off Victoriaâ€™s Great Ocean Road. Offering electrifying outdoor experiences for all ages, we are home to Australiaâ€™s most extreme zip line roller coaster. Advanced online bookings recommended: livewirepark.com.au 180 Erskine Falls Rd Lorne VIC 3232 Australia
The Official Visitor Guide for the Great Ocean Road Region, includes ideas and inspiration to help plan your great escape to Victoria's Sout...
Published on Oct 17, 2019
The Official Visitor Guide for the Great Ocean Road Region, includes ideas and inspiration to help plan your great escape to Victoria's Sout...