Great Ocean Road Travel Planner 2023-2024

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES TABLE OF CONTENTS 10 15 GOURMET EXPERIENCES Village Inspiration 38 Torquay 39 Anglesea 40 Aireys Inlet 41 Lorne 42 Apollo Bay 43 Otways 44 12 Apostles Coast & Hinterland 45 Volcanic Lakes & Plains 46 Warrnambool 47 Port Fairy 48 Portland 49 Delightful detours 37 4 Acknowledgement of Country 5 Up close with nature 10 Outdoor adventures 15 Gourmet experiences 18 Culture and creativity 19 Surfing icons 20 Health and wellness 23 Meet the locals 30 The Great Ocean Road story 33 Signature events 50 Places to stay & things to do


Your journey through the Great Ocean Road Region, and the roads we travel on today follows the ‘songlines’ or ancient trading routes originally tread by the first people of this land. Your whole visit is a cultural experience when you appreciate the land, the sea, it's shelter and resources. We give our respect to the past, present and future Elders of the

country we call the Great Ocean Road Region and all Traditional Owners of this land: the Wadawurrung, Eastern Marr and Gunditjmara people. We celebrate the culture and traditions of our first people and support their journey toward reconciliation.

Above: Kurtonitj Budj Bim Cultural Landscape


There is magic here – of epic proportions. The Great Ocean Road is a wonderland of big nature. It’s where vast oceans wash wild landscapes. Where ancient rainforests reach up through misty shadows, and giant waterfalls tumble down to cool pools. Tall cliffs tower over majestic rock sculptures, dormant volcanoes shape-shift rolling plains, and creatures great and small are seen and unseen. Come meet Mother Nature on her terms. Feel tiny in a big natural world that’s alive and evolving before your eyes. Invigorate your soul, reconnect to the earth, the ocean and the skies, and wonder at what always was. Know again what’s authentic and what’s real. Bathe in the breathtaking wonder of big nature and know all is fine with the world.

Come meet Mother Nature on her terms. Feel tiny in a big natural world that’s alive and evolving before your eyes
Californian Redwoods, Beech Forest

12 Apostles


Every day, Mother Nature has her way with the stunning coastline of the Great Ocean Road. The Port Campbell National Park is her playground where she sculpts ever-changing rock formations, rugged cliffs, booming blowholes and sweeping archways.

She’s been evolving the world-renowned towering limestone stacks of the 12 Apostles (above) for a few thousand years, using the raw power of pounding ocean waves. Not far away, she carved a narrow opening in the cliffs to create Loch Ard Gorge – an eerie, shape-shifting inlet where shipwreck survivors beat the odds and lived to tell the tale.


• Meet towering offshore stacks at beach level. At Gibson Steps, venture down the 86 steps carved into the cliff and feel the freedom, the wind and the ocean at its most powerful.

• Explore the Bay of Islands between Peterborough and Warrnambool, for incredible Southern Ocean views, geological features and remarkable names likes Massacre Point, Bay of Martyrs and Wild Dog Cove.

• Stroll 400 metres from the carpark to The Gables Lookout for stunning views across the reefs off Moonlight Head, and to Wreck Beach to see rusty remnants of ships that couldn’t tame nature.

• Tackle the cliff-hugging walking trails of the Port Campbell Discovery Walk to fully immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of the region. Glimpse native wildlife and revel in clear vantage points of the 12 Apostles and Sentinel Rock.

• Port Campbell Jetty juts defiantly out into the bay, no matter what the weather brings. On a wild day, wander the jetty to feel the powerful swell beneath you and be dwarfed by limestone cliffs.



A wonderful world of adventure awaits in the Otways. Come rediscover yourself where rainforests meet oceans, where sky touches earth and where wildlife thrives.

Hug centuries-old trees and feel their energy enliven you. Bathe in the cool-air lushness, and marvel at how plentiful rainfall has shaped everything in the landscape – from tall-timber Mountain Ash to tumbling waterfalls, rushing streams and misty lakes.

In 1951, a landslip dammed the Barwon River East branch, forming Lake Elizabeth, hidden deep in the Otways to the east of the township of Forrest. This magical place is other-worldly. Tranquil and still, with ghost trees and a haunting bush soundtrack. You can’t help but reconnect with nature here, whether you sit silently and absorb, or wander one of the walking tracks looping the lake. There are literally dozens of waterfalls in the Otways. Some you can hear tumbling from the carpark. Others make you lace up your walking shoes and work for the reward. Trek to Phantom Falls on the St George River 2km from Lorne. Or take the 1-hour loop walk to spectacular Triplet Falls near Beech Forest. Enjoy easy access to the first lookout at Erskine Falls near Lorne, with an optional steep climb down for a level-up view from a beautiful fern gully.


• Linger at Lake Elizabeth (below) around dusk and you might spy an elusive platypus, the rare duck-billed monotreme. Or take a canoe tour to get out on the water and amplify your chances of a sighting.

• Join a conservationist guide to eco-tour Wildlife Wonders and get up close with wildlife living freely in a stunning bushland environment overlooking the ocean. Learn about the ecology of the Otways and latest conservation research projects

• Take a night walk in the forest to see 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.

• Visit Cape Otway Lightstation for a chance to spy magnificent whales in their natural habitat. Each year, 25 whale species migrate past including Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales and Orcas.

• Look for sleepy koalas perched high in gum trees at Cape Otway, Kennett River, Wye River and Lorne. You might get lucky and spot one of these furry marsupials on the move.

This magical place is other-worldly. Tranquil and still, with ghost trees and a haunting bush soundtrack
Lake Elizabeth, Forrest


Unearth the fiery past of vast Volcanic Lakes and Plains as you journey beyond the Great Ocean Road.

Clamber up lookouts to see where lava once bubbled and the earth heaved up to create a land of fertile plenty, now a place of pure serenity. Slow down and wander through tiny country towns and rolling rural tracts that sweep to the horizon. Perch on the edge of a deep crater lake where life abounds and lone anglers quietly haul in treasures from beneath. This is the world’s third largest volcanic landscape – a place of ancient stories, unrivalled scenery and intriguing geology forever connecting you to the natural world. Untouched, unspoilt and ready for you to find your own story here.


• Peer out from Red Rock Lookout where 360-degree views take in steep craters and stunning Lake Corangamite Nature Reserve. Stand tall on one of Australia’s youngest volcanoes, erupting as recently as 4,000 years ago.

• Feel the serenity at Lake Bookar, an in-the-know birdwatchers’ haven where your patience might be rewarded with a glimpse of a hoary-headed grebe or a freckled duck.

• “Budj Bim” created some of the important aquaculture systems that allowed the Gunditjmara people to thrive in the landscape. At Budj Bim National Park, take the Lake Surprise walk to the face of the crater.

• Put together a picnic lunch of delicious local produce grown in rich volcanic soils and settle in on the shores of beautiful Lake Bullen Merri. For peak serenity, glide in a canoe across the deep, glassy waters.

• Step back in time on the Alan Marshall Discovery Trail at Mount Noorat (below), 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.

A place of ancient stories, unrivalled scenery and intriguing geology
Mt Noorat


At Cape Otway, Bass Strait converges with the Southern Ocean to its west, which fringes the Great Ocean Road with it's wild, all-powerful presence. Vast and untamed, it sets it's own terms and tone at every point of the coast. Giant waves carve limestone cliffs while shallows lap on quiet sandy shores. Surf breaks thunder and tidal rockpools harbour miniature worlds.

Up to 700 shipwrecks and a line-up of lighthouses along the coast bear testament that this stretch of coastline is treacherous and unforgiving. Rich maritime history safekeeps the stories of high drama, survival, rescue and loss. Tales are told and re-told, kept alive through artefacts and memories carefully curated at coastal museum spaces. But nothing beats the experience of standing on a beach, looking out to the crashing waves and reimagining the horror of a shipwreck.

The ocean is also life and diverse habitats. It’s Southern Right Whales nursing calves at Logan’s Beach or humpback whales cruising past forested cliffs. It’s fur seals sun-basking at Cape Bridgewater, and it’s marine sanctuaries teeming with protected life, just waiting for you to snorkel or kayak into their oceanic world.


• Cape Otway Lightstation: Always worth the stunning detour. Mainland Australia’s oldest surviving lighthouse, built in 1848 at a staggering 90 metres above the ocean. The salty sea air smacks you in the face as you emerge onto the windswept balcony to jaw-dropping ocean vistas. Stay overnight for a unique ocean-watching experience.

• Cape Nelson Lighthouse: Dive into the romance and drama of the high seas. Take a tour and soak up salty seafarer and shipwreck tales as you view the capes from lofty heights.

• Griffiths Island Lighthouse: Stroll the causeway to Port Fairy’s little island lighthouse. Birdlife teems on the wetlands. Look for short-tailed shearwaters known as ‘mutton birds’ and other seabirds swooping and swishing around the lighthouse. Head over on a Sunday to climb the lighthouse and enjoy magnificent views.

• Split Point Lighthouse (above): Famous for its TV role in Round the Twist, Aireys Inlet’s ‘White Queen’ is open daily for tours, weather permitting. Can you spot a pod of dolphins or a whale from the balcony?

• Flagstaff Hill Lighthouses: Boasting not one, but two working lighthouses, Warrnambool is home to Lady Bay High and Lady Bay Low. Both sit in the grounds of Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum – the perfect spot to unlock gripping shipwreck narratives.

Split Point Lighthouse



Give yourself the gift of real adventure in the big, wild outdoors. The Great Ocean Road Region boasts hundreds of tracks and trails for walking or cycling. From a familypleasing stroll in nature, to a life-affirming multi-day hike or an exhilarating mountain bike expedition, you can connect with nature however you fancy.

Choose your own adventure. Pull on your runners, polish up your bike bell or cram your camping gear into a mega backpack – the choice is yours. Every ability, fitness level and age will find a track or trail that promises adventure and delight around every corner.

Great Ocean Walk – 104 inspiring kilometres

Take the journey of your lifetime on Victoria’s premier long distance walk. Gain new perspectives, far from the road and the people, on a walk hugging the dramatic coastline from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles.

With the vast Southern Ocean on one side and ancient rainforests on the other, you’ll traverse towering clifftops, remote bush tracks, fern-filled glades, wild rocky coastlines and isolated beaches. Contrasting habitats, abundant wildlife and scenic beauty galore. It’s the stuff of dreams – wide open spaces, solitude, a sense of treading new ground and incredible vistas always taking you by surprise.

Choose to tackle the full 7-8 days as an extended trip, or break it down to a shorter section or two as a day hike. Sleep beneath starry skies in remote campsites or opt for the comfort of off-walk digs using a shuttle service or on a guided tour with 12 Apostles Lodge Walk

However you choose to experience the Great Ocean Walk, you’ll find ever-changing scenery and unbeatable connection to this remarkable natural world.

• The Forrest mountain bike trails are worldfamous. Over 16 MTB trails snake through tall eucalypt forest, dry heathy scrub and lush fern gullies, showcasing the natural beauty of the Otways. Choose easy loops or breathtaking hardcore single tracks. For starters, ride the famous Red Carpet trail’s challenging descents and tight technical climbs leading from Lake Elizabeth to the start of the Barwon River.

• Great South West Walk is a stunning 250km loop walk from Portland through Gunditjmara Country. Tackle it one intrepid effort or slice and dice it to suit your time frame and fitness. There are 15 shorter sections and you can start and finish anywhere you like. Get to know the pristine Glenelg River, remote untamed forests, not one but four national parks, and the charming communities of Nelson and Cape Bridgewater. A walk for the ages.

• Immerse yourself in an adventure in nature and the sanctuary of coastal villages on the Surf Coast Walk. Twelve trailheads along the 44km route from Torquay to Aireys Inlet mean you can hop on and off as you please. Take an hour, a day or a week and enjoy the trail on foot or bike, at your own pace. Stop for a coffee in Anglesea, strut the clifftops above famous surf breaks, go deep into eucalypt forests or get wildlife spotting with the kids.

• Grab a map from the visitor information centre or a local bike shop and hit the Anglesea

Mountain Bike Trails. The zone takes in several precincts including the Anglesea Bike Park and around 30km of trails in the Eumeralla Track Network. Something to suit all ages and abilities – downhill, uphill, jumps, trials, technical and just for fun.

Wreck Beach

Great Ocean Walk

Experience the drama of Victoria’s coastline

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Explore Victoria’s diverse landscapes

Fresh air, cycle touring at your pace and journeying new frontiers. It’s more than sightseeing, it’s full-on adventure when you hit one of the Great Ocean Road Region’s amazing rail trails, either on your bike or on foot. Every rail trail is a new experience in nature, environment and community.

Beach-lovers will warm to the Warrnambool to Port Fairy Rail Trail taking in gorgeous sea views, wildlife-laden wetlands, sand dunes and a 25,000-year-old volcano at Tower Hill. It’s 37km of marvellous meandering fun.

If you’re looking for foodie adventure, hit up the Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail (below) Punctuate the 34km trek with a dram or two of fine single malt at Timboon or gourmet ice-cream in the heart of dairying country. Or order a picnic of delicious local produce to enjoy as you journey old trestle bridges, crater lakes and spellbinding scenery. In mid-2023, the connecting 14km 12 Apostles Trail from Timboon to Port Campbell opens.

Family fun awaits on the 6km Terang to Noorat Bike Trail. Stop along the way to walk to the top of Mount Noorat for commanding views of lakes and peaks dotting the sweeping volcanic plains.


• For a once-in-a-lifetime high, join Skydive 12 Apostles for a jump over one of Australia’s iconic natural wonders. Climb to your jump height over the Bay of Islands, Loch Ard Gorge, the Bay of Martyrs and, of course, the 12 Apostles, then experience the ultimate freedom and exhilaration of skydiving.

• Buckle in to the Shockwave Zip Coaster at Lorne’s Live Wire Park for a twisting, adrenaline-pumping zoom through the towering Otway treetops. Shake it out on the elevated trampolining net park and explore 120 metres of easy suspended pathway. This is Australia’s only off-grid elevated adventure park.

• At Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, traverse the 600-metre long elevated walkway suspended high in the rainforest canopy. Climb the 47-metre tall Spiral Tower and cantilever perched above Young’s Creek. Sway with the natural movement of the trees as you take in spectacular views.

• Relive your playground days on the 15-metre high monkey bars or soar through the air on a Pegasus at Treetops Adventure Yeodene, where a range of elevated challenges and bird’s eye views await. For a kid-friendly activity book your 8-12 year-old into a KidZip session where they climb the course with an instructor.

• A trip to the famous 12 Apostles is really not complete without seeing the awesome rock stacks and coastline from the sky. 12 Apostles Helicopters is open from dawn to dusk 365 days per year.

Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail 12 | VISITGREATOCEANROAD.ORG.AU


Kayak your way to solitude and perfect reflection in a remote natural wonderland. Deep in the far southwest reaches of the Great Ocean Road Region, the Glenelg River (above), snakes it’s gorged way through the Lower Glenelg National Park Kayaking the flat-water river is a soul-journey gift to yourself, whether you opt for a multi-day camp-in experience or a half-day dip-your-toes-in taster.

Stretching 75km through Gunditjmara Country from Dartmoor to its mouth near Nelson, the river unfurls a fabulous natural bush environment alive with native wildlife. Inky dark waters reflect everchanging sky, towering trees and a stunning natural world. You’ll feel immersed, disconnected from life’s troubles, and totally in sync with nature.

Hire a kayak or canoe (or BYO) and paddle downstream from camp to camp. Set your own pace. Float silently along, absorbing every tiny detail – eucalypt aromas, eerie bird calls, koalas perched in gums, secret nooks, layered textures in the limestone cliffs and the hum of the bush. Or challenge yourself physically to paddle hard and slide through the water to reach the next bend or your camp spot for the night.

Throw in a line and catch a fish to pan-sizzle over your evening campfire. (First get yourself a recreational fishing licence online or at local outlets.) Look for the landing points (there are 29 of them) and tiny jetties where you can stop for a mug of hot tea and a wander on the bank. Go in search of rare and threatened spider orchids and keep your eyes peeled for red-necked wallabies, sugar gliders, echidnas and even platypus. Make the 2.5km trek to the ancient Princess Margaret Rose

Cave to ogle stalagmites, stalactites and helictites. Cave tours available.

The eight campsites along the route are well cared for and reserved for canoeists/kayakers only. You’ll find fireplaces, toilet facilities and fresh water. Camping out means you get to hit the water early and enjoy the morning mist and tranquillity at it's glorious best.

And just when you think you’ve seen it all, you reach the sweeping estuary where the landscape transitions and the diversity is more than mindblowing – it’s pure bliss.


• Hire canoes or kayaks in Dartmoor or Nelson. Your hire operator can set you up with life jackets, paddles and dry bags for your gear. They have maps, itineraries, camp booking info and mountains of local know-how to share. You can also tee-up drop-offs and pick-ups along the route.

• For something special, gather your girl squad (or just your good self) and join Women of Wander for an all-female guided canoe and hiking expedition. The 5-day/4-night tour is suitable for beginners, with a taste of hiking, canoeing, camping and a great mix of shared and solo time.

• Stay safe. Be prepared. Plan according to your ability. Don’t canoe alone. Wear lifejackets. Don’t overload your canoe. Don’t mix alcohol and canoeing. Check conditions in advance. Always, always ask for advice and info in the local area before you head out on the water.

Glenelg River


Nature is purpose-built for healthy family adventure and fun. Get your whole crew out into the great outdoors where there’s fresh air, room to zoom, unbeatable views and always new adventures to enjoy. Learn to surf or stand-up on a paddleboard. Paddle a canoe, whirr through the forest on a mountain bike, or trek to a volcano rim or ocean clifftop. With stunning beaches, bushland, lakes and rivers all around, family adventure becomes the most natural (and affordable) thing in the world.


• Open up the kids’ eyes to the landscape and world around them. The self-guided 12 Apostles Visitor Inspiration Project (#12avip) gives you oodles of options like hunting the roaring wind, navigating for hidden treasure, exploring the night sky, tracking local fauna and more. The program loans out telescopes, anemometers, GPS units, binoculars, compasses and all the info you need to explore. Call into the Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre to get started on your true ‘find your own’ adventure.

• Hire a vessel or two from Anglesea Paddle Boat and Canoe Hire and hit the water for some splishsplashing family paddling on the Anglesea River (below). It’s safe, flat, fun and flowing with nature. Look for fish and birdlife as you make your way upstream to Coogoorah Park and downstream toward the beach estuary.

• Nurture their love of nature with a rainforest walk adventure even your littlest ones will enjoy. The well-marked Maits Rest Rainforest Walk takes around 30 minutes. Stop and rest on benches along the path, marvel at prehistoric Myrtle Beech trees, listen to forest birds calling, hear water trickling and chat about the dinosaurs that once roamed this ancient fern-filled glade. Pramfriendly and super accessible.

• 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, this is a must do family adventure.



You never know who you’ll meet at the farmgate. The Great Ocean Road Region’s many artisan growers and makers love to chat about their passion for fine, fresh and specialty produce. Take a hinterland trail to appreciate lush green pastures thriving on fertile volcanic soils. Sample the gifts of this rich land and get to know the stories that propel them to legend status. We’ve culinary trails galore. Bring an empty boot, get ready for a foodie adventure and come take your fill.


Grassroots local producers and operators bring out the best of the Otways hinterland from breweries, distilleries and wineries, to markets, farmgates and special places to eat.


Meet a legion of small-scale, boutique producers of fine foods and brilliant booze. Allow about 5 hours to wend your way along the 88km trail through magnificent coastal scenery, inland crater country and the towns of Timboon and Simpson. Many artisans open their farmgates and cellar doors 7 days a week. Pop in for home-churned ice cream, dairylicious fudge, giant strawberries, decadent cheeses, delectable chocolates, grass-fed beef, organic dairy delights, craft beer, boutique wines, small-batch single malt whisky and more. Download or grab a map at the Visitor Information Centre in Port Campbell, then follow your tastebuds.

Culinary connoisseurs and artisan producers are ready to share their passion with you. Pick your own blueberries at Gellibrand then settle in for a picnic lunch. There are dozens of up-close gourmet experiences to be had.

Keyang Maar Vineyard Otway Blueberries
Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre Café


Life’s finer things abound in the Great Ocean Road Region, including gourmet restaurants where creative chefs dream up and execute amazing culinary adventures. From hatted restaurants with organic kitchen gardens to multi-generational restaurateurs, you’ll find dozens of upscale dining spots flaunting polished service and menus brimming with local inspiration.

Fabulous fine dining and regional produce is showcased seven days a week at Number One at RACV Torquay Resort and The Coast Restaurant at Great Ocean Road Resort Anglesea. Whether you’re indulging, celebrating or working your way through a bucket-list of foodie eateries, book a table and settle in to eat it up and drink it all in.


• Lorne’s Ipsos continues a five-decades-old family tradition of Greek restaurants on the Great Ocean Road. Driven by seasonal and local produce, the menu boasts embedded signature dishes and a refined yet authentic take on traditional Greek food. Sink into the slow-cooked lamb shoulder for two with a side of crispy potatoes and tsigareli. Or taste-test the fried local calamari with beetroot tzatziki and dill. Or for a truly authentic whole-oftable experience, opt for the chef’s selection menu. You won’t look back.

• Brae in Birregurra is a triple-hatted experience like no other. Created by chef Dan Hunter, it’s a place to be immersed in nature and eat from the land. It’s a hilltop restaurant where every dish arrives with a textured backstory born in the lushness of the onsite organic farm. Each day the harvest is carefully selected and transformed into that day’s set menu. Seasonality and impeccable quality are givens. Why not stay over? Brae’s superb guest suites are architect designed and exclusively reserved for restaurant patrons.

Chris's Restaurant, Apollo Bay 16 | VISITGREATOCEANROAD.ORG.AU


It’s on for young and old on the Great Ocean Road where every family road trip has a fun food memory forever pinned to it. Sharing food adventures together makes for full bellies and happy faces. Choose from dozens of eateries, takeaways and food outlets along the road. Try these fun and tasty treats for starters.

• Head to Apollo Bay for the award-winning delights of Dooley’s Premium Ice Cream. Yum! Lickable, lovable home-made ice cream in oodles of quirky and classic flavours. How about peanut butter? Or maybe Cointreau for mum? If you dare, try the Vegemite. Or, for a party in your mouth, go a mixed triple-scoop cone. And with cones, tubs, sundaes and thick shakes on the menu, and all dietary requirements catered for, no one needs to go without.

• Inspire your young chocolate-lover(s) with a hands-on Junior Chocolatier class at Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. The 45-minute class is packed with fun and includes a personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate and three take-home creations. It’s a ‘parents free zone’ so the rest of the family gets to wait it out in the amazing all-day café that’s bursting with treats.

• Embrace 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 spectacular views, go seal-spotting along the breakwater.

• Race each other to Apollo Bay Fishermen’s Co-op Dine on fish and chips like they used to be (or grilled half cray like you’ve never tasted before) overlooking the stunning harbour. Or drag your bag back to the sand in the popular family spot by the harbour wall.

• Get your cheesy grins on! Take the whole 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. Yes, there’s cheese too. This is the ‘cellar door’ of the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory, where many family-favourite and award-winning cheddars were born, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery


It’s no wonder so many creative types are drawn to the Great Ocean Road to live and work. Art comes to life in inspiring landscapes, immersed in nature and surrounded by like-minds. Right across the region, vibrant artistic communities thrive, dotting villages, coast and hinterland with galleries, studios, performance spaces, maker meet-ups, exhibitions and art trails. Go with the arty flow and liberate your inner creative self.

• Near the tiny village of Narrawong between Port Fairy and Portland, unearth a hidden gem – the Bay of Whales Gallery. Browse incredibly realistic oil paintings of native wildlife, all created by local artist and gallery owner, Brett Jarrett. Part gallery, part studio, part weekend coffee shop, this purpose-built space boasts spectacular ocean views and a pleasing on-the-edge-of-theworld vibe.

• Discover the work and share the creative journey of artists in their private galleries and studios. Many open to visitors year-round but the annual August Surf Coast Arts Trail showcases them brilliantly. Dozens of sculptors, painters, fibre artists, ceramicists, woodcrafters and more fling open their doors for a weekend of art sharing and immersion.

• Indulge your creative self with an art workshop in an ancient rainforest. Art Reach Gallery and Café at Beech Forest, on top of the Otways, offers classes, workshops, demonstrations and tutoring in beginner to advanced techniques for watercolour, drawing, book illustration, multimedia collage and more. Let loose your creativity!

• Download the StoryTowns app for a podcastguided Warrnambool Street Art Tour and witness a thriving art scene bursting onto city streets in giant murals, interactive art and more. Follow your art to Warrnambool Art Gallery (below), affectionately known as WAG. Be challenged by colonial masterworks, Indigenous artefacts and thought-provoking contemporary pieces.

• Take your cue and head to the Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre for a night (or morning or afternoon) on the town. Book early to snag the best seats for touring dramatic, musical and comedic artists, along with local and regional talent. While you’re there, take in one of the ever-changing art exhibitions in the centre’s public gallery space.

Warrnambool Art Gallery 18 | VISITGREATOCEANROAD.ORG.AU
Bay of Whales Gallery, Narrawong


The legendary Southern Ocean swells are like no other. Follow their siren call and find a break along the Great Ocean Road that’s a perfect fit for your surfing prowess. Dive in for salt water therapy, thrilling board adventure, a simple paddle out or a first-time surf lesson to build your confidence. Some breaks are meant for experienced surfers only. Maybe the iconic right-handers of world-famous Bells Beach (above) are on your bucket-list. On a good day, Two Mile Reef (aka Easter Reef) near Port Campbell can produce massive, challenging waves and covetable green walls, ideal for experienced surfers or enthusiastic spectators. Find dozens of safer beaches for surfing, swimming, body surfing, boogie boarding or SUP along the coast. Torquay, Anglesea, Apollo Bay and Port Fairy are among the faves.

Go Ride a Wave and Go Surf offer all ages surf lessons at multiple locations along the Great Ocean Road. Delight in learning to surf together, or sharpen up your own board skills while the groms get started on the right equipment with experienced instructors. You’ll be setting them up for a lifetime of surf beach adventure and ocean respect.

No board? No worries. Hire all the gear you need from local outfitters. No skills? Book in for a surf lesson (or two) with one of many experienced operators in the coastal towns. They know the local conditions and will have the ideal beach spot to get you up and riding in no time. You may just find yourself hooked!


• Spot a beach carpark packed with tradie vans and utes in the middle of the day? That means the surf’s pumping. Perch on a beach or clifftop and watch the exhilarating action.

• Where it all began! Head to the home of Victoria’s surfing culture to explore Torquay’s Australian National Surfing Museum. Get to know Australia’s surfing heroes and legends in the hall of fame, ride the wave of surfing heritage, browse a cracking board collection and soak up surfing stories like there’s no tomorrow.

Winki Pop, Bells Beach


The Great Ocean Road Region is a mecca for health and wellness devotees. Here, you’ll find sanctuary, relaxation and the mind space to focus on life’s simple pleasures. Come fill your lungs with fresh salty air and enrich your spirit with nature. Rejuvenate and find yourself in communities where wellness is central to lifestyle.

Leave life’s busyness and worries behind and practice the gift of self love. 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.

Deep Blue Hot Springs & Spa, Warrnambool


• Kick off your Great Ocean Road journey in the right frame of mind. Head to the unique ‘wet room’ at One Spa at RACV Torquay Resort. Live out your steam dreams in the thermal stone room, then submerge in the stress-relieving heated spa and before a quick dip in the plunge pool.

• Gather your pals for a 3-day rejuvenation getaway with Revitalise Escapes. Staying at Anglesea’s Great Ocean Road Resort, your itinerary includes nurturing yoga and meditation sessions, morning mindfulness beach walks, massages, sound healing tai chi, forest bathing, rainforest walks, journal time and more.

• Go solo on a secluded beach for your own private yoga practice, buddy-up with like-minded travellers or join one of the local practices offering beach yoga classes. With many qualified instructors calling the region home, it’s not hard to find a teacher who fits the bill.

• For a range of experiences, book in a treatment at Lux Spa in Anglesea or its brand new little sister, Indie Spa in Aireys Inlet, which features a bathhouse, a sparkling magnesium pool and a muddy rasul.

• Make a day of it! Book a Wreck and Relax Shipwreck & Hot Springs tour with Warrnambool Tours. Sit back and be chauffeured along the rugged Shipwreck Coast, taking in stunning views and old maritime yarns along the way. Then spend the afternoon at Deep Blue Hot Springs & Spa (left), immersing yourself in the sanctuary of geothermal rockpools, sensory caves and cleansing waterfalls. Sigh.

One Spa, RACV Resort Torquay Lux Spa, Anglesea


There’s nothing more grounding than losing your shoes and squeaking sand between your toes on a walking beach. Leaving the first footprints after high tide, discovering hidden coves, ambling the arc of a long sweeping bay, foraging in the white wash for glimpses of natural treasures or squatting by a shimmering rockpool in search of tiny sea creatures – it’s all better done barefoot in the pristine sands of the region’s best walking beaches.

• Around 900 metres return from Thunder Point (Warrnambool), the Shelly Beach Walk lets you stroll and take in ocean wave action, interesting rocky outcrops and a sense of the wild rugged coast.

• Start at Aireys Inlet below the Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet and set your bearings on the headland six kilometres west at Spout Creek. You’ll be trekking the Great Ocean Road’s longest stretch of uninterrupted sandy beach.

• Soak up 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.

• Don’t leave your furry best friend behind. There are many pet-friendly beaches on the coast including North Lorne Beach. Well away from the Lorne Foreshore, this beach is ideal for long lazy barefoot wandering with your fave pooch at your side. Not sure where you can take your dog? Look for signage or drop into the nearest Visitor Information Centre for advice.

• 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.

• Discover one of the coastline’s hidden gems at beautiful Mounts Bay between Point Bunbury (Apollo Bay) and Marengo Reef. Walk the sand bar, when the tide’s right, for sweeping views of ocean, off-shore reefs and low dunes.

Fairhaven Beach



Fun fact: hops grow on bines (not vines). And they love the rich volcanic soils of the region.

More and more small-scale artisan brewers are plying their craft in the Great Ocean Road Region. With their passion for local ingredient provenance, there’s a whole new breed of ‘brew crew’ foragers, finders and even some growers.

Sharon Bradshaw, co-founder of Forrest Brewery, explained that in the early 1900s hops were grown along the river all the way between Forrest and Colac.

“The industry was an important part of the community,” Sharon said. “Local kids used to get a week off school to pick the hops at harvest time.”

“A big part of our ‘why’ is bringing back industry to the regions, connecting to the past and rediscovering old ways of growing and making.”

“About 9 years ago, we recovered and propagated some of the old hop rhizomes from the riverflats, planting them out to a hopfield on our family farm 3 kilometres out of Forrest.”

“Each year, when the hops are at their peak, we set a day for our hop picnic. We invite family, friends and community to join us for the day. The brewers cut the hop strings down, lay them out on trestles and we all chip in to pick the hop flowers. It’s a fun and informal communal day.”

“The hops go straight into the brew kettle to make our seasonal Sticky Fingers wet hop lager, named for the sticky fingers you get handling the hop flowers. The 170 strings of hops now growing will yield about 2,500 litres of beer, which we’ll split between kegs and bottles.”

Alex Carr, head brewer at Koroit’s Noodledoof Brewing and Distilling Co, is also getting amongst the hop bines.

“We’re three seasons in now, growing hops on my business partner Sam’s hobby farm, a couple of kilometres from the brewery,” Alex said. “We’re currently growing Chinook, Victoria and Cascade varieties.”

“We brew our Fresh Hops IPA in one brew, on one day a year, usually the end of March, but whenever the hops are just right for picking. We get the brew started in the morning and just keep adding the fresh hops, as they’re picked, until day’s end. The smell’s amazing.”

“Fresh hops beer has a unique flavour that’s not as inyour-face as you might think. It’s more subtle. There’s a fresh floral aroma to the beer and a unique softness that rounds it out nicely.”

“We knew the hops would thrive here. There’s a rule of thumb that where potatoes grow well, so will hops. These rich volcanic soils are ideal.”

Sam and his hops, Noodledoof



Nothing beats a fab feed of fish and chips! Whether you’re seeking the nostalgia of childhood holidays, the glow of good times shared or the lure of eating close to the source, this region has a fish and chippy that’s perfect for you. Take these faves, in no particular order.

• Anglesea’s Fish by Moonlite was founded on the Greek tradition of fishermen bringing in the day’s catch in time for the evening menu. ‘Fish of the day’ is the hero, with crispy light batter and legendary potato cakes. Head to the Anglesea River (above) and 'tuck in'.

• At Lorne’s Captain Hooked, you can grab fresh seafood by the kilo for the barbie, or order up a feast to eat in or takeaway. The seafood’s mostly caught by handline and iced on the boat.

• Peterborough General Store is perfect for classic fish and chips on the go. For a no-nonsense familypleasing menu, head to Parker's Fish and Chips Warrnambool.

• And for absolute beachfront views, you can’t top Bridgewater Bay Café (Cape Bridgewater). In summer, live music’s often served up alongside salt-kissed fish and chips.

• More stunning views are to be had at The Wharf Port Fairy, located on the beautiful Moyne River where the sunsets are sublime and the seafood divine. Always a chef’s kiss for the local crayfish.

• Aireys Inlet Fish & Chips is a fave with families, known for fresh seafood and delish fish tacos. Perfect for picnics or casual dining in. Picnic-pleasing Port Campbell Takeaway is just a stone’s throw from the beach and always dishing up freshness.

• Portland’s Henty Street Fish N Grill is a hidden gem – a classic little chippa with all your nostalgic favourites on the menu.

• And to savour the day’s catch direct from Bass Strait, try Apollo Bay Fisherman’s Co-op / Harbour Restaurant. Wander among lobster pots piled on the pier then tuck into classic fish and chips with a side of Southern Rock Lobster that will have your tastebuds humming.




If you spot a solo figure combing the white wash at Anglesea’s Guvvos Beach at change of tide, chances are it’s Ann Houlihan.

Ann is founder and maker at Great Ocean Road Gin Kitchen and Tasting Room (Airey’s Inlet), and their brand new distillery (Torquay). Loose kelp left behind by the receding tide is one of many native botanicals Ann sources locally.

“We wanted to create coastal gins that are unique to their location and use only small quantities of botanicals in each batch,” Ann said. “It’s how we create a true ‘gin of place’, a gin of provenance.”

“We use a network of local micro-producers, growers and supply partners to connect us with native honey, eucalypts, saltbush, pig face, hop wattle, coastal ti tree and more,” Ann said. “We buy in river mint from a property in Deans Marsh and dry it ourselves. I forage kelp at Guvvos and wild fennel along the backroads of Anglesea.”

“We’re all about the unique experience Australian botanicals give in the glass. Our first gin, named Guvvos after the beach, has 24 botanicals, nine of them local. We now have six gins in our range.”

For Ann, there’s no better place than the Surf Coast to make a life … or to make gin.

“I love this place. It’s a huge part of my life. With a deep family connection and a lifetime of happy weekending on the Surf Coast, I knew I had to live here fulltime. Part of the drive to live here was to be a part of the thriving food and booze scene on the coast.”

“When people tell me they don’t like gin, I say often it’s the tonic they don’t like. We then encourage them to have a taste of the gin, to try it neat, then add mixers and garnish. Experiment with flavours, try a gin cocktail. We are after all in the business of enjoyment.”


There’s a lively collective of spirit distillers doing their thing in the Great Ocean Road Region. Find them at the beach, on the rail trail and in the ancient forests. Level up your spirit game with our pick of the must-do gin and whisky experiences.

• Timboon Railway Shed Distillery, Timboon (above)

Soak up the ambience of restored railway shed and new batch of single malt whisky bubbling and steaming in a copper pot still as you ogle the largest collection of true Aussie craft spirits in the country.

• Apollo Bay Distillery, Apollo Bay Sample boutique, local gins linked with the old maritime folklores of the Great Ocean Road. Exotic and hand-crafted, using local botanicals. Dive into a gin flight and bring the spirit of the town alive.

• Neart Tide Distillery, Portland

With names like Orca Vodka and Noblemen Gin, these spirits evoke the stories that stand behind them. Distilled for strength and character, using natural local flavour elements.

• Suffoir Winery, Brewery and Distillery, Macarthur

This family-owned and operated farm produces everything sustainably on site, including small batch gin and a distilled pinot noir named The Black Sheep in honour of the property’s flock of Suffolk sheep. Why not enjoy a light lunch with a gin paddle in a unique rural setting?

• Casterton Distilling Co., Casterton

Join a Distilling Master Class and become the master of your own gin creation. While the Head Distiller shares his secrets and guides you through choosing and distilling your own unique blend, you get to sample the pick of local produce and sip on a gin cocktail or two. Sublime!



There are myriad ways to fish in southwest Victoria, whether you’re a total newbie, or a seasoned angler after a new challenge.

Scott Gray, marine scientist/researcher, fishing journo and avid fisherman, reckons the fishing diversity here is awesome.

“Apart from the natural beauty of Port Fairy, I live here because of the incredible recreational fishing opportunities,” he said. “We’ve got deep crater lakes like Bullen Merri and Purrumbete, stocked with salmon and trout. We’ve got a range of estuaries and river systems: the Glenelg, Surrey, Fitzroy, Yambuk, Moyne (above), Merri, Hopkins, Curdies and all the Otway's streams. Catching mulloway, bream or perch is on the cards.”

And coastal fishing’s a given – from beach to surf to ocean, it’s all on offer.

“You might head 60km offshore and land a world-class 150kg southern bluefin tuna along the Continental Shelf,” Scott said. “Or you can put a tinny in the sea at Warrnambool and maybe pull snapper or whiting just 100 metres out.”

“For families it’s as do-able as dangling a line from the bridge into the Hopkins River, or spending a few hours at Lake Pertobe, exploring the adventure playground and catching rainbow trout from the shore.”

However you choose to fish, make the most of it by fishing responsibly, using Scott’s top three tips.

1. Shop locally, local knowledge

Visiting the smaller tackle/bait shops pays off bigtime in local know-how on what’s biting where and when, and your best equipment/bait options.

2. Limit your catch, don’t catch your limit

You don’t have to take your full bag limit. Take only what you need or plan to eat, and leave the rest.

3. Handle with care

When releasing unwanted or undersized fish back to the water, maximise their survival chances. Keep them wet, use a fish-friendly net and handle them gently. Remember to grab a photo first!

BONUS tip – download the VIC Fishing app (from the App Store)

Useful info at your fingertips – online fishing licences, bag/size limits, staying safe and a bundle of useful before-you-go info.


Imagine if remnants of the Shipwreck Coast could talk? A rusty anchor at Wreck Beach might shout of disaster. The fabled Mahogany Ship might whisper up her secrets from beneath the dunes. The Lady Bay Lighthouse might rejoice in the ships she safely guided … and weep for those she didn’t.

For Justin Croft, Collections Creator at Warrnambool’s Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum (below), listening to and sharing the ‘voices’ of the coast’s rich maritime history is all in a day’s work.

“It’s our job to care for and interpret the artefacts so visitors can enjoy and appreciate them, and understand their stories,” Justin said. “They’re an entry into past events and social history, telling us about not only shipwrecks but everyday life in another time.”

Justin’s favourite in the collection is the Loch Ard Peacock, also Australia’s most valuable shipwreck artefact (value: $4-plus million).

In 1878, the 144 cm tall ceramic peacock statue was being transported from England to Melbourne aboard the clipper Loch Ard, bound for the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880 (the first official World’s Fair in the Southern Hemisphere). The ship was tragically wrecked at Loch Ard Gorge and, along with only two survivors, the peacock made it to shore.

“The peacock has an amazing tale of survival and so many different story angles,” Justin said. “It was rescued not once, but twice from the sea and dragged up the cliffs to safety. It never made it to the exhibition. Its head was broken off (maybe twice) and its beak chipped. It’s been on quite a journey. If only it could talk!”

If so, the peacock might share details about its doublerescue or spending almost a century in private homes in Geelong and Heidelberg before being rediscovered and acquired by the museum.

For now, Justin and the museum team continue to research and share the peacock’s many stories among those of countless other shipwreck objects, listed buildings and remnants in the collection, and in the wild along the Shipwreck Coast.

Wreck Beach

At Wreck Beach in Gellibrand Lower in the Great Otway National Park, the remnant anchors of the Marie Gabrielle and the Fiji are evocative reminders of the treachery of the ocean on the Shipwreck Coast.

The legend of the Mahogany Ship

For more than 170 years, treasure hunters and historians have searched for a wrecked, dark-timbered ship they called the ‘Mahogany Ship’. The wreck was said to have been sighted in the sand dunes between Warrnambool and Port Fairy, and then never seen again. Myth or mystery – the legend lives on.



“Gunditjmara people’s connection to Country and the Budj Bim story is intertwined and inseparable. Our story is the oldest in human history to be continually told. It’s been amplified by thousands of years of storytelling from one generation to the next. It’s more than our truth – it’s us.”

Some 37,000 years ago, our ancestors stood and watched a volcano erupt and a huge lava tongue flow across Country. They came to know that Tungatt mirring (the lava flow) changed the way water moved through the landscape.

Pareeyt (water) is life. They knew they needed Pareeyt to sustain life on Country. They knew they had to change the landscape. They discovered that if they built fires on the cooled lava, it heated up. They added cool water at just the right time and the rock cracked open so they could carve and move great chunks.

Over many generations, perhaps centuries, they created channels over 1,400 metres long. Pareeyt flowed through the channels bringing life to new parts of the landscape.

Their work evolved from manipulating Pareeyt flow and ecosystems to creating a complex, intricate system of Kooyang (eel) traps and sink hole holding ponds where they fish-farmed for thousands of years. It’s the oldest and largest aquaculture system in the world. It even pre-dates the Pyramids.

Visitors to Budj Bim get to explore the ingenuity of Gunditjmara people to sustain life in one area. You can walk on Tungatt mirring, see evidence of the fish traps and remnants of stone huts right across Country. It paints a picture on the untouched land. Once you see the landscape through a Gunditjmara lens, you can never unsee it. It’s like a superpower to see and imagine what was, and what is.

If you tell a good story, you live forever. We share our story so the Gunditjmara people live forever.”


Budj Bim Cultural Landscape is recognised nationally and internationally for its universal heritage values. It’s a special place that offers unique and authentic visitor experiences of a living indigenous culture, an incredible history and a landscape that exists nowhere else in the world. A guided cultural tour is the ultimate way to experience Budj Bim. On site, find the brand new Tae Rak Aquaculture Centre & Café.


The Great Ocean Road is ranked as one of the top drives on the planet. At the heart of its legendary coastal scenery and unrivalled beauty sits a backstory that celebrates strength, Aussie spirit and mateship.

Teddy's Lookout, Lorne


Delve deeper into the road’s history, stories and characters at The Great Ocean Road Heritage Centre in the Lorne Visitor Centre.

Here, the permanent, purpose-built exhibition The Great Ocean Road Story: Building Australia’s Most Famous Road showcases the scale, the challenges and the day-to-day details that bring the story to life.

The centre is a great place to pause and honour the men who built the road, along with those who inspired them.

The road itself is the world’s largest war memorial. As you navigate its sweeping curves, give a thought to the thousands of returned Australian WW1 servicemen who sculpted the route as a memorial to their fellow soldiers who didn’t make it home.

Before road construction began in 1919, the rugged south-west coast was reachable only by sea or rough bush track. Around 3,000 ex-servicemen used picks, shovels, hand explosives and wheelbarrows to carve the roadway from the cliffs. They lived in isolated camps along the way and often worked in perilous conditions.

The original single-lane road was completed and officially opened in 1932. In more than 100 years since the build first began, the road has been widened, lengthened and improved – and repaired in the face of damage caused by ocean, storms, landslides and bushfires in the ever-evolving landscape.

In 2011, the road was added to the Australian National Heritage List, acknowledging its extraordinary historic and cultural significance.

The men who built the road breathed life into the stunning landmarks and communities along it. They not only created a memorial to their fallen mates, they delivered a tourism mecca to the world.

Memorial Arch, Eastern View Great Ocean Road
Come meet Mother Nature on her terms. Feel tiny in a big natural world that’s alive and evolving before your eyes


The Great Ocean Road hosts a spectacular array of annual events, from seafood to surfing, music and running, major international sporting events to cultural celebrations, there’s always something on. Here’s some to get you started, check our website for more:




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.


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.



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.




The 51st Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic is an event not to be missed. Conducted over three huge nights.




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.



Port Campbell Crayfest is where everyone is invited to be part of a Grassroots festival that showcases the local areas exceptional food and beverages, artists, musicians and the beautiful natural environment.




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.



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!




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.



The Aireys Inlet Music festival returns to the Surf Coast town in March. The festival, now in its 18th year, draws on the cream of Geelong and Surf Coast bands!




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.



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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.



Celebrating great Irish music, Koroit and its proud Irish heritage for over 21 years. In 1998 the festival hosted the Australian Danny Boy Championships for the first time, an event which has become a signature of the festival.


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A celebration of country racing featuring 23 flat races and seven jumps races including the internationally acclaimed Grand Annual Steeplechase.



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.



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.



Staged in the hinterland township of Forrest, nestled in the heart of the Otway Ranges, Run Forrest will showcase the regions worldclass trails and breathtaking natural beauty – undulating hills, flowing rivers, dense fern gullies and the cool, fresh air of the Otway Ranges.





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.



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?




A spectacular 50km and 100km ultra marathon takes runners on an extraordinary journey below towering sea cliffs, along remote beaches and through the captivating hinterland.



Catering to cyclists of all abilities, the event is held on fully closed roads in one of the most picturesque destinations on the planet – the Great Ocean Road. The event is held in memory of Amy Gillett and conducted by the Amy Gillett Foundation.



The Bells Beach Longboard Classic will be the first stop on the new look WSL World Longboard Tour. This is the only event on the World Longboard Tour to be held in Australia.



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.



An event synonymous with quality farm produce, agricultural displays, craft and live local music and held on the second weekend of October annually.



Loch Hart Music Festival is a music, arts and comedy festival on the Great Ocean Road in Princetown, Kirrae Whurrong Country. Bring your tent, swag or caravan, otherwise Glamping tents are available to hire!



I AM your next story, waiting to be discovered. Sometimes, it takes a village to hit your sweetspot, to get under your skin and take you down a rabbit hole of discovery.

Every Great Ocean Road village has a story waiting to unfold in new and surprising ways. From seaside villages to charming rural enclaves, you’ll find distinctive characters, welcoming communities and a swag of experiences to reveal at your own pace. Come discover us – your way.

Lorne Port Fairy


I AM the footprints in the sand and I walk my own path.


• Slip into your surfer style with some of the country’s most authentic surf shopping. The birthplace of iconic brands like Quiksilver and Rip Curl in 1969 is also home to Surf City Plaza, a retail mecca for all things surf and skate.

• Tackle a mostly flat stretch of the 40km Surf Coast Walk. The 3.3km Point Danger to Bird Rock clifftop trail links lookouts over many famous surf breaks from Torquay to Jan Juc. Allow around 40 minutes, or longer if you plan to pause for a coffee break at the Jan Juc shops.

• Reach peak chillax mode with a pampering session at a spa or health retreat. Settle in for a full-day session at an award-winning resort, or book a floatation and infrared sauna package at a boutique wellness studio.

• Get amongst the incredible biodiversity of Point Danger Marine Sanctuary. Explore rocky platforms and intriguing rockpools at low tide, or snorkel your way out to ogle underwater marine life and reefs up close.

• Torquay is a craft beer heaven. Blackman's Brewery and Sou'west Brewery have offerings to excite the beer lover in you.

• For golfers, Torquay provides world-class 18 holes at both Torquay Golf Club (at RACV resort) or The Sands Golf Club.

Mural, Surf City Plaza
Torquay National Surfing Museum


I AM the freedom you feel as you stand up on a board.


• Families that learn together, laugh together! Round ‘em all up for a family beginner surf lesson on Anglesea main beach, where the waist-deep water and gentle waves are ideal. Or head to the Anglesea River for a small group Stand Up Paddleboarding lesson in a beautiful bushland setting.

• For the littlest littlies, hire a boat from Anglesea Paddleboats and Canoe (above) and enjoy some safe and low-key water adventure together on the river.

• How about a spot of wildlife spotting? The Anglesea Golf Course’s resident mob of kangaroos is always a hit. To spy local natives in natural habitats, step out on one of many walking – the Dusty Miller Track often reveals eager birdlife feasting on wildflower blossoms.

• 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. Get back to nature, while keeping creature comforts close at hand.

• Bounce into family fun at Jumpz Anglesea’s outdoor trampoline park. Wall-to-wall trampolines fringe a shady deck where mum and dad can relax with drinks and nibbles while littlies make like ping pong balls on the mats.

• Race each other along the purpose-built, off-road mountain bike tracks that criss-cross the bushy surrounds of town. Or hit the legendary running trails – there’s a huge selection of lengths and terrains to keep you all on track.

Anglesea Golf Course Anglesea Kids Jumpz



• Come and play! Great Ocean Road Mini Golf (above) celebrates the region’s natural icons and shipwreck heritage with two innovative courses that are full-on fun. Everyone’s welcome with clubs and courses to suit the tiniest tot to the tallest of the tall.

• Discover a delightfully peaceful little sandy cove with a ghostly story at Step Beach. Take the steep set of stairs down the 40-metre cliff to reach the sand, and enjoy a solo swim, meditate by the sea, explore Castle Rock and maybe encounter the spirit of the old lighthouse keeper’s daughter.

• Climb a much-loved landmark of the coast. Spiral up the cast-iron staircase of the Split Point Lighthouse for stunning 360-degree views. Delve into maritime history on a self-guided tour and make sure you try the famous Reuben sandwich at the Lighthouse Tearooms after your tour.

• Pack a nourishing picnic and connect with nature’s stillness on the uncrowded Distillery Creek Nature Trail. The 1.8km trail loops through the Otway National Park. Maybe you’ll encounter the resident koala or a wallaby midst the native wildlife. Feeling more energetic? Tackle the 4.5km Ironbark Gorge Walk that also kicks off from the Distillery Creek Carpark.

• Nurture your inner creative with an enriching browse through Eagles Nest Fine Art Gallery. More than 100 local and regional artists are represented, in ever-changing exhibitions of painted works, sculpture, ceramics, prints and jewellery. Fall in love with a coast-inspired creation and make it your own.

• You’ll never go hungry in Aireys. There are amazing dining options on offer including A La Greque, the Gin Kitchen, Santara and La Comptoir. Families delight in the relaxed vibe of the Aireys Pub or tucking into wood-fired pizzas at The Captain at Aireys.

I AM your home away from chaos and my unmarred seascapes are your fuel.
Sunnymead Beach Split Point Lighthouse


• Chasing waterfalls never gets old, and there are 10 beauties cascading within 10km of town. The Lower Kalimna Falls is well worth the easy 6.5km return track for the chance to walk behind the cascade and peer back through it. Just 10 minutes from the carpark, you get your first glimpse of Sheaok Falls cascading over dark rockface to a deep pool below.

• Think you know this place? Dig a little deeper. Visit the Great Ocean Road Heritage Centre to delve into stories and images of the people and events that made it what it is today. Across the road in the Lorne Visitors Centre (open 7 days a week), you’ll find The Story of the Road exhibit which celebrates the world’s longest war memorial and tells how returned servicemen constructed the road with pick axes and shovels following World War I.

• Soak up community and culture at one of Lorne’s eclectic art events. The prestigious Lorne Sculpture Biennale transforms the foreshore into a spectacular sculpture walk. And catching an evening movie at Lorne Theatre is an event in itself. Flaunting 1937 art deco style, the theatre takes you back to another time.

• Explore Lorne’s Live Wire Park for a twisting, adrenaline-pumping zoom through the towering Otway treetops.

• Looking for memorable dining experiences in Lorne? Try IPSOS Restaurant & Bar a favourite of locals and regular visitors, or the recently opened Totti's Lorne at the Lorne Hotel.

• Relive timeless holiday memories of hand-in-hand twilight walks. Start at The Swing Bridge and follow the tracks and boardwalks along the beautiful Lorne Foreshore. Watch the town settle and slowly twinkle into evening as the lights of the Lorne Pier (above) draw you out over the ocean.

I AM the precious ritual you’ve had since you were a child.
Phantom Falls Live Wire Park


I AM all about the simple pleasures. Local is my lifeblood.


• DIY your own catch of the day. Dangle a line from the pier or head to Barham River for trout or bream. No luck? Book a tour with Apollo Bay Fishing Charters for a sure catch or stroll to the Fisherman’s Co-op on the harbour for your choice of fresh-caught crays, prawns and snapper.

• Tick off a leg of the Great Ocean Walk. Start at Marengo and follow the 4.7km trail along dramatic coastline, trekking on and off the beach and through sheltered forest to reach striking Shelly Beach.

• Get back to basics with a Saturday morning amble along the foreshore, pausing to potter around the Apollo Bay Community Market for local handcrafted and homegrown goodies.

• Take a guided kayaking tour with Apollo Bay Surf & Kayak to the Australian Fur Seal colony at Marengo Marine Sanctuary.

• Did you even visit this tranquil village if you didn’t stop by Apollo Bay Bakery for a legendary scallop pie? Or weren’t tempted by the line-up of more than 100 craft beers and ciders at Great Ocean Road Brewhouse?

• Go wild on a Dusk Discovery Wildlife tour at Wildlife Wonders. The 90-minute tour with a conservationist guide promises exclusive insights and elusive creature spotting as rarely seen creatures emerge for the night.

Apollo Bay Fish Coop Mariners Lookout


• Find your kind of magic in the rainforests. Wander through ancient Mountain Ash trees and lush ferns of the Otways to sit by wondrous waterfalls and contemplate the miracle of nature. Triplet, Beauchamp and Hopetoun falls and the Insta-worthy Redwoods are all within easy reach of Apollo Bay.

• Nourish body and soul at a swag of grassroots festivals and markets flaunting the fabulous produce and heritage of the Otways. Niche into foodie faves at the Gellibrand Blues and Berries Festival, or the Forrest Soup Festival. Hit up the Birregurra Sunday Market or Kawarren Market for just-picked freshness. Fill a picnic basket or your boot with wholesome, chef’s kiss goodness.

• Bring your torch and a sense of wonder to Melba Gully Masden’s Track Nature Trail to see magical glow worms as they twinkle and shimmer in the darkness. Feel small in the dense rainforest of age-old mossy trees and cool fern gullies.

• Zip through the treetops like a bird or rove among giants on the longest and tallest elevated walkway of its kind in the world. Otway Fly TreeTop Adventures takes you 30m up into the canopy, for a birds-eye view of the rainforest. Want to zip all day? Treetops Adventure Yeodene offers a selection of high (and low) ropes courses.

• Explore the Cape Otway Lightstation precinct - the historic lighthouse, secret World War II radar bunker, whale information site and amazing coastal views.

• Explore the Otway Coast Hamlets – Wye River, Kennett River and Wongarra. Let time and space wash over you. Camp by a bubbling stream, beneath giant trees. Zero in on nature’s simple moments: swirling rock pools, symphonies of birdsong and koalas munching gum leaves on lofty branches. Let the day unfold magically of its own accord.

Cape Otway Lightstation
I AM what it’s like to be a tiny person amongst big nature.
Paddy’s Path, Wye River


I AM the sharp breath as the gorge erupts again.


• Buckle up for the helicopter ride of your life. Soar high over the roaring Southern Ocean for unmatched views of the 12 Apostles (above) and untamed coastline. 12 Apostles Helicopters is open every day – no booking required.

• The Grotto (9km east of Port Campbell) partblowhole, part-archway, part-cave and contrasts ocean wildness against peaceful reflection.

• Explore a hinterland foodie paradise as you road trip to Timboon and along the 12 Apostles Artisan Trail, pausing to stock up at farmgate stalls and meet producers/growers on their patch. Opt for low food miles and big taste with berries, wine, whisky, gin, cheese, ice cream and more. Hire a bike and take to the trails, cycle to some of the foodie farm gates and between towns like Cobden, Timboon and Port Campbell.

• Witness mobs of ‘roos feeding on river flats in golden sun at Princetown, as you wander the boardwalk straddling the Gellibrand River estuary located between Port Campbell and Great Otway National Parks.

• Be serenaded by a sunset. Some of our favourite spots are at the 12 Apostles viewing deck, from Port Campbell Jetty and at the Bay of Islands.

Timboon Distillery
12 Apostles Helicopters


I AM a gift of fertility from a fiery past where lava bubbled.


• Marvel at unspoilt crater lakes dotting the landscape – Bullen Merri, Purumbete, Bookair, Bolac and Tooliorook (above). Glide across the mirror surface in a tinny. Throw in a line to catch a winner. Or laze at lake’s edge birdwatching and pondering what once was in this amazing place.

• Hike the 2km return trail to Mount Elephant's peak for big-sky views. Circumnavigate the crater rim (3km) and picture the eruption here some 180,000 years ago. Tour the visitor centre (Sundays only) to unearth fascinating volcanic facts.

• Browse 1,000 square metres of antiques, art, collectables and oldwares at much-loved Pombo Mart, where everything old is new again. Or fossick for treasures and bric-a-brac at community markets at Skipton or Mortlake

• Country bakeries are worthy of a lunch time charge. Here you’ll find homemade sausage rolls, pasties, and award winning vanilla slices. Stop in at Clarke’s Café in Mortlake to savour what the locals of Western Victoria class as the very best of all meat pies.

• Mingle with the locals and be fed like a VIP at a down-to-earth country pub. Choose from family-run Mount Noorat Hotel, parma-famous The Farmer’s Arms at Beeac, or Thommo’s Hotel at Cobden where the specials board brims with pub favourites.

Lake Gnotuk Terang Country Bakehouse Bakery


• Logans Beach (above) is the only place in the world where you can watch from land Southern Right Whales returning to shelter during calving season. Between June and September, you might spy the giants of the deep swimming within 100m of shore.

• Meet the penguin-protecting Maremma dogs of Middle Island made famous in the movie Oddball. Find them hanging out at Flagstaff Hill during summer months.

• Get into rich maritime history with all the bells and whistles! Tread the cobblestones at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and see history brought to life in a high-drama sound and laser show Tales of the Shipwreck Coast.

• For full-on family fun, have a go at Mini Golf by the Sea, located beside the room-to-zoom Warrnambool foreshore and the famous Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground. Deep Blue Hotel and Hotsprings offers family bathing sessions where everyone can experience some therapeutic calm from the geothermal waters (ages 5 and up). Big kids fun can be had at Premier Speedway (check their calendar for events).

• Get beach-ready! Warrnambool has a sandy stretch to suit every one, whether you’re looking for swimming, surfing, sun or silliness. Lady Bay is a great protected swim spot, while Warrnambool Beach is ideal for surfing whitewater waves. Prefer terra firma? Stroll out the breakwater, watching for local marine life as you go.

• Where nightlife never gets old. Warrnambool boasts an impressive cultural scene, with highlights such as high profile shows year round at the Lighthouse Theatre, ever changing exhibitions at the Warrnambool Art Gallery, thriving street art and live music scenes, and ever-evolving food and dining experiences, making it the perfect place to stay during your Great Ocean Road adventure.

I AM where the life of a city meets the freedom of the coast.
Music at Hotel Warrnambool
Frolic Lane


I AM the rainbow on the river that pulls you toward the sea.


• Pick up the Port Fairy Art Map and follow your art to an inspiring collection of eleven boutique galleries and artist studios dotting Port Fairy’s stunning heritage streetscapes. Be moved by the depth of talent and artistry in this extraordinary community of creatives and there are plenty of cafés to stop at a long the way.

• Tap into a thriving independent live music scene through Port Fairy’s large and loud community of musicians. Local gigs happen most weekends and there’s a lively calendar of music festivals. For muso magic, plan your stay around March’s iconic Port Fairy Folk Festival, offering big talent on and off stage.

• 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 so be sure to pack your camera.

• Squeeze your handicap at one of Australia’s top 50 public access golf courses. The Port Fairy Golf Club sits along the coastline. Don’t let the spectacular views put you off your putting game!

• Wander the boardwalk along the harbour, pausing to watch boats bobbing in the Moyne River. Slow to the pace of this authentic fishing village where rhythms are guided by the sea, the weather and the day’s catch. Go on … grab a table at the wharf and enjoy the ambience as you tuck into a just-caught seafood feast.

Griffiths Island Lighthouse Merrijig Kitchen



• Portland’s deep harbour means you can land a big fish straight off the beach or the breakwater. King George whiting, flathead, snapper, tuna and mulloway are there for the taking. Or charter a boat and head out for legendary deep-sea angling.

• Look for the yellow flag flying at the Visitor Information Centre – it means a whale’s been spotted! Grab your binoculars and head to the viewing platform.

• Make tracks to Cape Bridgewater to spot seal families frolicking off the rocky coastline. Explore the natural wonder of the Petrified Forest and wait in suspense for spouts of ocean spray to thunder up through the blowholes.

• All aboard Portland Cable Trams for a 7.4km meander along the spectacular foreshore. Hop on and off to visit the Powerhouse Museum or Portland Maritime Discovery Centre where you can plunge into adventure-filled whaling, seafaring and shipwreck heritage.

• From September to March, Portland’s Point Danger Coastal Reserve hosts Australia’s only colonies of Australasian Gannets and Cape Gannets. See these wonderful birds up close and personal with a guided visit that could get you within 10 meters of them! Info at the Portland Visitor Centre.

I AM a step off the edge of the earth. The captain of my own adventure.
Maritime Discovery Centre



Steeped in pastoral heritage and old-world charm, Winchelsea will have you at first sight of its triplearched bluestone bridge spanning the Barwon River Foray into elegant country lifestyles of old at Barwon Park Mansion.


This big-hearted regional town with the Great Otway National Park on its doorstep is an ideal gateway to the region. Hit the thriving town centre for cafés, providores and rich nightlife. Be naturally drawn to Lake Colac, Victoria’s largest natural freshwater lake and the Botanic Gardens with sweeping lawns and fun playground.

Memorial Square, Colac


Casterton is pooch-perfect! It’s the birthplace of Aussie working dog, the kelpie and home to the state-of-theart Australian Kelpie Centre. Each June, dog-lovers flock to the Kelpie Muster, Festival and Working Dog Auction. There’s even a Kelpie Walking Trail fringed with sculptures, heritage and open parkland.


Dive into adventure via a charming fishing village and the last stop on the Great Ocean Road. Hike a stint of the Great South West Walk or kayak the beautiful Glenelg River. Do massive sand dunes at Discovery Bay or take the 24km round trip through Cape Nelson Coastal Park to check out the lighthouse, coastal cliffs and wildlife.

Australian Kelpie Centre


Located across the esplanade from Zeally Bay, Wyndham Torquay boasts a perfect position on Victoria’s Surf Coast. Spend the day at Australia’s best surfing spots, the Twelve Apostles or the beautiful Great Otway National Park, or start a Great Ocean Road adventure. For low-key days, settle in and enjoy the resort facilities: Winkipops bar, heated indoor pool, outdoor pool, children’s playground, gym, tennis court and heated spa.

Our hotel rooms and one-bedroom condo-style suites feature balconies and complimentary Wi-Fi, and one-bedroom suites have a full kitchen.

100 The Esplanade, Torquay 03 5261 1500



Head to Ingenia Holidays Torquay to soak up the beachside atmosphere at one of Victoria’s best-known surfing locations. Located along the Great Ocean Road, take a break and stay at Ingenia Holiday Parks Torquay. Grab your board and walk up the beach or enjoy fantastic onsite facilities that will keep the whole family entertained. You’ll find local shops, dining, and attractions all within easy walking distance, or hop in the car to explore some of the area’s 20 coves and beaches.

55 Surf Coast Highway, Torquay 03 5261 2493


Discover the fun, fear, colour and beauty of riding waves at the world’s largest surfing museum.

77 Beach Road, Torquay 03 5261 4606


Join exhilarating adventure tours and sightseeing experiences on Port Phillip Bay, and explore places only accessible by boat. 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

Queenscliff Boat Harbour, Queenscliff 03 5258 3889


Bells Beach, Torquay


This Palm Springs-inspired motel is ideally located just opposite the Anglesea River, and within walking distance of Anglesea Main Beach.

Featuring 16 deluxe rooms and a three-bedroom apartment, stylishly refurbished with a retro-feel. Anglesea Riverside Motel provides spacious and comfortable accommodation in the heart of Anglesea. As well as an outdoor pool, guests also have access to an indoor heated pool, gym and tennis court.

109 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea 03 5263 1472


Great Ocean Road Resort is a 4.5-star boutique property offering luxurious accommodation and wellness retreats. Experience local fine dining at The Coast Restaurant, as well as indulgent treatments at our day spa, Lux Spa & Wellness. Guests have access to an indoor heated pool, gym & tennis court. Anglesea provides the perfect location for a wellness holiday. Our suites have been individually curated for your rest and relaxation. We offer tailored packages and all-inclusive retreats, designed for your needs.

105 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea 03 5263 3363


Play golf amongst the roos at the friendliest golf club on the Great Ocean Road.

Open to the public 7 days a week and surrounded by nature reserves, the beautiful golf course provides a natural sanctuary and habitat for a population of Eastern Grey Kangaroos.

• Play a round of golf or have a hit at the driving range (hire carts and clubs available)

• Bistro open from 10am for coffee, snacks lunch and dinner

• Kangaroo tours daily between 10am - 4pm (book online)

45 Golf Links Road, Anglesea 03 5263 1582




Full of fun, colour and personality. We are located in the heart of Aireys Inlet, a small coastal town with a vibrant culture. Designed for fun, this 4.5 star boutique property has had a retroinspired revival. Our rooms have been playfully styled and contain all of the modern essentials you need, including a Smart TV, curated local mini bar and luxury local bathroom products. Our facilities include an outdoor pool and bar, fire pit, modern fusion restaurant and unique day spa. Find your sense of fun...

64 Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet 03 5289 6666


The Great Ocean Road Bakery is a family-owned business in the popular coastal town of Lorne. Open 7 days a week with freshly made breads, sourdoughs, rolls as well as delicious cakes, freshly made rolls and sandwiches, a huge selection of gourmet pies and their famous Chicken Snitty Rolls. A popular bakery with locals and visitors with warm, friendly service, coffee, tea and outdoor seating.

Shop 2/32 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne 03 5289 1672

The Gin Garden - 32 Great Ocean Road Aireys Inlet The Gin Kitchen - 34 Great Ocean Road Aireys Inlet


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 – spot a koala or 3! The kids will love our adventure playground, giant jumping pillow, pedal go karts, indoor games room, loads of wildlife, endless exploring. Walk to great food, coffee and treats at the Wye General Café, plus the Wye Beach Hotel.

25 Great Ocean Road, Wye River

03 5289 0241


Memorial Arch, Eastern View


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 region’s finest wines or explore the many famous attractions in the surrounding areas.

270 Skenes Creek Road, Apollo Bay 03 5237 6218


Chocolate Gannets Beachfront Luxury Villas, self-contained accommodation at the heart of the Great Ocean Road. Stay in a Beachfront Villa, with spectacular beach and ocean views or be surrounded by nature in our Luxury Villas. You are likely to spot koalas in our private Koala Track, located behind the villas. All four villas are equally luxuriously appointed, have 2 bedrooms with ensuites, large spa baths, fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens and laundries for a complete self-catered experience.

6180 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay 0488 063 419


Discover the Wild Side of the Great Ocean Road at Wildlife Wonders.

See Australia’s unique wildlife living freely in a stunning natural environment. Enjoy a guided walk with a conservationist through lush fern gullies, eucalypt woodlands and ocean vistas. Or simply relax at the café, open to the public daily and serving locally roasted coffee, teas, treats & lunches. Every visit supports the environment with all proceeds invested in conservation and research.

475 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay 1300 099 467


Home of the Scallop Pie on the Great Ocean Road. The Apollo Bay Bakery is a locally owned family business open from 6am 7 days a week. A popular bakery with locals and visitors offering a selection of freshly baked breads, rolls, sourdoughs, delicious cakes, freshly made salad rolls and sandwiches as well as a huge selection of gourmet pies, including their signature Scallop Pie - full of local Bass Strait Scallops. Friendly service with both indoor and outdoor seating.

125 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay 03 5237 6440


Dooley’s Ice Cream opened to Apollo Bay shoppers in 2002 with the mission of spreading our love of incredible ice cream using the finest ingredients.

We couldn’t have asked for a better reception. Since we first started operating, we’ve developed a loyal fan base that is just as particular about good food as we are! Come on down and meet us in person to try our multi-award-winning ice cream, we offer over 40 flavours to choose from daily.

89 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay 03 5237 7581


The #1 Craft Beer Destination on the Great Ocean Road. Home of Prickly Moses Beer.

With over 100 craft beers to choose from. Beer, wine and cider tastings are available at our tasting room along with fabulous regional produce. Dine in our award-winning bistro with a family friendly atmosphere and ocean views from our dog friendly beer garden. Live weekend entertainment, Sports Bar and free Wi-Fi. Pop by the Apollo Bay Distillery next door to try the best local gins.

29-35 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay 03 5237 6240


Step back in time and discover Australia’s most significant lighthouse.

Explore our extensive heritage precinct, experience incredible views and amazing history. Highlight of the Great Ocean Road.

• Climb the Lighthouse

• Telegraph Station

• Original Lightkeeper’s Quarters

• WWII Radar Bunker

• Lightkeeper’s café

• History talks

• Knowledgeable guides

• Stay overnight in our unique heritage accommodation

1140 Lighthouse Road, Cape Otway 03 5237 9240


Otway Country to Coast


Relaxed, easy access to all the Otways has to offer. Explore, stay, and enjoy Otway Hinterland townships and regions – Gellibrand, Beech Forest, Lavers Hill –Glenaire, Johanna beach, Cape Otway and Yuulong. Unique, boutique accommodation, farmstays, self contained cottages and camping. Art galleries, cafés, Glow worms, Otway Fly Tree Top Walk, Cape Otway Lightstation, ferngullies, waterfall and rainforest walks, rail trails, and the Great Ocean Walk.



Relax and escape at the ultimate Great Ocean Road Retreat. Each stunning eco-friendly apartment has been carefully designed to create unique accommodation options for couples, families and groups. All apartments have kitchens, linen provided and are fully self-contained. There are BBQ facilities, shared laundry and outdoor spaces to sit and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. On our doorstep is the Great Ocean Walk, Castle Cove beach and the magnificent Otway rainforest.

3229 Great Ocean Road, Glenaire 0408 322 833


Recharge. Reinvigorate. Rediscover. Alkina Lodge sets new benchmarks in luxury Australian accommodation.

The majestic Southern Ocean. Awe-inspiring 12 Apostles. Endless deserted beaches. Abundant native wildlife. And some of the most enchanting natural landscapes in the country, on the Great Ocean Road. This is the setting for the Alkina Lodge experience – 3 unique 4 bedroom 2 bathroom, private contemporary residences designed for discerning travellers who want to reconnect, and refresh.

35 Parkers Access Track, Wattle Hill 03 5348 2008


Experience Australian wildlife across 39 acres in a natural eco-friendly setting.

Petting Area: Hand-feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus. Sanctuary: Australian Wildlife, herd-animals and wild birds in the beautiful Otways. Dingo Awareness Centre: Hands on dingo encounters and unique educational experience (conditions apply). Art Gallery: Family and local artists Coffee Shop: Organic coffee, teas and vegan option refreshments.

29 The Boulevarde, Princetown 03 5237 5262


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.

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Princetown 03 5598 8283



Sea Foam Villas is situated in the heart of Port Campbell, located footsteps from the spectacular Port Campbell beach and surrounded by the Port Campbell National Park on the Great Ocean Road.

Sea Foam Villas offers luxurious villa’s including one bedroom villas, family villas and three bedroom deluxe penthouses offering views of the stunning Port Campbell Bay and town centre. We also offer one bedroom studios and spa suites. Our villas are all self-contained offering guests’ kitchenettes or fully equipped kitchens. We also offer free onsite parking, laundry facilities and our friendly staff is happy to assist you with anything.


A once in a lifetime experience in a once in a lifetime place. Skydive 12 Apostles is Australia’s most spectacular jump! Take off from the Great Ocean Road Airport and soar over the Bay of Islands, Loch Ard Gorge and the 12 Apostles – see them from their best angle – 15,000ft! Visit our locally owned business and let us share our passion for skydiving, safety and customer service while we take you for the view and adventure of a lifetime.

Great Ocean Road Airport, Peterborough 0422 041 341

14 Lord Street, Port Campbell 03 5598 6413

seafoam VILLAS P O R T C A MP B E L L
12 Apostles

Situated on the Great Ocean Road just 10 minutes from Warrnambool. Purchase cheese, condiments, wine and giftware. Enjoy a meal, coffee or a famous Sungold milkshake in our Café.

Explore our local dairy history Museum. We offer all day brunch from 10am-3pm and lunch from 11.30am-3pm Monday to Friday. Admission is free.


Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs is Warrnambool’s icon for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.

This coastal retreat features accommodation adorned with seaside tones boasting ocean or partial ocean views. The Deep Blue is the perfect setting for the ultimate spa escape with an award-winning open-air Hot Springs Sanctuary, an Indoor Bath house, Day Spa, Swimming pool, Sauna and Salt Therapy. Enjoy casual dining at the Restaurant with accompanying bar and lounge.

Worm Bay Road, Warrnambool

03 5559 2000


Come and stay on the Great Ocean Road, where you can explore, meet the local wildlife, swim or learn to surf.

The Lady Bay Resort is a self-contained resort located directly opposite the beach, guests are only minutes away from doing what the locals do – swim, hang out and even work! Having an in-house restaurant & conference facilities, seasonally heated outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi and free outdoor parking, Lady Bay Resort is the perfect place for guests to relax or even work whilst enjoying the surrounds.

2 Pertobe Road, Warrnambool

03 5562 1662

5330 Great Ocean Road, Allansford 03 5565 3127


We are excited to introduce Waves Motel and Apartments (formerly Tudor Motor Inn). New management and a new look.

Conveniently located in the CBD close to an array of restaurants, cafés and shops. Warrnambool has something to offer everyone –the gateway to the Great Ocean Road and home to many festivals and events. Our properties offer:

• Free Wi-Fi

• Off street parking

• Stay at our affiliated business in Port Campbell (Southern Ocean Motor Inn) and receive a referral discount on your stay.

Talk to our friendly staff and they can help you plan ahead.


Warrnambool Holiday Village is a peaceful and immaculately maintained park situated in Warrnambool’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.

81 Henna Street, Warrnambool

03 5562 3376


Go Beyond. It’s the perfect excuse to stay longer. Local Guides, Local Roads, Local Secrets.

Don’t drive, jump on a luxury small group TOUR WITH A LOCAL. Departing Warrnambool, explore the 12 Apostles, Shipwreck Coast, Warrnambool, Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve & Port Fairy. Multi-day tours departing Geelong, explore the Great Ocean Road & the Great Southern Touring Route. Indulge in a helicopter flight, local produce, wineries, thermal springs, Indigenous culture & Australian wildlife when travelling with Warrnambool Tours.

0402 984 379

519 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool 03 5562 8877

Escape, Experience, & Explore the Moyne Shire Region

SOUTHCOMBE Caravan Park 03 5568 2677

GARDENS Caravan Park 03 5568 1060

YAMBUK Caravan Park 0419 006 201

KILLARNEY Caravan Park 0428 341 823

KOROIT Caravan Park 0436 027 709

MORTLAKE Caravan Park 0409 428 870


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, jumping pillow and playground for the kids. Boat parking is available.

37 Percy Street, Portland 03 5521 7567

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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! Inland routes can be not only quicker and easier to drive, but can offer a wealth of great experiences. We encourage you to explore the whole region and discover the whole region when you visit. 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).

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MELBOURNE CORIO BAY Cape Otway Cape Otway Lightstation Lake Burrumbeet Lake Goldsmith Blanket Bay Lake Colac Lake Corangamite Lake Murdeduke THERIP Cape Schanck PORT PHILLIP BAY Point Cook Lake Gnarpurt Cape Patton OTWAYS OTW A Y R A NGES Gellibra n d River s River B a r w on River W o a d y Y a l o a k R i v e r L e i g h R i v e r SURF COAST M o or a b o o l Rive r Werrib e e R i v e r The Twelve Apostles Loch Ard Gorge Vehicle Ferry Passenger Ferry Passenger Ferry AVALON AIRPORT MELBOURNE AIRPORT Otway Fly Triplet Falls Melba Gully Erskine Falls Lake Elizabeth Bells Beach Split Point Lighthouse Maits Rest Marriner's Look Out B100 C119 B100 C155 C159 C155 C163 C156 C146 C147 C164 C165 C173 B140 C155 C161 C161 A1 A1 M1 M1 M8 M8 M80 M1 C119 C151 C151 C135 B100 B100 B110 C145 B140 C143 C146 C171 C172 B160 B160 C146 A300 C143 C164 C164 C164 C156 C166 Marsh Bacchus Sunbury Melton Werribee Queenscli Sorrento TORQUAY ANGLESEA COLAC
BAY CAMPERDOWN Cobden CAMPBELL Winchelsea LORNE AIREYS INLET Lerderderg State Park StateEnfieldPark Werribee Gorge State Park Twelve Apostles Marine National Park Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park Point Addis Marine National Park Brisbane Ranges National Park The You Yangs Regional Park Port NationalCampbell Park GreatNationalOtway Park A1 B120 C164 M8 Freeway Highway Major Road Secondary Road - sealed Secondary Road - unsealed Great Ocean Walk EXPLANATION OF ROAD SYMBOLS Geelong Lorne Melbourne Portland Port Fairy Queenscliff Torquay Warrnambool Adelaide 4hrs 2hrs 35mins 5hrs* 2hrs 24mins 1hr 39mins 4hrs 30mins* 3hrs 30mins* 1hr 12mins 7hrs 30mins 2hrs 15mins 1hr 2hrs 56mins 3hrs 34mins* 2hrs 45mins* 2hrs 29mins* 2hrs* 2hrs 30mins* 8hrs 50mins* 29mins 1hr 52mins 38mins 6hrs 16mins* 5hrs 27mins* 1hr 10mins 50mins 5hrs* 7hrs 45mins 1hr 9mins 1hr 2hrs 8mins 2hrs 34mins 1hr 44mins 1hr 43mins 1hr 19mins 1hr 35mins 7hrs 30mins 1hr 26mins 1hr 5mins 3hrs 35mins 2hrs 45mins 41mins 29mins 4hrs 45mins 7hrs 47mins 70km 2hrs 17mins* 3hrs 32mins 2hrs 42mins 1hr 50mins 56mins 3hrs 25mins* 9hrs 45mins* 75km 139km* 4hrs 22mins 3hrs 32mins 1hr 44mins 1hr 30mins 5hrs 30mins* 7hrs 55mins 288km 268km 365km 55mins 4hrs 3hrs 36mins 1hr 16mins 5hrs 50mins 217km 141km 294km 72km 3hrs 11mins 2hrs 46mins 27mins 6hrs 15mins 31km 90km 106km 314km 243km 55mins 4hrs 52mins 8hrs 20mins 23km 47km 96km 293km 222km 44km 4hrs 15mins* 9hrs 55mins* 275km 208km* 358km* 99km 28km 312km 255km* 6hrs 40mins 705km 819km* 726km 548km 587km 736km 857km* 614km



To get the most out of your visit to the Great Ocean Road plan ahead at and for the latest information and local tips call into an accredited Visitor Information Centre and chat to a local.

When travelling, look for this symbol, it denotes accredited Visitor Information Centres, open daily 9am to 5pm.


100 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay

T: 1300 689 297


3 Racecourse Road, Casterton

T: 03 5581 2070

LORNE 15 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne

T: 1300 891 152

PORT CAMPBELL 26 Morris Street, Port Campbell T: 1300 137 255


Railway Place, Bank Street, Port Fairy T: 03 5568 2682


Lee Breakwater Road, Portland

T: 1800 035 567

TORQUAY 77 Beach Road, Torquay T: 1300 614 219

WARRNAMBOOL 89 Merri Street, Warrnambool T: 5559 4620

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GREAT EVENTS article cover image


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GET IN THE SPIRIT article cover image


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A ‘BINE TO BEER’ STORY article cover image


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BEACH WALKING AT ITS BEST article cover image


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IN THE WELLNESS ZONE article cover image


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SURFING THE GREAT BLUE article cover image


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WHERE CREATIVITY FLOWS article cover image


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FAMILY FOOD SHENANIGANS article cover image


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GOURMET AT ITS FINEST article cover image


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MEET ME AT THE FARMGATE article cover image


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EXPLORING RIVER DEEP article cover image


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Great Ocean Walk article cover image

Great Ocean Walk

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TACKLE THE TRACKS article cover image


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NATURE’S MAGIC article cover image


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NATURE’S POWER AND GLORY article cover image


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