Beaches

If you love the beach, you will love the Great Ocean Road region...all year round

From Torquay to Portland and beyond there are literally hundreds of bay and ocean beaches to choose from, and they are magnificent all year round. In summer they act as a cool retreat, while in winter a wonderful backdrop to witness with big swell.

It may be tempting to jump in anywhere along the coast, but we advise it’s best to look for the yellow and red beach flags. They signify that there are lifesavers around looking after you and your family, at patrolled beaches. You can help by swimming between the flags and being conscious of beach safety.


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Otways

Otway Coast Hamlet Beaches

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Anglesea

The Best of Anglesea: Surf, Splash and Play

The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most iconic and scenic coastal...

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Boat Bay

Anybody who has ever backed a trailer needs to have a look at this ramp. Lots of offshore stacks are visible in this sheltered...

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Gibson Steps

Prepare to be dwarfed by the magnitude of the cliff-line and offshore stacks. The sheer scale of natural sculpting evident at...

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Pet Friendly Beaches

There are many beaches and trails along the Great Ocean Road for you and pooch to explore and enjoy whilst on holiday, with...

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Peterborough Beaches

Beaches to the immediate west of Peterborough Township are characterized by sheltered coves, grottos and offshore...

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Port Fairy

Bay of Islands Coastal Park

This coastal park has outstanding ocean views and geological features. Sheer cliffs and rock stacks dominate the bays, and...

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Apollo Bay

Air Adventures with Apollo Bay Aviation

For an entirely unique experience, and one to tick off the bucket list, why not try seeing the coast from the sky? Apollo Bay...

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Bay of Martyrs

Are the stacks martyred; sentinels guarding the land from the bold affront of the Southern Ocean or is reference made to the...

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Warrnambool

Beaches of Warrnambool

Swim, surf, sun and some silliness. Warrnambool is surrounded by coastline offing a mix of protected swimming beaches, exposed...

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Port Fairy

Childers Cove

Around 20 kms from Warrnambool, at the western end of the 12 Apostles coastline. A beautiful small beach with a bluff crossing...

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Boat approaching Port Campbell Jetty as viewed from the Port Campbell Discovery Walk
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Port Campbell Bay

Port Campbell Bay presents a gently sloping family friendly profile sheltered from the bulk of Southern Ocean swell. Waters...

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Loch Ard Gorge

It is impossible to walk these trails and not be moved by the powers of nature that have shaped and the shipwreck history that...

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Princetown Beach

The meandering course of the Gellibrand River finds the sea beneath the bold headland of Pt Ronald. Wild and untamed;...

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Port Fairy

Dog Friendly Beaches & Parks in Port Fairy

Whether an inter-state traveler or a South West Victorian local, there are some very good reasons to get out and explore our...

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Anglesea

Beaches in Anglesea

Everyone loves the beach and there’s no better place to kick off your Anglesea Adventure! Summer or winter, there’s fun and...

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Port Fairy

Beaches of Port Fairy

Nothing says Aussie summer like a holiday to the beach. Add a spot of beach cricket or frisbie and you just might enter...

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Anglesea

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Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay Beaches

Take a stroll along the wide, crescent-shaped sandy beach of Apollo Bay offset by a stunning backdrop of rolling green...

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Lorne

Discover the Beaches of Lorne

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Torquay

Beaches around Torquay

Life is better at the beach. There are so many reasons why the beach is good for you – the fresh sea air in your lungs,...

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Anchor yourself in nature in Port Campbell

Are you looking for somewhere peaceful and tranquil to stay whilst you explore the raw and rugged 12 Apostles region? Somewhere you’re guaranteed...

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Port Fairy

Beaches Trail

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Torquay

Torquay: A Cafe + Shopping Hub On The Great Ocean Road

Our final stop on the Great Ocean Road was a beautiful one when we...

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Lorne

First Taste of Summer in Lorne

It’s amazing how transformative a few days by the sea can be. A weekend in Lorne full of fresh air, stunning views, saltwater and sunshine,...

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Lorne

What to do For a Weekend in Lorne

You’ve probably heard before that Lorne has 10 waterfalls within 10kms…but have you seen them all? There has never been a better time...

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