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.

Array ( [post_type] => post [posts_per_page] => 18 [tax_query] => Array ( [relation] => AND [0] => Array ( [taxonomy] => category [field] => slug [terms] => beaches ) [1] => Array ( [taxonomy] => post_tag [field] => slug [terms] => featured ) ) ) Array ( [0] => 7717 [1] => 564 [2] => 352 [3] => 407 [4] => 351 )

Explore All Beaches

Visit Great Ocean Road

Family Friendly Beaches

With miles of sandcastle real estate, lagoons for snorkelling and rock pools teeming with wildlife, the beaches of the Great...

Explore
Visit Great Ocean Road

The famous Bells Beach

With an international reputation as one of Australia’s best surf beaches, Bells Beach is an amazing spot – either in the...

Explore
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...

Explore
Panoramic view of Croft's Bay from west looking east
12 Apostles

Croft's Bay

Croft’s Bay is a long pretty bay that is generally sheltered from Ocean Swell by offshore reef and a collection of smaller...

Explore
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...

Explore
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...

Explore
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...

Explore
Anglesea

The Best of Anglesea: Surf, Splash and Play

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

Explore
Otways

Otway Coast Hamlet Beaches

Explore
Couple and dog at beach with surfboard and towel
Torquay

Pet Friendly Walks & Beaches

A holidays destination for the whole family… including...

Explore
Warrnambool

Beaches of Warrnambool

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

Explore
12 Apostles

Princetown Beach

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

Explore
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...

Explore
Boat approaching Port Campbell Jetty as viewed from the Port Campbell Discovery Walk
12 Apostles

Port Campbell Bay

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

Explore
Anglesea

Pet-Friendly Walks in Anglesea

Anglesea has a myriad of options for walking with your pooch – from on leash tracks to off leash beach runs! Anglesea has it...

Explore
Aireys Inlet

Beaches of Aireys Inlet

Explore
Lorne

Rock Pool Highlights

Discover a new world under the rock pool waters of...

Explore
12 Apostles

Gibson Steps

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

Explore
Port Fairy

Crofts Beach

Scenic and good for the soul, this windswept coastline offers unexpected treats likes sea swimming far from the madding...

Explore
Panoramic view of the Razorback rock formation in Lock Ard Gorge at sunset
12 Apostles

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...

Explore
Anglesea

Surfing in Anglesea

Skill-up the whole fam-bam with a beginner surfing lesson. Waist-deep water, safe beach and belly-laughing family fun. Main...

Explore
12 Apostles

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...

Explore
12 Apostles

Peterborough Beaches

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

Explore
Anchor at Wreck Beach
12 Apostles

Wreck Beach

The highly photographable anchors of the Marie Gabrielle and Fiji provide haunting reminders of the power of the ocean and the...

Explore

Be Inspired

12 Apostles

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...

Explore
Port Fairy

Beaches Trail

Explore
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...

Explore
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,...

Explore
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...

Explore

Follow our stories @visitgreatoceanroad

Let us inspire you

Sign up to get the latest deals, tours & events along the Great Ocean Road

Thank you for subscribing!

Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, past present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.