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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Family Friendly Beaches

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

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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...

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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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Lorne

North Lorne Beach

Escape the main foreshore precinct and relax in North...

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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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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...

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Lorne

Scotchmans Hill

Looking for the perfect view in Lorne for that family get-together? look no...

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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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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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Gibson steps beach sunrise
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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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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
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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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Panoramic view of Croft's Bay from west looking east
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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...

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Panoramic view of the Razorback rock formation in Lock Ard Gorge at sunset
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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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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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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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Male kayaking from Boat Bay with the cliff to his left
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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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Port Fairy

Crofts Beach

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

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View of rock stacks in the ocean taken from the beach at Sandy cove
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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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Anchor at Wreck Beach
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Wreck Beach

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

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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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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...

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View of rock formations at Peterborough beach
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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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Lorne

Rock Pool Highlights

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

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Aireys Inlet
Aireys Inlet

2-Day Itinerary

Aireys Inlet is located on the Great Ocean Road around 90 minutes from Melbourne via the Princes Freeway.  A nature-lovers wonderland in its own...

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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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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, 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.