Family Activities

Something for the whole family

For kids young and old, there is plenty to try on and around the Great Ocean Road whether it’s learning something new, going on an adventure, tiring the kids out on a hike or just some good old fish and chips on the beach.

Family friendly adventures from ziplining to bushwalking, mountain biking or horse riding – the Great Ocean Road is a playground for family fun.

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Playgrounds on the Great Ocean Road

Play your way through the region! Which towns have great playgrounds? Well, most actually, but here’s a selection of some...

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Lorne

Dining in Lorne

Dive into Lorne’s illustrious food culture and be blown away by our local flair for fresh harvest and tasty meals. Make sure...

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Anglesea

Perfect Picnics in Anglesea

I am the burn of hot chips against the roof of your mouth. I don’t believe in...

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Port Fairy

Tower Hill State Game Reserve

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve sits inside an extinct volcano formed some 30,000 years...

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Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay Family Fun

There are many great options for fun activities for kids of all ages in Apollo Bay! With a great range of attractions there...

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Port Fairy

Watching the Mutton Birds in Port Fairy

The bird we commonly call the mutton-bird is the short tailed shearwater...

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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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12 Apostles

Stargazers of the 12 Apostles Coastline

First time stargazers, amateur astronomers and confident cosmologists alike can all explore the wonders of our southern skies...

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Port Fairy

Port Fairy Festivals and Events

Plan your stay in Port Fairy around its events. From the annual Port Fairy Folk Festival, a toe tapping, thigh slapping march...

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Apollo Bay

Whale Watching in Apollo Bay

Each year between May to October, whales migrate from polar waters to calve in cool temperate waters near the coast....

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Spend some time in Macarthur

Uncover a hidden gem. Settled on the banks of the Eumeralla River, Macarthur is the gateway to the spectacular Budj Bim National...

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Warrnambool

BMX Track

Warrnambool is home to a world class BMX track capable of hosting major competitions and providing a top training base for elite...

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Port Fairy

Port Fairy's Botanic Gardens

Established in 1859, Port Fairy’s Botanic Gardens were once described as “the handsomest of any provincial town”....

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Lake Tooliorook

Picturesque sand bottomed Lake Tooliorook is located 5km from Lismore. The lake offers good fishing and boating amenity and...

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Anglesea

Sustainable Winter Escape

Recently I took my family on a weekend getaway like we had never experienced before. We live in Melbourne and love the idea of...

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Anglesea

Summertime family fun: Our top 10 activities

Fun with the kids on the Great Ocean...

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Anglesea

Anglesea Playgrounds

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Lorne

Weddings & Events in Lorne

Set the scene for a special occasion.  Thanks to its fresh air, white beaches and buzzing arts community with the...

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Anglesea

Anglesea Adventures

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Warrnambool

School Camps in Warrnambool

More schools are choosing Warrnambool for their school camp...

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Apollo Bay

Kayaking in Apollo Bay

Paddle out to the seal colony, viewing the coast’s beautiful hills and reefs from a new...

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Warrnambool

Oddball – Maremma Dogs

The Middle Island Maremma Project is a unique environmental program that uses a special breed of Maremma dogs to protect...

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Warrnambool

Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground

The Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground is paradise for kids with giant slides, flying foxes, a maze and boat rides. There are...

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Warrnambool

The Beach for Sure

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

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Dog friendly accommodation on the Great Ocean Road

Because your dog needs a holiday too! It’s been a tough year, and while many of us are at home planning where we’ll go as soon as we have more...

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What to do with kids in the winter school holidays

You may be asking yourself what to do with the kids these winter school holidays. Well, keeping your kids entertained (and dry) during the...

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Run the kids wild in the winter school holidays

Visiting the Great Ocean Road region during the Victorian winter school holidays is the best remedy for tired and testy kids who need a mid-year...

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20 Must stop spots - a reminder of what makes the Great Ocean Road so great.

We are so excited to be able to welcome visitors back again. Welcome you back to re-live those cherished memories of the coast, or maybe you’ve...

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13 Must-see places across the Great Ocean Road region

If you thought the 12 Apostles were going to be the only highlight of your Great Ocean Road trip, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised. With...

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Overcoming our fears at Live Wire Park near Lorne

Just a two hour drive from Melbourne, Live Wire Park near Lorne is the place for people of all ages to experience an exciting burst of...

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Our experience on the Otway Fly

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Go wild in Portland in Autumn

Portland is a place for adventurous, bold and wild spirits. It’s where you go for rugged coastline, deep sea fishing, whale watching and...

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Port Fairy

Tower Hill: A geological, wildlife and cultural wonder

It is hard to drive past Tower Hill Reserve on the highway from Warrnambool to Port Fairy and not be...

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Warrnambool

Planning for a long weekend? What about Warrnambool?

The Great Ocean Road is one of the most iconic Australian landmarks. Visitors from all around the world are familiar with the rugged and heavily...

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Volcanic Lakes & Plains

Local Escape Plan

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Port Fairy

Family Friendly Guide to Port Fairy

A seaside trip during the school holidays is just what the doctor ordered right? Hopefully… but that depends a little on the kids. A holiday...

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Apollo Bay

Back to Basics in Apollo Bay

Turn the ‘out of office’ on and leave the high heels at home. Join the simple life with sand between your toes, sunshine on your back and fresh...

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Anglesea

Q&A with Adrian Booth - Anglesea Paddle Boat and Canoe Hire

Adrian from the Anglesea Paddle Boat and Canoe Hire is never far from the Anglesea...

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Anglesea

Top 10 things to do in Anglesea and surrounds

Anglesea is a year-round playground for the adventurous and curious. With a seemingly endless supply of spectacular beaches, adventure activities and...

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Apollo Bay

What To Do Near Apollo Bay

Looking for things to do between Lorne and Apollo Bay? things to do between Warrnambool and Apollo Bay? or things to do between Colac and Apollo...

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Apollo Bay

Top 10 Things To Do In Apollo Bay For Families

Looking for the best things to do in Apollo Bay for families? Below we have put together a list of the top 10 things to do in Apollo Bay with...

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Anglesea

Anglesea Adventures with Kids

I am your first adventure. Every day is time to play and it’s always better when we’re...

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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.