6 places to explore along the Great Ocean Road when it’s raining – maybe even during the warmer seasons!
Grab some bargains at the Torquay surf shop outlets on Baines Crescent, with plenty of spots close by to duck in for a coffee like Ginger Monkey Cafe or Mikro Coffee Roasters. Then around the corner, immerse yourself in surf culture at the Australian National Surfing Museum. You’ll also find lots of local gems in Lorne along Mountjoy Parade.
If it’s a rainy day then you’re already wet, right? Why not learn to surf! Torquay, Lorne, Warrnambool and Port Fairy all have surf lessons available and we think the rain just makes it that much more fun! And don’t worry, if the water is still a bit chilly, you can grab a warmer wetsuit and barely even notice.
Indoors, you will discover chocolate heaven at the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery in Bellbrae. The kids can even take a Junior Chocolatier Class.
Spend the day exploring our local breweries and distilleries. We can’t pick from Salt Brewing at Aireys Pub, Great Ocean Road Gin down the road in Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road Brewhouse in Apollo Bay, Noodledoof Brewing & Distilling Co in Koroit, or Forrest Brewing Company in the Otways should all be at the top of the list! Or for a more extensive list, check out our blog, Breweries & Craft Beer of the Great Ocean Road.
Wildlife Wonders is the newest attraction in Apollo Bay and well worth the visit to learn about the Otways environment and to spot some wildlife. Yes, this is even a great thing to do when it’s raining! The landscape comes to life when it’s a bit drizzly, with glistening ferns and birdlife surrounds – and not to mention Wildlife Wonders loan you large rain jackets with hoods for your tour! Then after, you can sit in their cafe watching their emus outside the window sipping a hot chocolate. The kids will love it.
Our waterfalls are without a doubt most spectacular in winter, but if you score a rainy day in the warmer months – you’re in luck! Head to Lorne to see an array of waterfalls (with 10 waterfalls within 10kms), or duck into the Otways and immerse yourself in awe. Check them all out here.
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