Check out what’s new this summer!
Whether you are a regular summer visitor or this is your first time visiting the Great Ocean Road region, there are many new places to discover this year. We’ve made a list to help you discover some of the newest places to stay, eat, and experience this summer, wherever you’re hanging out on and around the Great Ocean Road.
Located in a prime position close to South Beach, the new family cabins at Southcombe Caravan Park are not to be missed when visiting Port Fairy. Designed to accommodate up to 9 guests, each features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms making them perfect for larger group stays.
Enjoy a luxury camping experience without the hassle of setting up! Listen to the sound of waves from your brand-new fully furnished glamping tent close to the Torquay Foreshore. Just steps away from the park, you’ll find the vibrant Bell Street area with its cafes, restaurants, and shops.
Open in mid-2023 the Glamping Beach Tents at Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces Holiday Park have all the creature comforts of home, and are close to park facilities and activities making for an unforgettable holiday experience. They sleep up to five people meaning you can bring the whole family!
After reaching stratospheric heights in 2023 it’s hard to believe that the Sunnymead Hotel – and friends – has only been around for less than a year! During your stay at Sunnymead Hotel you will be spoiled for choice. Indie Spa is your onsite day spa and bathhouse offering three private treatment rooms including a dual room with a Vichy shower as well as a Rasul and bathhouse.
Santara Restaurant at Sunnymead Hotel delivers a modern fusion menu that brings together fragrant Asian and Indian-inspired dishes. Oh, and did we mention while you are relaxing by the pool you can check out Sunnies Bar – their poolside bar that is open during the summer months.
The Mortadeli Pasta Bar is a genuine Mediterranean dining establishment that prioritizes the use of locally sourced seasonal ingredients, and freshly crafted pasta. The menu undergoes weekly changes, providing a diverse selection meaning you can visit time and time again!
Lisa Gorman and Mirka Mora: To breathe with the rhythm of the heart’ aligns the work of two pioneering and ground-breaking Australian artists and is on display now at the Warrnambool Art Gallery until March 17th.
Stevensons Falls has seen a substantial upgrade in 2023, reopening in December 2023 just in time for your summer fun! At Stevensons Falls you will find not only a beautiful waterfall but also a picnic area, and campground.
Additionally, most attractions and facilities at the day visitor area are accessible for people in a wheelchair or with mobility needs and are pram-friendly. This includes the carpark, walkways, toilets, and viewing platform.
With 70km of single track and new flow trails weaving through everything from tall eucalypts, and native bush to magical fern gullies…..quite simply, there is a trail for everyone! The first must-do is to head to the Forrest Southern Mountain Bike Trailhead Skills Park to test out your skills before hitting the trails.
This 18km trail linking Timboon and Port Campbell is newly opened and ready for action. Follow the trail from Power Creek Reserve in Timboon through farmland, passing by Schulz Organic Creamery and Cafe, Paaratte Recreation Reserve which serves as a rest stop with water, toilet and picnic facilities and finally on to Port Campbell National Park and views over the Southern Ocean.
Which new spot will you experience this summer?
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