From epic coastal views to breakfast hampers and bubble baths, these luxurious stays and boutique hideaways have everything you need to make your Great Ocean Road trip unforgettable. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, spending a weekend with friends or splurging on a dreamy couples getaway, here are some of our favourite stays.
If it’s romance and glamour you’re seeking, Oak and Anchor has it in spades. Situated in the charming village of Port Fairy, this 1850s heritage-listed building has been revamped as a couples retreat. The light-filled suites boast deep bathtubs, bluestone walls and beautiful on-trend decor. Venture downstairs and enjoy a wine and sumptuous chef’s menu by the open fireplace. Leave the kids at home – this one is adults only.
Sink into a weekend of indulgence and pampering. Book an ocean view suite or penthouse for stunning views of Warrnambool’s coastline. You won’t need to stray far to fill your days, with an onsite dining room, bar and day spa. Bliss out with a dip in the open-air geothermal hot springs. Unwind with a relaxation massage, salt therapy and a facial. Or explore the steamy sensory caves.
Want an epic view but can’t decide between the crashing waves of the ocean or the lush rolling hills of the rainforest? Get them both at Bimbadeen on Busty. Secluded among the pine trees, this spacious two-bedroom home is the perfect place to disconnect. The lofty timber ceiling mimics Bimadeen’s sky-high hilltop location. Be sure to experience a breathtaking sunrise or sunset on the hill as you relax and recharge.
This boutique coastal resort is tucked beside the tranquil Anglesea River just a short stroll to the beach. The resort earns its 4.5 star rating with well-appointed suites and apartments, and breezy beachy styling. Visit the onsite Lux Spa & Wellness centre, take a dip in the pool or have a hit of tennis. Onsite fine-dining restaurant The Coast celebrates local Surf Coast produce, dishing up modern Australian fusion dishes.
Gather seven of your nearest and dearest, Jan Juc’s Summerhouse Retreat is a stellar group getaway spot. This renovated Victorian homestead is set on half an acre of gardens just outside Torquay. Inside you’ll find a stunning Hamptons-style kitchen and cosy fireplace. Wake up with a stretch in the yoga studio, then spend your day relaxing by the mineral pool, BBQ and fire pit.
It may be the ultimate honeymoon destination, but why wait for a special occasion? Any excuse will dSTAYo for a romantic escape to Chocolate Gannets. These luxury beachfront villas are secluded and surrounded by nature. Run a spa bath, pour a glass of bubbles and soak up the views of the white sandy beach before you. If you’re lucky you might even spot a whale or dolphin in the water!
An immersive wilderness experience awaits at this off-grid eco stay. Hidden on a 200-acre wildlife refuge on the coast of Cape Otway, the Sky Pods are architecturally designed and self-contained. The luxury pods are solar-powered and fully equipped for comfort. Floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of the incredible views of the Shipwreck Coast and surrounding coastal rainforest. Watch for koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and native birds roaming your backyard.
Rising above Torquay’s lush golf course, this grand sweeping resort attracts sun-seekers and families alike. Pack your surfboard, the resort overlooks both the Torquay and Jan Juc surf beaches. You’ll be itching to hit the waves. Staying in? There’s plenty to do right outside your room with a family friendly restaurant and bar, day spa, indoor pool and children’s playground.
By the mouth of the Curdie River and just minutes from the beach, you’ll find this newly refurbished motel. See the sights from the viewing platform outside or hit the grass for lawn games in the sunshine. Perfect for families, couples or groups, inside you’ll find a light and bright coastal style with vibrant and quirky artwork.
This heritage-listed 1870s Georgian bluestone exudes old-world charm. Situated in the heart of Port Fairy, old meets new at this recently renovated inn. Couples will adore the spacious and light-filled suites. Luxury is in every detail, from the chic styling to the rain shower. Wake up to a delicious locally sourced continental breakfast hamper to start your day off right.
Wake up to the sight of the Southern Ocean and the sound of bird calls at this rural retreat. Situated on 30 acres of farmland, this self-contained accommodation is just minutes from the Twelve Apostles. The stylish interiors feature recycled timber and artwork from talented local artists. The villas were designed with couples in mind, offering a tranquil escape to the country. You might even meet some friendly farm animals!
Perched on a hilltop and surrounded by native bushland, this eco-lodge makes an impact before you step through the door. Designed by award-winning architects, each of the three lodges has its own style but all are modern, minimal and bathed in natural light. The luxury continues through to high-end appliances and a grand wood fireplace. Take the family, or book all three lodges for a group trip to remember.
Struggling to decide between all these luxe stays? Let the team at ELUX help find the perfect fit for your holiday. There are twelve properties to choose from across Aireys Inlet, Apollo Bay and Lorne. Whether you’re dreaming of relaxing poolside, curling up by a wood fire or watching the sunset over incredible vistas, they’ve got a home for you. It’s too easy.
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