Destinations For A Long Weekend Away
Many different places offer a great long weekend away in Australia. Depending on what you are looking for, you can find many different options along the Great Ocean Road. Here are some of the best places to go for a long weekend away.
12 Apostles: See the awe-inspiring 12 Apostles (at dusk, day or dawn) and the beauty of this limestone coastline. Perfect for a relaxing weekend with family or a romantic getaway.
Apollo Bay: A fish-lovers dream, Apollo Bay is great for fishermen, foodies, swimmers, surfers and boating enthusiasts.
Aireys Inlet: Tour the famous Split Point Lighthouse, marvel at the views from Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary, and explore the walking and mountain biking trails of the Otway National Park. Great for kids of all ages and a family trip away.
Anglesea: Known for its natural adventures, Anglesea is filled with coastal walking routes and hiking trails. An ideal destination for active people and nature-lovers alike.
Lorne: Explore the many natural waterfalls, where the bush meets the sea, and catch a glimpse of marine life during whale watching season. For enjoyers of nature and walkers.
Otways: Wander through ancient rainforests on foot or one of the many 4WD tracks. A destination where all ages and walks of life can adventure.
Port Fairy: Relax on the beach, listen to the sweet sounds of jazz music, and taste local fish prepared by local chefs. A haven for relaxation.
Portland: A city by the sea, be ready to walk the foreshore to spot seals, blue whales and more. Don’t miss the heritage buildings and historic pub fare near the harbour.
Torquay: The surfing capital of Australia, learn to surf here or tackle the waves at the famous Bells Beach. The place to be for surfers and sea swimmers.
Volcanic Lakes & Plains: The third-largest volcanic plains in the world, explore the endless farmland and deep crater lakes.
Warrnambool: A golfer’s delight, explore the many golf courses then cool down with a refreshing swim in the sea.
Winchelsea: A rural town filled with history and fishing spots along the Barwon River.
What To Do At Each Destination?
As you can see above, there are many things to do in the Great Ocean Road region. But learn what the region is most well-known for below.
Nature & Wildlife
There are many nature and wildlife experiences across the Great Ocean Road region. From beaches, rivers and lakes, to national parks and waterfalls, there is something for all ages and all fitness abilities. Filter the options by location or by category to see what interests you and your travel companions.
Pick your pace with a range of outdoor activities to suit your thirst for adrenaline or need for relaxation in nature. Find biking trails, campgrounds, fishing spots, golf courses, surfing coasts and more by filtering for your destination and category of interest.
Experiences, Tours & What’s On
Don’t miss out on the many experiences available along the Great Ocean Road, including helicopter tours, museums and galleries, relaxation spas and more. Book a tour with a local to maximise your weekend away.
Start Planning Your Long Weekend Today
If you’re looking for the best places to go for a long weekend getaway, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking to relax and rejuvenate or explore and adventure, the Great Ocean Road has a destination for you.
As the Great Ocean Road is a vast region, learn about the distances between destinations and how to get here. There are trains, buses, ferries and car rentals available but it’s best to plan to make the most of your time here.
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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.