Some of the best swimming beaches along the Great Ocean Road include Torquay’s beautiful Norfolk Pine-lined front beach which offers a quiet protected foreshore and the nearby Fishermans Beach.
Anglesea’s main beach is a wide sandy expanse beside the Anglesea River and attracts both swimmers and surfers, and just around the bay is the long sweeping arc of Point Roadknight beach. The shallow, protected waters are safe for children, making it another popular spot with families.
The sheltered two kilometre beach at Lorne is safer than most on the coast and is bordered by lawns, gum trees and picnic and barbecue facilities.
At Wye River there is another beautiful sandy beach at the mouth of the river with a lush forest backdrop and at Apollo Bay the wide, crescent-shaped sandy beach with its protected waters provides another safe and popular swimming beach.
Apollo Bay has a wide, crescent-shaped sandy beach. Protected waters make it excellent for swimming. Popular with families. Lifesavers patrol in summer. Surfing nearby. On the Great Ocean Road.
Nestled in the Otway National Park, Blanket Bay is a protected beach that adjoins the Blanket Bay Camping/Picnic area. There are lots of great rockpools for children to explore at either end of the beach. Take care when swimming because this unpatrolled beach can get choppy and may have rips. Off the Great Ocean Road, about 35 kilometres from Apollo Bay.
Port Campbell's sheltered stretch of beach offers fun, safe conditions - and is essentially the only safe area to swim in the Port Campbell or Twelve Apostle region. The nearby Loch Ard Gorge is nice to paddle your feet, but can be moderatley dangerous. It is not recommended to swim out into the gorge as rip currents run out through the entrance. Read more here.
Warrnambool's main beach offers a gorgeous stretch of golden sand and is a popular swimming beach when patrolled during the summer months. Swim at the surf club where waves are usually lower, rips less common and the bar wide and shallow. Read more here.
Portland and its surrounding area provides numerous beaches that provide safe fun sea swimming and beach adventure or the perfect place to launch small boats or jet skis. The complete guide to Portland's beaches are here.
Remember, don't risk your safety and always swim between the flags at a patrolled beach. Visit Surf Life Saving victoria for a list of patrolled beaches.