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The Otways

Welcome to The Otways. With its beautiful beaches, lush green hinterland, stunning coastal views, pristine rivers and a calendar of lively events, every trip to The Otways offers an unforgettable escape. 

You won't find a more relaxed and casual destination, where you can get back to nature or experience true adventure.

 

The spectacular coastline offers some of the most amazing scenery you will ever see, raw, rugged beauty - and you just may see a whale performance or two.

Driving through the rainforest you can feel the cool, clean air in every breath. Many walking trails lead to spectacular crashing waterfalls and there are also a myriad of trails suitable for mountain biking.

The fertile soil of the hinterland produces high-quality and renowned food, showcased in each of the towns and villages.  With an array of award-winning bakeries, boutique breweries and one-of-a-kind shops, there is something for everyone.

 

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Otway Fly Treetop Adventures

Otway Fly Treetop Adventures - One Location two adventures. Located in Victoria's magnificent Otways providing visitors with a unique opportunity to view the forest from a bird's eye view through its two unique eco-adventure experiences, the famous Tree Top walk and Zip Line Tour. The Tree Top Walk - the longest and tallest elevated walk of its kind in the world. At 600 metres long and 30 metres above ground level. A 45 metre high lookout is ascended via a spiral stairway through the under story to emerge amongst the crowns of the giants of the forest, whilst the springboard cantilever bounces precariously high over picturesque Young's Creek. The walk is a 1.9 kilometres round walk starting from the visitor centre and takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour to complete. The walk is full of quality interpretive panels educating our visitor on the forest and surrounds on display. For the thrill seeker zip lining is the perfect adrenaline fuelled activity where you can Zip across the treetops in this unique forest experience, gaining a bird's-eye view of Otway's beautiful forests. The Zip Line Tour involves traversing from one platform to another connected by tree platforms called 'cloud stations' and attached to steel cable suspended up to 30 metres above the forest floor. This exciting adventure lasts three hours and is unlike any other experience. It is recommended pre-booking the Zip Line Tour via the Otway Fly Tree Top Adventures website. The visitor centre is home to a licensed cafe which seats up to 100 people. The car-park also provides for campervans, caravans and coaches. Group bookings can be made and need to be booked in advance, guided tours and catering are available for these bookings.
Timandra by the Sea
Near Portland

Timandra by the Sea

Guests are often taken aback by the beautiful garden that is Timandra by the Sea. This sustainable, award winning garden is loved by adults and children alike. It is a natural garden and a haven for many different birds and koalas. Having won the 2014 Landscaping Victoria 'The Sustainable Landscape' award, the garden is a showcase of the wonders of working with nature in all of its forms. Entry to the garden is via an honour system, which works really well for patrons. Bring a picnic hamper with a rug and enjoy the large one acre garden in peace. In summer, the garden can be up to five degrees cooler than elsewhere, such is the powerful, cooling effects of the multitude of magnificent trees within it. There is a detailed information sheet in the fire-engine red information box for you to read and a feedback form. More information is available on the website detailing available packages if you would like to consider coming with a group. The owners are often working in the garden, especially on weekends. Feel free to stop and have a chat if you want. They hope that you enjoy the serenity of this space - it is a remarkable place.

Auswalk Walking Holidays

Come and experience the real Australia on foot with Auswalk Walking Holidays. Do not watch it pass you by from the windows of a vehicle, get out there and be a part of it! Auswalk Walking Holidays offer guided groups of like-minded people day hikes in fabulous national parks. There are two guides looking after each group, so you will have a choice of easy or hard walks each day. At night stay in comfortable accommodations and enjoy good food and wine. Auswalk Walking Holidays also have self-guided walks through superb National Parks from one accommodation to the next. Walk with your own group of two or more people and start any day of the year. You will be supported along the way with luggage transfers, marked maps and detailed walk notes. Auswalk Walking Holidays can customise a trip for you, your club, group of friends or family. Victorian destinations include the Grampians as it is the best place to see native animals in the wild. There is a rich indigenous history as well as challenging hiking to magnificent rocky peaks. Another great destination is Great Alpine Walk, traverse Victoria's high country, staying overnight in secluded alpine villages. Great Ocean Walk is a long time favourite, this iconic track hugs the southern ocean in parts and ventures inland into the mighty forests of the Otway Ranges. You will see kangaroos while on the track. Great South West Walk is a perfect choice for those who enjoy walking long distances on easy terrain. Highlights include the Glenelg River Gorge and the Three Capes section. Other destinations around the country include the Flinders Ranges, Snowy Mountains and many other beautiful national parks around Australia. Please enquire with Auswalk Walking Holidays for more information.

Coastal Childcare

Coastal Childcare prides itself on providing quality childcare with the flexibility to meet your needs. Coastal Childcare is owner operated by Sheryl Reed, an experienced and police checked carer ensuring your child is left in safe hands. Offering affordable childcare to visitors to the South West Region through very reasonable hourly rates and special package options. Special occasions, weddings, enjoy lunch or dinner parties attend appointments, meetings or workshops, shopping or personal time out.

Cape Otway Lightstation

Cape Otway Lightstation is Australia's most important lighthouse. The Light established in 1848 is perched on towering sea cliffs 90 metres above where Bass Straight and Southern Ocean collide. Experience the thrill of stepping out onto the Lighthouse Balcony for awesome views, and hear the amazing history of tragic shipwrecks on this isolated and rugged coastline from the passionate Guides. Explore the historic Telegraph Station from 1859 and discover Australia's extraordinary secret war history from WW2. Appreciate and understand local Aboriginal Culture at the Aboriginal Cultural Site, with stories from local guides. Visitors can also enjoy bush tucker, spear throwing, painting and many other activities. Watch whales at play and soak up the natural beauty and atmosphere for a few hours or stay overnight in the unique, historic Lightkeepers accommodation. Ideally suited to families, groups, couples or friends. B&B or longer stays. Cape Otway Lightstation is an excellent location to base yourself, being a highlight of the Great Ocean Road and at the centre of the Great Ocean Walk. Fantastic fishing, swimming, waterfalls and walks are nearby. The Lightkeeper's Kitchen offers coffee, homemade scones and local produce all made fresh on site. The Café is located in the original Assistant Lightkeeper's cottage, with a painting and photo gallery including fascinating historic audio stories of lightkeeper's wives and children. Free wi-fi and daily newspapers. Discover the coast on the Lightkeeper's Coastal Discovery Tour, running daily. Walk in the footsteps of lightkeepers along the Great Ocean Walk with experienced and knowledgeable local guides. Located a short drive off the Great Ocean Road, through serene forests where you are guaranteed to see koalas.

Great Ocean Walk

The Great Ocean Walk, on Victoria's spectacular west coast, stretches 104km from the idyllic resort town of Apollo Bay, to within sight of the magnificent 12 Apostles. Weave through beautiful National Parks, walk deserted beaches and gaze over pristine marine sanctuaries. Step on and off the trail with convenience; enjoy comfortable accommodation and excellent local meals or pitch your tent at wildly picturesque spots along the way. You can walk at your own pace and within your own timeframe along the Great Ocean Walk. Short walks of up to 3 hours long are available and take in old shipwrecks, historic lighthouses and lookouts. Or, take a full-day walk and experience breathtaking ocean views, stunning waterfalls, lush forest, and more natural wonders. The full walk from Apollo Bay to Glenample, within sight of the 12 Apostles, is an 8 day, 7 night walk. There are hike in campsites along the way, or for a more luxurious approach stay in quality accommodation properties nearby and have licensed tour operators shuttle you and your belongings back and forth each day.

Otways Forest, Walks & Waterfalls Tours

Beginning in Skenes Creek, the Otway Forests, Walks and Waterfalls tour heads inland toward Turtons Track, a winding stretch of road that looks like it was built for a sports car commercial. Stop at Beech Forest for a coffee before continuing to the Otway Fly and cascading Triplet Falls. Back on the road, head towards the Cape Otway Lightstation. Between May and October keep a lookout for koalas and whales. Back on the road heading toward Apollo Bay, stop at Maits Rest and follow the wooden boardwalk through an ancient forest to a 300 year old Myrtle Beech tree. Finish in Apollo Bay, perhaps with some fresh local fish and a glass of wine. Further details and maps for the Otway Forests, Walks and Waterfalls Tour are available at local visitor information centres.

Otway Harvest Trail

The unique combination of aspect, soils, climate and farming practices of the Otway hinterland produce distinctive and exceptional flavours in our produce that cannot be found anywhere else. The Otway Harvest Trail is a celebration of the seasons that bestow their rich bounty on a luscious part of Victoria. Spring is a time of plenty and promise. As the winter gives way to warm sunny days, see the bright patchwork of yellow canola fields appear, the farmers out mowing their grass and baling their hay and the spring lambs frolicking on a frosty morning. The first berries appear. Green shoots can be seen in the vineyards as the vines burst their buds and flowers and spring vegetables appear at farm gate stalls. New release wines can be found at cellar doors. Summer is all about being outdoors. All the berry farms have opened and their sweet juicy berries are ripe for the picking. The lush emerald green of the vineyards become more distinctive as the land around slowly turns a golden brown. People clamour for outdoor tables and chairs at cafés and restaurants to soak in the warm days, mild evenings and glorious pastel sunsets. Local wines and beers go so well with the seafood, vegetables and fruits in plentiful supply. Wine lovers are welcomed at cellar doors and their curiosity is rewarded with the discovery of new wines. Autumn is a time of harvest. The days become still and warm, and the crisp cool nights are perfect for sleeping. With the winter rains not far away, the wineries are busy harvesting their fruit and the vignerons hands become garnet red as they nurture the new wines through their ferment. It is also time to harvest the olives from their groves before the first frosts of winter arrive. Smell the fruity aroma of the extra virgin olive oil as it flows from the presses. The last of the berries are picked. Winter is a time for taking stock of the seasons passed and making ready for the farming year ahead. The farmers plough their fields and sow their winter crops. Vineyards, olive groves and orchards are pruned and readied for a new season. Fences are mended. The days shorten and become colder. Cattle turn their backs to the wind. Dams pent over the summer begin to refill. Root vegetables appear at the farm gate stands. It’s a time for reflection and for savouring the joys of recently harvested produce. Lengthy conversations occur over bottles of wine in front of toasty log fires. Eventually the tell tale signs of another Spring begin to appear.

Cheese World and Museum

Cheese World promotes the local dairy industry through offering tastings and sales of award winning cheddar cheeses produced across the road at the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory. The aim of the business is to promote local gourmet products to the visitors who stop here on their way along the Great Ocean Road. Educational information on the local dairy industry both past and present is offered through a modern cheese making video filmed in the factory and a walk back in time through the local history museum. The Museum houses artefacts, photos and personal items belonging to early local dairy farming families. The factory was first established on this site in 1888 and has continued to grow to become a major contributor to the local economy. Enjoy lunch or a snack in the licensed cafe. Cheese platters and ploughman's lunches are a speciality. In the 2015, the factory collected three major national awards at the Dairy Industry Australia Association Dairy Product Competitions; the coveted Chair Hansen Cup and Trophy which recognises the highest scoring cheddar cheese and the Tetra Pak Perpetual Trophy for the highest aggregate score for cheddar cheese. Free hourly cheese tastings.

Dinny Goonan Wines

One of a handful of families pioneering grape and wine production in the Otway hinterland, Dinny Goonan Wines have won numerous awards since the first commercial release in 2001. The vineyard and cellar door are conveniently situated on the inland road to Lorne, between Winchelsea and Deans Marsh. This location provides a great springboard to explore the Otways and surrounding attractions, and Dinny Goonan Wines are happy to share some local knowledge of other places to see and visit. Visitors are welcome to taste wines and relax in the peaceful vineyard setting. Find out more about the wines by talking to Dinny the winemaker, or stroll around the vineyard and winery. Vineyard platters are available on weekends between December and April and every day during January, so it is a great chance to take some time out to enjoy the wines, surrounded by the vines that produced them. The platters have a regional focus providing the opportunity to match local wines with regional produce. The only distractions will come from the Crimson Rosellas and Blue Winged Grass Parrots that have made the vineyard their home. Dinny Goonan Wines also offer a great coffee and a selection of local foodstuffs and oils. And then of course, there are their award-winning wines. As a family run enterprise, everything is very much "hands on". The vines are hand pruned; Dinny Goonan Wines pick the grapes by hand and use traditional vinification and elevage techniques within the modern winery. Dinny Goonan Wines specialise in the production of cool climate Shiraz and Riesling. Dinny Goonan Wines also produce limited quantities of Cabernets (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec), a Semillon Sauvignon and a Sparkling wine (a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) which are available exclusively to their cellar door customers.

Barwon Park

Barwon Park is a majestic 42 room bluestone mansion set in a sweeping rural landscape, built in 1871 for Thomas and Elizabeth Austin. The Enclosed bluestone courtyard catering for up to 120 guests, provides a stylish and enchanting venue for wedding receptions and functions. The elegant formal dining room with its superb polished tables and balloon-back chairs is available for smaller functions and receptions and caters for up to 30 guests. Barwon Park also features a novel cast iron veranda, monumental entrance hall and magnificent central staircase. The mansion captures the glory of Victoria's pastoral heritage. Visitors to Barwon Park are truly rewarded with a vision from the past.

Beachouse Gifts

Beachouse Gifts has a wide range of gifts and homewares to choose from, they can cater for all your home and holiday requirements and much more. No matter what your budget they will be able to find a gift to suit that special occasion. Come in and view their range of brands from Scanpan, Chasseur, Baccarat, Alex Liddy, Avanti, Cuisinart, Papaya, Oneworld, Wild, Urban Rituelle, Abode Aroma, Burleigh Ware, Portmeirion and many more. Beachouse Gifts also have a great range of cards, bath and beach towels, candles and cushions. They offer Laybys facilities and gift register for your weddings or special occasions. All major credit cards are accepted and we can arrange to freight or send home that special purchase, no matter where you live.
Downunder UGG Boots
Near Koroit

Downunder UGG Boots

Downunder UGG Boots sell the largest range of sheepskin boots and products from all the leading brands including EMU, Chick Empire, UGG Australia, SNUGGS and Pacific UGG. Located in Killarney, between Warrnambool and Port Fairy, Downunder UGG Boots are a favourite stop for the locals and visitors alike looking for the perfect gifts to take home to family and friends. Please view the Downunder UGG Boots website for further details.

Duetto Clothing

At the Melbourne end of Mountjoy Parade is the fabulous women's clothing shop, Duetto. A favourite among locals and holiday makers alike, Duetto stocks labels such as Philosophy Australia and Andiamo with sizing small to XXXL. The latest fashion and upmarket casual clothing to suit a broad range of range of ages, tastes and sizes. Duetto is definitely worth a stop.

Will Dielenberg Galleries

Will Dielenberg Galleries showcase the beautiful Fine Art Landscape Photography of Australian photographer, Will Dielenberg. Recently awarded the winner of the 2015 AIPP Victorian Landscape Photographer of the year, Will has acquired more than one hundred International and Australian awards. Will's imagery is greatly influenced by coastal Southern Victoria, having lived, surfed and photographed the Great Ocean Road coastline for almost 40 years. It's the love and affinity that he has for the region that continues to motivate and inspire. The art and imaging is not restricted to the Surfcoast and you will find many unique works representing the iconic Australian destinations and also those magical hard to reach locations known to very few. From the brilliance of the largest Limited Edition prints, destined to grace the walls of the largest homes, corporate and hotel receptions, to the broad range of Open Edition prints available in sizes to suit even the smallest of rooms, there is something for everyone. Whether it be to experience the luminance, colour and composition of one of Will's two metre masterpieces or if you are considering a smaller print or something in between, Will Dielenberg's - Great Ocean Road Gallery is must see experience when you are next in Lorne. Will Dielenberg is an Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. You can also visit Will Dielenberg - Melbourne at 1005 High Street Armadale 3243. Will Dielenberg Galleries looks forward to seeing you soon.

Flying Fishes

Flying Fishes is the perfect place to spoil yourself and others. Australian designed ceramics, jewellery,clothing and glass complimented by French costume jewellery, scarves and vintage clothing, Flying Fishes is a must visit shop in Lorne. One of the smallest shops in Lorne - in the old box office of the iconic Lorne Picture Theatre - Flying Fishes has been trading for almost 20 years. The main focus of the shop is Australian design in ceramics, jewellery,clothing and glass, but we also sell French costume jewellery and scarves and vintage clothing. Brands we stock include Nancybird, Lea Stein, Sophie Digard, Angus & Celeste, Richard Clements glass, Lazybones, Yoshi Jones, High Tea with Mrs Woo, Bjorg, and many many others.

Gentle Annie Berry Gardens

Nestled in the picturesque Pennyroyal Valley near Deans Marsh; Gentle Annie Berry Gardens look forward to welcoming you and your family to their berry farm. Spend time wandering the farm picking a variety of berries, organic vegetables and orchard fruit, or simply drop in for a coffee and piece of cake, Devonshire tea, lunch or afternoon tea in the licensed cafe. Gluten free and dairy free offered on menu. When possible Gentle Annie choose to use organic produce and products. Their suppliers are local including the wines, beers and ciders. In the produce shop you will find a variety of Gentle Annie's jams, chutneys, sorbets, wines, beers and a selection of local produce. Now also open for Twilight Dinners on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Phone for details & for bookings. They can offer Gentle Annie as your next function or wedding event. Check website for updates on fruit in season and special events.

Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park

The Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park offers a unique opportunity to experience Australian wildlife in an interactive and natural way. Take the time to hand-feed the friendly kangaroos, wallabies, emu and deer in the large petting section. Then take a walk around the sanctuary to observe more animals in a free range environment. Get close up with dingoes and experience how truly amazing they are. Guided entry into the newly renovated and expanded dingo enclosure, free of charge (usually $5) for the whole month of May 2015. Enjoy delicious home baked pizzas and great coffee / tea in the licensed Wildlife Park Cafe. Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park is located 20 minutes from the Twelve Apostles. You will need at least 30 minutes for your visit, so you can enjoy and experience interacting with all the Australian wildlife.

Port Fairy Massage

Port Fairy Massage offer deep tissue, remedial, sports and relaxation massage to clients in Port Fairy. Carrie Skeen is an accredited member of the Australia Association of Massage Therapists and has been treating clients in Port Fairy since 2012. Port Fairy Massage is health fund accredited. Gift vouchers are available for purchase. Please visit the website for more information.

Massage Therapist Eija Tibbits

Remedial Massage Therapist Eija Tibbits has a clinic in Apollo Bay. She also has a mobile massage service available if you prefer massage in the comfort of your accommodation. Relaxation massage has an important role in stress management. It can greatly improve sleep and reduce anxiety. It enhances blood and lymph circulation and helps to eliminate toxins from the body. Remedial massage is used to address the muscular aches and pains and to recreate the balance within the body. This is done by using relaxation massage techniques and incorporating modalities such as trigger point therapy, myofascial massage techniques and muscle energy technique. As everybody is an individual, so is each massage unique based on issues apparent at the time. Relaxation massage can be given as a present in a form of a gift voucher. Member of Australian Association of Massage Therapists. Private health fund rebates available.

Moyne Mobile Massage

Michael Davey, Remedial Massage Therapist, provides treatments at your holiday accommodation, home, workplace, or at his room in Port Fairy. Michael offers remedial, relaxation, deep-tissue, sports, foot reflexology, Hawaiian, Reiki and combination treatments in Port Fairy, Koroit, Warrnambool and the surrounding rural areas. Your comfort and safety are Michael's priorities. Quality and professional treatments. Groups catered for. Registered Victorian WorkSafe provider. AAMT member. Enquire about Health Fund Rebates. By appointment only. Established 2004. Available seven days until late.

Otway Estate

Otway Estate occupies a forest clearing in the northern foothills of the lovely Otway range. Initially a winery, the mainstay of the business is now the hand-crafted Prickly Moses Beer and Forbidden Fruit Cider manufactured on-site. Otway Estate offers self-contained spa cottage accommodation set amongst the bush with views over the vines. Relaxing spas, your own deck, undercover parking and plenty of privacy, the cottages really do offer a unique getaway and enable guests to experience the peace and tranquillity of the bush surrounds. Now dog friendly, Otway Estate welcomes well behaved canines on leash. Both in the Brewery outlet and accommodation, you are welcome to visit with your canine companion. Also now offering dog training facilities at the Estate with a qualified dog trainer. Any beer connoisseur knows you need good water to make good beer. Otway Estate beers are produced using pure Otway rainwater, so not only are they good beers, they are sensational beers. Offering an excellent conference and function facility, Otway Estate is available for functions, special events, conferences, weddings and group bookings from the small and intimate, to large and corporate, Otway Estate can cater to your needs. The Brewery Outlet is open Friday through Sunday, offering a small selection of light meals during lunch hours. Held annually is Otway Estate's Oktoberfest event, offering authentic food, music and of course great beer, it is an event not to miss.

Lorne Beach Books

Lorne Beach Books has become an institution on the Surf Coast since opening in 1999. The owners have amassed 33 years of bookshop ownership first in South Yarra, now Lorne. The quirky and rebellious nature of the owners gives the bookshop a very distinct style, with much culture packed into a small space.

Lorne Girl

The Lorne Girl stores represent designers include All About Eve, Just Add Sugar, Bonds and the fabulous Living Doll. Check out the Lorne Bay menswear stores in Lorne, Noosa, and Queenscliff. Selected labels are also in the Mornington Classics store. Beach Club Clothing carry labels that have appeal to all age groups including Tommy Hilfiger, Mossimo, Industrie, Jag, Coast, Blazer, Freshjive and Henley to name a few. Here's a peak at what we're doing in Beach Club for winter 2015 - if you see anything you 'must have' (hopefully there are a few items that are 'just you') - you can now buy on line or pop in to see the friendly staff at your nearest store. You can also call.

Lorne Surf Shop

Lorne Surf Shop established in 1973, has served as an icon on the Surf coast as a Gateway to The Great Ocean Road. It remains as one of the original, independently owned Surf Shops still stocking the best range of surf clothing and surf hardware available. Owned by surfers, it remains true to the philosophy that Surfing is a Lifestyle. Live it. Love it. Surf it.

Merri View Gallery

Merri View Gallery is run by the Warrnambool and District Artists Society, to showcase the work of local artists. They have regular exhibitions including the Summer Show held in January and an Annual Awards Show held in June. The rest of the year Merri View Gallery have exhibitions which are changed every two months. They also have a featured artist section which is also changed every two months. The gallery is open on weekends from 12pm till 4pm. It is staffed by local artists who are happy to talk to customers about the artwork. Please contact Merri View Gallery for any further information.

Mini Golf by the Sea

Try your luck at Mini Golf by the Sea, located adjacent to the spectacular foreshore and beside Warrnambool's famous Lake Pertobe Adventure Playground! Mini Golf by the Sea is also home of the famous Jumping Pillow and is fun for the entire family! Open seven days a week for your convenience, please contact for further details.

Timboon Toybox

Welcome to Timboon Toybox, beautiful toys for imaginative minds. There is nothing better than hearing the wow as children step into the store and are mesmerised by the toys, games, books, puzzles and treasures that surround them. Timboon Toybox is a collection of items that not only entertain the young but offers games and puzzles that brings together families and friends. There is something here for every age, newborn to 99. Timboon Toybox is a place that offers a unique experience. It is the belief of the owners that you should be able to touch and feel the toys available and have the opportunity to play the games. Children can learn Sleeping Queens or Rat a Tat Cat and adults enjoy making shapes in the kinetic sand. Each product at Timboon Toybox has been lovingly hand picked with importance given to child development, the quality of the product and consideration on its value for money and how much fun it is going to be. There is a wide selection of gifts suitable for the birthday party to the forever treasure a grandparent might give for a first birthday. At Timboon Toybox's there is a strong focus on providing products from suppliers that are environmentally conscious and focus on using sustainable timber and follow fair trade practices to produce their toys. There is a large range of Australian designed and owned companies that the store stocks such as Artiwood and Tiger Tribe. With over 20 suppliers, you will be surprised by the range and quality of gifts available.

Precious Creatures

Precious Creatures, a children's clothing and toy store, opened its doors in 2005. In the years that followed the store expanded to include a full range of kid's sizes housing brands such as Brightbots, Rhubarb, Oobi and Minymo. Precious Creatures also stocks children's swimwear, perfect for a dip in the ocean across the road. Toys and games are wonderful for the growing minds of children. Particular favourites of owners Caroline and Mark are Djeco, Manhatten Toy Company and Papo with its princes and princesses, dragons, fabulous creatures and castles. Precious Creatures also look after your treasured dogs and cats stocking a range of collars and leads, brushes, balls and some Kong accessories. Precious Creatures has a play area for children to use while parents shop.

Qdos Arts

Qdos Arts is the epicentre of the vibrant arts scene in Lorne. What began as a gallery, cafe and sculpture park to celebrate the visual, performing and gourmet arts has grown into a complete respite for creative souls even with five Japanese-inspired tree houses. Owner and artist Graeme Wilkie whose admiration for the Japanese aesthetic led him to develop this quintessential Australian bush setting into a unique blend, a 'living art' experience. Light is also a theme in the gallery with lofty roof lines and glass to draw in the bushland views. Leading artists are represented and the visual feast is matched by the creative gourmet offerings of the café. The grounds form a natural amphitheatre watched over by the gallery and tree houses, in which major sculptural works blends with tall gums, a peaceful pond and a myriad of birdlife. If you have an innate reverence for the ordinary things like forest, stone, wood and love for simplicity with the harmony of the natural world, or you need a haven for a weary soul in the natural tranquillity of the Otway Ranges with only the music of nature, Qdos Tree House accommodation is the treat you need!

Robert Ulmann Studio

The Robert Ulmann Studio features work by the noted wildlife artist and his daughter Justine, a botanical artist. On open farmland overlooking the famous whale nursery, the studio is situated four kilometres directly east of the Hopkins River Bridge at Warrnambool. Please close the gate behind you. A fine selection of original watercolours, ink, linocuts, acrylics and oils are available, as well as prints, cards and whale charts. Most works are matted but unframed, and easily packed for safe travel. Robert Ulmann studied sculpture and painting in Zurich before emigrating to Canada where he initiated handicraft programs for Inuit in isolated settlements across the central Arctic, later working in a similar capacity with Pitjanjatjara people west of Uluru. He made extensive field trips here and overseas, exhibited widely with many awards, appeared on the cover of Telstra's white pages and of "Australian Artist," and was the subject of the ABC documentary "A Brush with Nature." In 2001 his work was included in Penny Olsen's book "Feather and Brush: Three centuries of Australian Bird Art" (the book was dedicated to Robert) and more recently in "Inspiration Wild" a portfolio of wildlife painting produced in conjunction with fundraising for the Wildlife Art Museum of Australia. The invitation to the 2014 launch featured Rob's painting of an echidna. Robert's daughter, Justine, having completed a Ph.D at Melbourne University on the depiction of insects in Japanese Rimpa painting, is continuing the Ulmann family tradition of painting the natural world. She studied botanical illustration at the Royal Botanic Gardens with Dianne Emery, and has her own small studio and gallery, Ulmann Art on Canning Street in Carlton, just north of the Exhibition Buildings and Museum.

SCOPE Galleries Warrnambool

SCOPE Galleries showcases contemporary painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and jewellery from regional and metropolitan artists. SCOPE is one of the leading contemporary art galleries in regional Victoria with six exhibition spaces and a changing exhibition schedule. SCOPE is the home of the National Art Award, Art Concerning Environment, a biennial award held on the June long weekend with the next award to be held in 2016. Entry forms are now available to download from their website. The Award attracts a non-acquisitive prize of $5000. SCOPE takes selected artwork on consignment and visual artists can also apply to hire space for solo or group exhibitions. Application forms are available from the website. Entry to the gallery is free.

Seahorse Natural Therapies

Run by Lizzie, a qualified AAMT (Australian Association of Massage Therapists) certified and registered Remedial Massage practitioner with over 11 years experience in the health and wellness services. Seahorse Natural Therapies specialises in remedial and relaxation massage treatments, along with facials and ear candling. Seahorse Natural Therapies is perfect for people of all ages visiting the greater Apollo Bay area, who are looking to add an extra activity to their health and relaxation routine on their break. Seahorse Natural Therapies is located in a peaceful studio at Surf Avenue in Skenes Creek, within six kilometres from Apollo Bay along the Great Ocean Road. If you would rather relax in your accommodation, then a mobile service is an option with prior booking and availability. Please contact for further details. Take some time out and treat yourself or friend to a soothing relaxation massage or facial. For those with muscular pain, Seahorse Natural Therapies provide a more comprehensive treatment specific to your needs, such as Bowen Therapy combined with massage. When you leave you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Gift Vouchers are available for all treatments. Health Insurance rebate is available for Remedial Massage. For any further information please contact Seahorse Natural Therapies or view the website. Seahorse Natural Therapies is a Member of Australian Association of Massage Therapists.
 

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100 Great Ocean Road
Apollo Bay, Victoria 3233
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High Tea on the High Seas - Searoad Ferries

Experience High Tea on the High Seas in the privacy of the Portsea Lounge on board the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry.

High Tea on the High Seas - Searoad Ferries

Experience High Tea on the High Seas in the privacy of the Portsea Lounge on board the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry.
Enjoy table service in elegant surroundings, exquisite food, quality tea and real coffee!

$40.00 per person and includes immediate return travel on the same ferry for a leisurely experience.

Every Sunday from February to November
12pm sailing from Sorrento
3pm sailing from Queenscliff.

To book visit www.searoad.com.au or contact 03 5258 3244