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Kennett River

The stretch of coastline between Lorne and Apollo Bay is some of the most picturesque in the region.  The Great Ocean Road hugs the cliff-face as it winds through the Great Otway National Park and rolling farmland.

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Kennett River, located half way between Lorne and Apollo Bay, and only a short trip from Wye River, offers safe and pristine beach - patrolled during the peak season - and is known as a reliable break for the more experienced surfer.  The stretch of coastline is a spectacular point to spot dolphins, seals and whales (during whale-watching season May - September). 

Native animals are certainly not shy in the area.  In fact the Grey River Road is one of the most popular stops to spot koalas, king parrots, roseallas and kookaburras. The Grey River Road runs leads you up to the Great Otway National Park, which is a nature lover's dream.


Koala and wildlife Spotting

The coastal bushland between Lorne and Apollo Bay is home to a large population of koalas. A short drive up Grey River Road is usually rewarded with a sighting and, as soon as you’ve spotted one, you’ll be an expert spotter! During cooler months whales are often spotted offshore as they migrate from Antarctica or use the sheltered beaches in the region to deliver and nurse calves. A nocturnal visit to the Kennett River picnic ground will also reveal tiny but glorious glow worms.

Wildlife spotting in the Great Otway National Park

The park has abundant wildlife - swamp wallabies, koalas, ring-tailed possums and grey kangaroos are common, and tiger quolls and yellow-bellied gliders are present, though rarely seen. Much land was cleared by early settlers, but extensive forest remains. Not far inland, rainforests and mountain ash trees contrast with coastal heathlands and open woodlands. Towering Myrtle Beech trees and their under-storey of dense tree-ferns can be seen on the Maits Rest walk and at Melba Gully.

Wye River Heritage Walk

The Wye River Heritage Walk takes visitors back to an era when the area was best known as a timber harvesting region. It details the historic cutting, milling and transport of timber in the Otways.

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.

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.

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.

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 Country Club

Experience the Otways at the Lorne Country Club. For golfers, a spectacular nine hole course set in natural bush with sweeping views of the ocean, and for tennis players, six en-tout-cas courts. Visitors are welcome and green fees and tennis court hire fees are low. Golf clubs and tennis racquets are available for hire. Phone for bookings or pop in and book at the bar whilst enjoying a drink and some of the best views on the Great Ocean Road. Memberships are available with annual subscriptions affordable. The Club is only 2km. from the main street of Lorne. Take the Deans Marsh Road and follow the Country Club signs.

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.

GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathon

Australia's iconic Great Ocean Road is home to one of the world's most visually spectacular runs, the Great Ocean Road Marathon. Challenge yourself across a range of distances, from one and a half kilometres through to 45 kilometres with panoramic views of the Southern Ocean and national forest. This challenging run will surely attract participants from across Australia and around the world to take part. The Great Ocean Road is renowned throughout the world for its natural beauty. Taking part in this event offers you the opportunity to experience the Great Ocean Road like never before, pounding the road without a car in sight, taking in the fresh ocean air, the breathtaking views and if you are lucky, possibly even a koala or two. The surrounding townships also offer an abundance of accommodation and activities so you will be assured an enjoyable stay once you have crossed the finish line on Race Day. To register for an event or for more information please visit the website.

Apollo Bay Aviation

Apollo Bay Aviation wants you to take one of Australia's most famous scenic flights in either a helicopter or aeroplane. Experience the adventure and see the best of the rugged Victorian coast in a single day. From Melbourne, drive along the world famous Great Ocean Road through Anglesea and Lorne to Apollo Bay. This drive is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Once at Apollo Bay, fly the rest of the Great Ocean Road via the historical Shipwreck Coast to the 12 Apostles in a high wing aircraft that offers unrestricted views of the spectacular coast below. The flight route follows the Great Ocean Walk along The Shipwreck Coast so you can experience spectacular views as you return to Apollo Bay in time for lunch, just before a leisurely trip back home via the verdant Otway National Park. Please contact Apollo Bay Aviation if you would like further information or to book an incredible scenic flight.

Apollo Bay Surf and Kayak

Apollo Bay Surf and Kayak offers a range of activities including surf lessons, Vegemite surfgroms, kayaking to the seal colony, snorkelling tours, rafting and fishing, surf board and body board hire, wetsuit and beach hire, camping and fishing, great ocean road bike hire, hire camping hire, group and school multi day camps. Apollo bay surf and kayak also offer accredited accommodation, which includes the above activities plus Aboriginal history tours, light station tours, horse riding, rock pool rambles and team building. Apollo bay surf and kayak can arrange transport to and from different locations of the great ocean walk, rental and transfers of camping gear, experienced tour guides, corporate programs, overnight packages, food provisions and transfers. Please contact Apollo Bay Surf and Kayak for further information.

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.

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.

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!

Hike 2 Camp

Hike 2 Camp is a small local business making trekking on the Great Ocean Walk easy. Enjoy camping on the Great Ocean Walk without having to carry a heavy bag, buy expensive equipment or worry about food and water. Hike 2 Camp supply all your food and set up your campsite each day.

Longhorn YOUnique Tours

Longhorn YOUnique Tours is a 2015 and 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award Winner, offering tours to the Great Ocean Road, the Otway's Rainforest, Grampians, Phillip Island, the Yarra Valley and can also customise a tour to suit your needs. You will see spectacular scenery, wildlife in the natural environment, learn about the area's history and culture, enjoy homemade treats and great accommodation as Longhorn's expert guides take you on a journey of discovery. Eco Tourism and Respecting their Culture accredited, Longhorn YOUnique Tours is a family owned business operated by Garry and Shirley Hamel, two Australians who know and understand the beauty of the country. With a range of tours from one day to multiple day tours and private or customised tours to choose from. Longhorn YOUnique Tours believe that guests should not feel rushed so tours are conducted in small groups travelling in luxury four wheel-drive vehicles with your comfort and needs a top priority. A maximum of six people on each tour will give you a personalised experience to remember. Longhorn YOUnique Tours are part of the Extinction Fighters program and have adopted a Tasmanian Devil at Healesville Sanctuary. Free wireless internet onboard all tours. Contact the friendly staff at Longhorn YOUnique Tours to enquire.

Walk91 Self Guided Great Ocean Walk

Based in Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road, 'Walk 91' will plan your itinerary for your perfect 'Great Ocean Walk'. As Walk91 Self Guided Great Ocean Walk is a self guided walking tour, so you can walk at your own pace. All you have to decide is who to bring along and which date suits you. Before the self guided walk begins, there will be a safety briefing by a previous Parks Victoria Ranger in Apollo Bay, to provide you with expert advice before your walk commences. The walks are well signposted, so perfect for a self-guided walk. All walkers are provided with 'Personal Locator Beacons', so that you are never far from help if it is needed. Before the walk you will be given a personal safety beacon (EPIRB), a small lightweight first aid kit, walking poles, detailed walking notes, photos of flora and fauna and maps. Also on the tour you will receive fly nets, Otway Light Station entry tickets and an experienced driver who lives along the Great Ocean Walk. Walk 91 will transfer your heavy bags, so on your self guided walks you just have a small backpack. While your heavy luggage waiting for you at your chosen accommodation. Enjoy hiking to your accommodation or campsites, changing locations whilst walking. This reduces long transfer times and gives you the opportunity to experience different accommodation and camping spots along the Great Ocean Walk. The 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge visits are available, and are included in several Walk91 Self Guided Great Ocean Walk packages. For further information please visit the website or contact one of the team.

Surf Coast Arts Trail

Discover the art and meet the artists in their studios and creative venues throughout the hinterland and coast of the Surf Coast Shire - Connewarre, Torquay, Bellbrae, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Lorne, Deans Marsh, Bambra, Winchelsea and Moriac Enjoy the diverse arts practices – including: jewellers, ceramic artists, print makers, painters, sculptors, photographers, illustrators, designers and animators. For updates -visit Surf Coast Arts Trail on FACEBOOK Trail maps available online from 19 July Trail maps available to collect at Visitor Centres late July

Erskine Falls and Straw Falls

Car park options - Erskine Falls car park (300m return walk to falls 1st lookout, 700 m to 2nd lookout) Walking track information (Erskine River Track) - Start: Erskine Falls car park - Finish: Lorne - Distance: 7.5 km one way - Duration: 3 hours - Difficulty: Strenuous Details Erskine Falls is a short drive out of Lorne on appropriately named Erskine Falls Road. It is one of the most popular falls in the Otways and easily accessible. A five-minute walk from the car park brings you to a lookout of the falls, cascading 30 metres into a beautiful tree fern gullyYou also can take steps down to the Erskine River to view the falls from below. . Straw Falls are a 15m cascade on the Erskine River and are a further 400m downstreams of Erskine Falls. Experienced walkers can follow the river from Erksine Falls to Lorne. The 7.5km one-way walk takes about three hours and passes Straw Falls and Splitter Falls. It should not be attempted when water levels are high.

Apollo Bay Fishing

There are loads of great fishing spots in and around Apollo Bay. Try near the harbour, from the beach or just beyond the point towards Marengo. There are also freshwater streams nearby worth a try.

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.

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.

The Surf Coast Walk

Whether you're a nature lover or a fun lover, whether you take an hour, a day or a week, the Surf Coast Walk puts a stunning and unique coastal environment within easy reach. - Offering natural beauty and easy access - A world-class walking destination for all to enjoy - On the edge of the stunning Great Ocean Road - Do a section or do it all; at your own pace - More than a walk, over half the track is suitable for bikes Relish the rich ochre of the Bells Beach cliffs, the deep blue of Bass Strait and the leafy green of eucalypt forects. Discover traditional Wathaurung country, fascinating surf culture and abundant wildlife as the walk connects you with the coastal town comforts of Torquay, Anglesea and Aireys Inlet.

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.

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.

Eagles Nest Fine Art Gallery

Eagles Nest Fine Art gallery is situated in the picturesque township of Aireys Inlet just ten minutes after the famous Anglesea and twenty minutes before Lorne. The charm of this town lies in its quiet bushland setting and spectacular beaches along the Great Ocean Road, the gateway to the iconic Twelve Apostles. Aireys Inlet is also the home of the Split Point Lighthouse and the quiet relaxing nature of the setting is a wonderful source of inspiration for many artists and writers. Eagles Nest Fine Art Gallery prides itself on showcasing the works of established and emerging artists from the Geelong / Otway region, many of whom live in the local area.

Gellibrand River Gallery

Nestled in the heart of the Otways, the Gellibrand River Gallery is only two hours from Melbourne and just 20 minutes from Colac. Supporting local artists, The Gallery provides an additional retail outlet and has a large range of works for sale from glassware, jewellery and cards to photography, textiles and woodwork. The Gallery also aims to provide a stimulating and encouraging exhibition space for its Consignee Artists to exhibit. Exhibitions change each month and may vary from traditional, sculptural and contemporary to fine art, experimental and installation. Exhibitions and installations in The Gallery's Exhibition Space mix Feature Artists and Themes throughout the year.

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.

Gosling Creek

Nestled in the stunning Otway Ranges of South Victoria, come celebrate what Gosling Creek Wines have to offer. Gosling Creek flows from the Great Otway National Park through fern gullies and picturesque rolling countryside to the Barwon River. The vineyard is located on the northern slopes, where the maritime influences of Bass Strait make an ideal location for cooler-climate grapes. The Gosling Creek wines range from pinot noir, which was the first set of 2000 vines planted, 12 years ago. Following that there are 2500 Shiraz and 2000 Riesling vines. The cellar door is open on weekends from 11:00am to 5:00pm each day. The cellar door is also open daily from Boxing Day until the end of January. Gosling Creek serves light lunches and snacks. Barbecue and picnic facilities are available. Free live local music on Sunday afternoons.

Lighthouse View

Lighthouse View is a distinctive space on the Great Ocean Road where you will discover beautifully designed and hard-to-find items, with a vintage flavour woven through the carefully selected range of Australian made Souvenirs, and lifestyle products. Lighthouse Lollies provide you with all your favourites and more, a taste of Australia to take home. Perhaps munch on whilst watching a movie from the expansive collection at Lighthouse View DVD hire whether it be Classics, Independent, Foreign, Surf movies, Documentaries, a huge kids' and family library as well as all the HBO and popular television series. With an eclectic range of Australiana and iconic Great Ocean Road souvenirs, Lighthouse View is the perfect place to secure a special memento from the coast, or simply treat yourself, your home and your friends to something irresistible. If you can't find what you are looking for, Lighthouse View is always happy to help you out. Whether you are a local, holiday maker or just passing by. All are welcome, so come in and browse, relax and unwind. It's time as well as gifts you might treasure.

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.

Moongate Studios

Set in bushland acreage near Anglesea just off the beautiful Great Ocean Road, Moongate Studios is the owner-built, mud-brick home, gallery/studios and gardens of Geo and Jan Francis, internationally acclaimed artists. A personal and working relationship of over 40 years has crafted Jan and Geo into an intuitive, vibrant team capable of successfully following public and corporate art projects through all stages from concept to installation, whilst individually developing their own well recognised and much awarded creative voices. George sculpts in all mediums including stone, wood, steel and bronze. Jan paints oils on canvas but also loves the simplicity of the black and white in lino-cuts, etchings and ink sketches. Their art expression manifests through their love of life, observation and experience. They are the founding and current heads of Geelong Sculptors Inc and have forged and nurtured QUALITALY, a cultural corridor between Geelong Australia and Piedmont Italy for over a decade. Studio exhibitions are ever changing as new work develops. Commissions always welcome. Open by appointment.

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.

Split Point Lighthouse Tours Aireys Inlet

You'll spot her as you travel the Great Ocean Road. To locals and fans afar Split Point Lighthouse is affectionately known as 'The White Queen'. Don't just wonder as you drive by - yes, you can join a Split Point Lighthouse guided tour, which will take about 30 to 45 minutes. The knowledgeable tour guide will introduce you to a life of maritime responsibility, engineering perfection, a pristine Marine Sanctuary, cultural connections, the famous setting for the TV series 'Round the Twist' and ever-changing 360 degree coastal vistas. Whether you want to step back in maritime, forward in coastal conservation or capture the now with a perfect snapshot, this is a stop worth every minute. The Split Point Lighthouse was built in 1891 and has only been open for tours since mid 2013. She still shines her guiding light every evening to keep ships passing on their way to and from Port Phillip Bay, off the rocky shores. The staff at Split Point Lighthouse Tours look forward to guiding you up the cast iron spiral staircase, through the lantern room and out onto the balcony to enjoy a birds-eye view of the dramatic coastline.

Sea Echo

Sea Echo is based on the south west coast of Victoria, Australia. Established by Tim Day in 1979 as a landscaping business, Sea Echo has evolved to combine the landscape design and construction business with the supply of unique garden sculpture sourced from around the world and available though Sea Echo Garden ware in Aireys Inlet. Sea Echo supplies architects, landscape designers, project managers and homeowners both locally and internationally with exclusive garden structures and materials. They arrange door-to-door delivery of all pieces, regardless of size, to anywhere in the world. For purchases in the Surfcoast region Sea Echo offers a delivery and positioning service. Sea Echo hand-pick and inspect each piece individually to ensure its quality. They design and build individual landscapes that are distinctly Australian in character while drawing on ideas and inspiration from gardens around the world. Sea Echo Landscapes employ fully qualified tradespeople for all aspects of their landscape construction. Please enquire for more information.
Planet Mud Outdoor Adventures
Near Forrest

Planet Mud Outdoor Adventures

Planet Mud Outdoor Adventures are proud to be Victoria's first Paintball, Globeriding and Segway® Adventure Centre offering you a range of exhilarating activities to enjoy. Whichever one you choose, Planet mud outdoor adventures provide a high quality outdoor experience with the friendliest highly trained staff and the promise of a quality and fun experience to remember. There are different scenario paintball games including night paintball with the ever popular Tournament style field. Bring your friends or organise a group event for bucks or hens night or a corporate event. The Segway Nature Trails give you an hours experience with a Segway Off-road X2. It's easy, it's fun and it's an exhilarating new experience when you ride an all-terrain Segway® X2 on the cross country Nature course. A hugely popular activity for everyone aged 10 or over. You get a sense of power and speed, yet you also feel a sense of safety and absolute control. It all feels natural, safe, and instinctive. Globeride in three metre inflatable transparent ball. Zorbing is classed as an extreme sport, but safety is top priority and focus so all you need to worry about is buckling up and enjoying the ride. Planet Mud Outdoor Adventure Vouchers make great gifts and can be purchased all year round and used towards any of the activities. For a great Day out in the Otways, set on 53 acres of beautiful bush and just 40 minutes from Lorne, one hour from Geelong, 50 mins from Apollo Bay, one hour from Warrnambool and 15 minutess from Colac you'll have a blast with Planet Mud Outdoor Adventures. Booking is essential for all activities so call now to book.

Salt and Pepper Gallery

Salt and Pepper Gallery is a unique attraction on the ever-popular Great Ocean Road at Bellbrae. The Gallery is a working studio. When you come in you can see the artist, Catherine Brennan, creating beautiful works of art. These may be paintings, ceramic or Hebel sculptures, or one of her own designer accessories. Come in and be inspired.

Anglesea Golf Club

The Anglesea Golf Club is situated on the Great Ocean Road and is an undulating 6,074 metre Par 73 layout set in natural bushland. A feature of the course is the number of elevated greens that require plenty of thought when selecting your club. There are only 42 bunkers throughout the course which have been likened to sand-belt bunkers and coupled with eucalypt tree lined fairways combine to produce a stimulating round. Also there is the ever present resident population of Eastern Grey Kangaroos which number approximately 300. Anglesea Golf Club welcomes social golfers and social groups every day of the week, don't have golf equipment? The Pro Shop carries hire clubs, pull buggies and motorised carts. There are green fees with cheaper rates for group bookings, juniors and nine holes. If you are not interested in golf why not come along and have lunch or dinner in the Bistro over looking the 18th hole with ocean glimpses. The Bistro is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 9.00am till 9.00pm. The kangaroos generally come down towards the Clubhouse of an evening so visitors having a drink on the balcony or dining in our bistro have the unique experience of seeing Australian Wildlife in a natural setting. Roo Tours are conducted Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm with volunteer Roo Ambassadors to take you out on course, get up close to the Eastern Grey Kangaroos in their five seater Roo Buggy. Great photo opportunities. Please contact operators for prices and details.


A modern restaurant by owner-chef, Dan Hunter, Brae is set on 30 productive acres. Visitors are invited to interact with nature and eat from the land with lunch and dinner menus reflecting a connection to the land, the restaurant's pristine natural surrounds and the productive region of The Otways. The land at Brae is managed using organic principles, producing seasonal vegetables, olives for extra virgin oil from an established grove of more than 100 trees, stone fruits, citrus, nuts, berries, honey and free range eggs. Brae has been awarded the Australian Gourmet Traveller 2015 New Restaurant of the Year, Regional Restaurant of the Year, Three Stars, Three Glasses, Rated number five Restaurant in Australia. The Age Good Food Guide 2015 Restaurant of the Year, Three Hats. Brae's additional accolades include The Australian Magazine Hot 50 Restaurants 2014 Hottest Regional, Hottest Victorian. Time Out Melbourne Food Awards 2014 Restaurant of the Year. Restaurant and Catering Savour Awards for Excellence 2014 New Restaurant Winner.

Blazing Saddles Trail Rides

Blazing Saddles Horse Trail Rides offers the best beach and bush rides in Victoria. They have a variety of horses from Arabs, Appaloosas, Stock horses and Clydesdale cross horses that will suit all types of riders. Open every day and ride in most weather conditions. No need to worry about helmets, boots and jackets, all you need is a pair of long pants and the rest is supplied. The beginner ride is one hour and fifteen minutes and has some of the most amazing views along the coast. If you have done a couple of rides Blazing Saddles Trail Rides also offer a learn to canter ride, a great opportunity to expand on those basics, or you can choose to do two hour and fifteen minute bush ride which is for those who fancy a lot more action. The bucket list ride is the beach and bush ride, it is two and a half hours long and is along five kilometres of Fairhaven beach coastline, one of the most pristine beaches in Victoria. Other activities include kids holiday clinics, lessons and pony rides. Also on offer for the most adventurous is the new overnight ride, it is two days and one night with beach and bush riding and some 'glamping', really comfortable camping, all food, great horses and fun guides supplied. The guides are all fantastic and will help you out to make riding a more relaxed experience for those who are nervous and for those who want to go for it they will make sure you will not forget it. The rides run through the Otway National Park and the Fairhaven Foreshore and overnight to Deans Marsh. Just a day drive from Melbourne or a nice drop in on the way to Adelaide or the Twelve Apostles.

Go Ride A Wave - Learn to Surf

Have you ever wanted to take the plunge into the ocean on a summer's day and try surfing? Most peoples response is that it looks way too hard, but Go Ride a Wave makes it easy and accessible to everyone. Lessons are run mostly at waist deep water, using specially designed soft foam boards and over 80 per cent of participants get to stand up even if it is only for a short time, in their first lesson. Go Ride a Wave has been teaching surfing since 1987 and their expert, qualified instructors not only teach you the basics, they make it an experience hard to forget. Full-length wetsuits, boards and instruction for two hours are all provided. Classes are run in Anglesea, Torquay, Ocean Grove and Lorne. Go Ride a Wave also offers two hour fun sessions on sit on top kayaks in the surf. Learn in sheltered locations with small waves where it is easy and fun for people getting started. Bounce over the waves on the way out and surf them. No prior experience is needed and the best quality kayaks, equipment and instructors are used. New activity for Go Ride a Wave is Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the Anglesea River. Stand Up Paddle (or SUP) - depending on which way you look at it is suitable for anyone that is willing to give it a try. It is a fantastic way to get around on the water while giving you a great core work-out. Stand Up Paddle surfboards are much longer, wider and more buoyant than normal surfboards, enabling you to comfortably balance on them and propel yourself with the paddle. With proper instruction Go Ride a Wave can get you out on the water either with a lesson or hire.

Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours

Welcome to Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours, specialising in outdoor adventure throughout the Otway Ranges. We like to create personalised tours that you want to do, so you can have a fun filled day. Whether it is a easy paddle down a lovely river, or a Moutian Bike tour through the bush, with top instructors keeping you safe and excited. Or maybe you want or need some serious hard edged adrenaline pumped adventure full of action and yes, pain. Whatever it is Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours can provide, and always with a smile. Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours can accommodate for small groups of less than 10 people or even a full school year level of 200 and above, and the tour can be spread over several days. We have a large range of Mountain Bikes of all sizes and levels, as well as a few Road Bikes, for either hire or to use on our awesome tours. GORATS have a small fleet of flat water canoes.. Canoeing of course is an awesome activity. Fitness, fun, teamwork, games, natural environment, lots of splashing. For people looking to get fit, Adventure fitness is a workout with a thrill. Whether it's tearing along a single track on a bike or smashing down a mountain, paddling hard along our beautiful rivers or running through the bush, or maybe going for a surf or an ocean paddle. Or maybe all of the above? We can provide not only the equipment but also the right people for the job. Rivers we canoe on include the Aire river, Anglesea river, Barwon river, Painkalac Creek. Every job Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours does is about the experience. It is Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours responsibility to ensure it is the best.

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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 or contact 03 5258 3244