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What can't you do?  That would be a shorter list.  There are attractions, activities, events and features throughout the region to suit all ages and interest groups.  From theme parks for children to adventure sports for adrenaline junkies.  From gourmet food and wine experiences to bushwalking through campsites.  From a simple dip in the ocean to a luxurious spa retreat.  There really is something for everyone.

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Great Ocean Road Surf Tours

Great Ocean Road Surf Tours is a multi-award winning learn to surf company, offering eco-certified surf lessons and tours in small groups along safe, scenic Surf Coast beaches. With transport available from Melbourne and Torquay every day of the week, you can learn to surf without worrying about how you will get there. Even better, accommodation, breakfast and lunch are provided on all two to ten day Great Ocean Road Surf Tours. Experience personalised surf coaching, no matter which tour. Great Ocean Road Surf Tours 'learn to surf' tours also include progressive surf lessons four hours per day, Subway lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments, boards and wetsuits. Take in the stunning beauty of the Great Ocean Road by foot with a Great Ocean Road Surf Walk. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and approximately four hours of walking, seeing sights only possible when on foot! Select from a range of tours. See the sights of Bells Beach and parts of the stunning Great Ocean Road including Cape Otway and the 12 Apostles. Enjoy discounted shopping at Torquay's Surf City, home of surfing giants Rip Curl and Quiksilver. An optional extra is water photography of your day surfing on a surfboard-shaped USB. And enjoy nights accommodation in your own surf cabin with breakfast included. Please call or visit the website for more information. Visit the shop for surfboard hire, and to ride their indoor Big Wave! Recent winners of the Telstra Australian Business Awards 2013 for business excellence, innovation and passion and dedication to ecotourism and sustainability.

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.
Otways Wine & Food Lovers Trail
Near Portland

Otways Wine & Food Lovers Trail

This trail traverses some of the most fertile land in Victoria which grows some of the state’s best produce. Breakfast can be enjoyed anywhere between Apollo Bay and Lorne before turning left into the Otways hinterland. The Deans Marsh and Pennyroyal area is renowned for its berries, olives and wineries. Further North, Birregurra is the hub of Otway produce and the perfect lunch stop. Heading back towards the Great Ocean Road via Forrest, which has a boutique brewery and an atmospheric cafe. Continue South through towering rainforest to Apollo Bay. Brochures for the Otway Harvest Trail, which details the growers and producers in this hinterland region, are available at local visitor information centres.

Split Point Lighthouse Tours Aireys Inlet

You'll spot her as you travel the Great Ocean Road. To locals and fans afar she is affectionately known as 'The White Queen'. Don't just wonder as you drive by - yes, you can join a guided tour, which will take about 45 minutes of your time. 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 for eighteen months. 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.

Apollo Bay Fishing & Adventure Tours

With 30 years of professional fishing knowledge, the skipper knows the best spots. Apollo Bay Fishing & Adventure Tours generally travel 15-20 mins south of Apollo Bay Harbor, about half to 1km offshore. The area is surrounded by spectacular rugged coastline of the Otway rangers and the beauty of the waters of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. Apollo Bay Fishing & Adventure Tours cater for the inexperienced to the professional fisherman. From baiting up for you and taking your fish off your hooks, to teaching you how to fish. You will fish in 20 fathoms of water using heavy gear, targeting bottom feeding fish, such as flathead or gummy shark, barracouta and snapper. Trips vary from two hours for families to eight hours for the more keen fisherman. The most popular trip is four hours long. This trip usually runs twice a day starting at 7am or 8am in the morning and again at 2pm or 3pm in the afternoon. Apollo Bay Fishing & Adventure Tours supply all the best fishing gear, rod, bait and tackle; Ice for your fishing and to keep your drinks cold; bags to take your catch home. The crew is trained and helpful. The skipper is an expert operator with all the necessary local knowledge.

12 Apostles Helicopters

Join 12 Apostles Helicopters for a breathtaking flight over the most beautiful scenery in Australia. Perhaps a journey over the 12 Apostles, a flight to the Bay of Islands via London Bridge, or take in the beauty of the entire Shipwreck Coast all the way to the Cape Otway Lighthouse. 12 Apostles Helicopters offers the highest level of safety and service to make this a day you will never forget. Conveniently located directly behind the 12 Apostles Visitor Centre, so why not walk over and see the brand new heliport. While aboard a scenic flight of your choice, enjoy an informative commentary on the unique rock formations and history of the Shipwreck Coast by one of our experienced pilots in our fleet of immaculate helicopters. If you would prefer a customised flight, 12 Apostles Helicopters is also available for charter. Charter flights are the perfect treat for birthdays, anniversaries, special family occasions and for all your business needs. Whatever your ideas or requirements, can be accommodated. 12 Apostles Helicopters will pick you up, fly you to a location of your choice, stop off for lunch, and make the necessary arrangements for you to experience a unique day to remember, or to get you to your destination with speed and style. Bookings are not essential, but are recommended and can be made on our website.

Ride Forrest

Forrest is one of Australia's best mountain bike destinations. With over 60 kilometres of purpose built single track, there is more than three days of riding here. You can stay in a variety of accommodation options and ride right from your front door of your accommodation. Forrest is the gateway to the Otways, with places to stay, eat and ride. Platypus tours are also available. Visit the Ride Forrest website to find all you need to know about Forrest and Mountain Bike riding in the Otways.

Anglesea Art Walk

Spanning 2.5 kilometres and featuring six mosaic art pieces, the Anglesea Art Walk highlights the history and unique flora and fauna of this extraordinary place. It starts at the JE Loveridge lookout with sensational panoramic views of the Surf Coast and concludes in the valley at the Anglesea Primary School.

bothfeet walking lodge & tours

bothfeet walking lodge & tours takes you down the Victoria's Great Ocean Walk. They have purpose built a lodge along the way to support hikers on the Great Ocean Walk. Winner of the 2011 Victorian Tourism Award for unique accommodation, specialising in walking packages with every detail taken care of. Only three years old, and sustainably designed and built, its Eco-chic lodge is packed with hiker comforts, all customised to what walkers need. Drying room, foot spas, gear hire, live in chef and meals prepared to order, licensed dining room, and the exclusive "green suites" with rainforest outlooks and ensuite bathrooms. bothfeet walking lodge is the perfect compliment to your Great Ocean Walk experience. Discover the native flora and fauna, and delight in good food, good company and memories that will last a lifetime. bothfeet walking lodge & tours offers a range of guided and self guided packages, covering part or all of the Great Ocean Walk. Self drive to the lodge, or ask to arrange transfers from Melbourne. Bring your own gear, or hire some of their excellent professional kit.

GO Walk Adventures

GO Walk Adventures offer a new option for self-guided Great Ocean Walk walkers - quality self contained Great Ocean Walk accommodation - perfectly located in Cape Otway and Johanna Beach ensures walkers can start and finish and experience nature in complete comfort. The cottages accommodate two or four - perfect for couples or small groups (up to 12 people). Enjoy the complete privacy, and space afforded by this type of dwelling as opposed to shared bed and breakfast, guesthouse or group accommodation. Well equipped with the comforts of home, satellite TV, BBQ's wonderful views and little luxuries to add to the comforts of your stay. Packages are all competitively priced with a range of options. GO Walk Adventures can arrange quality local catering for you to enjoy during your stay. Alternatively, guests have the potential to further minimise costs by providing and preparing their own food in fully equipped kitchens. Guest transport and luggage transfer along the route is included in the packages. Guests may choose to further minimise package costs by utilising their own vehicles either partially or fully to shuttle to and from the various 'step on' and 'step off' points along the route. Take advantage of the local knowledge and experience of the Great Ocean Walk. Consider one of the GO Walk Adventures customised packages or ask them to assist you to put together a Great Ocean Walk accommodation itinerary that will fit your budget, your timetable and your level of fitness and experience. Guests are also provided with a handy day pack containing an official map, water bottle, walking snacks and other resources.

Otway Eco Tours

At Otway Eco Tours it is all about the experience. Discover the Great Otway National Park on one of the fully guided tours. Come canoeing to see Platypus in the wild, explore the Great Ocean Walk in style or challenge yourself on some world class Mountain Bike trails. Bruce your local guide is an Ecologist with a degree in Zoology and Botany. Otway Eco tours is Eco tourism certified and have better business accreditation.
Spring Creek Horse Riding
Near Anglesea

Spring Creek Horse Riding

Nestled in the beautiful Spring Creek Valley, experience spectacular riding through the unique bushlands of the Great Otway National Park with Spring Creek Horse Riding. Trail rides to suit beginners and experienced riders. Spring Creek Horse Riding is only ten minutes drive from Torquay and Anglesea. Offering one to two hour rides. Full day rides are also available. Booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Please visit the Spring Creek Horse Riding website for details.

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.

Split Point Lighthouse

The Split Point Lighthouse dominates the Aireys Inlet landscape, its 34 metre high tower and typical red cap visible for miles. The still operating lighthouse is open to the public with guided tours available and sweeping views of the Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary and Great Ocean Road region below. The grounds surrounding the lighthouse include a replica of the ‘bark hut’ early settlers in Aireys Inlet would have lived in, and the beach at the base of the lighthouse has great rockpools to explore.

Volcanic Plains Tour

The land North of Colac has an explosive past, the area once brimming with volcanic acitivity. Early settlers in the area used the volcanic stones cleared from the fields to build the dry stone walls that are a charming feature of the region. Through Beeac and Alvie, follow the road signs to the Red Rock viewing platform to see the vast volcanic plains, dormant craters and crater lakes of the Kanawinka Wold listed Geopark. Head back to Colac to explore the botanic gardens or heritage trail.
 

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BIG 4 Beacon Resort Blues Train Package

A unique musical experience! Toe tapping entertainment, a cool drink and a good laugh. Rock your stay in Queenscliff with Blues Train tickets and award winning accommodation at BIG4 Beacon Resort.

Seahaven Village - Taste of The Bellarine $495

Relax at stunning Barwon Heads Friday and Saturday night in a cosy 4.5 star one bedroom spa suite.

Barwon Heads Golf Club - Winter Escape with Free Golf

$240 per couple per night

BIG 4 Beacon Resort Blues Train Package

A unique musical experience! Toe tapping entertainment, a cool drink and a good laugh. Rock your stay in Queenscliff with Blues Train tickets and award winning accommodation at BIG4 Beacon Resort.

Phone: 1800 351 152 or visit BIG4 Beacon Resort Website for more information.
 

Seahaven Village - Taste of The Bellarine $495

Relax at stunning Barwon Heads Friday and Saturday night in a cosy 4.5 star one bedroom spa suite. Enjoy fabulous bonuses including:

  • A $70 dinner voucher
  • Welcome pack including wine, chocolates and a breakfast basket
Stay between Sunday and Thursday nights and receive THREE nights accommodation for the same price.

T: 03 5254 1066
 

Barwon Heads Golf Club - Winter Escape with Free Golf

This winter, guests who book a standard room at our normal Bed and Breakfast rate play golf for free. Want an even better reason to take a break? The Club is rated one of Australia’s Top 10 public access courses.

From $240 per room per night.
($120 p/p twin share)

  • Accommodation in a standard room with ensuite at Barwon Heads Golf Club
  • Fully cooked breakfast
  • A complimentary round of golf each person (normally up to $85 each).

Address: Golf Links Rd, Barwon Heads, Victoria 3227

To book:

Phone: 03 5255 6255
Fax: 03 5255 6266
Website: www.bhgc.com.au
Email: reservations@bhgc.com.au

T&C's: Valid Sunday to Thursday inclusive. 1st June to 31 August 2014. Dress requirements apply on course and in the clubhouse.