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Whale Sightings

Whales are often sighted along the Great Ocean Road, particularly during the winter months during migration and when mothers have given birth to calves. This Whale Watch blog records verified whale sightings in the region with date, time and location.

Viewing whales from the Great Ocean Road is spectacular, however please exercise caution whilst driving and obey road rules by parking off the road, not stopping or starting suddenly on the road, and not doing any illegal U turns. Please take care when enjoying the magnificent whales.


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Date and TimeLocationType of WhaleComments
Wed 1 Jul 2015
01:30 PM
Between Apollo Bay and LorneUnknownOne Whale appeared to be heading East towards Lorne along coast
Wed 1 Jul 2015
09:45 AM
Loutit Bay LorneUnknownOne, possibly two whales sighted from North Lorne near the swing bridge in Loutit Bay, heading towards the pier.
Mon 29 Jun 2015
01:45 PM
Logan's beachSouthern rightDirectly out from viewing platform about 300m out. Surfaced twice in 10 mins moving westerly direction & blowing
Sat 27 Jun 2015
10:45 AM
Logans Beach Whale NurserySouthern Right1 whale on surface 300m out, can be seen from viewing platform.
Wed 24 Jun 2015
10:15 AM
Cape Otway Lightstationunknown1 whale south west of Cape Otway Lightstation. By the reef, flipping.
Sun 21 Jun 2015
03:00 PM
Cape Otway LIghtstationSouthern right whaleTwo whales travelling past Lighthouse
Sun 21 Jun 2015
02:07 PM
Cape Otway Lightstationsouthern rightTwo whales travelling past lighthouse
Sat 20 Jun 2015
02:30 PM
Aireys InletHumpbackSingle Humpback seen breaching approx 2km off Step Beach.
Sat 20 Jun 2015
10:14 AM
Logan's Beach WarrnamboolSouthern rightWhale has bee in at Logan's since this morning. Frolicking around.
Thu 18 Jun 2015
04:00 PM
Apollo BaySouthern Right or Humpback?Spotted from the air (hang glider) in the bay about 400m from shore. About 12m length, not sure about species. Spotted at surface but then dived, heading north.
Wed 17 Jun 2015
10:50 AM
Cape OtwayHumpbacks2 Humpbacks sighted just off Cape Otway Lightstation heading in an easterly directions with plenty of breaching.
Tue 16 Jun 2015
02:52 PM
Cape Otway Lightstation2 unknown2 unknown whales,spotted blowing about 1km away from the Lighthouse, heading towards Apollo Bay.
Tue 16 Jun 2015
01:00 PM
Cape Otway UnknownOne whale sighted 1 km out from Cape Oway Lightstation- spouting
Tue 16 Jun 2015
10:20 AM
Lady Bay WarrnamboolSouthrn RightDrifting along through Lady Bay just in front of Surfside Holiday park.

Mon 15 Jun 2015
05:07 PM
Logans Beach WarrnamboolSouthern Right3.50pm, 1 whale has been spotted at Logans Beach Warrnambool this afternoon.
Mon 15 Jun 2015
04:30 PM
Port Campbell ocean lookoutUnknownNumber of dorsals, a breach and a couple of tail slaps
Mon 15 Jun 2015
04:02 PM
2 ks out from Cape Otway LIghthouseSmall Southern Rightjumping in and out of the water
Sat 13 Jun 2015
05:00 PM
Seafarers, Apollo BaySouthern Right?In front of Seafarer's and heading towards Apollo Bay
Sat 13 Jun 2015
02:32 PM
Cape Otway LightstationHumpbackWhales playing off the Lighthouse
Sat 13 Jun 2015
09:29 AM
Von Mueller CreekSouthern Right Whale1 Southern Right Whale heading towards Apollo Bay
Fri 12 Jun 2015
09:00 AM
Loutit Bay LorneSouthern RightOne large whale sighted in Loutit Bay Lorne, heading towards the pier
Thu 11 Jun 2015
02:32 PM
Barwon Heads Torquay road lookoutUnknownTwo spouts and a dorsal fin.
Fri 5 Jun 2015
09:00 AM
Point Grey Lorneunknown1 whale sighted heading out to sea off Point Grey
Sun 3 May 2015
10:00 AM
South Lorne1 Whale1 whale spotted 500 metres off Point Grey in Lorne heading south

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Saltair Day Spa

Only one hour from the Westgate Bridge you will find Saltair Day Spa. Situated in a unique location, offering stunning views of Torquay's rolling hills and crystal blue waters. Calm your mind as you are cared for by the exceptional therapists and Indulge in a complete menu of day spa treatments and therapies. Derma-Cosmeceuticals Skincare is available using the latest Multi-spectrum imaging. Try something new like an Indigenous Inspired Rhythmic Massage or a Facial Treatment using a combination of the purist organic bases and pure oxygen gas. Captivate your senses while your stresses melt away in the Hydrotherapy Spa, Geisha Spa, Vichy Shower or Steam Sauna. Saltair treatments use the highest quality aromatherapy oils, earth ochres, desert salts, ocean mineral polishers, moisturisers and elixirs used in the finest destination spas worldwide. Saltair Spa uses and recommends Li'Tya Spa products. Capturing the potency of indigenous Australian plants, fruits, earth ochres, desert salts and sea plants, with each product depicting the wonder and beauty of the country. Li'Tya offers exquisitely pure health, beauty and wellbeing treatments - individually tailored to energise and beautify every part of your being. Saltair Spa also use and recommend Heritage Healers facial treatments. Pure oxygen gas, in conjunction with vitamins and minerals, is used to nourish and revitalise the skin cells. With Heritage Healers O2 Oxygen Therapy they soothe away internal stress, then regenerate and boost the health of every skin cell with pure oxygen gas, plus essential vitamins and minerals. It is the most effective skin treatment program of its kind, designed to cleanse, nourish and revitalise every skin cell of the face, pore by pore. Choose from body treatments, geisha tub, hydrotherapy, massage, facials, oxygen treatments, hand and foot treatments, Day Spa packages and Professional Skin Health Advice and treatments, spray tans, waxing and tinting.

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.
Coastal Childcare
Near Portland

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.

Coatal 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.

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.

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.

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 Wife's Cafe 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 wifi and daily newspapers. Discover the coast on the Lightkeeper's Shipwreck 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.

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. The Cheese Museum shows the history of the company and the local dairy industry. Enjoy lunch or a snack in the licensed cafe. Cheese platters and ploughman's lunches are a speciality. In the 2010 Dairy Industry Australia Association Dairy Product Competitions, the factory collected three major national awards. 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. Pepper and garlic was named the best flavoured cheese in Victoria, the cheddar won the Kraft Perpetual shield and trophy and the Cheese Museum won the J Sharkey Memorial Trophy for the best vintage cheddar. The Sungold fresh milk was acknowledged as the best in Victoria by taking out the DIAA Victoria Milk award. Warrnambool vintage cheddar won Australia's best vintage cheese award in the 2011 DIAA Grand Dairy Awards. Commendation award 2010 ABC Radio National Regional Museum Awards. Free hourly cheese tastings.
12 Apostles Flight Adventure from Torquay
Near Torquay

12 Apostles Flight Adventure from Torquay

12 Apostles Flight Adventures have over 25 years of flying experience. Take a 12 Apostles Flight Adventure from Torquay in a modern aircraft for a bird's eye view of the world famous Great Ocean Road through to the 12 Apostles. Enjoy aerial views of one of the world's most scenic drives along the Great Ocean Road from Torquay to Apollo Bay, then continue your flight and wing your way along the cliff tops to the 12 Apostles. The Great Ocean Road is carved into sheer cliffs that drop away into the ocean offering commanding views of the waves swelling and crashing onto the rocks and beaches below. From Apollo Bay the road leaves the coast and continues to wind it's way inland through the Otway National Park before returning to the coast at the 12 Apostles. For a flight to operate a minimum of two passengers and a maximum of seven passengers. Maximum weight restrictions may apply to groups. Family or group bookings are also available, please enquire about prices. All flights depart and return to Torquay Airport, a private airfield and home to Tiger Moth World.

Anglesea Fruitz

Anglesea Fruitz is a fruit, vegetable and gourmet food store on Victoria's Great Ocean Road. They pride themselves on stocking organic and bio-dynamic produce from the Geelong region such as Anglesea organic garlic, Geelong tomatoes, local honey and Otway preserves and jams. Selling variety of breads including Lorne Bakehouse Sourdough and incredibly tasty gluten free bread from The Healthy Loaf. There is also a wide range of deli meats and cheeses including Local Smallgoods, Warrnambool Cheese and Butter and a variety of cheeses from Meredith Dairy

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.

Eclectic Designs Glass Blowing Studio

Living in Port Fairy, Eclectic Designs Glass Blowing Studio are always aware of the colour combinations of water and sand and how rapidly they change with the weather. The artists love to play with these colours and constantly experiment with new ways to apply them to glass. Enamelling on blown shapes, incorporating shards or delicately constructing tiny flowers embedded in beads are just a few of the ways they can interpret all the variations in nature and love the immediacy of working with molten glass. Speed is essential and any hesitation will disrupt the rhythm and the glass will freeze. It's a very exciting medium.

Edge Gallery Lorne

Edge Gallery Lorne showcases the beautiful Fine Art Landscape Photography of multi-international award winning Australian photographer, Will Dielenberg. 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. Will's art in 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, Edge Gallery is must see experience when you are next in Lorne. Will Dielenberg is an Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. Edge Gallery Lorne looks forward to your visit.

Endota Torquay

endota is an indigenous Australian word meaning beautiful. endota spa is the fresh, soothing, all-Australian day spa at home near you. Here, wellness is the way. Laidback and friendly, endota spa welcomes absolutely everyone. Flawless walls. Timber benches. Essential oils meandering on the air. A billabong footbath lapping at your feet. Lap up certified, Australian organic ingredients in every spa treatment, and at home, soak up certified organic endota skincare. endota spa provide ahhhh-mazing space for sidling in and chilling out. And ahhh-inspiring business opportunities for motivated day spa franchisees - we're Australia's largest day spa network, and Australia's most successful day spa franchise system.

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.
Brown Magpie Wines
Near Jan Juc

Brown Magpie Wines

Brown Magpie Wines is a family owned winery and vineyard in Modewarre, which is situated in the Surf Coast hinterland in the Geelong wine region. The gently sloping estate overlooks the picturesque view of Mount Moriac. Its small sheltered, nine hectare vineyard is ideally positioned to grow aromatic cool climate grape varieties. Taking no short cuts and selecting only the best fruit, the grapes are hand-picked and processed within hours of harvesting. Brown Magpie Wines believe in the traditional art of winemaking. The wine is handcrafted at the on site dedicated winery. Traditional techniques suited to each variety are used to produce wine of the highest quality. Brown Magpie Wines only leave the vineyard in the bottle. The love and care taken is to honour the wine and the region, and to deliver special wines for you to discover and enjoy with friends and family. Recent awards include: - 2014 Boutique Wine Award - Best in Show - Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 - 2013 Australian Cool Climate Wine Show - Trophy - Best Pinot Noir of Show - Pinot Noir 2012 - 2013 Geelong Wine Show - Best Wine in Show - Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 - 2014 Concours de Vins - Gold - Paraparap Pinot Noir Reserve 2011 - 2014 Royal Melbourne Show - Gold - Single Vineyard Pinot Gris 2014 - 2014 James Halliday - 5 star winery The Surf Coast and Great Ocean Road hinterland is a treat for all wine and food lovers, abounding with great restaurants, produce and wineries.

Calma Candles

Calma Candles are pure essential oil candles, that are hand poured and created on site. The Calma Candles are sold directly to the public from their aromatic workshop on the Great Ocean Road near Lavers Hill. Lavers Hill is a perfect stop as you head to, or from the 12 Apostles. Calma Candles was established ten years ago and has become part of the Otways and the Great Ocean Road journey. Using a good amount of beautiful natural plant extracts in every aromatic candle and making their candles and products fresh mean you get a delightful and unique piece of pure indulgence from the region. The Calma Candles range consists of aromatic essential oil candles, soy massage candles and melts as well as beeswax candles. Calma Candles also sell essential oil room diffusers and other handcrafted goods. A pop up studio is open most days, although please call if you are making a special trip.

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 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. Our suppliers are local including the wines, beers and ciders. In the produce shop you will find a variety of Gentle Annie's jams, chutney's, sorbets and a selection of local produce.

Gourmet Photo Travels

Gourmet Photo Travels is photography workshops based along the Great Ocean Road. Gourmet Photo Travels teaches photography in all aspects including landscape, portrait, architecture, lifestyle, street and travel photography with particular emphasis on travel photography to get you ready for your next travel experience. By the end of the Gourmet Photo Travels workshop you will be shooting with greater knowledge and control of your camera, shooting in manual mode with confidence. You will understand exposure and exposure compensation, aperture and depth of field, ISO and speed, white balance, composition and will begin a creative journey with your photography. Gourmet Photo Travels will also teach skills in photographing people of different cultures gaining confidence in approaching and connecting with their subjects, increasing their quality and enjoyment of travelling in the process. Techniques will be taught in"post" using popular software like Photoshop and Lightroom to help those images to be even better. The workshops are held over a weekend and on singular days, with the weekend workshops the participants will be limited to only 8-10 people to allow for more intensive tuition. The cost includes lovely accommodation staying at Fairhaven and the great food of the region, eating at some of the renowned local restaurants.

Karmic Goat Soapworks

Karmic Goat Soapworks is nestled in the Otway Rainforest, near Apollo Bay. Established as a dairy in 1900, Fernside Farm has gone back to its roots - offering goats milk soap and body care products from their stud herd of holistically raised Saanen milking goats. The all natural goats milk soap, and indeed all the products, are handcrafted at the farm and the delightfully smelly Farm Shop is situated in the original farmhouse. Karmic Goat offer a huge variety of soaps, skincare products, salves, balms and liniments, herbal and aromatherapy products. Workshops for groups: Make your own body care and herbal products under the guidance of qualified herbal practitioner and soap maker Bea Gardner. Meet the goats: the girls are usually hanging around in the paddocks near the entrance to the farm shop after morning milking. The best time to view them is therefore in the morning, before they make their way off to the free range pasture. Keep up to date with workshop availability and all other product information by visiting the website. Online shopping is also available.

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.

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.
Moriac Store
Near Jan Juc

Moriac Store

Welcome to the Moriac Store on the Old Cape Otway Road, the smart way to the Otways and the surf coast. Moriac is the gateway from Geelong to Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne and Apollo Bay. Call in for wine, food, gifts, plants or supplies for your weekend away or just on the way home.

Moyne Mobile Massage

Moyne Mobile Massage owner Michael Davey, a Remedial Massage Therapist, will come to your holiday accommodation, home or workplace offering relaxation, deep-tissue, combination and general loosening treatments in Port Fairy, Koroit, Warrnambool and the surrounding rural areas. Moyne Mobile Massage was established in 2004 and has found success delivering an array of treatments including massage in sports, remedial, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Hawaiian Kahuna Temple Style and Foot Reflexology. Moyne Mobile Massage is a registered Victorian WorkSafe Provider. Please enquire about health fund rebates. AAMT Member. Quality, professional treatments at competitive prices. Groups catered for, by appointment.

Otway Herbs

Otway Herbs is a nursery with a difference, set in large terraced garden with magnificent views across the Otway valleys and out to the ocean. It is situated high in the hills behind Skenes Creek 12kms by road from Apollo Bay, 8kms off the Great Ocean Road, via Wild Dog and Busty Roads. The nursery has been open since 1982 and is well known for the huge variety of plants, with an emphasis on herbs but also growing fragrant plants, salvias, perennials, medicinal's, shrubs and trees, and indigenous natives. The plants are all propagated on site using biodynamic compost, using biodynamic methods in the garden for 20 years. The nursery and garden is open every day from 9am to 5pm, there is no entry fee but donations to maintain the garden are welcome. Also for sale is the gardens own dried packaged herb tea, oregano etc, massage oils and herbal body and face creams. Children are welcome to play in the large sand pit or explore the large garden with its many sculptures. Dogs are also allowed as long as they are well behaved and don't chase the many birds that live in the garden.
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.

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.

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.

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.

Surfcoast Images

Surfcoast Images is a gallery carrying an extensive range of West Coast photography from The Apostles to The Bellarine Peninsular by Kevan Way. Large high resolution panoramas are a specialty and can be printed in-house to any size. Kevan was a Commercial Photographer in Melbourne for 30 years, and also carries a wide range of Art Photography, as well as landscapes from around the world. He also represents surf photographer Peter 'Joli' Wilson and and abstract small wave photographer Deb Morris exclusively in Torquay

Pronto Fine Food Merchants

Looking for gourmet food supplies in Warrnambool? Then look no further than Pronto Fine Food Merchants. Pronto stocks a wide range of gourmet products - local and imported cheese, antipasto, take home meals, delicious salads, premium smallgoods - all sliced to your specification, gourmet, gluten free and organic grocery lines, local and organic fruit and vegetables, premium and free range meats, artisan bread and other difficult to source ingredients for the discerning food lovers and cooks. The store provides a quality mix of foods and ingredients for every occasion or a thoughtful gift for a food loving friend. You can also drop into Pronto for a coffee, lunch or delicious treat. Serving light lunches, including great salads, pides, Boscastle pies and the menu favourite, the Pronto platter. The Pronto platter showcases quality ingredients and features a selection of freshly made salads, a range of premium meats and smallgoods and a selection of antipasto. The store is also a showcase for many local producers including Shaw River Buffalo, Apostle Whey, Timboon Organic, Timboon Fine Ice-cream, L'Artisan Cheese, Lana's Garden and Hopkins Larder. Plus most of the seasonal produce on offer comes from local growers. Pronto will also make up gift hampers for any occasion and for those who can't decide they offer gift vouchers. "Prontos aim is to provide food that makes their customers happy with service that makes them smile" - Pronto owner Ted de Kok.

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.

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.

Trailhead Bike Co.

Trailhead Bike Co. is the only bike shop on the Great Ocean Road and the Surf Coast. You can ride straight from the front door to the world famous Great Ocean Road or the surrounding mountain bike trails in the Great Otway National Park. Trailhead Bike Co. stock the best cycling brands and can take care of your bicycle servicing and repair needs. Now in partnership with Great Ocean Road Adventure Tours (GORATS) Trailhead Bike Co. can take care of all your bike hire needs from 1 person to 100 people.

Cole's Coaches

Cole's Coaches is an established family business with a depot and booking office situated in Warrnambool, Victoria since 1982. It currently runs operations in Mortlake, Warrnambool, Colac and Geelong with around 50 vehicles. Cole's Coaches has a large range of vehicles to suit all markets from eight seater mini-buses to five star 53 seater luxury touring coaches. They are fully accredited through Bus Association Victoria and all vehicles are carefully maintained by qualified mechanics. The tour drivers are professional and friendly operators that are committed to ensuring that the best service is provided to the travelling public. The tour cook / hostesses are chosen for their personalities and culinary skills providing the travelling public with happy faces at meal times. The booking office has staff that are friendly and helpful and do their utmost to meet the needs of a wide range of clientele including schools, universities, international students, local and State government bodies, sporting clubs, Seniors and Probus clubs and special interest groups. Cole's Coaches look forward to the future with great enthusiasm, providing their clients with improved services and options for their trips, and at same time offering an excellent service at a competitive price.
 

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Experience the spectacular Great Ocean Road and Heritage Centre

Enjoy overnight accommodation in a one bedroom garden view apartment at Cumberland starting at $171 per night.

Autumn Walk at Otway Fly Treetop Walk

Zip down to Otway Fly for the ultimate Treetop Adventure this Autumn and take advantage of this exclusive offer.

Family Escape at BIG 4 Port Fairy Holiday Park

Stay in a Fully Self Contained 2 bedroom cabin $129.00 per night for a family of 4!

Family Fun at Belfast Cove Holiday Park, Port Fairy

Family Fun at Belfast Cove Holiday Park, Port Fairy for Four $109 per night!

Couples Escape at Belfast Cove Holiday Park, Port Fairy

Come and stay in a Deluxe One Bedroom Cabin for 2 nights and receive 50% off your third night.

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.

Experience the spectacular Great Ocean Road and Heritage Centre

Enjoy overnight accommodation in a one bedroom garden view apartment at Cumberland starting at $171 per night. Each apartment features a spacious lounge and dining area, private balcony, large bathroom with corner spa. Accommodation includes complimentary use of Resort facilities, including indoor heated pool and undercover car parking. Quoted rate is based on one bedroom garden view apartments, available 7th April – 30thof May Sunday – Friday.

To book phone: (03) 5289 4444

 

Autumn Walk at Otway Fly Treetop Walk

Zip down to Otway Fly for the ultimate Treetop Adventure this Autumn and take advantage of this exclusive offer, of 20% discount on adult or child treetop walk ticket and receive a complimentary coffee or warm drink from the Black Snail Café.

Simply present this voucher on-site at Otway Fly to redeem your Autumn Walk offer.

 

Family Escape at BIG 4 Port Fairy Holiday Park

Stay in a Fully Self Contained 2 bedroom cabin $129.00 per night for a family of 4! (Standard price $210.00 per night)

  • 2 Bedroom Family cabin
  • Valid for stays between May 15 and September 15 ($20.00 per night surcharge applies for Queens birthday weekend.)
  • Additional $20.00 per night for additional people.
  • 2 night minimum stay.
  • No further discounts apply.
  • Subject to availability.

Call (03) 5568 1145 to book

 

Family Fun at Belfast Cove Holiday Park, Port Fairy

Stay in a fully self-contained Two Bedroom Holiday Unit and enjoy full access to the parks indoor heated pool, giant jumping pillow, playground, tennis court & giant outdoor chess.

  • Valid Sun - Thur only. An additional charge of $15 per night for bookings made on Fri & Sat nights
  • Two night minimum stay. Available June 27th - July 18th 2015
  • Price includes 2 Adults & 2 Children - Additional guests $15 each per night

Call (03) 5568 1816 to book

 

Couples Escape at Belfast Cove Holiday Park, Port Fairy

Come and stay in a Deluxe One Bedroom Cabin for 2 nights and receive 50% off your third night.

  • Includes a late check out of 12pm, two delicious latte vouchers and a packet of Tim Tams
  • Available to book from April 7th - June 4th 2015

Call (03) 5568 1816 to book

 

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