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The Great Ocean Road region boasts some of the best family holidays in Australia.

Whether it be a holiday focusing on big nature, outdoor activities, arts and culture, indigenous or settler history, amazing food, or even shopping and spas, we have it all.

Plus our region boasts a plethora of exciting and educational things to see and do across a variety of destinations.

Best Holiday Destinations in Australia for Families

Our most popular holiday destinations for families include:

  • Lorne – for its ropes course, cinema, mini-golf, trampolines, waterfall and beach activities.
  • Apollo Bay – for its water sports, a marine sanctuary, beaches and proximity to the Cape Otway Lightstation.
  • Anglesea – for its parks, reserves, river, beaches and trampolines.
  • Timboon – for its access to the Timboon to Camperdown Rail Trail which is popular for cycling and walking (you can hire bikes there). It also offers delicious local produce and farm visits including an ice creamery.
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Best Teenage Holiday Destinations in Australia

Our local expert, Su Lin, says you can’t go past a three-day teenage adventure at the Great Otway National Park including a thrilling zipline and selfies beneath an Instagramable waterfall.

See details and the full itinerary. With a huge range of outdoor activities for teenagers to choose from – from Segway, through surfing horse-riding we have you covered.

Best Family Holidays with Toddlers in Australia

As a family destination for over 100 years, the Great Ocean Road has dozens of options for toddlers. One local expert, Beth Gibson, recommends Portland because it offers ‘sun, surf and plenty of opportunities for adventure, plus a balancing dose of art and history’.

Thanks to its regional-hub resources – including an arts centre and library – Portland is also a great spot for toddlers in the cooler months. Read 5 reasons to spend summer in Portland for more information.

For more on the best family holidays in Australia check out our family holiday blogs. Don’t forget to also take a look at our Deals page which is updated regularly.

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