SO MUCH TO EXPLORE
Johanna is a rural farming settlement stretching along the coast between Glenaire and Lavers Hill. Rolling hills and lush rain forest meet at the foot of the wild Southern Ocean. Johanna is named after the schooner "Joanna" that was wrecked at the mouth of the Johanna River on 22 September 1843.
The area is steeped in history, from the discovery of dinosaur fossils in the Glenaire Valley to the Cape Otway Lightstation, the oldest of its type on mainland Australia.
The surf beach at Johanna is a stretch of beach breaks, or beach and reef, noted for its power and reputation for rapid jumps in size. The Bells Beach Surf Classic competition has been moved from Bells Beach to Johanna on occasions as the westerly facing Johanna Beach picks up swell that misses Bells and the Surf Coast.
Johanna beach is also a very popular fishing spot particularly for schools of salmon.
For up to date conditions in the Great Otway National Park visit:
GREAT OCEAN WALK
This region is home to spectacular sections of the Great Ocean Walk which can be done independently or with the assistance of guides or tour operators, depending on your requirements.
The big skies and wild nature of the Walk will astound you. Discover the region’s diversity of plants, animals and scenery. Weave your way through tall forests, coastal heathlands, beside wild rocky shores and along windswept cliff-tops presenting amazing views
There are also many diverse choices of accommodation along the way from camping at designated sites to luxury homes and villas.
Where To Stay
Rotten Point House
Rotten Point House is a magnificent property on an untouched cliff top overlooking Johanna Beach, located just off the Great Ocean Road, between Apollo Bay and the 12 Apostles.
Johanna Bluegum Holiday Cabins
Johanna Bluegum Holiday Cabins offer a choice of two self-contained holiday cabins. All are pet friendly, have great views and are just a few minutes from Johanna beach.
Johanna River Farm and Self Contained Cottages
Johanna River Farm and Self Contained Cottages offer a farm stay experience in a fantastic setting.
Johanna Seaside Cottages
Johanna Seaside Cottages is a unique coastal property providing boutique self contained cottages in the heart of Great Ocean Road at Johanna Beach.
Iona Seaview Farm
Located in the Otway's, just off the Great Ocean Road and four kilometres from Johanna Beach is Iona Seaview Farm.
Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk
The 12 Apostles Lodge Walk is a multi-day passage from Castle Cove to the Twelve Apostles, covering 40 kilometres through Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks.