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The Great Ocean Road starts here but you need to go at a slow crawl on the short haul that’s got it all if you don’t want to miss a thing. The 55 kms of Surf Coast from Torquay through Anglesea and Aireys Inlet to Lorne packs in
world-famous beaches, sophisticated coast culture,
natural beauty and heritage history.

 



The Great Ocean Road officially starts at surf central, Torquay, where surf brands Rip Curl and Quiksilver started in back sheds. All you’ll ever need for the water is at Surf City Plaza, which has a skate park out back.

The Esplanade has a feast of food venues. The Sands golf course designed by Stuart Appleby splits Torquay from Jan Juc and nearby Bells Beach, which hosts the Easter surf classic. Jan Juc is also the first step of the Surf Coast Walk that extends 27 kms to Angahook Lorne State Park at Moggs Creek near Aireys Inlet.

A mere 16 kms from Jan Juc is Anglesea, home of the Heathlands, one of the richest repositories of orchids on the planet. Eco-Logic provides tours and programs to discover the wealth of natural wonders inland and around the coast. If you can’t get a birdie or an eagle playing golf on the Anglesea course, you’ll always get a roo. Local kangaroos laze by the greens.

Do the Eagle Rock at Aireys Inlet, only 10 kms from Anglesea. Visible well before you get there because of its Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet is the site of Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary, which covers 17 hectares of water and shore. Right by the road is the 6km stretch of Fairhaven Beach, the longest of all the beaches along the Great Ocean Road and a natural favourite of surfers.

There are still stickers that read “I love Lorne.” Little wonder. The town was the first place in Victoria to have its beauty preserved by government gazette. Still beautiful, Lorne is the busiest town on the Surf Coast. It is best described as coastal cosmopolitan. Its shops, café culture, restaurants and hotels are all class. The bookshop and galleries complete its elevated level of beach chic.

   
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Visit Barwon Heads, the original start of the Great Ocean Road and site of the seminal TV series SeaChange
2
Tell the time at the Giant Sundial in Torquay. 12,000 glass tiles make the clock face, you stand in the centre and where your shadow falls is the time
3
Go horse riding along the beach at Anglesea
4
Detour inland to Winchelsea on the Barwon River where Victoria’s pastoral heritage began at Barwon Park historic homestead
5

Stop at the Memorial Arch at Eastern View for a short history of the making of the Great Ocean Road

6
Head to the hills behind Lorne to Deans Marsh for a memorable meal at Martians Café or go berry picking
7
Walk to a waterfall. Choose one or more of the Cumberland, Sheoak, Erskine and Kalimna Falls, all around Lorne
8
Have a drink at the Grand Pacific Hotel Lorne, simply because it’s too good
to pass by
9
Book a campsite at Cumberland River where stream and stones roll onto the ocean
10
Take time out to enjoy the view from one ot the coast's most eastern and elevated points at Cape Patton

 

 

Surfcoast Accommodation
 
Ocean Road Retreat
Jan Juc
Cottages

Ocean Road Retreat   The perfect place in which to sample country living by the beach surrounded by natural bushland only a short walk to the beaches of Jan Juc and the world famous Bells Beach. Set on a two acre property you will be able to relax in style.
    Accommodation – ideal for couples

 

 

   

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