Base Yourself in Anglesea & Explore the Surf Coast

Base Yourself in Anglesea & Explore the Surf Coast

The beauty of the Great Ocean Road is that basing yourself in one town doesn’t mean you can’t easily explore others. Set yourselves up in Anglesea, whether you’re in a tent, the resort, a holiday house or caravan, and get ready to discover what’s around you.

DAY 1: Spend the day in Anglesea

  • Paddle a kayak on the Anglesea River with Anglesea Paddleboats and Canoe Hire
  • Hire a mountain bike from Trailhead Bike Co and explore Anglesea by bike or hit up the Anglesea Bike Park with the family
  • Grab your board (or hire one from Go Ride a Wave) and head out for a surf – or a surf lesson!
  • Grab an arvo cocktail and a snack on the deck at Last One Inn
  • Top off the day with gourmet fish and chips by the river or on the beach from Fish by Moonlite

DAY 2: Be a local for a day in Torquay

Start your day with a nourishing breakfast in Anglesea, either Poppies Nursery & Cafe or Great Ocean Road Wholefoods next door both have an array of wholefoods and good coffee on offer. Once you’ve fuelled up with breakie, it’s time to visit your neighbour just a 15 minute drive away; Torquay. Here’s what we think makes for a great day out in Torquay:

  • Hire a board or BYO and head out for a surf at Cosy Corner, Torquay Surf Beach or for the more experienced, Jan Juc
  • Visit Bells Beach to watch the pros
  • Grab a second coffee and walk the esplanade or part of the Surf Coast Walk
  • Hit the surf seconds stores in Baines Crescent for discounted surf clothes, swimwear and wetties, or Surf City for the latest gear from the big surf brands
  • Top off the day and dine out at one of the many restaurants or bars (don’t worry, there’s no dress code in Torquay, sandy feet always welcomed)
  • Head back to Anglesea for a good nights rest, tomorrow we explore the other side!

DAY 3: Visit Aireys Inlet

For a stunning sunrise and pink hues over the Split Point Lighthouse, wake up early and take the 10 minute drive from Anglesea to Aireys Inlet. After your beach stroll, hit up one of the cafes for a nourishing breakfast and hot coffee, ready for your day. Here are some things to do in Aireys Inlet:

  • Take a Split Point Lighthouse tour
  • If you’ve got your mountain bike (or you can hire one before you leave Anglesea), hit the 20km Currawong Falls trail, starting from Distillery Creek Picnic Area
  • If walking is more your style, you can also walk the Currawong Falls track, or there are shorter walks signposted at the same spot in Distillery Creek Picnic Area
  • Hit the famous Aireys Pub for lunch and a local brew with a view for a true country pub vibe, or a gin tasting might be more your thing at Great Ocean Road Gin
  • Take the action down a notch and go for a stroll around Eagles Nest Fine Art Gallery
  • For the best wood-fired pizza, hit up The Captain of Aireys before heading back to Anglesea for your last night in

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.