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Destination guide

Victoria's long and winding Great Ocean Road

Get ready to fall in love with this road trip – because it's pretty well guaranteed you'll fall hard for Victoria's Great Ocean Road. Built throughout the 1920s, the 243 km highway links the cities of Torquay and Allansford along Australia's southeastern coast. Along the way, you'll find loads of sandy beaches, seaside cliffs and a number of striking rock formations. With so much highway, you won't have any trouble finding Great Ocean Road vacation rentals with scenic ocean views or easy access to sandy beaches.

Things to do

There's plenty to sea along the Great Ocean Road

You can even get your surf on without dipping a toe in the water. At the Australian National Surfing Museum, you'll find a wealth of information on the history and culture of the sport. For a closer look at the area's natural splendor, you can head to the scenic Great Otway National Park, where you'll find more than 103,000 hectares of campsites, hiking trails and beachfront boardwalk. Keep an eye out for koalas here, too – the park's known for a sizeable population of them, and you can also spot whales, dolphins and countless bird species throughout the park.

Activities

Just wave – waterfront sport on the Great Ocean Road

Beaches you sought and beaches you shall have – the Great Ocean Road is nothing if not a paradise for waterfront recreation. The eastern half of the road runs along the Surf Coast, where you can find plenty of scenic spots to catch some gnarly waves, and surf festivals are an annual event. Bell's Beach is a popular destination for surfers of all skill levels, while advanced wave-chasers can find more adrenaline-pumping breaks along the ominously named Shipwreck Coast further west. Back on land, the Great Ocean Walk offers more than 110 km of beachfront trails.

Weather

Thoroughly temperate times on the Great Ocean Road

Although it spans more than 200 km, the climate along the Great Ocean Road is fairly consistent – a temperate oceanic climate that offers warm, dry summers and cooler, wetter winters. Summer highs along the highway range from 22 to 25 degrees between January and March, while winter temperatures range from lows of 5 or 6 to highs around 14 degrees from June through August. A major destination for summer visitors, you'll have the best luck finding low-cost Great Ocean Road vacation rentals during the slower, cooler winter months.

Natural highlights

Australia rocks – Great Ocean Road's arches, cliffs and more

Running east to west along Australia's southeastern coast, the Great Ocean Road is noted for its iconic scenery. Limestone and sandstone in the area offer a number of striking arches and rock formations, and you can find plenty of sandy beaches, steep cliffs, waterfalls and even rainforest all along the route. Along the Great Ocean Walk, which follows the coastline roughly parallel to a large section of the Great Ocean Road, you can spot koalas, echidnas, wallabies and a number of bird and reptile species, and regular whale sightings are a seasonal draw between June and September.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Great Ocean Road?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,614 holiday rentals around Great Ocean Road. From 1,902 holiday houses to 150 cottages, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Great Ocean Road is on Stayz.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Great Ocean Road?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Great Ocean Road. From Stayz travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Lorne: 719 holiday rentals
  • Ocean Grove: 877 holiday rentals
  • Daylesford: 480 holiday rentals
  • Apollo Bay: 339 holiday rentals
  • Fairhaven: 840 holiday rentals

Stayz offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Great Ocean Road! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Great Ocean Road?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Great Ocean Road with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Lorne: 719 holiday homes
  • Ocean Grove: 877 holiday homes
  • Daylesford: 480 holiday homes
  • Apollo Bay: 339 holiday homes
  • Fairhaven: 840 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Great Ocean Road?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in Great Ocean Road are:

  • Warrnambool, VIC (WMB): 350 holiday houses
  • Avalon Airport (AVV): 804 holiday houses
  • Portland Airport (PTJ): 58 holiday houses

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Great Ocean Road?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Great Ocean Road. From Stayz travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Johanna Beach: 357 holiday rentals
  • Twelve Apostles: 57 holiday rentals
  • Anglesea Surf Beach: 1,396 holiday rentals
  • Daylesford Station: 565 holiday rentals
  • Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa: 589 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Great Ocean Road listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.

Explore destinations around Great Ocean Road

Lorne
719 holiday rentals
Ocean Grove
877 holiday rentals
Daylesford
480 holiday rentals
Apollo Bay
339 holiday rentals
Fairhaven
840 holiday rentals
Halls Gap
121 holiday rentals
Aireys Inlet
842 holiday rentals
Torquay
1,021 holiday rentals
Port Fairy
266 holiday rentals
Anglesea
861 holiday rentals
Barwon Heads
861 holiday rentals
Warrnambool
98 holiday rentals
Wye River
516 holiday rentals
Skenes Creek
351 holiday rentals
Queenscliff
1,398 holiday rentals
Point Lonsdale
1,263 holiday rentals
Portarlington
391 holiday rentals
Geelong
81 holiday rentals
Jan Juc
632 holiday rentals
Hepburn Springs
447 holiday rentals