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Top 5 places to stay on the Great Ocean Road

No trip to Melbourne is complete without a journey along the Great Ocean Road.

After all, this scenic stretch of pavement is heralded as one of the world’s all-time best scenic drives.

At 243km, it isn’t a particularly long trip but it is packed with quintessential Aussie experiences; koalas, a rainforest, the 12 Apostles, deserted beaches, shipwreck sites and more. With so much to see and do, The Great Ocean Road is best enjoyed over several days. You and your travel mates will need places to stay overnight. Here are some visitor favourites!

Great Ocean Ecolodge

GPS Location: Otway Lighthouse Rd, Cape Otway VIC 3233, Australia
This award winning eco retreat provides the perfect escape. With beautiful facilities and only five bedrooms, your stay here will be unique and personal. The lodge is right next to the Great Otway National Park and within the grounds of a conservation research and wildlife rehabilitation centre. If you want to interact with koalas, this place is for you. The wildlife rehabilitiation centre allows you to get up close with the cuddly Aussie icons.

Pebble Point

Pebble Point

GPS Address: 20 Old Coach Rd, Princetown VIC 3269, Australia
Pebble Point takes glamping to the next level! Five spacious luxury tents are conveniently situated at the end of the Great Ocean Walk and within close proximity to three (yes, three!) national parks. A stay here is all about immersing yourself in nature, but Pebble Point is also about comfort. You’ll be treated to luxurious king size beds, spacious en-suite bathrooms and a private deck from which to listen to the Southern Ocean waves or watch a full moon rise above the Otway Ranges.

Oscars Waterfront Boutique Hotel

GPS Address: 41B Gipps St, Port Fairy VIC 3284, Australia
This boutique hotel is situated on the Moyne River overlooking the marina in historic Port Fairy. Describing the setting as ‘picturesque’ is an understatement. On a calm day you can hear the waves on Port Fairy Beach, just a short stroll across the sand dunes. In close proximity from the 12 Apostles, and the magnificent Grampians, this luxury boutique hotel is the perfect place to lay your head mid-adventure. In the evening, you’re just a short stroll from the Merrijig Inn, where the ‘Merrijig Kitchen’ serves up incredible seasonal and locally sourced produce along with a carefully selected wine list. Who could ask for more?

The Lodge – Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk

GPS Address: 70 Stafford Road, Johanna VIC 3238, Australia
Three hours from Melbourne and 30 minutes from the nearest town, the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk’s Lodge is environmentally sustainable award-winning accommodation that is an incredible example of environmental best practice. The Lodge is home to a self sufficient water supply, on site waste water treatment, low consumption electric and water fittings, hydronic heating, composting and kitchen garden. Impressive. For walkers undertaking one of the many tours on offer from the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk team, the Lodge is the “jam in the doughnut”, that special surprise after a day’s walking (including outdoor foot spas and meals cooked with ingredients from the kitchen garden). Hikers rave about the warm hospitality, the sensational meals and of course, the stunning location.

Chris’s Beacon Point Restaurant & Villas

GPS Address: 280 Skenes Creek Rd, Apollo Bay VIC 3233, Australia
Set high in the Otways above the Great Ocean Road, Chris’s has become a mecca for gourmet travellers and is something of an icon of the Great Ocean Road. In beautiful Apollo Bay, Chris’s restaurant serves up fresh seafood from the Southern Ocean, but the jewel in the crown is the stunning setting – floor to ceiling windows so diners can feel close in to Apollo Bay and the Otways. When you’re fed and watered, the stunning apartments have modern fittings, also complete with floor to ceiling windows and striking sea views!

These are just a few of the incredible places to stay in Victoria.  For more information on visiting Melbourne and Australia, head to our comprehensive website by clicking here.

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