The Great Ocean Road’s Greatest Stays

The Great Ocean Road is famous for the 12 Apostles and iconic rugged coastline, but there’s a whole lot more to this stunning stretch of Victoria.

The Great Ocean Road’s Greatest Stays: Whether it’s a special occasion, a weekend away with friends or just a bit of solo time-out, we have lined up some of the greatest places to stay in the Great Ocean Road Region.

The Great Ocean Road’s Greatest Stays, Port Cottage
Credit: Bianca Jackson

Port Cottage, Port Campbell

One of Port Campbell’s original beach houses, Port Cottage stands as a testament to thoughtful design, which captures the essence of its rich heritage. Every detail of this cottage portrays a character deeply rooted in local history. 

From its sustainable ethos, enviable view overlooking Port Campbell National Park and the Southern Ocean, Port Cottage offers more than just a night away, it becomes that feeling of nostalgia of holidays past.  With three inviting bedrooms and a cozy bathroom with a luxurious bath, you can unwind in comfort while being close to many of the Great Ocean Road icons.

Things to do nearby:

• Visit the 12 Apostles and Viewing Platforms
• Port Campbell Discovery Walk

The Great Ocean Road’s Greatest Stays

Cooinda, Apollo Bay 

Cooinda, with a nod to a sustainable life, nestled on 10 acres of steep terrain at the edge of the Otways rainforest, commands stunning vistas from its high perch in the hills, including views stretching through to the ocean. 

Cooinda ensures comfort from the two bedrooms, and large living spaces suitable for a mini family escape, or a catch-up with friends or family. Sit around the wood fire in the evening enjoying the sunset, or sounds of nature drifting through the open doors and enjoy time in absolute seclusion and panoramic views of rural, forest, and ocean landscapes, this semi-rural retreat promises to create cherished holiday memories. 

Things to do nearby:

• Visit Stevensons Falls
• Explore the Ride Forrest MTB Trails

The Great Ocean Road’s Greatest Stays, Sunnymead Hotel

Sunnymead Hotel, Aireys Inlet

Sunnymead Hotel is the year-round destination for warm, sunny vibes and playful nostalgia. Formerly the Lightkeepers Inn Motel, the fun, retro-inspired revival captures the essence of Sunnymead Beach in Aireys Inlet. 

For those who prefer a little more luxury, the Superior Suite is your choice of room. Dive into relaxation at the poolside bar, “Sunnies”, book a treatment at the beautiful Indie Spa, or you can treat your taste buds to the vibrant flavors of Indian-inspired cuisine at the on-site Santara Restaurant. Sunnymead is perfect for that extra special hens party, girls weekend or a place to surprise your partner with. 

Things to do nearby:

• Visit Sunnymead Beach
• Surf Coast Walk (Aireys Inlet to Fairhaven Beach)

The Great Ocean Road’s Greatest Stays, Narriyu

Narriyu, Aireys Inlet 

Narriyu is a Wadawurrung word meaning ‘top of hill’. This luxury home, located on the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung people is Nestled within the Otway forest, hidden high on a ridge with spectacular views as far as the eye can see. Providing rarefied seclusion yet located only minutes from Aireys Inlet surf, shops and cafes, Narriyu is as much a luxurious exclusive retreat as it is a beach house.

Narriyu is a 4 bedroom luxury stay for an unforgettable holiday, with spas, a waterfall shower with uninterrupted views overlooking the Otways, or entertaining your friends and family in the open plan living areas, Narriyu offers a private retreat to rejuvenate mind, body, and soul along the Great Ocean Road.

Things to do nearby:

• Moggs Creek Ocean View Circuit Walk
• Have a treatment at Indie Spa, we recommend trying the Rasul

The Great Ocean Road’s Greatest Stays, Chocolate Gannets

Chocolate Gannets, Apollo Bay

Nestled on Apollo Bay’s serene shores, Chocolate Gannets offers luxurious Great Ocean Road accommodation. With four unique two-bedroom villas boasting meditative sea views and spa tubs, it’s the ideal retreat for a special occasion or a solo escape. 

Fall asleep to waves lulling you into tranquility and wake up to bird song. Enjoy local wine by a cozy fireplace or soak in a spa tub while the sun sets. Each villa is meticulously designed for comfort making sure your stay promises rejuvenation and relaxation.

Things to do nearby:

• Take a Seals by Sunset Tour with Apollo Bay Surf & Kayak
• Take a dusk tour at Wildlife Wonders

The Great Ocean Road’s Greatest Stays, Lightkeepers Cottage

Lightkeepers Cottage, Cape Otway

The Lightkeeper’s Cottage is a homely heritage property nestled on the breathtaking Cape Otway. This stay offers guests a glimpse into the life of the Lightstation’s first keepers. Built in 1857, this cottage exudes a timeless allure that resonates with its rich history and is based on the grounds of the Cape Otway Lightstation. Every corner of the cottage reflects the simple elegance of bygone eras, providing an authentic experience. Whether you are relaxing in the cottage, gazing out the window at the beautiful coastline and the Light Station, or sampling scones at the Lightkeepers Cafe, this will be a great stay to remember.  The cottage provides flexibility to accommodate different group sizes, perfect for a luxury group getaway, special occasion or family stay.

Things to do nearby:

• Maits Rest Rainforest Trail
• Explore nearby waterfalls – Triplet Falls, Hopetoun Falls, Beauchamp Falls.

Feeling inspired to plan your great stay, or would like to add more things to do? Explore a range of itineraries curated by the Visit Great Ocean Road team.

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