Forever etched in Australian folklore, the Great Ocean Road with its string of beaches and national parks, is a destination that has holidaymakers flocking droves. With surf breaks that have made it onto Hollywood’s big screens to inspiring rock formations that grace many a social feed, this much-loved stretch of coastline is dramatic, yet beautiful, at every turn.
You’ll find your pick of accommodation, with boutique stays, glamping spots and contemporary wonders scattered all along the coastline, all perfectly positioned to capitalise on the incredible vistas that only this stretch of coast can deliver.
From quaint cottages to romantic safari tents, these are places to book on your next Aussie road trip adventure.
Surrounded by Otway National Park, Alkina Lodge takes luxury accommodation up a notch. Three private residences (each sleeping up to eight guests each) have been architecturally designed – stone floors, fully equipped Gaggenau kitchen, Bose audio system, European furniture and a living room that is bathed in natural light from the stunning sky windows above. But, none of it compares to the bespoke wood fireplace. And it’s all only a short drive away from the Twelve Apostles, and the crashing wave of the Southern Ocean.
From $860 per night
35 Parkers Access Track, Wattle Hill
There’s a reason why this is the most photographed house on the Great Ocean Road. Suspended 40 metres above Fairhaven Beach, The Pole House was built in the 1970s and has been a landmark ever since. The house itself may be small, but it sure does pack a punch – floating above the Great Ocean Road with uninterrupted views up and down the coastline. Completely self-contained with one-bedroom and one bathroom, waking up to the sounds of crashing waves, has never felt so magical (and romantic).
From $750 a night with a minimum two nights (peak time)
Great Ocean Road, Fairhaven
At Pebble Point, you get to sleep in a luxurious king-size bed, all while having minimal impact on the environment. Six spacious safari tents with ensuites make up this luxury bush retreat, built on former farmland that’s been regenerated into natural coastal woodland. It’s also surrounded by three national parks – Port Campbell National Park, Otway National Park and the Twelve Apostle Marine National Park – so waking up to wildlife is all but guaranteed.
$195 per couple per night (in peak season)
20 Old Coach Road, Princeton
What’s a drive along the Great Ocean Road without a stay at one of the luxurious beachfront properties? Ocean House’s contemporary digs amid eucalypt trees is a short 100-metre stroll from North Lorne’s secluded beach. It’s an architectural delight, sculptured from concrete, timber and glass. The five-bedroom house sleeps up to ten guests, but privacy won’t be an issue here with two living areas, three bathrooms, wrap-around terraces, and a rooftop deck. And let’s not forget the open-air bath and circular bedrooms, all with panoramic ocean views.
$1500 per night (weekends)
2A Trade Winds Avenue, Lorne
The Great Ocean Road offers up a whole bunch of unique stays, and The Boomerangs is yet another. Aptly named after the boomerang-shaped cottages, each one is designed to soak up the views of the valley, forest and ocean. The cottages have two-bedrooms (accommodating up to four guests), a self-contained kitchen, barbeque and a cosy fireplace. Perfect for retreating to after a day exploring Johanna Beach and nearby Otway National Park and Twelve Apostles.
From $400 a night (peak season)
3815 Great Ocean Road, Johanna
The grand dame of the Great Ocean Road, Kincraig is a beautiful family home that hails from the late 1800s. Luxuriously spacious living areas, ornate finishes, and large balconies that look out over manicured gardens and Louttit Bay. Open fireplaces are sprinkled throughout, including the kitchen, and outside, the in-ground trampoline brings out the inner kid in all the guests. Sleeping up to 12 guests and moments from the beach, Kincraig is a super family-friendly getaway.
$2,000 per night with a minimum of 7-night stay (peak season)
236 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne
A short 15-minute drive from Lorne, The Farm is one of the most stunning properties inland from Great Ocean Road. On a property that has expansive views of rolling farmland, Pennyroyal Valley and Otway Hinterland, is a contemporary home that’s designed in the shape of an H. Inside, the modern furnishings are made all the cosier with fireplaces, and the four bedrooms and open plan living areas open out to awe-inspiring views. Outside, The Farm has many places to kick back and relax, but none others are quite like the large fire pit at sunset.
$1,034 average per night
186 Sincocks Road, Pennyroyal
King of convenience, Captain’s at the Bay is located in Apollo Bay, a mere walking distance to the beach and shops. It’s a contemporary bed and breakfast that has a variety of lodgings – The Bridge, The Terraces, The Cottage and The Loft – all up it caters to 11 couples. Captain’s Terraces (four in total) and The Cottage are the most highly prized, offering complete privacy with an enclosed courtyard. All guestrooms come with a full breakfast in the dining room.
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21 Pascoe Street, Apollo Bay
Oceanfront accommodation on eight hectares with roaming alpacas hand-fed daily by guests – it really is a winning combination all around. A series of self-contained modern studios, units and lodges make up Seafarers Getaway, all with ocean views from the front decks. The Beach View Lodges are highly prized for their spacious interiors and quick access to the beach. And it’s all within easy reach of Apollo Bay and its many restaurants, national parks and beaches.
From $230 a night
6080 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay
There you go! We’ve rounded up all best Great Ocean Road accommodations. For your next road trip adventure, why don’t you book a weekend on the Great Ocean Road and enjoy the much-loved stretch of this dramatic, yet beautiful coastline?