Authored by Kate Campbell
The Surf Coast of Victoria and its world famous beaches, makes it an incredible destination for an escape from the bustling heart of Melbourne. Just over an hour west of the CBD, The Surf Coast stretches along the Great Ocean Road, so you’ll be at no shortage of breathtaking ocean views from atop the rugged cliff faces.
Whether you make the trip in summer to soak up the sunshine from the sand, or choose to explore the region on a cooler day, there’s so much to see and do!
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Take some time to enjoy a delicious wholesome brunch at the sustainability conscious, Little Green Corner, who promote a focus on delivering yummy food that comes straight from local gardeners, farmers and growers.
Craving an epic smoothie bowl or a turmeric latte? Look no further than Surf Coast Wholefoods, an organic wholefoods store and café that showcases an incredible range of fresh produce, locally made goods and gifts. More foodie highlights here.
Learn to Surf
You can’t come to the surf coast without learning to surf! With the beautiful beaches and world class waves, Go Ride A Wave’s expert team will not only teach you the basics, they’ll make it an experience that’s hard to forget.
Walk Along The Great Ocean Road
The entire Surf Coast is made up of a walking trail that totals a massive 44kms long, boasting the most stunning ocean views and regional landscapes.
My favourite section of the walk was from Urquhart Bluff to the Split Point Lighthouse which works out to about 1.5 to 2 hours each way (allowing some time for photos in between).
The walk is fairly easy however the ground is uneven and with a few stairs. If you’d prefer to take a shorter walk, turn around at Sunnymead Beach which will take around 30 minutes each way.
Taste Test The Local Brews
Grab a Tasting Paddle from Blackman’s Brewery featuring brews with quirky names like Regional (IPA) that’ll “jump from the glass and fill your nostrils with every sip” or Ernie (Golden Ale) an “all-rounder made with session-ability and Sinatra in mind.”
Sit down with a tasting paddle with six choices which can feature their staple brews or limited releases (the cider is a must!)
Located just outside Torquay, Saltair Day Spa is surrounded by rolling hills, offering a scenic escape away from the stresses of daily life.
Using all Natural Organic products, the professional team will give you the ultimate relaxation whether you come alone, as a couple or with a group of friends.
Ride Horseback Along The Beach
The team at Blazing Saddles offers a 5 hour ride on horseback which includes riding through the Otway National Park and onto Fairhaven Beach where you can enjoy 10km of pristine beach.
Get Up Close With Australian Fur Seals
The cute and cheeky fur seals have a reputation for loving attention. There are plenty of boat tours available, however we found South Bay Eco Adventure tours to have a great reputation.
On their Discovery Tour you’ll explore areas that are only accessible by boat highlighting the unique history, wildlife and coastal landscape of Southern Port Phillip Bay.
Taste Some Cool Climate Wines
The Bellarine Coast (closer to Geelong) is speckled with wineries all specialising in cool climate wines. But the real unique beauty of these wineries is not only are you treated to a picturesque view of the vineyards, you’re able to see the ocean too.
The Otways are full of loads of waterfalls, depending on how far out you want to explore. My favourite waterfall, and popular tourist spot, is the Erskine Falls which plunges 30 metres into the lush tree-fern gully of the Erskine River.
A truly magical experience, deep within the forest of ferns, you’ll feel the mist on your skin as the water cascades into the water.
For more amazing places to eat, explore and splurge, check out the Surf Coast Chief Active Getaway Guide. Complete with a two day itinerary and interactive map, this guide will make planning your escape will be super easy!
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