Great Ocean Road Accommodation: Unique Places to Stay for a Stylish Road Trip
Glamping to luxury getaways, the Great Ocean Road has it all in spades. Here’s the Great Ocean Road accommodation to book for your next glamorous road trip adventure.
Forever etched in Australian folklore, the Great Ocean Road, with its string of beaches and national parks, is a destination that has holidaymakers flocking in 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 Great Ocean Road 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 Victorian road trip adventure.
Great Ocean Road Accommodation: Torquay
Abide by the name at this striking Great Ocean Road accommodation, set at the beginning of this striking stretch of Australian coastline. Ella's Rest is for just that - rest and relaxation. A couple's retreat, nestled on a seven acre property in a quiet pocket of Torquay, this eco-friendly, two-bedroom stay was designed by a local architect as a truly unique and evocative escape from the everyday. The natural aesthetic creates a space that captures light and views from every room, making it seamless from the inside out. Relax with a wine from the sheltered deck overlooking the dam, and enjoy the north facing courtyard with outdoor dining, shower and firepit. A retreat that's near impossible to leave.
$976 per two night stay, for 4 guests
Address available upon request
Great Ocean Road Accommodation: Anglesea & Aireys Inlet
Radical! The Sundowner is a relaxed 80's beach house with good vibes and nostalgia, set in Anglesea. This Great Ocean Road accommodation is the perfect spot to relax, unwind and enjoy the quintessentially Australian way of living or holidaying, surrounded by bush and set against a stunning coastline of cliffs and pristine beaches. With casual, colourful, and cosy interiors, the house has a warm and relaxed retro vibe, but all the appliances are new and the kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need. Designed for eight guests, organise your best crew for a weekend away you won't soon forget.
$762.50 per two night stay, for 8 guests
Address available upon request
100 Steps to the Beach
100 steps... to Great Ocean Road accommodation perfection! Set right on the beach, literally 100 steps from the front door, 100 Steps to the Beach is an getaway with such a relaxing vibe. It's also gorgeous, with artistic features, multiple lounge areas, north-facing windows, and an amazing plunge pool. The perfect escape for family or friends, and a chance to live in coastal solitude and recharge awhile.
Booking enquiries made here, from $900 per night, up to 10 guests
Located just 100 metres from Anglesea Main Beach, Hideaway Shack is perfectly located for your next coastal getaway. This hidden gem is beautifully tucked away, with ample outdoor space to relax in privacy. It's also a very short walk to great coffee. Perfecto!
The house is made up of three bedrooms, and filled with art, books, a big comfy couch, fireplace, and a wood fired oven on a large private deck.
Side note: It's a family friendly accommodation, but ensure that you respect all of the pieces the owner's have left there for you to enjoy.
$809.00 per two night minimum, for 6 guests
Address available upon request
For fun seekers and sun seekers, Sunnymead Hotel is a wonderful stay from Adelaide to Melbourne. Serving up vibes for days, it's full of fun, colour and personality. Located in the heart of Aireys Inlet, a small coastal town with a vibrant culture enjoyed by foodies, art lovers and nature seekers, it's also breathing new life into a classic motel-scape.
Choose from standard, well, not-so-standard suites, where you can fall straight onto a comfy king-size bed, and make yourself a cheeky cocktail; or try the superior suite on for size.
Fancy a little me-time? Sunnymead's onsite spa, Indie, is equipped with a rasul (mud chamber) and bathhouse, designed for sitting back, soaking and sipping on another cocktail or two.
There's also an onsite restaurant, Santara, a modern fusion restaurant drawing inspiration from Indian cuisine, designed for sharing and full of flavour. Sunnies Bar brings all the vacay vibes too, where hanging out by the pool never looked so good. We can't get enough of this new Great Ocean Road accommodation - and neither should you!
From $210 a night, standard room, 2 person stay
64 Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet, 3231
The Pole House
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 Great Ocean Road accommodation 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 $1255 a night (depending on peak or off-peak season)
Great Ocean Road, Fairhaven
Great Ocean Road Accommodation: Lorne
Ocean House is an architect-designed coastal dream house that is one of Australia’s most exquisite examples of holiday accommodation (it’s been featured both Elle and Vogue Living). Just 100 metres from North Lorne’s secluded beach, it’s a five bedroom masterpiece of design. From the circular bedrooms and panoramic outdoor lookout to the glass pavilion and designer furniture, every room offers novel delights. It's one of the most striking Great Ocean Road accommodation options available today.
2A Trade Winds Avenue, Lorne
Great Ocean Road Accommodation: Apollo Bay, Skenes Creek, Forrest & Birregurra
Long Tide Retreat
A sanctuary in the forest, Long Tide Retreat is is a beautiful property, set amongst the trees. There's also breathtaking ocean and forest views to enjoy; it's a Great Ocean Road accommodation that enchants with its surrounding natural beauty and vast expanse. Look within, and its an earthy and calm barn style guest house that puts romance on the forefront. A truly magical space to rest and retreat from the world.
To note: It's the last property at the end of the street aka a 1.5 kilometre long dirt road, making for an incredibly tranquil setting with breathtaking ocean views.
From $693 per two night stay, for 4 guests
Address available upon request
Bootmaker's Cottage is a delightful heritage cottage in Birregurra, named in honour of bootmaker and saddler James Townsend, who first built the simple dwelling along with a shop and stables around 1864. Like the township in which it proudly sits, this Great Ocean Road accommodation adjacent is rich in history and character, and has been lovingly restored to evoke the simple and warm pleasures of Victoria's pioneering past.
It offers the best of two worlds, where you can readily escape into countryside living, but also be super close to amenities. It’s impossible to go past the outdoor old cast iron bathtub, where guests can indulge in a hot bubble bath under the stars. A hammock swings amongst the lavender and birches for lazy afternoons, and there's an outdoor barbeque for delicious alfresco feasting under festoon lights, followed by warm conversation beside a roaring fire in the central fire pit. The old stables and bootmakers workshop have been converted into a fabulous bar and retreat, well set up to occupy family and friends alike.
Step out the front door and you are right in the middle of historic Main Street Birregurra, just 30 minutes from the Great Ocean Road. It's easy to imagine stepping back in time to the 1800’s, but today, cafes, a bakery, antique shops, local wine and produce stores, and a great old pub complete the strip. The town is idyllic, yet feels a little undiscovered. Don’t be surprised if you wake to the aroma of coffee and freshly baked bread drifting in from the Otway Artisan, literally next door.
From $1,204, 3 night minimum stay
73 Main Street, Birregurra
Great Ocean Road Accommodation: The Otways & Johanna
Take a step back in time, to a bygone Victorian era; life was simpler, people spent time with dignified entertainment, and life seemed to have more space and time. The Great Age of Steam can be found at this stunning retreat, an incredibly unique Great Ocean Road accommodation offering with a wonderful past, that will appeal to train enthusiasts and history lovers alike.
While it can sleep up to six guests, it is a converted carriage and a cosy space, so it's recommended for a couple or a family of four (with optional, well behaved pets!)
A touch of steampunk can be felt throughout, with warm wooden antique furniture, ornate chandeliers, pressed metal and wood panelling; deep red velvet curtains, leather lounges, exposed piping and gloss black floors evoking a feeling of nostalgic travel to a faraway place. Prepare your morning coffee in the Italian stove-top coffee maker, and keep cosy by the wood fire in the living room. There’s no TV, but WiFi is available, along with a bluetooth speaker and selection of books and board games. Outside, it’s quiet and peaceful, with leafy trees, bird life, and garden with outdoor setting to relax in.
$385 per night, 3 night minimum, for 6 guests
1 Sanderson Lane, Forrest
Otway's Loft is the ultimate in unique Great Ocean Road stays - a secluded hand-built tree-house like no other, nestled amongst the treetops of Forrest. It’s the kind of place you can truly escape and hide away from your everyday.
Full of character, this labour of love for the original owner is a curious creation of hand-built raw and recycled material, that spans up to three stories high. If all you ever wanted as a child was your very own treehouse, then we are sure that Otway's Loft will make all your dreams come true.
With a balcony to enjoy the summer nights, and a fireplace to cosy up in winter, your days will slow, as you wander the nooks of the loft, and nestle into a time gone by. The best part? The dawn birdsong; an authentic, country, wake-up-call.
We can’t imagine a better Great Ocean Road accommodation to book into, perfect for a solo retreat, romantic getaway with your partner, or to explore as a group with family and friends.
From $360 per night, up to 8 guests
42 Station Street, Forrest
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, it's easy to see why The Boomerangs is one of the best Great Ocean Road accommodation spots.
From $649 a night, 2 person stay
3815 Great Ocean Road, Johanna
Great Ocean Road Accommodation: Princetown & Port Campbell
Surrounded by Otway National Park, Alkina Lodge takes luxury Great Ocean Road 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 $450 per night (off-season), $600-$1200 per night (peak season), up to 8 person stay
35 Parkers Access Track, Wattle Hill
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. Now, that's what we are wanting from our Great Ocean Road accommodation.
$195 per couple per night (in peak season)
20 Old Coach Road, Princeton
Great Ocean Road Accommodation: Warrnambool
Designed with maximum relaxation in mind, Warrnambool Retreat is a haven of luxury, class and comfort. It has all the amenities you'd expect from a high-end retreat, but with a local touch, and the added benefit of being in one of Australia's most beautiful and serene locations.
Over 90 years old, there are two Great Ocean Road accommodations available onsite, named Henna and Merri. Both have been completely renovated to the highest quality - bringing back their gorgeous historic features and original character.
Within walking distance to town, and situated a beautiful Norfolk Pine tree-lined street, you'll likely never want to leave this gorgeous reprieve from the everyday.
Corner of Henna & Merri Streets, Warrnambool
Lady Bay Resort
Welcome to Lady Bay Resort, located in Warrnambool at the end of the Great Ocean Road. This self contained resort is located directly opposite the beach, so guests are mere minutes away from doing what the locals do – swim, hang out and relax.
This Great Ocean Road accommodation also has in-house restaurant, a seasonally heated outdoor pool, free WiFi and free outdoor parking.
Onsite are 65 appointed one, two & three bedroom fully self-contained apartments and 13 hotel studio rooms. Guests are spoilt with options, with the standard, sea-side spa and luxury spa apartments to choose from. So whether you are planning a family getaway, honeymoon, special occasion or you simply need a comfortable bed with a delicious meal whilst travelling for work; Lady Bay Resort is your answer.
From $224 per night
2 Pertobe Road, Warrnambool
Great Ocean Road Accommodation: Port Fairy
Oak & Anchor Hotel
For boutique Great Ocean Road accommodation in the heart of charming Port Fairy, you simply can't look past Oak & Anchor Hotel. There a seven boutique bedroom suites onsite, and it's easy to see that this heritage dame has been transformed into the classiest lady in town.
Each of the dreamy, light filled suites are of matchless beauty, a combination of stone, timber and rusted steel textures that together create an earthy, relaxed appeal.
Unique and individual in layout, it's all about the detail here, with custom made bed heads, deep luxurious bath tubs, artisan pottery and locally made chocolates ensuring each suite is a story to be told. An à la carte, continental or full English/Irish breakfast can be enjoyed at the property too.
A romantic, adults-only retreat.
From $420 a night, 2 person stay
9 Bank Street, Port Fairy
Oscar's Waterfront Boutique Hotel
Unique riverfront accommodation in picturesque Port Fairy, Oscar's is where you can enjoy a luxury “home away from home” experience. Spacious rooms are just the tip of the excellent-accommodation-iceberg here. Add in the ideal location and absolute river frontage, and you truly get the best of both worlds - stunning views and easy access to everything Port Fairy has to offer.
From $322 per night (off-season), 2 person stay
41B Gipps Street, Port Fairy
No. 1 William Street
This 1850's stone cottage will delight and enchant. Explore pristine beaches and village charm of Port Fairy with a stay at No. 1 William Street. Where else can you stand on the front step of a little piece of history, with a magnificent avenue of Norfolk Pines to the right, the delight of all that a town has to offer at your back, and the long sandy beaches and roar of the Southern Ocean just over the dunes in front of you?!
No. 1 comfortably sleeps up to six in three bedrooms, making it a cottage that is a cosy retreat for two, a homely base for two couples, or comfortable accommodation for families. There's a well appointed full kitchen, continental breakfast provisions provided to kickstart your weekend away, and linen-covered beds to fall dreamily into. All in all, it's quaint, vintage heaven.
From $250 a night, 3 night minimum stay, for 6 guests
1 William Street, Port Fairy
Cove Beach Luxury House
The Cove Beach House is nestled upon East Beach in Port Fairy, with stunning ocean views abundant. Step out the back door, and meander down a short path to rest your feet on the sand. A stone's throw away from crystal clear water, the view of the lighthouse is also perfect for water sports, fishing and a large range of beach activities.
The house itself is brimming with large spaces and natural light. It encompasses a modern coastal aesthetic to keep you calm the minute you walk through the door.
We j'adore the large decking, perfect for relaxing, drinking a cup of coffee or tea or even a glass of wine, and taking in the amazing beachfront view, sunrise to sunset. It's one of the most blissful, beach-beautiful escapes on the Great Ocean Road.
From $650, per two night stay, for up to 8 guests
Address available upon request
There you go! We’ve rounded up all best Great Ocean Road accommodation. 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? Or start ticking off this scenic Victorian bucket list, perfect for summertime travelling.