Aireys Inlet

Aireys Inlet, Tourism Victoria

Population 754

Aireys Inlet is one of the prettiest towns on the Great Ocean Road and is famed for being home to the Split Point Lighthouse. While there are many attractions in town to entice, the lure of this town lies in its proximity to the stunning ochre cliffs and secluded beaches of the Great Ocean Road, and to some of the best national parks in Victoria.

Visitor Information

Geelong and Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre, Princes Hwy, Little River; (03) 5283 1735 or 1800 620 888

Nearby national parks

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  • Kinglake National Park

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  • Yarra Ranges National Park

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Nearby towns

  • Anglesea

    A pretty and sheltered part of the Surf Coast, Anglesea is one of the smaller holiday hamlets along the Great Ocean Road. The main beaches...more

  • Lorne

    Lorne is one of Victoria's most attractive and lively coastal resorts. The approach into town along the Great Ocean Road is truly...more

  • Torquay

    Torquay was one of the first resort towns on Victoria's coast, and remains one of the most popular today. It was named in honour of the...more

In Town

Split Point Lighthouse This famous lighthouse is still operating and is visible for kilometres on the Great Ocean Road. Tours run 11am–2pm daily year-round; 1800 174 045;

Eagles Nest Fine Art Gallery: a small gallery featuring the work of local artists; open 10am–5pm; 50 Great Ocean Rd; (03) 5289 7366.


Great Otway National Park This national park surrounds Aireys Inlet and is home to ancient forests and some of the most spectacular ocean scenery on the Great Ocean Rd. Highlights include Triplet Falls and Wreck Beach, where there are remains from a few shipwrecks. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963. See Apollo Bay.

Surf Coast Walk: this ocean walk continues for 66 km along the Great Ocean Road and takes you through scenery including pristine beaches and imposing cliffs; details from visitor centre.

Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary: found off the coast of Aireys Inlet, this marine sanctuary protects an abundance of marine life.

Fishing spots near town

Anglesea 9 km

Beach fishing species here are the same as Torquay, with the best fishing east of the Anglesea River, although you need to be aware of the marine park that extends west from Point Addis. But most anglers go here to fish... Find out more

Lorne 14 km

On the way into Lorne is a popular ledge known as Jump Rock. It consistently produces salmon, silver trevally, barracouta, pinkies and mullet. The drive into Lorne will also take you across the Erskine River, a small... Find out more

Torquay 24 km

The offshore waters of western Bass Strait, from Torquay to Cape Otway contain an abundance of species including Australian salmon, snapper, barracouta, King George whiting, yellowtail kingfish, silver trevally, gummy... Find out more

Barwon River 39 km

Sometimes going fishing in our southern rivers is about making the best of what is available, as is the case of the Barwon River, which flows through Geelong. Like the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers, the coffee-coloured... Find out more

Barwon River Estuary 41 km

The Barwon River estuary enters Bass Strait about 10 km west of Port Phillip Heads and it divides the holiday towns of Barwon Heads  and Ocean Grove. This estuary  is one of the most productive  waterways... Find out more

Western Shore 43 km

Taking a southerly route around the bay from the lagoon you pass a large industrial and waterfront area. The next fishable water from shore is North Shore rocks, just outside the entrance to Corio Quay. During winter,... Find out more

Stingray Bay 44 km

Stingray Bay on the southern shore is properly called Stingaree Bay, but many anglers simply refer to it as Limeburners, due to the boat harbour at Limeburners Point. The boundary of the bay is roughly between the... Find out more

Point Henry 47 km

Point Henry is a sand spit point on the southern shore of Corio Bay and is the demarcation between the inner and outer harbours. It is distinctive in that there is a large aluminium smelter and a long pier used to unload... Find out more

Curlewis Bank 47 km

Curlewis Bank is well regarded for King George whiting during late summer and autumn. However, this vast bank of sand, seagrass and spoil ground also produces snapper, snook, squid and flathead. It is popular with soft... Find out more

Apollo Bay 49 km

Apollo Bay has a diversity of angling options, including river, estuary, surf and offshore. You can also fish from the rocks or in the sheltered harbour. Anglers who come here seek everything from brown trout and bream... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Canoeing on Lake Elizabeth 33 km

For a fantastic dawn or dusk paddle in which you have a 95 per cent chance of seeing a platypus, join Otway Eco Tours on Lake Elizabeth. Half-day trips to this remote lake in the ranges depart from the small hamlet of... Find out more

Sea-kayaking in Marengo Marine Sanctuary 52 km

In an exciting two-hour guided paddle, head out from Apollo Bay to Marengo Marine Sanctuary to get a close-up view of an Australian fur-seal colony. The seals often come out to swim around the kayaks.... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Sands, Torquay 27 km

Sands by name . . . Sands by nature. It doesn’t take long to figure out the overwhelming feature of a round at Torquay. Standing on the 1st tee of this Stuart Applebydesigned layout, a blanket of white is... Find out more

Thirteenth Beach Golf Links (Beach Course) 37 km

After all the accolades Tony Cashmore received for his design work at The Dunes, on the Mornington Peninsula, he must have felt some pressure to produce an equally fine layout when it came time for his next project:... Find out more

Thirteenth Beach Golf Links (Creek Course) 37 km

Sir Nick Faldo won six major titles, playing himself into winning positions on the back of strong shot-making, a trait that is highly prized on the courses he now designs. The Creek course at Thirteenth Beach, created... Find out more

Barwon Heads Golf Club 39 km

From the moment you pull up at the car park in front of the Barwon Heads clubhouse, it is as if you have travelled back in time to a more genteel era. The old-world charm is present not only in the architecture of the... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

a la grecque

This informal Greek restaurant run by legendary restaurateur Kosta Talihmanidis is just 11 kilometres south of Anglesea at Aireys Inlet. A crisp, modern Australian incarnation of Greek dining, the restaurant sparkles... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Otway Estate Brewery 47 km

Located 12 kilometres from Colac, Otway Estate Winery was established in 1983, specialising in cool-climate wines; a microbrewery was added in 2007. Head brewer Luke Scott oversees the production of up to 15 different... Find out more

Campsites around town

Hammonds Road camping area 10 km

There’s plenty of open space at this campground up in the far north of the national park. Back towards the coast, close to Aireys Inlet, nice short walks include the easy Distillery Creek Nature Trail and the Moggs... Find out more

Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park 10 km

In Anglesea, turn off the Great Ocean Rd onto Cameron Rd to access this waterfront campground, where you can choose between a splash in a river and chasing waves off a surf beach. Anglesea township is only a short walk... Find out more

Big Hill camping area 13 km

This is an open, easily accessible spot that can accommodate about 20 tents. The bushland location has a faraway feel but is within striking distance of many coastal attractions. Big Hill Track is signposted about 11 km... Find out more

Erskine River Caravan Park 14 km

This park has several dozen sites right beside the Erskine River, which flows through the busy seaside holiday town of Lorne. Tackle the walking trail to Erskine Falls, dive into the surf off Lorne’s main beach or... Find out more

Kia-Ora Caravan Park 14 km

Kia-Ora is one of several campgrounds next to the Erskine River in Lorne that are collectively managed by the Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park. It’s located on the river’s southern bank close to the Great Ocean... Find out more

Allenvale Mill Site camping area (walk-in camping) 16 km

The old Allenvale Mill site lies just beyond the outskirts of Lorne, which is handy for campers who like to have all the conveniences of a modern township within easy reach. This is a walk-in campsite, but it’s... Find out more

Cora Lynn camping area (walk-in camping) 18 km

The 2 campsites at Cora Lynn offer intimacy and tranquillity. They are accessed on foot via a track leading from the Blanket Leaf picnic area – you can take a walk from the carpark here to scenic Erskine Falls. The... Find out more

Sharps Track camping area 18 km

This site is up in the hinterland behind Lorne. To stretch your legs, head to the nearby Sheoak Picnic Area and follow the well-graded trail to Upper and Lower Kalimna Falls. To reach the camping area from Lorne, take... Find out more

Cumberland River Holiday Park 18 km

The grassy, flat campsites at Cumberland River are overlooked by impressive cliffs that rise up across the water – ask the park’s managers about the trail that climbs the bluff, and about the many other local... Find out more

Jamieson Track camping area (bush camping) 22 km

Jamieson Track is a remote bush camp with only a handful of sites and no facilities, and is subject to seasonal access. You’ll need a 4WD to reach it. Turn onto Jamieson Track from the Great Ocean Rd about 10 km... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park 10 km

This large beachfront and riverfront park is centrally located just 500 metres from the town centre. It has large expanses of lawn, shady sites and a range of good facilities. It is a very nice park! Bookings are... Find out more

Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park 14 km

This is actually a group of five parks all within Lorne, and all five are administered from the one office. Each is well positioned and within walking distance of the resort-style town centre. Lorne is one of... Find out more

Cumberland River Holiday Park 18 km

Cumberland River Holiday Park is set in a picturesque spot on the scenic coastal strip. It is close to the beach and a good base for exploring the Otways. Bookings are required in peak periods, with a minimum-stay period... Find out more

Torquay Holiday Park 24 km

The park is located on the highway about 400 metres from the centre of town. It is a very good quality park and facilities include tennis courts, putting greens and private bathrooms with spas. Bookings are required in... Find out more

BIG4 Wye River Holiday Park 27 km

This is a very neatly maintained beachside park on this fabulous and popular coastline. Bookings are required in peak periods, with a minimum-length stay at Christmas, Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Kennett River Holiday Park 31 km

Located midway between Lorne and Apollo Bay, this park has good basic facilities. It is squeezed between the Otway Ranges and a safe surf beach. Bookings are required in peak periods, with a minimum-stay period at... Find out more

Geelong Surfcoast Highway Holiday Park 32 km

This park between Geelong and Torquay has been rejuvenated as a tourist park and importantly for those who travel with pets is one of the very few parks in the region that takes pets. It is easily accessible from the... Find out more

Geelong Riverview Tourist Park 39 km

This is a great park on the south side of the Barwon River, just 2 km from the centre of Geelong. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Riverglen Holiday Park 39 km

This is a large, owner-operated park with good facilities and is located just 2 km from the centre of Geelong. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and long weekends, with a minimum-stay period at Easter and long... Find out more

Barwon River Tourist Park 39 km

On the south side of the Barwon River about 2 km from the centre of Geelong, this place has good facilities and is easily accessible. There are nicely shaded sites and it is just a short walk to the shopping centre. A... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Apollo Bay Youth Hostel 50 km

This relatively new hostel was built with an eco-friendly design, including thermal storage banks and other passive solar heating and cooling. It also has solar hot water, rainwater tanks, a worm farm, drought-tolerant... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Urquharts Beach park area 4 km

6km SW of Anglesea (L) or 23km NE of Lorne (R)

On the foreshore 500m off the highway.

Anglesea Park Area 9 km

West side of town

Large area adjacent to the road on the west side of town. Good facilities.

Lorne park area 13 km

At Lorne

On the foreshore, just off the highway. On the east side of town.

Torquay park area 24 km

At Torquay

Overlooking the beach on the esplanade.

Winchelsea park area 35 km

At Winchelsea

On the riverbank via Barton Tce.

Leigh River rest area 40 km

At Inverleigh

Large grassed area just off the highway under shady trees. On the east side of town.

Colac park area 47 km

At Colac

Just off the highway under shady trees in the middle of town.

Apollo Bay park area 50 km

At Apollo Bay

At the information centre on the foreshore.

What's on around town

Farmers' market: Aireys Inlet Community Hall; 2nd Sun each month.

Aireys Open Mic Music Festival: Mar.

Cimarron Sculpture Weekend: Apr.

Aireys Inlet Festival of Words: Aug.

International Lighthouse Weekend: Aug.

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