Tucked away among the natural bush lands of the Otway Mountains Ranges and the craggy seaside coastline will bring you to the charismatic seaside town of Aireys Inlet, along the Great Ocean Road, in Victoria. The skyline of this small coastal town , is instantly recognisable for the regal land mark in town, the Split Point Lighthouse built in 1891, and the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch, that stands as a tribute to those who died in World War One. Aireys Inlet is a small town, full of holiday homes and gorgeous beachfront holiday rentals that fill up immensely during the summer months, as families head down to the coast for their break. One of the smaller, more intimate towns along the Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet makes a perfect spot for those who love having the beach all to themselves.
Whether you have come to Aireys Inlet to shop, eat seafood at the gorgeous beachfront restaurants, or just lie in the sun and read your book, Aireys Inlet, will soon become a favourite coastal getaway.
The main beach at Fairhaven is popular among surfers, as the swell can get rough and is unpredictable, so perfect for the barrel-loving surfing enthusiast. The strong rip currents make this spot not particularly suitable for swimmers and most families with small children or who prefer a gentler swimming spot will head off to Step Beach, where the horseshoe shaped reef produces the perfect natural swimming pool during low tide.
The walking tracks all around the iconic Lighthouse, present some very pleasant trails for all fitness levels or grab a bicycle and enjoy some of the scenic cycle routes along the sea shore. The newly opened lighthouse tour will allow visitors the opportunity to climb the wrought iron staircase and look out through the lantern room onto the balcony and have a rare glimpse of a life gone by as well as drink in panoramic views of the shoreline and out to sea.
Explore the Great Otway National Park, by joining a bush walk and walk through secret fern gullies and under waterfalls or pack a picnic and walk down the Moggs Creek area, where you will be able to take in the vivid birds and other wildlife at your leisure.
After all the daytime exploring, you may want to head on down to Aireys Pub for a hearty meal, a cool beer and some of the best live music in the area. Meander down from your holiday accommodation and take the evening paper and unwind from the day while watching the sun go down at any of the other restaurants. It’s also the perfect spot to stash a bored husband and children, while the women embark on some seaside retail therapy in peace.
With this being a moderate rainfall area all thorough the year, it may be sensible to leave home with a light rain jacket just in case you get caught in a sudden shower. The moderate temperatures are controlled by the cool sea breeze that rolls in, cooling off the rays from the summer sun. Expect summer temperatures of 25 C down to 14 C in the evening, and winter dropping to 6 C in the evening and rising to 13 C in the daytime. The pleasant winter months are from April to September, and this may be the perfect time to visit, as the town is much quieter than in summer. Don’t forget your umbrella though, as the highest precipitation occurs during July, August and September.
Fly into the closest main international airport in Melbourne, from just about anywhere in the UK. A popular air carrier route has daily flights between the UK and Australia, flying an Australian airline could save you money, but there quite a few, so you would need so shop around.
Hire a car in Melbourne and head on down the spectacular Great Ocean Road region and enjoy the scenic seaside route that will take about 2 hours from the airport directly to the front door of your holiday home on the beach. Stop for lunch along the way in one of the small country towns and make a lazy day of it, getting you ready to relax in your holiday villa right on the sea shore.