Destination guide

Explore the Great Ocean Road from holiday homes to rent

Get ready to fall in love with this road trip – because it's pretty well guaranteed you'll fall hard for Victoria's Great Ocean Road. Built throughout the 1920s, the 243 km highway links the cities of Torquay and Allansford along Australia's southeastern coast. Along the way, you'll find loads of sandy beaches, seaside cliffs and a number of striking rock formations. With so much highway, you won't have any trouble finding Great Ocean Road vacation rentals with scenic ocean views or easy access to sandy beaches.

Things to do

Attractions near holiday homes in Great Ocean Road

You can even get your surf on without dipping a toe in the water. At the Australian National Surfing Museum, you'll find a wealth of information on the history and culture of the sport. For a closer look at the area's natural splendor, you can head to the scenic Great Otway National Park, where you'll find more than 103,000 hectares of campsites, hiking trails and beachfront boardwalk. Keep an eye out for koalas here, too – the park's known for a sizeable population of them, and you can also spot whales, dolphins and countless bird species throughout the park.

Activities

Things to do near holiday homes in Great Ocean Road

Beaches you sought and beaches you shall have – the Great Ocean Road is nothing if not a paradise for waterfront recreation. The eastern half of the road runs along the Surf Coast, where you can find plenty of scenic spots to catch some gnarly waves, and surf festivals are an annual event. Bell's Beach is a popular destination for surfers of all skill levels, while advanced wave-chasers can find more adrenaline-pumping breaks along the ominously named Shipwreck Coast further west. Back on land, the Great Ocean Walk offers more than 110 km of beachfront trails.

Weather

Best time to travel to Great Ocean Road holiday homes

Although it spans more than 200 km, the climate along the Great Ocean Road is fairly consistent – a temperate oceanic climate that offers warm, dry summers and cooler, wetter winters. Summer highs along the highway range from 22 to 25 degrees between January and March, while winter temperatures range from lows of 5 or 6 to highs around 14 degrees from June through August. A major destination for summer visitors, you'll have the best luck finding low-cost Great Ocean Road vacation rentals during the slower, cooler winter months.

Natural highlights

Australia rocks – Great Ocean Road's arches, cliffs and more

Running east to west along Australia's southeastern coast, the Great Ocean Road is noted for its iconic scenery. Limestone and sandstone in the area offer a number of striking arches and rock formations, and you can find plenty of sandy beaches, steep cliffs, waterfalls and even rainforest all along the route. Along the Great Ocean Walk, which follows the coastline roughly parallel to a large section of the Great Ocean Road, you can spot koalas, echidnas, wallabies and a number of bird and reptile species, and regular whale sightings are a seasonal draw between June and September.

Family friendly

Family fun near Great Ocean Road holiday homes

Great Ocean Road travels by many kid-friendly locations for memorable experiences. Holiday homes are available near places like Grampians National Park, a vast parkland with striking sandstone mountain ranges and wildlife, and Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre, a visitor’s centre with native artefacts and didgeridoo performances. Kids will also like Broken Head, a secluded beach with stairs carved into the cliffs and calm, sheltered waters.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday homes in Great Ocean Road

Couples can enjoy many romantic places along Great Ocean Road. Holiday homes are available near places like the Cape Spencer Lighthouse, a striking lighthouse with sweeping views over dramatic cliffs, and Griffiths Island, a small island with a lighthouse and a colony of shearwater birds. You could also visit Reed’s Lookout and the Balconies for views of Victoria Valley.

Where to stay near Great Ocean Road?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,709 holiday rentals near Great Ocean Road. From 1,976 Houses to 146 Cottages, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Great Ocean Road is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Great Ocean Road?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Great Ocean Road. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Lorne: 742 holiday rentals
  • Torquay: 1,061 holiday rentals
  • Apollo Bay: 303 holiday rentals
  • Anglesea: 924 holiday rentals
  • Port Fairy: 295 holiday rentals

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Great Ocean Road! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Great Ocean Road?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Great Ocean Road with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Lorne: 742 holiday homes
  • Torquay: 1,061 holiday homes
  • Apollo Bay: 303 holiday homes
  • Anglesea: 924 holiday homes
  • Port Fairy: 295 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Great Ocean Road?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in Great Ocean Road are:

  • Warrnambool, VIC (WMB): 379 holiday houses
  • Portland Airport (PTJ): 71 holiday houses
  • Avalon Airport (AVV): 763 holiday houses

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Great Ocean Road?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Great Ocean Road. From HomeAway travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Apollo Bay Harbour: 437 holiday rentals
  • Warrnambool Beach: 379 holiday rentals
  • Johanna Beach: 322 holiday rentals
  • Anglesea Surf Beach: 1,464 holiday rentals
  • Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park: 43 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Great Ocean Road listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.