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Destination guide

Explore Great Ocean Road with dog-friendly accommodation

If you want to enjoy a diverse range of experiences in Victoria, pet-friendly accommodation in Victoria near Great Ocean Road is an excellent option. The scenic drive passes many of the state’s most popular attractions, such as the 12 Apostles rock formation, the Great Ocean Walk coastal trail, Bells Beach and the Otway Ranges. You’ll not only give your dog a fun car ride while you explore the wonders along the way, but you’re welcome to bring your pet on your excursions to many of the parks, beaches and cultural sites. Many dog-friendly holiday homes are available near charming seaside villages with unique shopping and dining as well, so you can spend the day sightseeing with your furry friend.

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.

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 2021 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,495 holiday rentals near Great Ocean Road. From 2,109 Houses to 147 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.