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Skenes Creek
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Skenes Creek which includes a river or creek and a bridge

This small coastal township’s good surf breaks, beachfront camping and rocky headlands make it a hit with surfers, fishers, campers and families.

Fronting the clean waves of a popular surf beach, Skenes Creek is a quiet township just east of Apollo Bay. The wide main beach at Skenes Creek is ideal for children to swim, play and explore. Relax on the soft sands or check out the famous surf breaks. Join the laid-back community residing on the banks of the creek or pitch a tent right on the foreshore at Skenes Creek’s excellent camping grounds.

Spend a day at Skenes Creek’s main beach. Pack sun protection, some snacks and a good book and stake out a spot on the wide expanse of sand, bisected by the lagoon mouth of the creek. Rocky outcrops frame the beach to the east and west. Join the kids as they explore the fascinating rock pools. Check out the seaweeds, anemones and crustaceans that make their homes among the rock formations.

Take a dip in the clear ocean waters. As there are no lifeguards on patrol here, take care to swim inshore and avoid the waters near the rocks and headlands, as there are rips in these areas. Surfers might want to take on the beach breaks. You can hire surfboards and bodyboards from the campground offices.

Wander east along the beach, past the rocky headland, to find another secluded bay. Look for shells and other beach treasures, but remember to leave them at the beach at the end of the day. A longer walk departing from the beach is Wild Dog Road, a four-wheel drive track that ends with stunning ocean views at Mariner’s Lookout.

Try fishing off the beach’s rocks or in the creek that splits the township. Cook a meal on the barbecue facilities located at the campgrounds or on the other side of the creek and enjoy a beach picnic as the sun sets.

Skenes Creek is a 2.5-hour drive from Melbourne and 6 kilometres (3.7 miles) from the bigger town of Apollo Bay. The Great Ocean Road meets the coast at Skenes Creek, and there is parking available on the foreshore. Have the beach as your backyard at the beachfront camping grounds or enjoy a relaxing stay in one of the township’s lodges.

Beacon Point Ocean View Villas
Beacon Point Ocean View Villas
4 out of 5
270 Skenes Creek Road, Skenes Creek, VIC
The price is AU$195 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Apollo Bay Coastal Reserve and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Wongarra Bushland Reserve. Great ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (485 reviews)
"The views are great. A simple clean elegant cottage. You get a feel of living in Australian Bush. We were visited by wood scorpions at night. I would have liked if there was a provision of some milk for tea coffee as the closest store is in Apollo Bay. If you reach late at night, the ride up to the ..."

Reviewed on 5 Apr. 2021

Beacon Point Ocean View Villas
Skenes Creek Lodge Motel and Restaurant
Skenes Creek Lodge Motel and Restaurant
3 out of 5
61 Great Ocean Road, Skenes Creek, VIC
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Situated in Skenes Creek, this beach motel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Marriners Lookout, Great Otway National Park and Apollo Bay Harbour. Maits Rest Rainforest ...
3.8/5Good! (73 reviews)
"The host was absolutely delightful! It is basic accom but has a lot of heart!"

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2020

Skenes Creek Lodge Motel and Restaurant
The Dreamery - Superb Ocean Views and a Leisurely Stroll to the Beach
The Dreamery - Superb Ocean Views and a Leisurely Stroll to the Beach
4 Tiger Lane, Skenes Creek, VIC
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Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Apollo Bay Coastal Reserve and within 3 miles (5 km) of Old Cable Station Museum and Elliot ...
4.4/5Excellent! (14 reviews)
Perfect location for a relaxing holiday. Loved the view and the big open fire.
"Great value. We only had the 2 of us there but it is certainly big enough for a big family with a perfect seperate area for kids to hang out and watch movies. Nice short walk to a perfect beach too. We will definitely be back."

Reviewed on 10 Dec. 2020

The Dreamery - Superb Ocean Views and a Leisurely Stroll to the Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Beacon Point Ocean View Villas
Beacon Point Ocean View Villas
4 out of 5
270 Skenes Creek Road, Skenes Creek, VIC
The price is AU$195 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Apollo Bay Coastal Reserve and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Wongarra Bushland Reserve. Great ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (485 reviews)
"The views are great. A simple clean elegant cottage. You get a feel of living in Australian Bush. We were visited by wood scorpions at night. I would have liked if there was a provision of some milk for tea coffee as the closest store is in Apollo Bay. If you reach late at night, the ride up to the ..."

Reviewed on 5 Apr. 2021

Beacon Point Ocean View Villas
The Dreamery - Superb Ocean Views and a Leisurely Stroll to the Beach
The Dreamery - Superb Ocean Views and a Leisurely Stroll to the Beach
4 Tiger Lane, Skenes Creek, VIC
Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Apollo Bay Coastal Reserve and within 3 miles (5 km) of Old Cable Station Museum and Elliot ...
4.4/5Excellent! (14 reviews)
Perfect location for a relaxing holiday. Loved the view and the big open fire.
"Great value. We only had the 2 of us there but it is certainly big enough for a big family with a perfect seperate area for kids to hang out and watch movies. Nice short walk to a perfect beach too. We will definitely be back."

Reviewed on 10 Dec. 2020

The Dreamery - Superb Ocean Views and a Leisurely Stroll to the Beach
Coastal Haven - Panoramic Ocean Views
Coastal Haven - Panoramic Ocean Views
2 Karlson Street, Skenes Creek, VIC, 3233, Australia, Skenes Creek, VIC
Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Apollo Bay Coastal Reserve and within 3 miles (5 km) of Old Cable Station Museum and Wild ...
Coastal Haven - Panoramic Ocean Views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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23 Nov. 2019

Not recommend it. Much better,cheaper places to stay in town

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25 Feb. 2019

Very isolated area, would have been better to stay closer to the coast and a town

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