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Southwest Victoria

Travel Guide
Twelve Apostles showing a beach, a gorge or canyon and a sunset

Go on a culinary journey through this region’s fertile plains or experience an adventure in the surf and the sun on the breathtaking coastline.

Southwest Victoria is a rich farming region underlined by a coastline of sweeping sandy beaches. With its fertile soils and lush volcanic plains, the region has a reputation for its magnificent local produce and beautiful woodlands. The region is home to pristine lakes and some of southeastern Australia’s most popular coastal destinations. Explore Southwest Victoria’s pristine national parks, learn about its rich Aboriginal cultural heritage, check out its picturesque towns and take a trip on the unbeatable Great Ocean Road.

The Great Ocean Road follows the breathtaking coastline of Victoria’s southwestern region from Torquay in the east to Portland near the South Australian border. Check out laid-back beach towns fringed by eucalyptus forests, such as Lorne, Aireys Inlet and Apollo Bay.

Discover the natural beauty of the southern tip of Cape Otway and the Great Otway National Park, which features a network of trails that lead through tranquil native forests to waterfalls. Don’t miss stopping by Port Campbell to see the awe-inspiring Twelve Apostles, which are a collection of limestone rock stacks standing offshore from plunging cliffs.

Toward the western end of the Great Ocean Road, you’ll find the busy waterfront hub of Warrnambool and the historic wharves of Port Fairy. Visit the far-west town of Portland to see Victoria’s first permanent European settlement and preserved heritage architecture. North of here lies the former volcano of Mount Eccles, known to its traditional custodians, the Gunditjmara, as Budj Bim. Explore lava-flow lakes, such as Lake Condah, which is an important Aboriginal cultural heritage site.

The Glenelg River meanders through the breathtaking Lower Glenelg National Park near the border of South Australia, and is an ideal destination for canoeing and kayaking. See galleries of caves and cliffs as you paddle through the river’s deep gorge.

Southwest Victoria is best explored by car; however, some areas can be reached by regional trains and buses. Join a charter tour of the Great Ocean Road or go at your own pace to stop by the numerous beach towns and farming communities along the way.

Where to stay in Southwest Victoria

Rydges Geelong
Rydges Geelong
4 out of 5
Cnr Gheringhap & Myers St, Geelong, VIC
The price is AU$135 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Located in the heart of Geelong, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Geelong Performing Arts Center, Kardinia Park and Westfield Geelong. Deakin University ...
3.7/5Good! (966 reviews)
"good location, spacious room"

Reviewed on 26 May 2021

Rydges Geelong
Wyndham Resort Torquay
Wyndham Resort Torquay
4 out of 5
100 The Esplanade, Torquay, VIC
The price is AU$161 per night from 17 Aug. to 17 Aug.
Situated by the ocean, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Torquay Beach and Front Beach. Torquay Central Farmers Market and Surf World Museum ...
4.2/5Excellent! (951 reviews)
"We were very impressed with the property and the friendly helpful service and will certainly stay there again,"

Reviewed on 7 Jul. 2021

Wyndham Resort Torquay
Mantra Lorne
Mantra Lorne
4.5 out of 5
Mountjoy Parade, Lorne, VIC
Fully refundable
The price is AU$169 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Lorne hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Lorne Sea Baths and Lorne Surf Life Saving Club. Lorne ...
4/5Very Good! (959 reviews)
"Staff were very accommodating, we had a pleasant stay, near to shops and restaurants"

Reviewed on 13 Jul. 2021

Mantra Lorne
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Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
3 out of 5
35 Bell St, Torquay, VIC
The price is AU$96 per night from 3 Aug. to 3 Aug.
Located in Torquay, this beachfront cabin is in a shopping district and within a 15-minute walk of Front Beach, Jan Juc Beach and Torquay Golf Club. Point Danger ...
4.4/5Excellent! (476 reviews)
"Nice close to the beach. No fresh towels we stayed for four days."

Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2021

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Cumberland Lorne Resort
Cumberland Lorne Resort
4.5 out of 5
150 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne, VIC
The price is AU$257 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
Situated near the beach, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lorne Surf Life Saving Club and Great Otway National Park. Lorne Beach and Lorne Sea ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,666 reviews)

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2021

Cumberland Lorne Resort
Quest Warrnambool
Quest Warrnambool
4.5 out of 5
15-19 Liebig Street, Warrnambool, VIC
The price is AU$149 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
Located in the heart of Warrnambool, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Warrnambool Art Gallery and Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (558 reviews)
"Closer to all amenities, well maintained apartment, clear communication, friendly staff, on-site parking, guidance on the local attractions to visit"

Reviewed on 2 May 2021

Quest Warrnambool
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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