Soak up seaside history and embrace an artistic present in Aireys Inlet, a hidden gem holiday destination along the Great Ocean Road.
Let the looming Split Point Lighthouse be your beacon around Aireys Inlet. Built in 1891 and perched on the cliffs 70 metres above sea level with the main light visible up to 30 kilometres away, the lighthouse is the subject of local ghost stories and maritime legends.
Walk along surrounding clifftop tracks to see rocky reefs, rock pools and sheltered coves (and keep your eye out for whales in season), or head off to Anglesea by foot.
Clear your calendar for your trip to Aireys Inlet to allow time for all the events in this flourishing live music and literary hub. Kick off an evening with a Greek feast at the renowned A La Greque, or round off a night at the local Aireys pub.
Pencil in time for mountain biking, canoeing or horse riding, or sit by the creek with your fishing rod. Walk or cycle along dappled forest trails and appreciate the spectacular seaside surrounds at a tranquil spot.
Travel a few kilometres west to the main surf beach of Fairhaven for swimming and board riding. Venture into the secluded coves of Sandy Gully and Step Beach and ramble through the rock pools, or try a spot of snorkelling. Splash about with the kids at Inlet Beach.
Lunch at the local surf club or have coffee while watching the waves roll in.
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Immerse yourself in some of Australia's best rainforest scenery in the Otway Ranges amongst tall trees, ancient plant life and lush ferns.