Nestled in the Otway National Park, Blanket Bay is a protected beach that adjoins the Blanket Bay Camping/Picnic area. There are lots of great rockpools for children to explore at either end of the beach. Take care when swimming because this unpatrolled beach can get choppy and may have rips. Off the Great Ocean Road, about 35 kilometres from Apollo Bay.
Most beaches along the western end of the Great Ocean Road are only suitable for experienced swimmers and surfers, as they boast large swells, rips and strong currents. However, Warrnambool and Port Fairy offer a chance of beach swimming during the warmer months.
Warrnambool's beachfront is backed by grass covered dunes and extends three and a half kilometres from the breakwater on the west side to Point Richie in the east. The beach is moderately safe with the occasional rip, so it is recommend swimming is done between the flags at all times.
The white sandy beach at Port Fairy stretches for nearly six kilometres, tracing an arc from Reef Point in the east to the southside harbour entrance. Swimmers are advised to avoid the northern end of the beach, where rips can be very intense, and always swim between the flags in the patrolled section.