Swim at some of Australia's best beaches in the Great Ocean Road region. Find kilometres of clean, golden sand and gentle waves at safe and scenic beaches all along the coast. Get up close and personal and swim with dolphins and seals on a special charter service on Port Phillip Bay
Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula
Relax at Geelong's historic Eastern Beach Swimming Enclosure with its slides and diving platforms into the sheltered waters of Corio Bay, has long been a favourite with locals and visitors. The sandy bayside beaches on the Bellarine Peninsula all offer shallow tranquil water that is ideal for a relaxing swim or just beyond The Rip, around Point Lonsdale, bay calm surrenders to the untamed waves of Bass Strait. The swell is at its strongest on the Point Lonsdale back beach and Thirteenth Beach near Barwon Heads but the waves tend to mellow before they break on Ocean Grove shores.
Torquay to Apollo Bay
Some of the best swimming beaches along the Great Ocean Road include Torquay’s beautiful Norfolk Pine-lined front beach which offers a quiet protected foreshore and the nearby Fishermans Beach. Anglesea’s main beach is a wide sandy expanse beside the Anglesea River and attracts both swimmers and surfers, and just around the bay is the long sweeping arc of Point Roadknight beach. The shallow, protected waters are safe for children, making it another popular spot with families.
The sheltered two kilometre beach at Lorne is safer than most on the coast and is bordered by lawns, gum trees and picnic and barbecue facilities. At Wye River there is another beautiful sandy beach at the mouth of the river with a lush forest backdrop and at Apollo Bay the wide, crescent-shaped sandy beach with its protected waters provides another safe and popular swimming beach.
Great Ocean Walk
Apollo Bay has a wide, crescent-shaped sandy beach. Protected waters make it excellent for swimming. Popular with families. Lifesavers patrol in summer. Surfing nearby. On the Great Ocean Road.
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.