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This recently restored former doctor’s mansion (c 1878) has six very different self-contained rooms, some featuring clawfoot baths and lovely views. All feature a unique sense of style. Highly recommended.
Simple beach-style rooms in sea blues and sandy tones make for a relaxing stay at this stylish modern motel. Go for a view of the ocean or a garden deck room. Some are self-contained and there’s a deluxe spa unit.
Known more for its food than its rooms, Victoria’s oldest inn has tiny attic doubles that are about as authentic as you can get. The queen suites are roomier.
The Vue’s traditional rooms are nothing on its modern, recently opened, turret suite (boasting 360-degree views) and bay-view rooms (with freestanding baths in the lounge), but prices differ by hundreds...
Atwood Motor Inn
Expect spacious motel-style rooms with flatscreen TVs and bathrooms big enough to wash a (small) whale in. The standard doubles are the smallest, but are still comfortable.
Portland Holiday Village
This central caravan park has decent facilities including a large camp kitchen. The cheaper cabins have shared bathrooms.
Gatehouse On Ryrie
This is the best choice for budget travellers; it was built in 1897 and has gorgeous timber floorboards throughout, spacious rooms and a communal kitchen and lounge area. Upstairs rooms have shared bathrooms...
Angela's Guest House
This large family home has spotless doubles and family rooms with bright, cheerful decor. They’ve added a purpose-built version next door, too. Some share a bathroom, most have balconies and they’re all excellent value.
Point Lonsdale Guest House
The huge range of rooms in this former Terminus House (1884) range from basic motel rooms to lavish B&B affairs. Lighthouse views come at a premium. There’s a communal kitchen, a tennis court, a games room and barbecue facilities.
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
Just behind the back beach, this is the largest camping ground on the Surf Coast. It has good facilities and new premium-priced cabins with sea views.
Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park
This beach- and river-fronting caravan park has a pool, wi-fi, two camp kitchens, a jumping pillow, an indoor spa and a games room. No, you probably won’t get that book read.
Cape Otway Lightstation
There is a range of options at this windswept spot; you can book out the whole Head Lightkeeper’s House (sleeping 16), or the smaller Manager’s House (sleeping two).
Apollo Bay Holiday Park
This place looks prefab suburban, complete with speed humps, car parks and kit homes. It’s at the northern end of town.
Marengo Holiday Park
In the ‘suburb’ of Marengo, 2km west of town, this meticulously run beachside park has spacious deluxe cabins (some with log fires and spa) and campers are well taken care of with good facilities.
Port Campbell Hostel
This brand new, purpose-built double-storey backpackers has rooms with western views, a huge shared kitchen and an even bigger lounge and bar area. It’s big on recycling and the toilets are ecofriendly, too...
This simple backpackers (just two dorm rooms and one double/triple) is clean, bright and welcoming, and in winter the fire glows warmly in the cosy living room.
Warrnambool Beach Backpackers
Close to the sea, this former museum has a huge living area with a bar, internet access, a kitchen and free pick-up service. Its rooms, however, could do with a freshen up. It’s a good place to seek casual employment.
Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park
Book here for Lorne's five caravan parks. Of these Erskine River Park is the prettiest; on the left-hand side as you enter Lorne, just before the bridge. Book well ahead for peak-season stays.
Apollo Bay Waterfront Motor Inn
Just opposite the Apollo Bay Beach, Waterfront Motor Inn offers a variety of accommodation in a lovely garden setting. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and some rooms offer ocean views...
Seaview Motel & Apartments
Just 100 metres from the Apollo Bay beachfront, Seaview Motel features a barbecue area, guest laundry and free parking. Each room has a private balcony or patio. Some balconies feature ocean or garden views...
Great Ocean Road Resort
Just a 5-minute walk from Anglesea Beach and Anglesea River, Great Ocean Road Resort offers an indoor pool, a tennis court and a fitness centre. Guests can enjoy a relaxing massage or treatment at the day spa...
Captains At The Bay
Offering free continental breakfast, Captains at the Bay B&B is located in the heart of Apollo Bay, less than 5 minutes’ walk from restaurants, cafes and shops. The guest lounge features a large open fireplace and a bar...