From the towering coastal cliffs and sprawling white beaches along the Great Ocean Road to the bustling markets, riverside picnic spots and nearby Otways, the quaint seaside town of Anglesea is a celebration of life by the water.
Play in the sun on Anglesea’s main beach, a wide sandy expanse beside the Anglesea River, which is perfect for swimming, surfing, or simply relaxing. Learn from the pros with lessons in surfing, sailing and windsurfing at one of the local beaches. Play a memorable round of golf alongside kangaroos in the natural bush setting of Anglesea Golf Club.
Walk along the rugged coastline or head inland beside the Anglesea River on the 44-kilometre Surf Coast Walk. For those in search of a real challenge, test your stamina on the new Surf Coast Century course, a 100 kilometre running trail taking in wild beaches, towering cliff and remote wilderness. Bring your mountain bike and get into gear at the four cross track at Anglesea Bike Park before exploring the Great Otway National Park on tracks around Eumeralla and on named tracks through the park (seasonal closures apply).
Get to the heart of Angelsea’s art community by setting out along the Mosaic Walk, a 2.5-kilometre stroll through Anglesea taking in six mosaic art pieces, then see how the sea air and outdoor life inspires local artists at workshops and galleries.
Let the looming Split Point Lighthouse be your guide as you wander around Aireys Inlet. Built in 1891 and perched on the cliffs 70 metres above sea level, the lighthouse is the subject of local ghost stories and maritime legends. Walk along surrounding cliff top 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.
From the Festival of Words for the budding writers to the Open Mic Music Festival for those with a musical ear, there’s plenty to keep travellers entertained and amused. So check your calendar before you leave to make the most of this flourishing live music and literary hub. Kick off an evening with a Greek feast at the renowned A La Grecque, or round off a night at the local Aireys pub.
More of an outdoor type? Pencil in time for mountain biking, canoeing and fishing, or saddle up for a race along the beach on horseback. Walk or cycle along forest trails and stop for lunch at any number of scenic seaside locations. Travel a few kilometres west to the main surf beach of Fairhaven for a day in the water. Bust out the surfboard, enjoy a swim in the waves or just splash around with the kids. Venture into the secluded coves of Sandy Gully and Step Beach and ramble through the rock pools, or try a spot of snorkelling. Recharge with a bite to eat at the local surf club and watch the waves roll in.
SURF COAST SHIRE
Address: 1 Merrijig Drive, Torquay
Postal Address: PO Box 350, Torquay, 3228
Hours: 8.30 am – 5.00 pm (Monday to Friday)
Phone: (03) 5261 0600
Fax: (03) 5261 0525