It’s a daunting task sifting through all the places you could stay on the Great Ocean Road trying to find that one place that will meet all your needs and expectations. And knowing which accommodation type is best suited to your needs, budget and level of comfort is important to ensure you not only relax and enjoy your holiday, but also get the best value for money.
If you are still unsure about what type of accommodation is best for you, check out my post Which Accommodation Type is Right for Me? where I lay out in simple terms exactly what you can expect from each type of accommodation so you are better informed when booking your next trip.
Once you’ve picked the accommodation type that best suits you, come back here and I’ll show you where to stay on the Great Ocean Road in each category and in a few different towns to help guide you in booking the perfect room or rooms for your next road trip along the Great Ocean Road.
Where to Stay in Torquay
Located right at the start of the Great Ocean Road and less than one and a half hours drive from Melbourne, the surfing town of Torquay is a great place to start your Great Ocean Road Adventure. It is a sleepy town with relaxed accommodation all very well located right near the beach.
Here are my three picks for budget, moderate and luxury accommodation in Torquay.
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park – $-$$
Address: 35 Bell St, Torquay
Room Types: Camping | Caravan sites | Cabins
Beachfront caravan park with ocean views and a variety of accommodation types including camping, caravan sites and cabins. Onsite BBQ area, laundry, table tennis, free wi-fi and recreation room with board games. 10 minute walk to town.
Torquay Hotel/Motel – $$$
Address: 36 Bell St, Torquay
Room Types: Double/Twin | Family Room
Located just 400m from the beach, this cosy motel offers onsite restaurant and bar with indoor and outdoor seating, lots of free parking, children’s playground, free wi-fi and all rooms are fully air conditioned.
Wyndham Resort Torquay – $$$$-$$$$$
Address: 100 The Esplanade, Torquay
Room Types: King | Twin | King Pool View | Twin Pool View | King Ocean View | One Bedroom Apartment | One Bedroom Apartment Pool View | One Bedroom Apartment Ocean View | One Bedroom Deluxe Apartment | One Bedroom Deluxe Apartment Ocean View | Two Bedroom Apartment
This is my favourite place to stay when in Torquay (you can read my full review here). Located beachfront at Zeally Bay with spectacular ocean views and access to the patrolled surf beach just a few minutes walk away. The resort features a huge outdoor resort style swimming pool, indoor heated lap poo, BBQ area, fitness centre, tennis court and kids playground. Rooms are a comfortable as they get and very generously sized with all having there own balcony or patio to enjoy.
Where to Stay in Lorne
Sleepy Lorne is just another 30 minutes drive on from Torquay and is located just past the official start of the Great Ocean Road. This makes it a great first night stop to split up the trip. It has great restaurants for the night time too.
Here are my three picks for budget, moderate and luxury accommodation in Lorne.
Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park – $-$$
Address: 2 Great Ocean Rd, Lorne
Room Types: Powered Sites | Studio Cabin | Double Cabin | Riverview Studio Cabin | Tent | Park View Cabin | Riverview Family Cabin
Located steps away from the beach, this fantastic caravan park has something for all budgets. Pull up in your van and utilise the powered sites or check into one of the many cabins which are fully kitted out with kitchenette facilities. Enjoy the onsite BBQ facilities, children’s playground and close proximity to all the attractions surrounding Lorne.
Anchorage Motel & Villas Lorne – $$$
Address: 32 Mountjoy Prd, Lorne
Room Types: Studio | Studio with Spa | Superior Studio | One Bedroom Apartment | Superior One Bedroom Apartment | Two Bedroom Apartment
Just a few minutes walk to the beach and right in the heart of town surrounded by shops and restaurants, Anchorage is perfectly located for your stay in Lorne. Enjoy the cafe on the ground floor, onsite swimming pool and fully air conditioned rooms.
Cumberland Lorne Resort – $$$$-$$$$$
Address: 150 Mountjoy Prd, Lorne
Room Types: One Bedroom Garden View Apartment | One Bedroom Ocean View Apartment | Two Bedroom Ocean View Apartment | Two Bedroom Garden View Apartment | Penthouse Garden View Apartment | Penthouse Ocean View Apartment
Located right on the beach in Lorne, the Cumberland Resort offers spacious and modern apartments each with their own balcony, fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. Onsite is a swimming pool, fitness centre, squash courts and tennis courts as well as a guest BBQ area.
Where to Stay in Apollo Bay
Located at the mid-way point of the Great Ocean Road, Apollo bay is one of the bigger towns in the region and offers a whole range of accommodation options to suit everyone. It is also a great place to split up the drive and stock up on supplies.
Here are my three picks for budget, moderate and luxury accommodation in Apollo Bay.
Apollo Bay Eco YHA – $-$$
Address: 5 Pascoe St, Apollo Bay
Room Types: Double | Family | 4-Bed Female Dorm | 4-Bed Male Dorm | 4-Bed Mixed Dorm
Great hostel located a two minute walk from the centre of town. Shared and private rooms with access to onsite facilities such as communal kitchens, BBQ and reading/games room. Enjoy the rooftop terrace on a nice day!
Seaview Motel – $$$
Address: 6 Thomson St, Apollo Bay
Room Types: Deluxe Balcony Twin | Deluxe Balcony Queen | Studio Spa | Executive Spa Studio with Balcony | Two Bedroom Apartment | Two Bedroom Apartment with Balcony | Family Studio with Patio | Deluxe Twin Studio with Patio | Deluxe Twin with Patio | One Bedroom Apartment | Twin
100m from the beachfront, this lovely motel offers some rooms with ocean view patios. Enjoy free parking and use of the BBQ for your evening meal. The rooms are decorated in relaxing cool blues and gives off a very cosy feeling.
Beacon Point Ocean View Villas – $$$$-$$$$$
Address: 270 Skenes Creek Rd, Apollo Bay
Room Types: Deluxe Two Bedroom Villa | Two Bedroom Villa | One Bedroom Villa | Two Bedroom Villa with Spa | Deluxe One Bedroom Villa
One and two bedroom luxury villas with amazing views of the bay and all of the mod-cons you would expect plus more including onsite tennis court, lots of free parking and BBQ facilities. The rooms are spacious and more than comfortable.
Where to Stay in Port Campbell
Located near the official end of the Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell is the perfect place to stay because of its close proximity to the majority of the big attractions you’ll not want to miss on the Great Ocean Road.
Here are my three picks for budget, moderate and luxury accommodation in Port Campbell.
NRMA Port Campbell Holiday Park – $-$$
Address: 30 Morris St, Port Campbell
Room Types: Creekside Villa | Creekside Cabin | Cabin | Studio
I love this place! Their self contained studio cabins are perfect for a nights stop over, I have stayed in them for a week and found them very comfortable. Close walk to the beach and river with lots of onsite amenities including a great BBQ area for evening meals.
Port Campbell Parkview Motel – $$$
Address: 4 Desaily St, Port Campbell
Room Types: Two Bedroom Apartment | One Bedroom Suite | Queen | Suite | Two Bedroom Family Suite | Deluxe One Bedroom Apartment | Two Bedroom Spa Apartment | One Bedroom Apartment
Located in a quiet street close to town with plenty of on-site free parking, rooms are studio or apartment style with air conditioning, balcony or patio and some rooms feature kitchen facilities. Continental breakfast is included in all rooms and is served in the room each day.
Southern Ocean Villas – $$$$-$$$$$
Address: 2 McCue St, Port Campbell
Room Types: Deluxe Three Bedroom Villa | Standard Three Bedroom Villa | Luxury Two Bedroom Villa
Two and three bedroom luxury villas with full kitchen facilities and all the creature comforts from home. Enjoy relaxing on the patio with lovely garden views and cooking a BBQ in the communal outdoor dining area. Easily book tours at reception and stroll into town in just a few minutes.
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