Whether you are after a getaway with your partner or the whole family, Aireys Inlet is the place for you. Situated between Anglesea and Lorne, it is just under two hours from Melbourne. Exchange the hustle and bustle of the larger coastal towns for a more laid back, quaint atmosphere. We have you covered on where to stay, what to do and where to eat.
Stay : Aireys Inlet Getaway
This is an ideal place to stay for the entire family. With stylish studio apartments or the larger family villas with two or three bedrooms, there is something to suit everyone. All the apartments are self contained and even allow pets in the low to medium season. Keep the kids happy with the swimming pool, outdoor heated spa and tennis court. Basically you could spend the whole weekend here without having to leave and still be entertained. But if you do fancy a little change of scenery, the Split Point Lighthouse is only a five minute walk away, along with the beach. Starting at $180 a night, be sure to check out which studio will suit you best!
2 Barton Court, Aireys Inlet VIC 3221 | (03) 5289 7021 | www.aireysinletgetaway.com.au
Have you ever watched Round The Twist? Well if not, you are sure to hear about it when you get to Aireys Inlet. Split Point Lighthouse is the famous setting for the TV series and more recently has been featured on Season 6 of Masterchef! Take the 34 metre climb to the top where you will be met with 360 coastal panoramic views. Tours run every day at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm and each session runs for approximately 45 minutes. We definitely don’t recommend missing it during your weekend escape!
24 Federal St, Aireys Inlet VIC 3231 | 1800 174 045 | www.splitpointlighthouse.com.au
Offering both beach and bush rides for beginners through to experienced riders, this is a must to try for a weekend adventure. If you choose the bush ride, you’ll find yourself riding along the Otway National Park. If the beach is more your cup of tea, you’ll be riding up to 10 km of coastline along Fairhaven Beach. Have smaller kids? Blazing Saddles caters for them too with its pony rides. Pony rides start as little as $10, while beginner rides start at $55 per person.
115 Bimbadeen Dr, Aireys Inlet VIC 3231 | (03) 5289 7322 | www.blazingsaddlestrailrides.com
Eat : Aireys Pub
This iconic coastal pub is the place to visit, especially if you have the kids. With its beautiful beer garden and luscious grass for the kids to run around, you can be assured of enjoying a few drinks without the little ones getting bored. What’s more, if you visit on a Saturday you will be able to enjoy the weekly live music. Offering both lunch and dinner, the menu features everything a good pub should have and more. Enjoy a classic chicken parma, scotch fillet or perhaps a pizza. There is even a kids menu and frog in a pond dessert to satisfy their sugary side. Lastly, if you’ve made the effort to visit, be sure to check out the Rogue Wave Brewery on site. Trying and buying some locally brewed beers to take home is the icing on the cake at this fantastic pub!
45 Great Ocean Rd, Aireys Inlet VIC 3231 | (03) 5289 6804 | www.aireyspub.com.au
The perfect place for a fine dining experience, but be sure to leave the children behind! Serving Greek-Australian dishes, the philosophy at A La Grecque is to create simple, tasty, seasonal food. This is why the menu is constantly changing, as all ingredients must be fresh and locally sourced. Situated on the famous Great Ocean Road, the peaceful atmosphere is guaranteed to entice all your senses. So go on, treat yourself and experience some of the best that the Great Ocean Road has to offer.
17 Beach Rd, Aireys Inlet VIC 3231 | (03) 5289 6922 | www.alagrecque.com.au