Summer is a magical time on the Great Ocean Road. There are countless beaches to choose from, offering everything from swimming to surfing, and rockpooling to fishing. There’s also the Otway Ranges where you can take a cool hike in the shade. Not to mention famous sights such as the 12 Apostles, London Arch and Loch Ard Gorge, all of which look spectacular in the summer light.
But if you’re travelling down to the Great Ocean Road this summer, you may be interested to know that the region also plays host to a number of fabulous family, sport, music and food events.
Here’s a round-up of some of our favourite events and festivals taking place in Summer 2019. Remember – if you plan to come down for any of these events, don’t leave it to the last minute. Book your accommodation online now at www.alkinalodge.com.au !
Magic at Otway Fly
When: 18 December 2018 to 30 January 2019
Where: Otway Fly Treetop Adventures – 360 Phillips Track, Weeaproniah
Otway Fly Treetop Adventures is transforming into a magical fairy wonderland this summer. Bring your kids and let them enjoy helping the fairies and elves find their treetop homes. More information is available at https://www.otwayfly.com/magicinthetreetops/
When: 26 December 2018 to 27 January 2019
Where: Lake Pertobe, Warrnambool
This interactive walk is a must for any families visiting. Get ready to watch dinosaurs come alive again right before your eyes! Find out more at https://www.jurassiccreatures.com.au/.
When: 24 December 2018 to 27 January 2019
Where: Railway Place, Port Fairy
This popular festival is now in its 71st year and really does offer something for everyone! There’ll be markets, outdoor movies, face painting, golf competitions, guided walks, The Lions Club Art Show, live music and much more! Full details available at https://moyneyana.port-fairy.com/
When: 28 December 2018 to 26 January 2019
Where: Warrnambool foreshore
This wonderful event is packed with activities for the whole family. There’ll be live music, beach cricket, sand sculpting, silent disco walking tours, yoga, karaoke, surf lessons and a whole lot more. See the full programme at https://www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/beachfest.
Camperdown Car And Bike Show
When: 11-13 Jan 2019
Where: Camperdown, VIC
After a very successful first year in 2018, the Car & Bike Show is returning in 2019 and looks set to be another great weekend! There’ll be live music at the Hampden Hotel, trade stalls, a Saturday night street cruise and a scenic Sunday day cruise. For all the details see their new website https://camperdowncarandbikeshow.com/ .
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
When: 24 – 27 January 2019
Where: Geelong – Barwon Heads – Torquay
See some of the best cyclists in the world! This cycling event was inspired by Europe’s prestigious bike races and offers an exciting weekend of sports for everyone. An amazing experience for both competitors and spectators. Check out all the details at https://www.cadelevansgreatoceanroadrace.com.au/
Port Fairy Jazz Festival
When: 8 – 10 February 2019
Where: Various venues in Port Fairy, VIC
A weekend of great music at lovely venues all over Port Fairy. Jazz lovers need to lock these dates into their diaries now – and don’t forget to book your accommodation for the weekend! More information at https://www.portfairyjazz.com.au/
Apollo Bay Seafood Festival
When: 15-17 February 2018
Where: Apollo Bay Harbour
An annual event celebrating all things seafood. There’ll be an off-the-boat seafood market, live music, pop up restaurants with incredible food, a casting competition and much more. If you’re a foodie you simply will not want to miss this event! The full programme is available at https://www.apollobayseafoodfestival.com/
Where To Stay
If you’re thinking of coming down to the Great Ocean Road for one of these events, we recommend you pre-book your accommodation early, as it can get busy here over the summer. Accommodation is available at Alkina Lodge (+61 3 8899 7426 ; alkinalodge.com.au ) with prices starting from $297.50 per person per night (based on twin share occupancy and excluding flights).