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 2019-20. 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 !
Let’s Imagine, A Festival For Kids
When: 7-9 December 2019
Where: Colac Botanic Gardens
A festival which aims to put fireworks into your kids’ imaginations, and nourish their individuality. More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/colac-botanic-gardens/lets-imagine/764381834007635/
When: 24 December 2019 to 26 January 2020
Where: Railway Place, Port Fairy
This popular festival is now in its 72nd year and really does offer something for everyone! There’ll be Highland Dancing, live music, circus acts, a pipe band, magic, kids entertainment – and much more! Full details available at https://moyneyana.port-fairy.com/
Camperdown Car And Bike Show
When: 10-12 Jan 2020
Where: Camperdown, VIC
This 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 https://camperdowncarandbikeshow.com/ .
The Tempest at Loch Ard Gorge
When: 18 & 19 Jan 2020
Where: Loch Ard Gorge
Prepare to be spellbound as you enjoy this fabulous show in such a spectacular and historic setting. For all the details and to buy tickets, visit https://www.ozact.com/events/tempest-at-loch-ard-gorge/
Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
When: 30 January – 2 February 2020
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: 7- 9 February 2020
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: 14-16 February 2020
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 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/
When: 22 February 2020
Where: Forrest, VIC
One of Australia’s most respected mountain biking events. Caters for all riders, from the elite to beginners. You’ll love the atmosphere and the beautiful setting. https://otwayodyssey.rapidascent.com.au/
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 ).