Alkina Lodge http://www.alkinalodge.com.au Alkina Lodge Thu, 23 Aug 2018 02:08:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Stargazing on the Great Ocean Road http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2018/06/21/stargazing-great-ocean-road/ http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2018/06/21/stargazing-great-ocean-road/#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 01:24:48 +0000 http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/?p=1586 It’s a clear night at Alkina Lodge. Imagine stepping outside. Taking a deep breath. Looking up… Stargazing. There’s a vast, dark sky filled with a beautiful carpet of twinkling stars. We promise you’ll be awestruck. Stargazing is a must-do experience if you get a clear night during your stay at Alkina Lodge. Our lodges are ... more

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It’s a clear night at Alkina Lodge. Imagine stepping outside. Taking a deep breath. Looking up… Stargazing. There’s a vast, dark sky filled with a beautiful carpet of twinkling stars. We promise you’ll be awestruck.

Stargazing is a must-do experience if you get a clear night during your stay at Alkina Lodge. Our lodges are nestled in over 100 acres of native Australian bush. This means they’re far away from the city and far away from street lights. So, on a clear night, all you need to do is step outside to admire the night sky.

Our top tip is to give yourself at least 20 minutes outside first, so that your eyes can adjust to the darkness. Wrap up warm, make yourself a hot drink and find a comfortable spot to sit and watch.

When you do look up, be prepared to feel staggered by what you see. The Milky Way is usually clearly visible from Alkina Lodge. If you’re lucky you might spot a shooting star or two, and you may also be able to pick out the Southern Cross and other constellations. Ask to use our complimentary telescope and you might be able to spot some craters on the moon, and depending on the time of year you may even be able to view Saturn and Jupiter and its moons.

If you’re feeling adventurous, some people like to head out to the famous 12 Apostles for their stargazing experience. Alkina Lodge is only about 20 minutes drive from the 12 Apostles, but if you choose to drive in the dark please make sure you drive slowly, put your lights on high beam and watch out for kangaroos. Seeing the 12 Apostles by moonlight or under the Milky Way is always spectacular!

And when you’ve finished contemplating our incredible night sky, there’s a luxury bathtub and a big comfortable bed for you to fall into back at your lodge. Pure indulgence!

To find out more about what it’s like to stay at Alkina Lodge, or to book online via our website, click here.

Stargazing
Stargazing at Alkina Lodge

 

Stargazing Facts

Here are a few astronomy facts and figures for you to think about while you’re gazing up at the night sky.

  • The Milky Way is the Galaxy we live in. It contains our Sun and all the planets around it, and about 200 billion stars!
  • The Milky Way is actually spiral shaped. It appears as a band across the sky to us because we’re viewing it from within the galaxy.
  • Some Aboriginal Dreamtime stories say that the dark patches in the Milky Way represent a giant Emu in the sky.
  • The Southern Cross is probably the most well known pattern in the Southern Hemisphere’s night sky. But did you know that its five stars are actually just a small part of the larger Crux constellation?
  • It is believed that the five stars of the Southern Cross are somewhere between 10 and 20 million years old.
  • The longer bar of the cross points almost exactly to the celestial South Pole.

Night Time Astronomy Photography Tips

A good photo of the night sky is always impressive. But it’s not always about having the most expensive equipment – you just need a bit of know-how. If you’d like to try it for yourself here are a few tips.

  • If there’s a full moon, you may find that the light it emits overpowers the stars – so you’ll end up with fewer stars in your photo.
  • A wide angle lens is essential, and a tripod is also useful for stability.
  • Choose some foreground objects to include in your photo, like a rooftop or some trees, as these can add some perspective.
  • You have a choice of capturing the stars as pinpricks or as star trails. If you want to keep them sharp you’ll need a shorter shutter speed. For star trails you’ll need to shoot in manual mode. Click this link for more advice on how to take the perfect star photos.

If you’re Instagramming your pictures, don’t forget to tag us with @AlkinaLodge – we’d love to see your astronomy photos!

And finally, if you’re looking for more photography inspiration, click here to read our blog post about how to take photos on the Great Ocean Road Don’t forget to check out the photo gallery on our website as well!

Getting There

The Great Ocean Road is located in Victoria and stretches for 243 kms, starting at Torquay and ending near Warrnambool. How to get there depends on which part of the Great Ocean Road you’d like to visit. However, the most famous sights such as the 12 Apostles and Port Campbell National Park are located 275 kms west of Melbourne, approximately a 4 hour drive along the Great Ocean Road.

Where To Stay

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).

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It’s Fungus Season on the Great Ocean Road! http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2018/05/22/fungus-season-great-ocean-road/ http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2018/05/22/fungus-season-great-ocean-road/#respond Tue, 22 May 2018 22:56:48 +0000 http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/?p=1561 When people think of the Great Ocean Road, they usually think of iconic coastal sights such as the Twelve Apostles  and Loch Ard Gorge. What they probably don’t think of is fungus! But right now, it’s fungus season! The forest floors in the region are exploding with fungi in all kinds of weird and wonderful ... more

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When people think of the Great Ocean Road, they usually think of iconic coastal sights such as the Twelve Apostles  and Loch Ard Gorge. What they probably don’t think of is fungus!

But right now, it’s fungus season! The forest floors in the region are exploding with fungi in all kinds of weird and wonderful colours and shapes.

Not all fungi are shaped like mushrooms though. While you will certainly see the typical toadstool variety, you also might see puffballs, coral-like fungi, globe shaped fungi, jelly-like fungi and fungi with spines, gills and crinkles.

The mushroom season runs roughly from April to June, although this does depend on the weather conditions. In general, wetter weather means more mushrooms. If you’re heading out into the nearby forests, make sure you wear warm layers and bring your waterproofs and good walking boots. We also suggest you bring a magnifying glass and a camera with you. These will help you to have a good look at all the textures and the edges of the gills and spines. In fact, the fungi on display at this time of year can be a photographer’s dream!

Please do remember that some fungi are poisonous so please don’t pick or eat any (unless you have an experienced mushroom forager with you), otherwise you could end up in hospital.

Alkina Lodge is close to the beautiful Otway Ranges which are a great place for fungi spotting. Our three luxury lodges are just perfect for a bit of rest, relaxation and indulgence when you get back at the end of the day. Click here to be taken to our online booking page.

Fungus Facts

  • Did you know that it is estimated that there are between 50,000 and 250,000 species of fungi in Australia?
  • What you see sticking out of the ground or on the side of a log is probably the fruit-body, the part of the fungus that carries and spreads the spores needed for reproduction. All the rest of the fungus remains under the surface.
  • Fungi are notoriously difficult to identify, as many species look very similar.
  • Fungi that can be seen by the naked eye are known as macrofungi. There are also microfungi which can only be seen under a microscope.
  • Fungi are an important source of unusual chemicals which are used in the medical industry to make antibiotics, statins and anti-cancer drugs.

Fungus Photography Tips

  • Take shots from different angles: as close to the ground as possible (so you can see underneath), from above and from the side.
  • Use a good lens and/or get close enough to completely fill your frame with the fungus and clearly see the detail.
  • Sometimes it’s interesting to put something like a coin next to the fungus when you photograph it, for size or height comparison.
  • Remember that conditions on the forest floor can be quite dark, so flash devices might be useful.
  • Some fungi have glistening, shiny surfaces so you might find a polarising filter necessary.

So, if you’re staying with us at Alkina Lodge this Autumn and you’re looking for something a little bit different to do, we highly recommend a few hours spent wandering through the peaceful forests in the Otway Ranges. When you get back to the lodge we promise some indulgence. We’ve got a Nespresso coffee machine to revive you and a beautiful large Villeroy & Boch bathtub to soak in. So rug up in warm, waterproof layers and get ready for some bushwalking with a difference!

Click here to book online.

Fungi

Where To Stay

Luxury accommodation is available at Alkina Lodge (+61 3 8899 7426 ; alkinalodge.com.au ), an architecturally designed lodge set in over 100 acres of native bushland.  The lodge is about 15 minutes drive from the 12 Apostles. Prices start from $297.50 per person per night (based on twin share occupancy and excluding flights).

Getting There

The Great Ocean Road is located in Victoria and stretches for 243 kms, starting at Torquay and ending near Warrnambool. How to get there depends on which part of the Great Ocean Road you’d like to visit. However, the most famous sights such as the 12 Apostles and Port Campbell National Park are located 275 kms west of Melbourne, approximately a 4 hour drive along the Great Ocean Road.

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How To Take Great Photographs On The Great Ocean Road http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2018/04/24/take-great-photographs-great-ocean-road/ http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2018/04/24/take-great-photographs-great-ocean-road/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 03:07:39 +0000 http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/?p=1416 The Great Ocean Road is a dream destination for the keen photographer. It’s a great location for capturing spectacular landscape photos, but for a bit of added interest your photography can also include native wildlife, lighthouses, shipwrecks, and dramatic star-filled night skies. Here are some of our top photography tips: Firstly, if you’re keen to ... more

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The Great Ocean Road is a dream destination for the keen photographer. It’s a great location for capturing spectacular landscape photos, but for a bit of added interest your photography can also include native wildlife, lighthouses, shipwrecks, and dramatic star-filled night skies.

Great Ocean Road Photography

Here are some of our top photography tips:

  • Firstly, if you’re keen to take some photos around the coast, remember to take lots of care. The ocean can be rough and unpredictable so keep yourself safe and make sure you don’t slip.
  • Depending on the time of year and the weather conditions, you may wish to consider using a waterproof cover to protect your camera from either the rain or the ocean spray.
  • If you have a variety of lenses, don’t forget to bring them all, as you’ll have a wide range of subjects to photograph, from panoramic landscape vistas to moving birds and shy wildlife.
  • You don’t necessarily need a fancy camera. Sure, the latest equipment can increase your chances of getting some great shots, but most people can manage some amazing photography here using a simple smartphone or iPad.
  • Early morning is a great time to take photos. The light is often more soft, and there’s more chance of spotting kangaroos and wallabies.
  • Sunrise and sunset are great times of day to photograph the famous Twelve Apostles – there are fewer crowds around and the colours can be magnificent.
  • Make sure you also venture inland from the coast. The Great Otway National Park is pretty and green, and its many waterfalls are particularly photogenic after rain.
  • A tripod can be really handy but don’t leave it unattended. We often have windy days on the Great Ocean Road and a sudden gust could blow your equipment over.
  • Don’t be tempted to stick to colour photography. Some scenes, especially shipwrecks, can work really well in black & white or sepia tones.
  • On a clear night, the Milky Way can be seen from Alkina Lodge. Night photography can be truly jaw dropping, but you’ll need to fully understand the settings on your camera to get the best shots. Click here to read more about night time photography.
  • Patience is your best friend when it comes to wildlife photography. If you’re staying at Alkina Lodge you’ll have plenty of opportunities to photograph kangaroos and wallabies right outside the lodges. While you’re exploring the region you might also manage to photograph a koala or echidna. Whatever your subject, our number one tip is to respect it. Please don’t get too close or do anything to alarm our native wildlife.
  • If you’re here between June and October, it’s whale watching season. You can read more about it by clicking here. It can be quite tricky to get a good whale photo – they don’t tend to stay still for long! Come prepared with a good zoom lens and lots of patience, and we hope you’ll get some of those magical shots!
  • If you have the budget, we really recommend a helicopter ride over the coastline: photos taken from the air can be truly dramatic.

So – capture what you see, capture what you feel, have fun and experiment with your photography. And if you’re Instagramming along the way, remember to tag us with @AlkinaLodge – we’d love to see your photos!

Getting There

The Great Ocean Road is located in Victoria and stretches for 243 kms, starting at Torquay and ending near Warrnambool. How to get there depends on which part of the Great Ocean Road you’d like to visit. However, the most famous sights such as the 12 Apostles and Port Campbell National Park are located 275 kms west of Melbourne, approximately a 4 hour drive along the Great Ocean Road.

Where To Stay

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).

Great Ocean Road Photography

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A Different Side of the Great Ocean Road http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2018/03/25/different-side-great-ocean-road/ http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2018/03/25/different-side-great-ocean-road/#respond Sun, 25 Mar 2018 23:16:04 +0000 http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/?p=1404 The Great Ocean Road is known all over the world for its spectacular coastal scenery, including the iconic Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Arch. It’s also well known for its wild surf beaches, beautiful rainforests and excellent cuisine. But the Great Ocean Road is so much more than that. We always recommend you ... more

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The Great Ocean Road is known all over the world for its spectacular coastal scenery, including the iconic Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Arch. It’s also well known for its wild surf beaches, beautiful rainforests and excellent cuisine.

But the Great Ocean Road is so much more than that. We always recommend you stay a minimum of three nights if you want to see all the major sights. But if you really want to get to know the area well and make the most of all it offers, you’ll probably want to stay even longer. Or come back again for another visit!

If you want to know what the most popular tourist spots are on the Great Ocean Road, this article is a good place to start.

But once you’ve seen the famous sights, you might be wondering what else is there to see and do on the Great Ocean Road. We recommend you have a browse through our blog for some ideas.

We also thought you might like to know about some of our personal favourite places. They’re some of the region’s lesser known and best kept secrets. And they’re all well worth a visit. Read on for more information.

Camperdown

Not everyone knows that Victoria is home to hundreds of dormant volancoes. If you’re keen to learn more, we recommend a visit to the nearby town of Camperdown.

Camperdown is located on the world’s third largest volcanic plain. Thankfully the last eruption in this region was around 5000 years ago! You’ll find the surrounding landscape fascinating, as it’s filled with spectacular volcanic scenery.

It’s worth spending a whole day here. Once you’ve wandered through the historic town itself, don’t forget to check out the surrounding area. Just on the outskirts of town you’ll find Mt Leura, which means “big nose” in the local Aboriginal dialect. This is a volcanic cone which is thought to have last erupted between 5,000 and 20,000 years ago. Climb (or drive) to the top and you’ll be rewarded with 360 degree views of this volcanic landscape with its lakes, cones and craters.

Across the other side of town, you’ll find the crater lakes of Lake Bullen Merri and Lake Gnotuk. You might like to stop here for a picnic, or some gentle walking, canoeing or fishing.

Lake Bullen Merri,
Lake Bullen Merri. Photo credits: Visit Victoria / Robert Blackburn

 

The Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail

Use our complimentary mountain bikes or bring your own, and enjoy a wonderful day out.

This trail is suitable for most abilities and stretches 34km along the old Timboon Railway Line. The rail line was originally built in the 1890s to serve the local farmers, saw millers and merchants. It was eventually closed in 1987

You’ll pass through volcanic scenery, farmland, native vegetation and across trestle bridges. The trail ends at the charming town of Timboon. Click here to read more about the Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail.

Timboon Rail Trail
Timboon Trestle Bridge. Photo credits: Visit Victoria / Robert Blackburn

 

Eat your way around Timboon

We’ve been raving about Timboon for a long time.

It’s a foodie’s paradise, with gourmet delights such as the Timboon Fine Ice Creamery, the Fat Cow Food Company, the Timboon Cheesery and the Railway Shed Distillery.

It also now has a brand new deli, the fabulous Corner Store. It’s worth a trip out to Timboon just to browse through the local, gourmet produce on their shelves. Think organic coffee, sourdough breads, goats cheese, fresh pasta, locally made cakes and craft beer…

Timboon Distillery Great Ocean Road
Timboon Railway Shed Distillery. Photo Credit: Visit Victoria / Robert Blackburn

 

Lorne Sculpture Biennale

Over in Lorne, Victoria’s largest public outdoor sculpture event is currently taking place.

The LSB is a free public event held every two years. This year’s event runs from 17 Mar – 2 April 2018, with sculptures all along the foreshore and a vibrant programme of events.

This year’s theme is “Landfall” and the sculptures make use of light, sound, performance and projection.

Lorne is a great place to stop on your way to or from Alkina Lodge, as it’s a good half way point between us and Melbourne.

Mountain Biking in Forrest

The quaint township of Forrest is set right in the heart of the beautiful Otway National Park. It’s about an hour’s drive from Alkina Lodge, making it an easy day trip.

You’ll have the choice of an extensive range of mountain bike trails, which weave through native bush, soft moss, magical fern gullies and tall eucalypt trees. Forrest plays host to several internationally renowned biking events each year, and has been called one of the best downhill mountain bike areas in Australia!

There’s something here to suit everyone, no matter what your skill level. And once you’ve finished biking, we recommend a visit to the Forrest Brewing Company. This is a wonderful place that describes itself as “equal parts microbrewery eating place and mountain biking hang-out”.  Relax and try some local craft beer, before you head back to soak in our beautiful big bathtub.

Click here to check availability and to book your stay on the Great Ocean Road.

Forrest Otway Ranges Great Ocean Road
Forrest Brewing Company. Photo credit: Visit Victoria / Robert Blackburn

Where To Stay

Luxury accommodation is available at Alkina Lodge (+61 3 8899 7426 ; alkinalodge.com.au ), an architecturally designed lodge set in over 100 acres of native bushland.  The lodge is about 15 minutes drive from the 12 Apostles. Prices start from $297.50 per person per night (based on twin share occupancy and excluding flights).

Getting There

The Great Ocean Road is located in Victoria and stretches for 243 kms, starting at Torquay and ending near Warrnambool. How to get there depends on which part of the Great Ocean Road you’d like to visit. However, the most famous sights such as the 12 Apostles and Port Campbell National Park are located 275 kms west of Melbourne, approximately a 4 hour drive along the Great Ocean Road.

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Ten Things Not To Miss On The Great Ocean Road http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2018/02/21/ten-things-not-to-miss-on-the-great-ocean-road/ http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2018/02/21/ten-things-not-to-miss-on-the-great-ocean-road/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:53:33 +0000 http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/?p=1387 One of the biggest myths about the Great Ocean Road is that the only reason for visiting is to see the Twelve Apostles. It’s true that the Twelve Apostles will take your breath away. In fact, no trip to the Great Ocean Road is complete without a visit here. But the truth is, there’s so ... more

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One of the biggest myths about the Great Ocean Road is that the only reason for visiting is to see the Twelve Apostles. It’s true that the Twelve Apostles will take your breath away. In fact, no trip to the Great Ocean Road is complete without a visit here. But the truth is, there’s so much more to the Great Ocean Road.

Our biggest piece of advice is this: don’t try to see the Great Ocean Road all in one day. It takes around 3 hours each way to drive between Melbourne and the Twelve Apostles. This means going there and back in one day isn’t a relaxing option, and won’t allow you time to see and do everything else.

Remember the Great Ocean Road has been named one of the world’s best driving routes for many reasons. There’s so much to see and do here. So take your time, enjoy the scenery and stay a few days – or more!

Here are ten things we think you won’t want to miss on your Great Ocean Road trip.

  1. Bells Beach

A stop off at this legendary surf beach is a must-do and it’s easy to visit on your way down from Melbourne. It’s one of Australia’s top surf beaches. It’s also home to the annual Rip Curl Pro surfing competition every Easter, where the world’s top surfers compete.But at almost any time of year you’ll be able to watch the local surfers and admire the magnificent cliffs. If you’re an experienced surfer you could even try catching a few waves yourself!

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View over Bells Beach. Photo credit: Visit Victoria / Robert Blackburn

 

2. The Night Sky

As soon as you get away from the city, there is little light pollution. This makes places like Alkina Lodge just perfect for a bit of stargazing. Step outside on a clear night and look up for the view of a lifetime!

Milky Way
The night sky above Alkina Lodge

 

3. The 12 Apostles, Port Campbell National Park

It goes without saying: the Twelve Apostles is one of Australia’s most iconic sights and you simply can’t come to the Great Ocean Road and miss them. Go at sunrise or sunset to beat the crowds and watch the beautiful colours.

But also remember that Port Campbell National Park offers much more than just the 12 Apostles. Make sure you allow plenty of time here. There are some beautiful walks and it is also home to places like London Arch, Loch Ard Gorge, the Grotto and Gibson Steps. All of these should be on your must-do list.

Twelve Apostles Sunset, Great Ocean Road
The Twelve Apostles at sunset

 

4. Koala Spotting

It’s a bit of a well kept secret that you actually have a fairly good chance of seeing koalas in the wild on the Great Ocean Road. Drive to the pretty seaside town of Kennett River or to Cape Otway. Both places are home to these adorable native creatures. If you’re lucky you’ll find a big dose of cuteness waiting for you!

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Koalas

 

5. Waterfall Walks

The Great Ocean Road is known for its stunning coastal scenery. But head inland and you’ll find something very different but just as special. The Otway Ranges are a magical land of tall trees, giant ferns and pretty waterfalls. In summer this area will give you some shady respite from the sun. Meanwhile in winter the waterfalls are particularly spectacular.

Some of our favourites are Triplet Falls, Hopetoun Falls and Beauchamp Falls. Click here to read more about the waterfalls of the Otways.

Triplet Falls Otway Ranges
Triplet Falls, Otways. Photo credit: Tourism Victoria / Ken Stepnell

6. The Food

The Great Ocean Road has farmers markets, top quality restaurants, friendly and welcoming cafes, fresh seafood, craft beers, amazing cheeses, gourmet ice cream and much, much more.

If you want to treat yourself, book a table for lunch at Brae (it’s a great half way stop between Melbourne and Alkina Lodge). Brae offers fine dining and has been ranked as the 44th best restaurant in the world.

To find out more about the Great Ocean Road’s food and drink and how you can best experience it all, click here.

 

7. Whale Watching

If you’re visiting between June and October, you simply must put aside some time to sit and just watch the ocean. At this time of year we are regularly visited by whales, as they migrate north for the winter.

Good places to watch include Cape Otway Lighthouse, and the specially constructed viewing platform at Logans Beach in Warrnambool. The sight of a whale in the ocean is simply breathtaking, and it’s an experience you won’t forget in a hurry!

To find out more about whale watching on the Great Ocean Road, click here.

Whale Watching
Whale Tail

 

8. The Great Ocean Walk

This 100km walk takes you through Port Campbell National Park and the 12 Apostles, and along wild coastline, beautiful beaches and cliff tops. It’s a great way of experiencing the Great Ocean Road, and the scenery will take your breath away.

If you don’t have time for the whole walk (about 8 days), then you can easily enjoy short sections of the track from Alkina Lodge.

 

9. The Californian Redwoods

Just along the Aire Valley Road, there is a thriving forest area of Californian Redwoods, the world’s tallest tree species. You’ll feel a real sense of awe when you walk between these giant trees which stretch high up into the sky. This is a great place to enjoy a picnic – it’s an enchanting experience, definitely not to be missed!

Californian Redwoods
Redwood trees, Great Ocean Road

 

10. Cape Otway Lightstation

This is the oldest lighthouse in Australia which is still in operation. There are spectacular views over the ocean – make sure you climb the steps to the top for the best views. The staff are very knowledgeable and will be able to tell you all about the area’s fascinating history – and the cafe does a great Devonshire tea!

Cape Otway Lightstation Great Ocean Road
Cape Otway Lightstation

Getting There

The Great Ocean Road is located in Victoria and stretches for 243 kms, starting at Torquay and ending near Warrnambool. How to get there depends on which part of the Great Ocean Road you’d like to visit. However, the most famous sights such as the 12 Apostles and Port Campbell National Park are located 275 kms west of Melbourne, approximately a 4 hour drive along the Great Ocean Road.

Where To Stay

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).

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How To Plan The Perfect Luxury Break http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2018/01/25/plan-perfect-luxury-break/ http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2018/01/25/plan-perfect-luxury-break/#respond Thu, 25 Jan 2018 04:52:29 +0000 http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/?p=1378 It might be your wedding anniversary or a big birthday celebration soon. Maybe you’re looking for somewhere special to pop the question. Or you might just be looking for somewhere luxurious to spend quality time with your family. Whatever the reason, Alkina Lodge is the ultimate place to relax and indulge yourselves on a luxury ... more

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It might be your wedding anniversary or a big birthday celebration soon. Maybe you’re looking for somewhere special to pop the question. Or you might just be looking for somewhere luxurious to spend quality time with your family. Whatever the reason, Alkina Lodge is the ultimate place to relax and indulge yourselves on a luxury break.

Our three luxury lodges were designed by award-winning Australian architect Glenn Murcutt and his partner Wendy Lewin. They are fitted out with fine European furniture, a designer Gaggenau kitchen, Bose entertainment systems and a bespoke wooden fireplace .

We are situated on over 100 acres of peaceful bushland on the Great Ocean Road, surrounded by native wildlife. This means we’re close enough to Melbourne to make it an easy weekend away, but our unique location makes it an extra special luxury break.

Luxury Breaks
Alkina Lodge from the air

 

Each of our three luxury lodges has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. This makes them the perfect set-up for extended family or a group of friends.

In the summer, the lodges are cooled by the ocean breeze and Dyson bladeless fans. For the winter we have under floor heating in the bathrooms, and of course our famous fireplace – the perfect spot to enjoy a good bottle of red wine with your travel companions!

Fireplace
Fireplace at Alkina Lodge

 

Below is a suggested itinerary to help plan your luxury break:

Day One 

  • Arrive at Alkina Lodge. Our managers Cindy and Jordan will greet you, show you around and help you settle in.
  • No trip to the Great Ocean Road is complete without visiting the famous 12 Apostles, and a visit here will be a very special way to begin your luxury break. Sunset is one of the best times to visit. There are usually fewer people around, the colour of the sky is often spectacular, and if you’re lucky you’ll see the little penguins who return ashore at this time of day. The 12 Apostles are easy to get to, at just 20 minutes drive from Alkina Lodge.
  • For your evening meal, you might like to pre-order a gourmet barbeque hamper from us. It will include local produce such as brie, chutney, seasonal greens, spice mix and Porterhouse steaks which you can enjoy cooking up on our Weber barbeque.
  • Later on, if it’s a clear night you simply must go outside the lodge, for some stargazing. We are lucky enough to regularly get incredible views of the Milky Way here at Alkina Lodge. If you’d like to use our complimentary telescope please let us know in advance so we can arrange this for you.
Milky Way
Alkina Lodge at night.

 

Day Two

  • From the master bedroom you will wake up to stunning ocean views. Don’t forget to look outside as soon as you wake up – there are usually kangaroos feeding around the lodges in the early morning.
  • Today we recommend you put on your walking shoes and enjoy some of the spectacular walking tracks in the local area. There are walking trails to suit all tastes and abilities close to Alkina Lodge. Click here to read more.
  • After exploring the region this morning, we suggest you head to the nearby Otway Ranges and try out some of the amazing cafes and restaurants. Click here to read about some of our favourites. You also might like to stop in at some of the local craft breweries and wineries to sample some of their delicious products.
  • While you’re out, don’t forget to pick up some local treats to take back to the lodge for your evening meal tonight! Our Gaggenau equipped kitchen is a great place to cook your evening meal while you chat about your day.
  • You can never have too much stargazing, and our magnificent Villeroy & Boch bathtub is the perfect way to round your day off! It has been described by a guest as the “god of bathtubs” and affords magnificent views of the night sky. This is what luxury breaks are all about!
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The God of Bathtubs at Alkina Lodge

 

Day Three

  • Luxury breaks are all about sleeping in so you don’t need to get up until you want to! But if you find yourself awake early we suggest you put on the Nespresso machine and find somewhere to sit outside and enjoy your coffee while you watch kangaroos feeding around the lodge.
  • This morning, take the short trip to Wreck Beach. There’s a steep walk down from the carpark, with 366 steps – but it’s worth the effort! You’ll be able to see the anchors of the famous shipwrecks Marie Gabrielle and the Fiji here, and spend some time just strolling or sitting while you take in the beauty of this wild coastline. (Tip: remember to make sure you check on the tide times before you set off, as access to Wreck Beach can be limited at high tide).
  • Round off your luxury break in style! Brae is situated roughly half way between Alkina Lodge and Melbourne, making it the perfect lunch stop. It’s contemporary and upmarket, and set on 30 acres of organic farmland. Brae has been ranked as the 44th Best Restaurant in the world (the highest rank of any restaurant in Australia) so we’re sure you’ll enjoy a meal here.
Luxury Breaks Nespresso Coffee
Our Nespresso machine

 

There are so many other things to see and do while you stay at Alkina Lodge, so if you’d like any other ideas for your luxury break please contact us.

So what are you waiting for?!  Click here to check our availability calendar and make a booking. Then get packing! Bring a good book. Bring your favourite bottle of wine, or even some bubbles.  But most importantly bring your sense of sophistication and indulgence, and prepare to relax…!

 

Getting There

The Great Ocean Road is located in Victoria and stretches for 243 kms, starting at Torquay and ending near Warrnambool. How to get there depends on which part of the Great Ocean Road you’d like to visit. However, the most famous sights such as the 12 Apostles and Port Campbell National Park are located 275 kms west of Melbourne, approximately a 4 hour drive along the Great Ocean Road.

Where To Stay

Luxury accommodation is available at Alkina Lodge (+61 3 8899 7426 ; alkinalodge.com.au ), an architecturally designed lodge set in over 100 acres of native bushland.  The lodge is about 15 minutes drive from the 12 Apostles. Prices start from $297.50 per person per night (based on twin share occupancy and excluding flights).

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What’s Happening This Summer On The Great Ocean Road http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2017/12/20/whats-happening-summer-great-ocean-road/ http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2017/12/20/whats-happening-summer-great-ocean-road/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 18:10:51 +0000 http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/?p=1354 If you’re travelling down to see us over the summer, you may be interested in reading more about all the sports, beach, music and food events that will be taking place. And if you don’t yet have plans to visit, maybe one of these events will inspire you to book! Here’s a round-up of some ... more

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If you’re travelling down to see us over the summer, you may be interested in reading more about all the sports, beach, music and food events that will be taking place. And if you don’t yet have plans to visit, maybe one of these events will inspire you to book!

Here’s a round-up of some of the not-to-be-missed events coming up soon. And if you like the sound of any of these fabulous events, don’t leave it to the last minute. Book your accommodation online now!

 

Moyneyana Festival

When: 24 December 2017 to 26 January 2018
Where: Port Fairy

This community festival runs from Christmas Eve right through to Australia Day. It will include a New Year’s Eve Parade and fireworks, plus plenty of kids’ activities, live music, and family entertainment throughout the summer. Click here for the full festival programme.

BeachFest

When: 27 December 2017 to 24 January 2018
Where: Warrnambool foreshore

Warrnambool is a relaxed, modern city about an hour and a half’s drive from Alkina Lodge, and is well worth a visit for its fabulous beaches.  Over the summer the foreshore will play host to Beachfest, a wonderful event packed with activities for the whole family. There’ll be live music, beach cricket, a kids acquathon competition, sand sculpting, silent disco walking tours, yoga, drumming workshops, beach volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee and a whole lot more. Find out more here.

Camperdown Car And Bike Show

When: 12 – 14 Jan 2018
Where: Camperdown, VIC

The historic town of Camperdown is about an hour’s drive from Alkina Lodge, and this year they’ll be hosting their first ever Car & Bike Show. It looks set to be a great weekend! There’ll be Friday night car-themed movies including “Cars” and “Deuce of Spades” , live music at the Hampden Hotel, trade stalls, a Saturday night street cruise and a scenic Sunday day cruise to the Timboon Distillery.

The Camperdown Cup

When: 20 January 2018
Where: Camperdown, VIC

Camperdown looks set to be a very busy town this January! Following on from the Car & Bike show, the 20 January will see the famous Camperdown Cup, held at the local turf club. This year is extra special as the club is celebrating 150 years of racing. It’s sure to be a great day out! Click here for tickets and event information.

Shakespeare in the Great Outdoors

When: 20 – 28 January 2018
Where: Loch Ard Gorge

Don’t miss the chance to watch some iconic theatre in an iconic location! Pack a cushion, a blanket or warm jacket, some drinks & snacks  and head down to the beautiful Loch Ard Gorge to watch one of William Shakespeare’s greatest plays. The Tempest will be performed on 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 January 2018. Click here to find out more.

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival

When: 16-18 February 2018
Where: Apollo Bay Harbour

About an hour’s drive from Alkina Lodge you’ll find the charming seaside town of Apollo Bay. This fabulous annual foodie event celebrates everything to do with seafood. You can meet the local fishermen, take part in a cooking workshop or a casting competition, watch food demonstrations or just sit back and devour some tasty fish & chips while you enjoy some live music. Foodies will not want to miss this event! Visit their website for more information.

Otway Odyssey

When: 24-25 February 2018
Where: Forrest, VIC

This is one of Australia’s most highly respected off-road biking events. There are races to suit everyone, including a Grommets section for kids under 8 yrs, a 30m Rookie Race,  the full 100km mountain bike race and more. For supporters, there’ll be food, drinks, entertainment and activities at the start and finish lines. Get all the details on their website.

Seafood

 

Where To Stay

Luxury accommodation is available at Alkina Lodge (+61 3 8899 7426 ; alkinalodge.com.au ), an architecturally designed lodge set in over 100 acres of native bushland.  The lodge is about 15 minutes drive from the 12 Apostles. Prices start from $297.50 per person per night (based on twin share occupancy and excluding flights).

Getting There

The Great Ocean Road is located in Victoria and stretches for 243 kms, starting at Torquay and ending near Warrnambool. How to get there depends on which part of the Great Ocean Road you’d like to visit. However, the most famous sights such as the 12 Apostles and Port Campbell National Park are located 275 kms west of Melbourne, approximately a 4 hour drive along the Great Ocean Road.

 

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How To Plan The Perfect Road Trip http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2017/11/20/plan-perfect-road-trip/ http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2017/11/20/plan-perfect-road-trip/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:24:01 +0000 http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/?p=1337 The Great Ocean Road is well known as one of the most scenic road trips in the world. And driving along the Victorian coastline is one of the best ways to experience its wide open spaces, ocean vistas and beautiful scenery. But to get the most out of this beautiful 234km drive there are a ... more

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The Great Ocean Road is well known as one of the most scenic road trips in the world. And driving along the Victorian coastline is one of the best ways to experience its wide open spaces, ocean vistas and beautiful scenery. But to get the most out of this beautiful 234km drive there are a few things we thought you should know.

1. Think About The Distance

At 243kms each way, the Great Ocean Road isn’t really an easy day trip from Melbourne. There’s nothing worse than spending all day stuck in the car and coming home exhausted from driving. Think about how much driving you’d ideally like to do each day and make sure you allow yourself the time to stop and enjoy the trip. Admire the scenery at the lookouts, discover our wonderful local cafes and restaurants, explore the region’s history and look out for native wildlife.

We suggest a minimum of one overnight stay on the Great Ocean Road, but ideally two or three. Alkina Lodge is a great place to base yourself, as we are just 15 minutes drive from the famous 12 Apostles and close to many other attractions.

 

2. Make Sure You Know Our Road Rules

If you’re not from Australia, some of our road rules may be unfamiliar to you. Some of the key ones to remember are to drive on the left, keep to the speed limits and don’t use your mobile phone while you’re driving. Also remember that in Australia all drivers and passengers must wear a seatbelt. For more information on our road rules click here.

3. Be Safe And Well Prepared

If you’re hiring a car make sure you use a reputable company. And if you’re using your own vehicle, get it checked over by a mechanic before you leave – it’s better to deal with any problems beforehand rather than on the side of the road. Make sure you’re carrying a spare tyre, and you’ve checked the oil, water and fuel levels.

You don’t need to pack all your food for the trip though. The Great Ocean Road is relatively well developed and is not remote outback territory, so you will find places to buy food and drink along the way. In fact, we have some wonderful cuisine on the Great Ocean Road and you’ll probably find it a highlight. Read more about Great Ocean Road food and drink experiences here.

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Delicious meals at the Timboon Rail Shed Distillery. Photo credit: Visit Victoria and Robert Blackburn

4. Plan Your Itinerary

Both Google Maps and a good, old-fashioned fold out map are great for planning your road trip. It’s a good idea to have at least one fold out map for those times when you are between any kind of service or have forgotten your phone charger. Before you go, do a bit of research about where you want to go and what you want to see along the way. Good websites to look at include www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au , visitvictoria.com and of course our own blog which has a lot of information about things to see and do.

But don’t forget that some of the best travel experiences are those which are not in the guidebooks. Take a detour up a different walking track, duck into a local restaurant, take a stroll along a beautiful, deserted beach. Discovering those secret new things are all part of the adventure!

5. Pre-Book Your Accommodation

This is especially necessary if you’re going to be travelling over the summer months, weekends or public holidays, as accommodation can get very busy. To check availability at Alkina Lodge, click here.

 

6. Watch Out For Wildlife

On road trips in Australia, you may sometimes encounter our native wildlife, such as kangaroos, echidnas and koalas. The best option is to drive a little slower as this will give you more time if an animal crosses in front of you unexpectedly. If one of our curious native creatures does step out in front of your vehicle, slow down and brake in a straight line – do not suddenly swerve in case you roll off the road.

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Road Tripping in Australia

7. Keep A Record Of Your Trip

Finally, road trips make the perfect subject for a travel blog and the Great Ocean Road offers ridiculously good photo opportunities. (Please keep safe though – drivers, let your passengers do the photographing). If you’re Instagramming along the way, remember to tag us with @AlkinaLodge – we love seeing Great Ocean Road trip photos!

Road Trips

 

Where To Stay

Accommodation is available at Alkina Lodge (+61 3 8899 7426 ; alkinalodge.com.au ), an architecturally designed lodge set in over 100 acres of native bushland.  The lodge is about 15 minutes drive from the 12 Apostles. Prices start from $297.50 per person per night (based on twin share occupancy and excluding flights).

Getting There

The Great Ocean Road is located in Victoria and stretches for 243 kms, starting at Torquay and ending near Warrnambool. How to get there depends on which part of the Great Ocean Road you’d like to visit. However, the most famous sights such as the 12 Apostles and Port Campbell National Park are located 275 kms west of Melbourne, approximately a 4 hour drive along the Great Ocean Road.

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The Seven Best Picnic Spots on the Great Ocean Road http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2017/11/02/the-seven-best-picnic-spots-on-the-great-ocean-road/ http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2017/11/02/the-seven-best-picnic-spots-on-the-great-ocean-road/#respond Thu, 02 Nov 2017 01:07:31 +0000 http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/?p=1322/ You’ve booked your trip to the Great Ocean Road. You’re now looking forward to a little bit of indulgence, the fresh ocean breeze, some quality time with your family, and some good food and drink. On a warm day we think there’s no better way to experience the region’s beauty than by packing up a ... more

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You’ve booked your trip to the Great Ocean Road. You’re now looking forward to a little bit of indulgence, the fresh ocean breeze, some quality time with your family, and some good food and drink.

On a warm day we think there’s no better way to experience the region’s beauty than by packing up a picnic hamper and a blanket, and enjoying your meal al fresco.

The Great Ocean Road is packed full of great picnic spots. There are clifftop lookouts with stunning views, pretty beaches and peaceful rainforests, each with its own charm and beauty.

There really are so many great places to stop for a picnic along the Great Ocean Road that it’s often hard to choose where to go. To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of our top seven picnic spots.

 1. Teddy’s Lookout, Lorne 

This is a great place to stop for lunch on your drive down from Melbourne. The viewing platform  affords spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding hills. There’s a picnic table here so bring your lunch and enjoy!

 2.  Port Campbell

Port Campbell is a beautiful town about half an hour’s drive from Alkina Lodge, and close to the famous Twelve Apostles. It has a sheltered swimming beach and is the perfect spot for a swim and a picnic after a morning exploring the Great Ocean Road’s most iconic sights. You can picnic on the beach or for those who don’t like to run the risk of sandy sandwiches, there are also picnic tables on the grass areas.

Families with children might choose to enjoy their lunch in the local playground which has swings, slides, a skatepark and an undercover picnic area.

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Port Campbell Beach. Photo credits: Visit Victoria / Robert Blackburn

3. Melba Gully

Melba Gully has been used as a picnic spot for decades, and it’s easy to see why. This beautiful spot in the rainforest is filled with magnificent trees and soft green colours. Bring your picnic hamper and enjoy the tranquility.

4. Triplet Falls

The nearby Otway Ranges are filled with a range of walking tracks and beautiful waterfalls. Triplet Falls is one of the most enchanting and is well worth a visit. Work up your appetite with the rewarding 1 hour loop walk or an extended walk to Little Aire Falls, so make sure you bring your walking boots! There’s a picnic area with tables to enjoy your food afterwards.

5. The Californian Redwoods

Tucked away in a corner of the Otway Ranges you’ll find one of the most awe-inspiring  places imaginable.  These giant trees are truly impressive and reach right up into the sky.  There’s no better place to enjoy a picnic than under the thick forest canopy, with rays of sunlight streaming through the gaps while you listen to the peaceful babbling of the nearby Aire River.

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Californian Redwood Trees

6. Kennett River Picnic Reserve

Kennett River is a small town with a safe beach that is patrolled in summer. This area is also one of the best places in Australia to spot koalas in the wild. Head up the Grey River Road and watch the eucalyptus trees carefully! There’s a pretty picnic area here in a scenic reserve. After you’ve eaten you might like to enjoy a walk – there’s a beautiful loop walk through the forest.

 7. Wye River

There is a fantastic sandy beach at Wye River which is great for paddling, swimming, fishing or rockpooling. When you’re ready to eat there are two picnic areas located on the Wye River foreshore with free electric BBQ’s.

The General Store at Wye River is a bit of a combination of a gourmet deli, green grocer and convenience store. It’s a good place to look for a few picnic treats.

 

What to pack for your picnic?

So you’ve decided on your location, but what’s the key to the perfect picnic menu? We think the trick is to keep it fairly simple and fresh, and use local produce whenever you can.

If you want to make things really easy for yourself, we offer a range of gourmet hampers which we lovingly source from the local region, using organic produce where possible. Click here to read more about our hampers.

Alternatively there are some fabulous local food suppliers which you can visit to pick up some goodies for your picnic. We highly recommend you check out Apostle Whey Cheese, and  GORGE Chocolates for some picnic treats. And you really can’t beat picking your own berries at Berryworld.

Berries

 

If you feel like doing a bit of preparation before you go out, our lodges come with a fully equipped designer kitchen.

Try whipping up these easy Quesadillas, or throwing together this roasted tomato, haloumi & white bean salad. And all good picnics need a good pasta salad, so try out this delicious lemony orzo salad.

Add in some seasonal fresh fruit and a bottle of chilled wine, don’t forget your ice packs, crockery and cutlery, and you’re ready to go!

 

Where To Stay

Luxury accommodation is available at Alkina Lodge (+61 3 8899 7426 ; alkinalodge.com.au ), an architecturally designed lodge set in over 100 acres of native bushland.  The lodge is about 15 minutes drive from the 12 Apostles. Prices start from $297.50 per person per night (based on twin share occupancy and excluding flights).

Getting There

The Great Ocean Road is located in Victoria and stretches for 243 kms, starting at Torquay and ending near Warrnambool. How to get there depends on which part of the Great Ocean Road you’d like to visit. However, the most famous sights such as the 12 Apostles and Port Campbell National Park are located 275 kms west of Melbourne, approximately a 4 hour drive along the Great Ocean Road.

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Busting the myths about the Great Ocean Road http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2017/10/19/busting-the-myths-great-ocean-road/ http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/2017/10/19/busting-the-myths-great-ocean-road/#respond Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:29:14 +0000 http://www.alkinalodge.com.au/?p=1299/ Everywhere in the world has its own reputation and myths, and sometimes it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. We’ve rounded up some of the most common myths about the Great Ocean Road for you. Here’s the lowdown on what’s true and what’s not. 1. There are only 7 remaining Twelve Apostles – ... more

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Everywhere in the world has its own reputation and myths, and sometimes it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. We’ve rounded up some of the most common myths about the Great Ocean Road for you. Here’s the lowdown on what’s true and what’s not.

1. There are only 7 remaining Twelve Apostles – TRUE

This collection of limestone stacks which jut out of the ocean is one of the Great Ocean Road’s most iconic sights. However, in actual fact there were never 12 Apostles. The original nine stacks used to be called the Sow and Piglets, but they were renamed the 12 Apostles in the 1930s, possibly due to the locals’ religious inclination at the time. Due to a lifetime of erosion, one of the stacks collapsed in 2005 and another collapsed in 2009. This leaves only 7 remaining today.

2. The beaches are only for surfers – FALSE

It’s true that we have some of the best surf beaches in Australia and in fact Bells Beach is host to the world’s oldest professional surfing competition, the annual Rip Curl Pro.

But did you know the Great Ocean Road has countless beaches? This means there’s probably going to be a beach to suit every type of person.

While there are certainly some fantastic surf beaches with large and powerful waves, there are also calm and sheltered beaches that are great for swimmers. There are also beaches that are great for walking, rockpooling, diving and exploring. Click here to read more about the local beaches.

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Loch Ard Gorge, Great Ocean Road

3. The movie “Point Break” was filmed at Bells Beach – FALSE

Bells Beach is definitely one of our most famous surfing breaks. The final scene of the 1991 American action film, Point Break, starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves, was set in Bells Beach. However it wasn’t actually filmed there. It was shot at a beach called Indian Beach which is located in the state of Oregon, USA.

4. The Great Ocean Road is the world’s biggest war memorial – TRUE

The Great Ocean Road stretches for 243 kms from Geelong to Portland. It was constructed by returned soldiers from WW1 between 1919 and 1932, and was dedicated to soldiers who did not make it home from the war. This does in fact make it the world’s largest war memorial.

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The Great Ocean Road. Photo Credit: Tourism Victoria

 5. The snails are carnivorous – TRUE

It’s true! In the Great Otway National Park, you’ll find the rare Otway Black Snail.  It is a carnivorous snail which feeds on slugs, earthworms and insect larvae. It has no jaw, but it has long, sharp, backward pointing teeth which hold the prey while it is devoured.

6. Koalas are not real bears – TRUE

If you’re planning a visit to the Great Ocean Road you’ll be pleased to hear that you have a great chance of seeing one of Australia’s most popular native animals, the koala.  You’ll usually able to spot them at Kennett River or at nearby Cape Otway.

While these gorgeous, fluffy-eared creatures are named “koala bears”, they are not actually a member of the bear family. They are marsupials, so after giving birth a female will carry her baby koala in her pouch for around six months.

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Koalas

7. It’s a day trip from Melbourne – ARGUABLE!

Many people do indeed take a day trip to the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne. But consider this: it’s about 3 hours drive from Melbourne to some of the main sights. And there’s so much to see and do here that a day trip doesn’t give you time to do it all justice.

Not only that, but if you don’t spend a night here you’ll miss out on the possibility of seeing one of our beautiful sunsets or admiring our glorious night sky.

We recommend you spend at least 3 whole days here to get the best out of the region.

Milky Way
Alkina Lodge at night.

 

If you’d like to find out more about what to see and do on the Great Ocean Road please click here to browse our blog.

Where To Stay

Luxury accommodation is available at Alkina Lodge (+61 3 8899 7426 ; alkinalodge.com.au ), an architecturally designed lodge set in over 100 acres of native bushland.  The lodge is about 15 minutes drive from the 12 Apostles. Prices start from $297.50 per person per night (based on twin share occupancy and excluding flights).

Getting There

The Great Ocean Road is located in Victoria and stretches for 243 kms, starting at Torquay and ending near Warrnambool. How to get there depends on which part of the Great Ocean Road you’d like to visit. However, the most famous sights such as the 12 Apostles and Port Campbell National Park are located 275 kms west of Melbourne, approximately a 4 hour drive along the Great Ocean Road.

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