Anglesea, the perfect Coastal Village
I really like Anglesea. For me, it's the 'real' start of the Great Ocean Road. It's far enough from Melbourne to feel like you're 'escaping to the coast', yet is only just over an hour away, thanks to the Geelong bypass.
We have four young kids that love the water, (just ask Daniel, our youngest, pictured right) so for us Anglesea is our first choice for a day out at the beach. Roadnight beach is our favourite, It's quite sheltered so the waves are a bit calmer for the kids. The main beach near the mouth of the Anglesea River is also a very nice beach with lots of parking.
The river and foreshore park, just up from the beach towards the main street, is a great spot for a family BBQ or a paddle boat ride with the kids.
The town itself has a great feel to it. It's very 'touristy' for sure, but it is really relaxing and intimate. It's smaller than Torquay, and you get that local business owner feel as you visit each store. There are lots of great restaurants and cafes to choose from (There's an awesome Chinese Restaurant towards the eastern end of the strip which has two thumbs up from me!), and great trinket and local artist stores that will keep avid shoppers and tourists happy.
Accommodation options are plentiful. There's a great 4 star Family Tourist Park on the Eastern side of the River for those with kids, or for those looking for a a touch of luxury there's plenty of Holiday rental Villas to choose from. If B&B's are more to your liking then there are a number of nice 3 and 4 star options available.
Calling all Surfers
Bells Beach and Point Addis are a few kilometres to the east for surfing lovers, so be sure to gear up at any number of Surf shops along the foreshore and take a drive to catch a wave or two.
Wonderful Airey's Inlet is a few kilometres in the other direction for the more romantic at heart, with the famous Split Point Lighthouse providing a superb backdrop for a stroll on the beach. Don't forget to bring the camera for some amazing sunset shots of the Lighthouse.
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