Anglesea, VIC: Destination Guide


Beautiful beaches? Tick. The chance of a decent wave? Tick. Spectacular walking trails? Tick. Fantastic fishing? Tick. Anglesea is the ideal base for a family holiday or an active adventure. 

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Anglesea or find and book accommodation in Anglesea today

About Anglesea

Located along the Great Ocean Road, Anglesea sits between Torquay and Aireys Inlet. Home to abundant flora, picturesque gardens, native wildlife and, of course, spectacular beach, Anglesea is firm favourite escape from the stresses of city life.

Things to do in Anglesea

Anglesea offers the best of the Great Ocean Road less than 90 minutes from Melbourne. The beaches will no doubt be where you spend most of your time, as they are truly some of the best in Victoria. Add to that more than 20km of awesome mountain bike trails, voluminous accommodation options, a huge array of cafes and the Angahook-Lorne State Park on your doorstep and there’s no fear of running out of things to do.

Attractions in Anglesea

Anglesea Main Beach

Anglesea’s main beach is a huge drawcard for visitors – it’s long, wide, has easy access and, while it has been known to get a wave on from time to time, is quite safe for swimming and is patrolled by lifesavers during summer.

The Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club and Deck Cafe

Perched above the beach like a sentinel is the Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club and Deck Café, which has the best views in town. Lifesaving sports are strong on this part of the Surf Coast, with competition happening up and down the coast almost every weekend.

The Great Ocean Road

You really can’t travel all the way to Anglesea and not venture a little further along the Great Ocean Road – one of the most iconic and beautiful drives in Australia. As synonymous with its state as the Harbour Bridge is with New South Wales or Uluru with the Northern Territory, the Great Ocean Road remains one of Victoria’s best-loved visitor attractions. Visit the many beach town dotting the road, or head out to se the famous 12 Apostles rock formation - probably Victoria's most iconic scene.

Getting to Anglesea

Anglesea is located on Victoria’s Surf Coast off the Great Ocean Road, 112km from Melbourne.

By car

From Melbourne, Anglesea is only a 90 minute drive.

When to visit Anglesea

Anglesea is a suitable destination all year round, but it’s in the warmer months when the place really comes into its own. Be warned, though – if you want peace, quiet and isolation, this is not the place for you. Some of our group were so impressed with Anglesea and the park itself that they decided to come back over summer, with family holidays, rather than work, on their mind. But such is the popularity of the place that it was already fully booked out – not even a small unpowered site could be had.

Where to stay in Anglesea

Anglesea has some great holiday park options available. For more accommodation options in Anglesea, click here.