Best 5 Beaches for Swimming on the Great Ocean Road

Best 5 Beaches for Swimming on the Great Ocean Road

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 07/08/2024

Reading time: 3 mins

The Great Ocean Road isn’t just for driving. You can also go for a swim in the cool coastal waters.

As you journey along the Great Ocean Road, you’ll notice that it is dotted with heaps of beaches. The beaches are the perfect spot to stop and take a break from driving. Not only will you be able to stretch your legs, but you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous scenery wherever you stop.

The Great Ocean Road beaches are great for walking, lounging, surfing and swimming. Here are five of the best beaches for swimming along the Great Ocean Road!

  1. Bells Beach    

Bells Beach is probably the most famous beach on the Great Ocean Road. You can find this beach located just outside of the town of Torquay. It’s where Australian surfing began and holds some exciting surfing competitions.

This is a great place to try out surfing. You can take lessons or sit back and watch the pros in action. This is also a wonderful beach for swimming, lounging or taking a scenic stroll.

  1. Warrnambool Beach

Warrnambool Beach is the perfect place to go swimming, sunbathing and surfing. If you’re really lucky, you may even be able to spot whales here!

This beach sits along the Great Ocean Road’s largest town, so you have plenty to explore when you’re not swimming. Visit the town’s shops, restaurants  and charming cafes. Warrnambool is the perfect place to have a sunny beach day!

  1. Apollo Bay

If you’re looking for a calmer beach Apollo Bay is your place. The lack of large waves makes this a wonderful spot for swimming. The calm waters are safe for people of all ages to splash around and enjoy the ocean.

When you’re not swimming, take a stroll along the main road and see what the charming town of Apollo Bay is all about. You can find everything from eateries to candy shops and welcoming bars.

  1. Lorne

Lorne is a lively seaside town that has plenty to do rain or shine. However, when it comes to swimming, there is a great beach to check out. Here you can swim, surf or lounge on the golden sand.

There are also sea baths located along the beachfront, which helps to protect swimmers from the waves. If you’re travelling with kids, there are nearby activities to enjoy such as trampolines and mini golf. You can also treat yourself with the salt therapy rooms and other health and fitness facilities.

  1. Fairhaven Beach

The longest beach on the Great Ocean Road is Fairhaven Beach. When visiting this beach, you’ll notice a shoreline of pristine sand stretching as far as the eye can see.

This beach is located along the Surf Coast Walk, which means you can go for a hike when you’re not swimming. The hike extends a long way along the Great Ocean Road, but you can just do part of it and take in the incredible views!

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.