Top 5 Hidden Beaches Around the Great Ocean Road

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There are plenty of stunning sights around the Great Ocean Road like Lorne, the Twelve Apostles, or the Otway Rainforest. However, as much as you shouldn’t miss these sights, there are other beaches that deserve your attention as well. These ones don’t have as many visitors, so you can have the whole place to yourself and really enjoy your time at the beach away from the crowds.

Here are the top 5 hidden beaches around the Great Ocean Road:

1.Rivernook Beach

This hidden beach along the Great Ocean Road is a great place to go if you want to stay a few nights to just relax. head there take in the views,  take advantage of the fantastic fishing, or spend some time catching the waves on a surfboard.

You can find Rivernook Beach by heading east on the Old Coach Road coming from Princeton. There, you can find a path the veers off of the Great Ocean Walk that will take you to this spectacular secluded beach.

2. Milanesia Beach

Although it’s the most difficult part of the Great Ocean Road to walk to, it’s certainly worth the trip. As you walk along the 14 kilometers (8.6 miles) to Milanesia Beach, you will find beautiful farmlands and rugged cliffs that lead to the breath-taking views of this spectacular area. Something many people may not know is that this is where several dinosaur footprints were found.

To get to Milanesia Beach, you’ll need to look to the southwest of Lavers Hill Township. A sign will point the way to the beach. Simply follow it to reach this destination.

3. Urquats Bluff Beach

This is another amazing hidden beach around the Great Ocean Road. It’s so off the beaten path, in fact, that you’ll want to make sure you pack a lunch since there’s no way to get anything to eat once you get there. That being said, Urquats Bluff Beach is the perfect secret oasis where you can swim, relax in the sun, and have a picnic on the beach.

Urquats Bluff Beach can be found near the town of Anglesea around the Great Ocean Road. Just follow the signs and you’ll soon be enjoying your time at this hidden beach.

4. Station Beach

If you’ve got the time for the 90-minute walk it takes to get to this hidden gem. This beautiful beach is perfect for explorers and adventurers. Here, you will find Rainbow Falls, which features incredible rock ledges. Or, you can fossick for treasures that can be discovered in this scenic location.

To get to Station Beach, you’ll need to start at Cape Otway, then head west. If you’re not quite sure how to get there, just ask some locals who should be able to point you in the right direction.

5. Parker Inlet

Last but certainly not least is Parker Inlet. The best time to go here is during the spring when the wildflowers are in full bloom along the path. Here, you can find a freshwater river that runs into the bay and you can swim in the quiet haven that is the Parker Inlet. There’s also plenty of wildlife to be seen, so animal enthusiasts will be exciting to catch glimpses of the many koalas that call this area home.

Parker Inlet is easy to find as it is located just off of Blanket Bay Road. Blanket Bay itself is another great place along the Great Ocean Road to stop, so be sure to check that out while you’re looking for Parker Inlet.

The Great Ocean Road is well known in Australia and famous around the world. There are many beaches to choose from. However, if you want a little bit of paradise to yourself we suggest to try one these places!

Brittnay is a professional house sitter from Australia. She has been living in London for the past two years and recently moved to Dublin. She has visited over 21 countries in Europe and Africa in that time. You can find all her adventures in housesitting and travels on The Travelling House Sitters

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