Approximately 120km south-west of Melbourne lies the small coastal town of Aireys Inlet. The area is distinct from its nearby neighbours, Lorne and Anglesea, by retaining its village like atmosphere. The most well-known icon of the area is the Split Point Lighthouse. However, for those in the know, Aireys Inlet offers a range of nature based outdoor activities. It is truly a hidden gem.


Address: Aireys Inlet Victoria


Sandwiched between the Southern Ocean and the Great Otway National Park, Aireys Inlet has many walking tracks.

The Surf Coast Walk https://www.surfcoastwalk.com.au/walks offers a breathtaking view of the ocean. It stretches 44 km from Torquay to Fairhaven and is suitable for all ages. The Cliff Top Walk https://walkingmaps.com.au/walk/127, the final leg of the Surf Coast walk, is a short distance from the motel. It is a 3.5m walk offering spectacular ocean views along the cliff top between the Split Point Lighthouse and Sunnymead Beach.

The Lighthouse Precinct Walk winds its way from the lighthouse, incorporating the Bark Hut, heritage-listed buildings, the Memorial Cairn and the Allen Noble Sanctuary, a native wetland and home to myriad birdlife.

Other walks include:

Sunnymead Beach to Sandy Gully and return: 3km

Sandy Gully to the lighthouse and return: 3km

The Inlet to Fairhaven Surf Club and return: 3km

Moggs Creek to the Memorial Arch and return: 3km

Aireys Inlet to Lorne (one way): 16 km


If you enjoy bushwalking, you have come to the right place in Aireys Inlet.

Distillery Creek picnic area, off Bambra Road, is the starting point for many walks. It has a wetland area and an amphitheatre.

The secluded Moggs Creek picnic ground offers a spectacular circuit walk (4.5km) with panoramic views of Eastern View beach and the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch. There is also a short forest walk (2km) suitable for younger children.

There are also many walking tracks in the Otway National Park. Take the turn off at Bambra Road to get to the National Park. Visit Parks Victoria https://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/great-otway-national-park for more information.

Last Updated: Friday 14th June, 2019
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