OTWAY COAST The most spectacular part of the Great Ocean Road

Beaches of the Otway Coast

The Otway Coast has many fabulous beaches. Beaches with wild spectacular cliffs and rocks as well as  calm sandy bays for swimming. There are also great spots to catch a wave.

In general, it’s advised visitors only swim at patrolled beaches and be aware of where the rips are. Beach walking is fun and requires greater effort than walking on other surfaces so you’re using more calories – great exercise.


Separation Creek Beach is a protected small bay beach with good surf and fascinating rock areas for beach combing.

Wye River has a wide sandy beach with rocks and rockpools at low tide. It’s safe for swimming and surfing and has Lifesaver patrols during the summer holiday season.

The Wye beach still has some pylons from the old pier that was used to transport timber to the boats in the early 1900’s. The section of the beach away from the BBQ and toilet area is dog friendly all year round.

Kennett River beach is a safe swimming and surfing beach with Lifesaver patrols during the summer holiday season. The beach area close to Wye River is dog friendly all year round.

Sugarloaf has a long golden beach with many rocks for beach combing. The whole beach is dog friendly.

Skenes Creek beach is mainly a surf beach and swimming is not recommended because of the rips on the left side of the beach, near the rocks. There are no Lifesaver patrols on this beach. It is also not advisable to swim in the river.

Apollo Bay is one of the largest and widest sandy beaches along the coast. It is a very protected bay which makes it safe swimming and popular with families. Every summer holiday season the beach is patrolled by Lifesavers. This beach is also a popular spot to learn to surf and ride horses along the beach at sunset.