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Mitchell House

Mitchell House (The Bunkhouse)

Address: MacLellan Court, Wye River, Vic 3234
Sleeps: 32
Guest Comments: 2
Pet Friendly: No
Bedrooms: 3

Contact Information

Gary Lewis
Phone: 0427 436 250 (or Monica Lewis 0457 040 439)
Email: garymoni@gmail.com

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Mitchell House, known affectionately as The Bunkhouse, offers the perfect accommodation for groups of up to 32 people. It consists of two main bunkrooms (male and female as needed), which contain seven double bunks each. For each bunkroom there is a bathroom with two showers and two toilets. There is another bunkroom with two double bunks which is ideal for teachers or parents. There is a wide balcony with a sea view through the trees, offering shade on hot days.

This property is owned and operated by Wye River Surf Life Saving Club and is booked out by the club over the summer school holiday period when lifesavers use the facility. The Wye River store/restaurant (The General) and the Wye Beach Hotel are within a three-minute walk and both serve excellent meals.

Wye River beach, a popular surfing spot, is also a few minutes’ walk from Mitchell House. Wye River is a renowned spot for great surfing and fishing. The township is within the Otway ranges and there is plenty of birdlife and wildlife to be observed and enjoyed. There are many bush tracks suitable for bushwalking and trail riding groups.

Mitchell House is ideal for small school groups (especially outdoor education groups), scout groups, bushwalkers, bird watchers, trail riders, surfers and any small group just wanting tranquillity (especially in the off-season) in a setting that combines the Australian bush and the rugged coastal scenery for which the Great Ocean Road is world-renowned. There is parking for cars, small buses and trailers.

Wye River is 2½ hours’ drive from Melbourne and is located between Lorne and Apollo Bay on what is arguably the finest stretch of the Great Ocean Road. Port Campbell, the Otway Fly and the Twelve Apostles are accessible for day trips from the township.


  • Fully equipped commercial kitchen
  • Two large dormitories sleeping 14 each and separate bedroom sleeping four (ideal for small school groups)
  • Two bathrooms, each with two showers and two toilets
  • Large lounge with three couches and two large tables with chairs
  • Wood heater
  • Wall mounted flat screen television
  • Balcony with barbecue and sea views


  • $30 per head per night
  • Minimum booking of $300
  • Security bond of $500.
  • Payment in full is required two weeks before the booking date along with the security bond.
  • Wye River Surf Life Saving Club also hires its clubhouse for functions such as weddings ($1000 hire fee plus $500 bond)

    No Schoolies
    Two day minimum stay. Prices on application for extra guests, xmas, holiday weekends – labour day, cup day, etc

    What Our Guests Say

    Me and my form went to this place at Wye River for three days and had an ace time. We learned how to surf with this bloke and it was awesome, especially when Bugsy got dumped! Afterwards we sat around on the balcony and played games and fed these green parrots. We were allowed to watch TV so I didn’t miss The Simpsons. We had to cook our own meals which was fun except I felt sick after Mick’s porridge which I had never had before. We walked along this bushy path above the road and saw an echidna (I had to ask Mr Lyons how you spell that) which I had never seen before. It was fully sick.

    Cody Bonnicci
    Year 9

    My bushwalking group stayed at Mitchell House and found the unspoilt environment and tranquillity of the area inspirational. The accommodation was brilliant for self-catering groups such as ours – it felt like we had all the mod cons but in such a natural setting. The lounge area was spacious but we enjoyed just sitting on the balcony mostly. The wood heater and wood panelling gave a cosy feel at night. The walks in the area offer a variety of environs, from coastal scrub to stands of tall mountain ash trees in the hinterland. The Heritage Walk was great and it was fascinating to learn that Wye River once had a steam tramway to carry timber from a mill at Separation Creek to a pier whose ruins you can still see. It was a great long weekend and we are planning to come back.

    Judith Balfour



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