Wye River and Separation Creek sit about 1 km apart on the Great Ocean Road past Lorne (155 km west of Melbourne). They both have steep hills with houses situated on dramatic sites giving spectacular views. These two beautiful tranquil retreats provide a serene alternative to the hustle and bustle of bigger towns on the coast and each sits on its own attractive small bay with sandy beaches.
Both towns are about 15 mins drive to Lorne and 35 mins drive to Apollo Bay, close enough to be able to enjoy a latte at any number of great cafes while staying in a haven without the summer crowds. Staying at Wye River or Separation Creek you have the best of both worlds.
Many visitors vote the coast drive from Lorne to Apollo Bay via Wye River and Separation Creek as the most spectacular part of the Great Ocean Road as the high cliffs soar above the waves crashing on the rocks below. There are many scenic lookouts to stop including the birds eye views of Mt Defiance and Cape Patton Lookouts.
The beautiful beaches of Wye River and Separation Creek are patrolled during the summer holiday season. Wye River has a long established Surf Lifesaving Club which patrols the beach from the end of November to the end of March. Check the Wye River SLSC site for details.
Wye River and Separation Creek both have spectacular wildlife including koalas, kangaroos and echidnas and many different birds. King parrots, rosellas, finches, cockatoos, magpies and kookaburras are a daily sight.
Separation Creek has no shops but Wye River has the famous Wye Beach Hotel (featured many times in The Age and Getaway) as well as the Wye General cafe.