Anglesea is known as the adventure capital of the Great Ocean Road, with exploration possible by foot, bike, boat, board, scooter or car. With access to amazing mountain bike trails, epic surfing spots, great running tracks, gorgeous ocean and river paddling options and skating parks, there is something for everyone. Of all the ‘must do’ activities in Anglesea, below are some of our favourites.
Surrounded by kilometres of easily accessible coastline, beaches are in no short supply in Anglesea. The three closest beaches to the centre of Anglesea are:
Anglesea Main Beach
The main beach is in walking distance from just about everywhere in Anglesea. The beach is patrolled during summer and has some fun recreational waves to play in.
One of the most protected beaches in the region, offering the safest conditions for families to swim. This beach is patrolled during summer.
Guvvos Surf Beach
The closest genuine surf beach to Anglesea is Guvvos, which can produce some quality beach breaks on its day.
Surf Coast Walk
Offering natural beauty and easy access, the 44km Surf Coast Walk lets you relax and enjoy a world-class walking destination at your own pace. Explore inspiring landscapes on foot or bike, beyond the edge of Victoria’s beautiful Great Ocean Road.
The Surf Coast Walk can be joined and exited at any number of locations including Anglesea. The sections of the walk closest to Anglesea include Point Addis – Anglesea (7.3km), Anglesea – Point Roadknight (3.1km) and Point Roadknight – Urquhart Bluff (4.5km), all of which combine both gravel and beach trails.
Plan your journey using the Surf Coast Walk trail map.
Anglesea was an early arriver to the now budding Mountain Bike scene, with single track trails throughout the coastal heath being established long ago. The trails vary in their difficulty, with options to suit all levels – wide gravel trails to steep, technical descents. Trails can be picked up right from town using the Surf Coast Walk or from behind the Anglesea Bike Park on Camp Road. Alternatively, the car park at Hurst Road is a popular way to shorten the commute.
If it’s airtime you’re looking for, the Anglesea Bike Park is a ‘must do’.
Mountain bikes can be rented from GORATS, located within the Anglesea Shops.
Anglesea River & Coogoorah Park
The Anglesea River hides secrets that’ll be revealed only to those exploring its trails by foot, bike or boat. Follow the maze of boardwalks to discover private jetties, bird life, the Pirate Park, BBQs and bridges.
Within Anglesea River and Coogoorah Park area, a range of activities are on offer, including kayaking, canoeing, SUPing, fishing, walking, biking, picnicking, playing and bird watching.
Coogoorah Park is within a short walking distance from anywhere in Anglesea. Alternatively, a car park with toilet facilities is available at the end of River Reserve Road.
Anglesea is situated in the heart of the Surf Coast, with dozens of world-class breaks within a 15-minute drive. Some of the better known breaks include:
Winkipop (15 mins)
Sitting next to Bells Beach, Winkipop is a right hand point break, offering a hollower wave than its more famous neighbour.
Bells Beach (15 mins)
Home of the world’s longest running surf competition, the Rip Curl Pro, the legend of Bells Beach is well documented, including a ‘feature’ in the 1991 blockbuster ‘Point Break’.
Point Roadknight (5 mins)
Point Roadknight is a longboarders dream, providing a long right hand wave.
Urquhart Bluff (5 mins)
Urquhart Bluff is a great wave for beginners, offering protection from the larger swells. It’s also a popular longboarder wave worth checking out.
Anglesea Golf Club
Anglesea Golf Club is internationally renowned for the kangaroos that call its well manicured fairways, home. It’s been featured in publications such as the Lonely Planet and is one of the ‘must sees’ on the Surf Coast.
Anglesea Golf Club offers a challenging 6028 metre, 18 hole course with wintergreen couch fairways, along with 4 practice fairways, 2 putting greens, 2 chipping greens, practice nets and a mini golf course. The clubhouse has a bistro and bar that’s open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
Anglesea Golf Club offers sightseers 20 minute kangaroo tours for only $10 ($5 child). Given it’s a popular golf course, these tours are by far the safest way to get up close and personal with a kangaroo.
Address: Golf Links Road, Anglesea
Phone: +61 3 5263 1582
Lux Spa & Wellness
Lux Spa is the ultimate health and wellness retreat. Located within the Great Ocean Road Resort, Lux Spa offers a sanctuary from the noise of the outside world and has been designed with your every need in mind.
Their therapists are highly experienced and qualified in modern and traditional beauty therapies to deliver exceptional results.
Address: 105 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea
Phone: +61 3 5261 6865