There are a wide range of accommodation options dotted along the coast from Torquay to Fairhaven for runners, friends and family to stay.
We recommend that runners stay in Fairhaven or Aireys Inlet, near to where the finish is at the Fairhaven Surf Lifesaving Club, and just as importantly, walking distance from the Aireys Pub and Rogue Wave Brewing Co., where the event afterparty will be held, inclusive of special meal and beer deals for runners and of course, a big three sets of live music from a handpicked band the Connotations, featuring Liv Violi, who will blow you away with her vocals.
NOTE: for those staying at Fairhaven/Aireys end, there are buses to both the start of the full marathon (Torquay) and the half marathon (Point Addis), so you can arrive at your accommodation, and leave your car there! YOU NEED TO PRE-BOOK / PAY FOR THE BUSES!
Alternatively, stay in Torquay for easy access to the start, and then enjoy the Fairhaven hospitality at the finish before taking a bus back to Torquay (be sure to book – limited places).
Great options are the family holiday parks operated by event partners, Great Ocean Coastal Committee. Check them out:
Anglesea Family Caravan Park
Anglesea Family Caravan Park is the only holiday park in Anglesea with beach and river frontage. Positioned at the start of the Great Ocean Road between the sandy Anglesea Shore line and the Anglesea River on 16 hectares of parkland, the manicured grounds mix with native gnarly melaleuca trees and wide open spaces. Facilities include a lagoon style pool, indoor heated spa and brand new gym, we are only a short leisurely walk to great shops, cafes and restaurants as well as bowling and tennis courts. angleseafamilycaravanpark.com.au
Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park
The Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park is a fantastic beachfront caravan park situated at the start of the Great Ocean Road. Located on the Torquay Surf Beach, the Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park is the perfect spot for a (running) weekend away, a long vacation or an overnight camp. They have a range of accommodation available with plenty of family-friendly camp sites and onsite accommodation to suit all budgets. The Torquay town centre is within easy walking distance (the start line is approx 1.5km from the caravan park) as are cafes, restaurants and retail outlets. If you require anything during your stay, your hosts, Park Managers Nadja and Nick Herrington will be pleased to help with any queries or requests you may have. www.torquaycaravanpark.com.au
For a full list of all accommodation options along the Surf Coast, see:
Aireys Inlet: www.visitaireysinlet.com
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