Aire River Escape

in Hordern Vale, Victoria, AU


Aire River Escape is a beautiful rustic eco retreat for couples looking to reconnect with nature.

The cabin is nestled on a bend of the stunning Aire River and overlooks rich farmland and the Otway National Park. The river views accompanied by the sounds of wildlife and farm animals will lull you into a state of calm.

There are two kayaks provided for guests to explore the Aire River. Go paddling upstream and take in the peaceful surrounds and bird life or drop in a line and catch a fish. Once back at your cosy cabin, light the fire and head outside to soak in the outdoor spa bath that is situated on the deck overlooking the river.

Return guests to Aire River Escape enjoy the peaceful solitude and the lack of mobile phone and television reception. The perfect place to switch off, your only neighbours are the cows, sheep and the native wild life. And maybe the rare fisherman walking up the river or the farmer checking on the cattle.

If you can bear to tear yourself away from this peaceful property, Johanna Beach is a 13 min drive away and is excellent for surfing and beach fishing.


Rental Type


Accommodates 2 guests

The cabin is designed to minimise any impact on the environment. A no smell, composting toilet is located in an out building. Robes are provided for guests.

- Full kitchen (with dishwasher and coffee machine)
- Cedar sauna
- Outdoor spa
- DVD library
- Well behaved dogs are welcome at Aire River
- Sorry the cabin is not safe or suitable for young children


- 2 x kayaks & life jackets


- I will rarely interact with the guests. The whole attraction to this place is the seclusion. The key is in a key safe with a code. I can be contacted if there are any problems.

- 2 night minimum on weekends and 3 night minimum during the week. Minimum stays are also applicable during long weekends, Easter and January holidays.

- The toilet is located in an out building. It is an environmentally friendly, no smell composting toilet. If you stay Fri and Sat night ask Lisa for a discount on the 3rd night.

- There is no mobile phone or TV reception at the cabin, an extensive DVD library is provided.

- Well behaved Dogs by arrangement only.

- Rain water is captured and stored in tanks, it is clean and safe. If you do not wish to drink this water you will need to bring your own drinking water.

- Fire wood is not provided during Summer months (Jan, Feb, March). You are welcome to have a fire if you bring your own wood.

- Please leave the kitchen, oven and fridge as clean and tidy as you found it. It's fine to leave the dishwasher going as you leave.

- Don't light the fire or restoke it the morning you are leaving, this makes it difficult for me to prepare for the next guest.

- Please don't be wasteful of firewood and rain water.

- Checkout is 10am

Adventure Details

There are two kayaks provided for guests to explore the Aire River. Go paddling upstream and take in the peaceful surrounds and bird life or drop in a line and catch a fish. The river gently flows through the Great Otway National Park, joined by three minor tributaries.

Johanna Beach is an exposed beach and point break that has very consistent waves and works all year round. Sometimes used as a backup for the Rip Curl Pro Bells beach if there is not enough swell at Bells Beach. Holds real size and can get big pretty quickly. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south. Waves at the beach break both left and right and there is also a left hand point break. Johanna Beach is a 2.5km drive from your cabin.

Exploring the Great Ocean Road you are presented with many points and reefs to discover. Other surf spots worth checking out that are nearby are Princetown, Station Beach and Port Campbell. This coast suits experienced surfers.

Johanna beach is also a very popular fishing spot which attracts salmon, gummy shark, various reef species and mulloway.

Aire River holds a solid population of bream to 46cm, yelloweye mullet and sometimes there are brown trout. During winter, a major lure for anglers are the sea-run brown trout which are returning to the river to spawn and are often caught on lures around the old bridge pilings.





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I'm Lisa. I am semi retired and enjoy sailing and gardening. I have tried to ensure my property has a low impact on the environment; this is not just token. You wont find wastef...

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