A Beautiful Forest Stay Close to the Beach

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Forest View was the perfect base to be able to explore the area. Just minutes from the Great Ocean Road, this light-filled property is tucked into Aussie bushland with huge floor-to-ceiling windows that allow the morning light to spill through. We felt immediately at home in the warm, inviting space. It's perfect for families as there are two living spaces with plenty of board games, which encouraged us to switch off and enjoy each other's company.

We made pizzas for dinner in the well-equipped kitchen, though the property's highlight has to be the large deck that's perfect for late afternoons spent listening to the birds and watching the sunlight through the trees. There's also a wood fire, which is made for cosying up to with a cuppa in hand, and the local beach is within easy walking distance come sunset.

We had so many fulfilling moments over the weekend that it's hard to list them all. With cafes, pubs, hikes, scenery and epic outlooks all nearby, Forest View is the perfect family get away and in such a beautiful Australian location. We really enjoyed our stay and left feeling refreshed and renewed.
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Things We Did

  • Waterfall
  • Hike
  • Sunset
  • Beach
  • Town
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    Erskine Falls
    Erskine Falls can be found in the Otways' rainforest, just a short drive from Lorne. It was a 25-minute walk down the stairs and we were greeted with the most impressive waterfall plunging into the Erskine River. Surrounded by ferns, it was truly an incredible experience....
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      Hiking to an Epic Ocean View Through the Bush
      Starting at Moggs Creek Picnic Area, this lovely hike through the Otway National Park is a two-hour return loop. The walk is clearly defined and slightly uphill, and there are many different varieties of trees, shrubs and bird life. Once you reach the peak, you are rewarded with the most beautiful ocean lookout....
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        Walking Along Fairhaven Beach at Sunset
        We took a winter's walk along Fairhaven Beach as the sun dipped behind the horizon. Watching the surfers tackle the waves was a great way to end a day of exploring....
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          A School of Wild Salmon at Lorne Beach
          We made a quick stop at Lorne Beach to stretch our legs and it turned out to be a huge highlight of the weekend. Walking along the beach, we noticed movement in the water as the girls jumped over the waves. Up went the drone to check it out, and all that movement turned out to be a school of wild Australian salmon. We stayed for an hour to watch them jump out of the water – such a rewarding experience to see the sheer size of them together in a group....
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            Split Point Lighthouse & Eagle Rock Parade Beach
            Split Point Lighthouse, in Airey's Inlet, was a great family day trip and we spent half a day there enjoying the many different outlooks over the ocean, all of which are very accessible. After exploring, we stopped off at the lighthouse's tea rooms for what might be the best Reuben sandwich on earth! After our bellies were full, we drove to Eagle Rock Parade so the kids could build sandcastles....

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