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The Great Ocean Road has always been a go to for sea change, an escape from the city. Winding between forest and sea we gathered ourselves up and set off to celebrate a birthday and find some open spaces away. Just inland from Skene’s Creek and with plenty of day trip action all around we secured a home away from home and spent the next couple of days, taking drives through the Beech Forest and Great Ocean Road. Spoilt for choice really!

Hidden down a bit of a dirt track in a clearing on a hill, the retreat is hosted by the perfectly accomodating and friendly, Jackie, Dale & their three chocolate Labradors (You should have seen our stupid faces when we saw them) The Barn that makes for accomodation is warmly setup with a wood-fire, all the tea in the world, fully equipped kitchen and plenty of blankets, board games and nooks for reading.

Things We Did

  • Food & Drink
  • Walk
  • Waterfall
  • Beach
Wildlife Sanctuary Cafe
You can also grab a coffee and some soup at the cafe of this beautiful family run business....
Manna Gum woodland
We stopped near the Cape Otway Lighthouse to check out the weird contrasting landscape around us. Unfortunately these dead trees are due to rising Koala populations....
Tripplet Falls
A short one hour looping walk will take you through lush rainforest and past a triple set of cascading falls, the sun was peeking through behind the falls just as we arrive to the viewing platform....
The 12 Apostles
Need I say more?...
Great Ocean Road Wildlife Sanctuary
Emus and Kangaroos will eat right out of your hand....
Long Tide Jewelry
Dale was kind enough to give us a bit of a tour as the sun was dipping past the horizon, we wandered around the grassy area while the dogs chased a ball and stopped by Jackie’s studio where was finishing off some jewellery, Jackie incorporates vintage glass and other sourced materials into her works...

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