Wye River, Great Ocean Road and surrounding area attractions
At Treetops Wye River we are always researching and exploring the best local experiences of Wye River, other nearby townships and the fabulous coast of the Great Ocean Road. We want our guests to have a wonderful experience, with memories they will treasure for a lifetime. To save you time we provide handy hints and tips of all the best things to see and do, as seen through our eyes and other locals.
These are our own researched and written guides
Check out – Treetops Insider’s Guide to Suggested Activities
Check out – Treetops Food Lover’s Guide
Experience our coast
Come and experience the enchantment of Wye River and it’s sister village, Separation Creek, two tranquil hamlets surrounded by rainforest, 2 hours drive from Melbourne (15 minutes from Lorne) on Victoria’s spectacular Great Ocean Road. For peace and nature, sand and sea, Wye River / Separation Creek is the place.
Wye River Eating – The General Store Cafe – Great coffee and the best breakfasts and lunches for miles around. And then there are the dinners (summer only)! Exotic pizzas, Mediterranean seafood stews, tangy tasty curries and always something vegetarian and something gluten free. Baker Pip’s breads have become legendary – huge crusty nutty sourdoughs. His grandmother’s recipe for polish donuts – well, as they say, to die for! Dogs allowed on the porch outside.
Wye River – Eating. We have a superb pub, the Wye Beach Hotel for lunches and dinners. Try the fish of the day or the exotic rich chicken rice curries made by the chef from Martinique. The view from the balcony looking over the sandy beach and the ocean has to be the best eating view anywhere along the Great Ocean Road and it’s right here in our little village of Wye River.
Wye River – Beach experiences and Rock discoveries. Our two beaches at Separation Creek and Wye River are lovely spots for a swim, a walk, a snooze, a picnic, a surf or some fishing. Or take the dog for a run. The rocks are a crazy mix of bubbles, froth, wind-worn shapes and amphitheatres. See the ancient pier remains at Wye River- two piers were blasted away by storms early last century.
Wye River – Village walk. Although a little bit hilly you and your friends (two legged and four legged) will enjoy a walk around the village. Do the circuit of Karingal drive from Treetops Wye River to feel a part of the village rainforest. Go for a beer, wine or cider at the Wye Beach Pub or a latte at The General Store Cafe. Then walk back up the hill for views of the ocean and the village.
Wye River surfing – A white sandy beach to hang five and popular with surfers all year round. For surfing and information on the Wye River Surf Life Saving Club go to their site.
Lorne cafes and restaurants – 20 mins drive for lattes, capuccinos, gourmet meals at many cafes.
Lorne Cinema – 20 mins drive. (Open in summer and school holidays.)
Erskine Falls – half a day. The Falls are 9 km from the centre of Lorne. From the Falls car park take a short walk to the two lookouts where you see the falls as well as ancient trees and ferns. Take a picnic lunch or return to Treetops via a Lorne café lunch stop. Lattes, cappuccinos, fish and chips, gourmet meals and more.
Lorne Visitor Information Centre – 20 mins drive. For more information on Lorne visit the Centre at 144 Mountjoy Pde (a part of the Great Ocean Rd) or phone(03) 5289 1152. The VIC now has a wonderful display on the building of the Great Ocean Road with stories of the men and women behind this amazing road build frome arly in the 20th century.
Grey River – koalas
Guaranteed koala sightings any time, Grey River is a short (10 mins) drive from Wye River. For anyone who’s never seen koalas in the wild this is a MUST see. Turn off at Kennet River village and then turn left into the Grey River road at the General Store. Drive for about half a kilometer and start looking out for koalas in the trees. Some are very close to the road. One afternoon we counted 29 and then ran into some Swiss tourists who told us they had counted 58!
Apollo Bay – Known to locals as “The Bay’, Apollo Bay is an easy 40 minutes away. Take an afternoon drive for that latte or walk along another beautiful beach. You can sit and watch the unloading of the fishing boats on the marina. Fish or day trip charters are also available.
Treat yourself to fresh lobster or prawns from the Fishermen’s Co-op. The Fishermen’s Co-Op shop has fresh local catch from the operating fishing fleet at Apollo Bay. Also excellent fish and chips.
Great Otways National Park – 45 mins drive into Lavers Hill and Beech Forest townships. Any time of year you can enjoy walks and drives through this spectacular rain forest. See the Parks Victoria Great Otways National Park site for things to do in all seasons including walking, horse riding, fishing and picnicking.
Great Ocean Road – 300 km of spectacular drives, from the sculpture unveiled at Eastern View to celebrate the courage, hard work and mate-ship of the men who carved out and built the road to the rocky cliffs and bluffs of our Otway coast and then on to the 12 Apostles, one of the most amazing Road Trips in the world.
Great Ocean Walk – starts 45 mins drive away. This is a spectacular walk and it’s even been mentioned in the New York Times. The entire walk is 91 kms from Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead (close to the 12 Apostles) and takes you through beautiful beach, cliff and foreshore landscapes. The Great Ocean Walk has been designed so that you can do small day trips (try one during your stay at Treetops) or walk the entire route with overnight camping.
Otway Fly – 1 hour away near Lavers Hill. The Fly is an aerial walk high in the rainforest treetops of the Otway Ranges. You can walk through the tree canopy in this tranquil beech myrtle forest and enjoy the birds in their own habitat.
Melba Gully State Park – 1 hour away from Treetops near Lavers Hill. For many Melba Gully is “the jewel of the Otways”, a delightful 48-hectare park facing the ocean just south of the main Otway ridge. The park receives one of the highest rainfalls in the state (more than 2000mm annually) and the tree and plant growth in this rainforest is thick with myrtle beech, blackwood, tree ferns and mosses.
Twelve Apostles, Port Campbell and the Shipwreck Coast – a day trip from Treetops. These unique rock stacks are a must see if you are in this area so pack a lunch and drive along the rugged coast. See where the soft limestone has gradually eroded over thousands of years to form caves in the cliffs. When these collapsed they became arches and island stacks, some of which are 40-50 metres high.
One of the Apostles is also called Mutton-bird Island because it is the only nesting ground for Mutton-birds in the world. These birds achieve an incredible feat every year when they migrate all the way to Alaska and back again.
” 1001 places to see before you die” by Patricia Schulz, a New York Times bestseller
“For the price of a tank of gas, you can drive through some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery along the Great Ocean Road in southern Australia.”