By June Ramli
Melbourne, Oct 11: In a recent interview with DailyStraits.com, Jo Birley, the Industry Development Manager from the Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism, shared her insights into Aireys Inlet, a picturesque coastal town that marks the beginning of Australia’s iconic Great Ocean Road.
Aireys Inlet, located just under a two-hour drive from Melbourne, emerged as an attractive destination for weekend getaways, with accessible public transport options available.
The town features a pristine beach and an iconic lighthouse, famous for its appearance in the 1990s TV show “Round the Twist.”
Eagle Nest Gallery, a local art gallery in Aireys Inlet, showcases the works of regional artists through ever-changing exhibitions, offering visitors opportunities to acquire high-quality souvenirs and immerse themselves in diverse artistic expressions.
Beyond being a starting point for the Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet offers a range of activities for visitors.
Scenic hikes in the Great Otway National Park and visits to the enchanting Erskine Falls are accessible by car.
Even without a vehicle, travelers can explore Aireys Inlet’s attractions, including the serene Erskine Falls and the town itself.
Aireys Inlet’s proximity to Torquay and Bells Beach, known for surfing culture and the Rip Curl Pro surfing competition, further enhances its appeal.
The coastal towns nearby, such as Fairhaven, provide a relaxing atmosphere as well.
The town’s dining scene, featuring options from French bistros to acclaimed pizzerias, caters to diverse tastes.
Cafes open early, accommodating early risers and breakfast enthusiasts.
Birley advised visitors to be mindful of dining establishment closing times, usually around 8 o’clock. Planning and checking trading hours on Google is advisable, with advance table reservations recommended, especially on weekends.
Aireys Inlet’s recent recognition in the tourism industry included a gold award in the Victorian Top Tourism Town Awards and a silver award in the national awards.
Birley emphasized the Great Ocean Road’s abundant attractions beyond the famous Twelve Apostles, highlighting the Great Otway National Park’s accessible waterfalls and opportunities to spot migrating whales along the coast during winter months.
Travelers can also partake in events like seafood festivals and music festivals.
For those who prefer not to drive, Birley assured that public transportation options, including bus services connecting various towns and a central train service, facilitate exploration without a car.
In conclusion, Birley encouraged potential visitors to plan ahead, book in advance, and conduct thorough research to maximize their Great Ocean Road experience.
Her insights and recommendations equip travelers for a journey promising breathtaking scenery, charming towns, and lasting memories.
Without further ado, let’s listen to Birley’s interview here:
June Ramli is the editor of DailyStraits.com. To stay in touch with June, look her up on Twitter @junesairaramli