The Great Ocean Road is a stretch of road located right by the beach. It is an Australian National Heritage Site that runs for 243 miles. On a bright and sunny day, you can spend some time on the beach. Between the bright blue waters and the sandy white beaches, you may never want to step foot inside. All that changes when the rain starts falling though. Just because it’s raining outside doesn’t mean that you need to head back home. You can check out any of the top five activities for a rainy day on the road.
Top 5 Great Ocean Road Rainy Day Activities
1. Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Though the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre offers loads of things to do on a sunny day such as playing with wildlife, it also offers some fun things to do on a rainy day. The Art Gallery is just one. This gallery features some of the nation’s best aboriginal artwork and has pieces that you can buy and take home. You can even take a virtual tour at home to get a look at what you might see. Cafe Narana is a good place to sit down with a mug of hot coffee on a chilly day. It has a menu complete with scones and coffee cakes too. You can pick up gifts and souvenirs in the Retail Outlet and check out the exhibits in the Cultural Education Exhibition Building also.
2. Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and Village
No matter how much time you have, you can head over to the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village to learn more about the region and the people who once lived there. This quaint and charming village dates back to 1858 and is home to a lighthouse that is a national landmark. You can spend hours in the museum as you explore the artefacts found on some of the region’s shipwrecks. The collection includes the Loch Ard Peacock, which was found in 1878 and worth $4 million. Other artefacts are also on display.
3. Tastes of the Region
One of the top things to do and best places to go when it’s raining is Tastes of the Region, which has a convenient location next to the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse in Apollo Bay. There are dozens of foods and drinks such as craft beer that you can try, all of which come from the nearby region and road. You’ll even find products that you want to take home. Both the wine and beer menus offer an extensive selection of drinks, while the dinner and lunch menus offer dishes such as chicken parma and a fish of the day. You won’t want to miss the Prickly Moses Handcrafted Beer on the menu either.
4. Silk Spa & Beauty
If you want to relax in the lap of luxury, make an appointment at Silk Spa & Beauty. This day spa is close to the Four Kings Corner area and easy to find. When you get a massage, you can practically feel all the stress leaving your body. Other treatments are available too, including manicures, facials and waxing. Though the spa accepts some walk-in clients, making an appointment in advance ensures that there is a spot waiting for you when the rain starts falling. This spa is a great place to relax and enjoy the sounds of the rain hitting the roof.
5. Images Restaurant, Cafe & Cocktail Bar
Depending on your budget and where the road takes you, you may want to have a meal at Images Restaurant, Cafe & Cocktail Bar. The menu includes craft beer options from local breweries and wines that you might not find anywhere else. Known as one of the top places in the area for weddings, the restaurant has a slightly upscale look with a menu to match. Breakfast dishes such as spiced corn and potato fritters and ham hock benny are available all day. You’ll find both a dinner and a dessert menu as well as a pizza menu too. With the Images Movie Deal, you get a movie ticket and a three-course meal for one low price, which is a good choice for a date night if you’re trying to impress someone.
Enjoy the Rain
With these fun activities, you can enjoy your time on the Great Ocean Road as the rain falls around you. While you’ll find nice restaurants in Apollo Bay, there are even more things to do. You might book an appointment at the spa to get your nails done and have a massage or plan a trip to an art gallery where you can get a delicious dessert and a cup of coffee. With these activities, the rain will never slow you down.
Author: Suzie Vermeulen works at The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse which is situated on the Great Ocean Road in Apollo Bay where the hills meet the ocean. The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse is a craft beer haven with over 100 craft beers on offer. Warm yourself by the fire or enjoy our beer garden with ocean views. The BAR opens at 11 am every day. The award-winning BISTRO opens every day for lunch and dinner. Check out our menus!