The Hotel: Lady Bay Resort
Set close to the sea on Warrnambool’s coast, Lady Bay Resort is a series of modern self-contained apartments catering to both holidaymakers and corporate travellers. The property boasts an in-house restaurant plating up international dishes, an endota Day Spa and a heated outdoor pool, while ocean views are visible from many vantage points around the resort.
The contemporary apartments are finished in neutral tones, clean lines and simple artwork with dining areas and lounges designed for relaxing. Full kitchens including dishwashers are ideal for cooking up meals in the home-away-from-home, or Groupies who prefer to chill out can have a meal from the restaurant delivered to their room.
- Bed-size/type: One queen bed
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Two people
- Located on the ground floor; courtyard access, separate bedroom, large bathroom with walk-in shower, concealed laundry full kitchen, lounge with a sofa-bed, dining area
- Bed-size/type: One queen bed, two single beds
- Standard occupancy: Four people
- Maximum occupancy: Four people
- Two-level apartment, balcony overlooking the road, large bathroom with walk-in shower, concealed laundry full kitchen, lounge with a sofa-bed, dining area, large bathroom between two bedrooms, additional toilet
- Bed-size/type: Two queen beds, two single beds
- Standard occupancy: Six people
- Maximum occupancy: Six people
- Three-level apartment, two balconies, full kitchen, three toilets, two bathrooms, dining, lounge, additional loft space
The Great Ocean Road traces a winding route along Victoria’s dramatic coastline, where sheer limestone cliffs are buffeted by rolling surf, and the Twelve Apostles rise like colossal statues out of the sea. At the western end of the stretch is the regional centre of Warrnambool, a city steeped in history thanks to the gold rush of the mid-1800s. Here, seaside sights mix with a dose of heritage and laidback vibes for holidays where travellers can explore at their own pace.
Warrnambool makes for a convenient base to explore the Great Ocean Road, from the Twelve Apostles to London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge. Hop in the car and follow the path east or west for unique coastal scenery that gives way to densely-wooded forest. The Grampians National Park, Cape Otway and Bay of Islands National Park are all worth visiting for those who enjoy a hike, while lavender farms, cheese factories and even whiskey distilleries provide something for every kind of holidaymaker.
Closer to home, head to Hopkins Falls just a few minutes from Warrnambool to snap a photo with the wide waterfall. Then pay a visit to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum to learn about the shipwreck trail and the area’s maritime heritage. At certain times of the year southern right whales can be seen from Logans Beach frolicking in the water, but even if there are no whales to be seen travellers will still enjoy the coastal walk. Finish days off with a spa treatment or head to the local pub for a drink and modern Australian meal.