HOW TO CELEBRATE THIS AUSTRALIA DAY LONG WEEKENDby BETH GIBSON
Australians are known for their love of great food, a cold beer, live music and outdoor sport.
There's a little bit of everything happening across the Great Ocean Road region on the Australia Day weekend, so if you're already in the area, make sure you join in with our welcoming communities.
And, since it's a long weekend (Monday 27 January is a public holiday), jump on our accommodation planner and book a camp site, motel or something a bit more luxurious.
Here's a round up of what's happening so you don't miss out on the Aussie inspired fun!
Friday, January 24
Otway Harvest Trail's Twilight Festa - Birregurra
This is a highlight of summer in the Otways, showcasing the region's unique food and beverages. Locals and visitors can relax with a refreshing ale, cider or wine and there will be plenty of market stalls where you can purchase berries, free range beef, vegetables, cakes, sourdough and gluten-free bread, olives, preserves, honey and gin. A great post-Christmas catch up with friends. More...
Pop up cinemas - Warrnambool
Pop up cinemas showing mini documentaries about the construction of the Great Ocean Road 100 years ago will be active at The Cally Hotel site over the weekend (and until February 1). There'll also be food, drinks and live music at this family event (even the dogs can come along!).
Saturday, January 25
Us Aussies love lamingtons, so from January 25-27 the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie will serve giant lamingtons, plus lamington flavored macarons, ice-cream and hot chocolate. And, if you prefer the Aussie pav, they'll be smashing one up in a sundae. Yum! Details...
Hooked on Portland
This massive festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday on Portland's foreshore and will feature cooking demo's by celebrity chefs, a pop up bar, food trucks, fishing talks and workshops, markets and free children's activities and amusements including a circus workshop. There'll also be DJs on the foreshore stage and a special performance by Australian rock legend Jon Stevens. More...
Koroit Truck Show
See a large display of trucks and prime movers, plus vintage cars and motor bikes at this fantastic little village between Port Fairy and Warrnambool (and near Tower Hill, so make sure you stop to experience this extinct volcano). You can even camp for the weekend! More...
Lighthouse Open Day - Port Fairy
Have you ever wanted to see inside a real light house? Since 1859, the Griffiths Island light house has guided ships into Port Fairy and you can tour the lighthouse between 10am and 4pm both days. A bonus is the scenic 10-minute walk from the car park to the light house among coastal vegetation and bird habitat. Information...
Sunday, January 26 - Australia Day
Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic - Allansford
Satisfy your inner rev head and get along to the Sungold Stadium Premier Speedway for some world-class dirt spring car racing (over 100 cars!) and featuring drivers from the USA getting their racing fix before their season starts. A fun night for the whole family! Just bring the ear protection! More...
Surf Board Swap Meet - Port Fairy
From vintage boards, to beginner soft boards and stand up paddle boards, this annual event lets you buy, swap, talk and see everything to do with one of Australia's favorite past times: surfing! Held at Fisherman's Walk, opposite the Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre, the popular event is gold coin entry. More...
For more events across the region click here.
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