There is no drive more iconic than the Great Ocean Road. While many visitors choose to take a day trip to see The Twelve Apostles, the famous limestone cliffs carved out of the land over millions of years, there’s so much more to see, do (and eat) than a day trip allows.
I’m guilty of day-tripping to The Twelve Apostles with friends and airbnb guests who want to explore the Victorian countryside, but there comes a time when you need to change your habits. That’s how I found myself spending a luxurious weekend at Anchors Port Campbell.
Staying at Anchors Port Campbell
With just three luxury villas set overlooking Port Campbell, Anchors was an easy choice to make when looking for accommodation in Port Campbell for two. Their self-contained villas are set a short drive from the town centre, the Twelve Apostles, and the best of the surrounding area, but also offer guests the space to make it a truly peaceful getaway.
If friends or family are travelling with you, Anchors also run family and group accommodation in Port Campbell‘s town centre!
As I write this to you I’ve cocooned myself in the cosy waffle weave linen and have put an Australian classic, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, on the TV (each cabin has a selection of classic DVDs available for use and suitable for all ages). The fire is blissfully keeping the space warm and the smell of sea air lingers through the window I’ve wound open. The only sound I can hear outside is the occasional passing car heading to or fro Port Campbell, and even that sounds far away. Bliss.
The villas are set out like large open studios with King-sized beds on a raised platform, going down into the lounge and overlooking garden, farmland and out to the sea. Tucked away to one side is a galley kitchen fully equipped with everything you’ll need, and a bathroom offering separate shower and a spa with the most magnificent view!
You’ll also find a selection of luxurious toiletries by Australian company APPELLES. They are one of my favourite brands because they are made using high-quality natural ingredients and essential oils, and the packaging is environmentally friendly and recyclable.
The owner, Tanya, and the team have thought of everything. From cosy robes to slippers, a Bose sound systems, magazines, and a stack of movies in each room. In the kitchen are REAL coffee machines – that’s right, leave your coffee capsules at home! You’ll also discover a lovely breakfast hampers filled with locally produced Apostle Whey cheese, butter, yoghurt, honey, milk, strawberries (if in season) and more to start your day right.
If you want to cook your own meals, all the appliances and utensils are at your fingertips. There’s even a classic Webber BBQ on the patio outside, should you wish to do some grilling!
The one feature I was grateful for was the free WiFi! It meant I could check in with family, post photos from the trip on social media and do a spot of work (but not too much!) while I was on the Great Ocean Road.
Meet the Anchors Family
While you’re at Anchors, be sure to stop by and meet the farm family, including Miss Bonnie the very friendly miniature Irish donkey!
Anchors Port Campbell is conveniently set just 10 minutes from Port Campbell. With free on-site parking, it’s well worth renting a car to drive the Great Ocean Road and tour the surrounding areas.
There’s plenty to do around Port Campbell. While the most famous sight, The Twelve Apostles, are 11 minutes drive from Anchors.
I highly recommend taking some a day (or two!) to enjoy the 12 Apostle Gourmet Food Trail. While it’s best enjoyed in spring and summer (I’m biased due to my love of going strawberry picking!) you can visit producers like Newton’s Ridge Winery, Apostle Whey Cheese, G.O.R.G.E. Chocolates, and the Timboon Railway Shed year round. There’s even a snail farm on the trail for those who are keen to learn how to farm snails and try a sample!
Port Campbell is around 2hrs 20mins drive to Melbourne.
Anchors Port Campbell
2549 Cobden-Port Campbell Rd
Port Campbell, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
Phone: +61 (0)0417 434 400
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I was a guest of Anchors Port Campbell and Great Ocean Road Tourism.
All thoughts, opinions and songs sung obnoxiously while watching ‘Priscilla‘ are, as always, my own.