Q: Which way should we travel along the Great Ocean Road?

A: If possible, try and travel along the Great Ocean Road from Geelong to Lorne, Apollo Bay then Port Campbell. This makes it much easier to access the car parks for key lookouts, particularly if you are in  motor home or towing a van. If you are travelling with a van from Port Campbell to Apollo Bay, try and allow an extra night with us and we can recommend a great loop drive from Apollo Bay – Forrest – Lorne – Apollo Bay which will allow you to explore this iconic stretch of the Great Ocean Road without the stress of towing the van.

Q: How long will it take to drive from Melbourne to Apollo Bay?

A: The quickest and easiest route is to follow C119 from Geelong to Moriac, Forrest, Apollo Bay. This will take 2.5 hours from Melbourne CBD, but does bypass the conic coastal section of the Great Ocean Road. At school holiday times the inland route through Forrest will save a lot of time off your trip (approx. 1.5 hours).

Q: Are you pet friendly?

A: We are pet friendly, on the condition that all dogs are kept on a lead at all times within the park, you clean up after them, and don’t leave them unattended in the park.

Q: Are camp fires permitted in the park?

A: Camp fires are permitted at Marengo on the conditions that you bring a drum/brazier that will elevate the fire up off our nicely grassed sites and avoid coals dropping onto the ground. No fires are permitted on days of Total Fire Ban. Fire wood can be purchased from local shops and wood merchants. Fires need to be extinguished by 11.00pm, and should not be left unattended.

Q: What time does the office close?

Reception closes at 6.30pm in summer, and 6.00pm in winter. If you are wanting to check in after this time please contact us before this time and we will make arrangements for a late check in.

Q: Is the beach safe for swimming?

A: The Marengo beach is well protected by an offshore reef that provides a very safe swimming beach in most conditions. The beach drops away very gradually and is protected from larger waves. It is only when we have an Easterly wind that this beach becomes unsuitable for swimming. Please check with reception if unsure of the conditions on any given day.