Planning your visit

Planning your visit

Where a mask when required

Always carry a mask with you. It is important to continue to adhere to the guidelines. Our businesses are looking after your health and safety, so please make sure when you visit, if required, wear your mask.

Plan your visit

Make sure you plan ahead. Check if the place you want to visit is open, and where possible, book in advance. Booking direct with your accommodation supports the local operator and will provide you with the opportunity to get real-time local advice as to where to go and what to do. Be mindful our businesses are working as hard as possible to meet the guidelines and provide a COVID safe environment and may have restricted numbers and reduced capability over this period.

Enjoy slow tourism

Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy your trip. Allow extra time for travel and plan lots of breaks or stops. Make use of our walkways and walking and cycling tracks but be mindful of others that you come across them, keep the recommended 1.5m distance and if the walking path is narrow, be patient and allow them to pass safely.
Avoid touching surfaces like posts and railings wherever practical but safety first! Wash or hand sanitise your hands regularly.

Be mindful of closures

If you see any closed signs, please respect these, even if it looks OK to you, as it is not safe for you and your family to use them just now – they are closed for good reason.

Buying Takeway

With restricted dining capacity across our cafes and restaurants and COVID restrictions encouraging being in the great outdoors, you may be buying more takeaway. Please remember the fragility of our environment and dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully. The kindest option is to take all rubbish home with you or to use the correct recycling bins – and even better, bring your own tupperware containers and keep cups for your coffee and meals! Most cafes will accept these if they are clean.

Around water

We love our coast, rivers and lakes but please remember to be safe and responsible and always ensure children are within arm’s reach. If heading for a swim at the beach – please seek out patrolled beaches and swim between the flags.

Please also read and abide by any water safety advice, guidance and signage where provided and keep yourself and others safe. For more information, safety guidelines and helpful advice, visit

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.