Pack the beach umbrella because here’s your chance to spread out. This six-kilometre stretch is the longest beach on the Great Ocean Road.
The moderate swell is suited to more experienced swimmers, with strong rips common due to the shifting sand bottom. Stick to the patrolled area in front of the surf club for the safest dip. A magnet for surfers, Fairhaven has numerous beach breaks and works best with northerly winds.
Once you’ve had your fun in the sun, duck into the recently renovated Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club for a bite and an unbeatable view of the ocean.
Cosy Corner, Torquay
If you're looking for a family-friendly beach break, Torquay's second-favourite child, Cosy Corner, has it all. Just a short walk from the main street with its cafes, ice creameries and fish and chipperies, this humming hamlet is an ideal spot for young kids to find their sea legs.
With a wide sandy stretch, an ubandance of shallow water, safety flags and minimal rips, as well as plenty of public amenities including bathrooms, barbecue facilities and plenty of grassy areas, it's the ideal seaside spot for a family day out.
Lorne Beach, Lorne
When it comes to Surf Coast swim spots, it doesn't get much more spectacular than Lorne Beach. With rolling waves, a gentle sea breeze, pristine sand and crystal-clear water, the hardest part about swimming here is choosing where to lay your towel.
Kids will love the foreshore playground, replete with its own ship, slides and giant wooden seals, while adults will love being able to duck across the road for a coffee, ice cream or cheeky tipple.
After a day of dipping and splashing, head to Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club for a meal with a view, and watch the sunset over the ocean as the night riders catch some evening waves.