trips planned by users

Aireys Inlet trip planner

Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free

Itinerary planner

+ Add destination
2 adults
- +
- +
- +

Aireys Inlet

Lighthouses · Scenic Walking Areas · Breweries
Aireys Inlet is a small coastal inlet and town located on the Great Ocean Road, southwest of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Aireys Inlet is located between Anglesea and Lorne, and joined with Fairhaven to the west. At the, Aireys Inlet had a population of 1,148.Many surfers holiday in Aireys Inlet to take advantage of the popular Fairhaven beach. As the inclination of the beach can change dramatically between years, the surf is regarded as unpredictable. Swimmers should take note there is a strong rip current.Painkalac Creek, which separates Aireys Inlet from Fairhaven, forms a salt lake or inlet behind the sand dunes before it cuts through to the ocean. Due to low water levels in the inlet it is not often that the inlet breaks through.There is also a horseshoe-shaped reef at Step Beach which forms an excellent swimming hole at low tide. The towns main attraction, the Split Point Lighthouse overlooks the inlet. The lighthouse has made Aireys Inlet an icon along the Great Ocean Road.HistoryIn the early 19th century, before European settlement, the escaped convict William Buckley lived here in a primitive hut eating fish, shellfish, wild raspberries and sugar ants. Aireys Inlet was known to the Aboriginals of the time as Managwhawz. The town takes its current name from John Moore Cole Airey, who settled in the area in 1842.
Add Aireys Inlet and other Australia destinations to your travel plans using our Australia attractions tool.
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Aireys Inlet

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Aireys Inlet

See all ›
Split Point Lighthouse ©
Split Point Lighthouse
Duration: 30 minutes
Salt Brewing ©
Salt Brewing
Duration: 1h 30 min
Urquhart Bluff ©
Scenic Walking Area
Urquhart Bluff
Duration: 1h 30 min
Great Escape Books ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Great Escape Books
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Aireys Inlet

Point Addis Marine National Park ©
National Park
Point Addis Marine National Park Anglesea
Duration: 8 hours
Coogoorah Park Nature Reserve ©
Coogoorah Park Nature Reserve Anglesea
Duration: 2 hours
Anglesea Golf Club ©
Golf Course
Anglesea Golf Club Anglesea
Duration: 2 hours
Barwon Park ©
Historic Site
Barwon Park Winchelsea
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Aireys Inlet

Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary
Geologic Formation
Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary
Duration: 2h 30 min
Moggs Creek Picnic Area ©
National Park
Moggs Creek Picnic Area
Duration: 8 hours
Allen Noble Sanctuary ©
Wildlife Area
Allen Noble Sanctuary
Duration: 1h 30 min
Bark Hut Reserve ©
Bark Hut Reserve
Duration: 1h 30 min

Places to visit with Aireys Inlet

Melbourne Trip planner BEST FOR: Specialty Museum, Landmark, Garden Torquay Trip planner BEST FOR: Scenic Drive, Surfing / Windsurfing / Kitesurfing, Beach Cowes Trip planner BEST FOR: Island, Dolphin / Whale Watching, Theme Park Port Campbell Trip planner BEST FOR: Geologic Formation, National Park, Lookout Ballarat Trip planner BEST FOR: Historic Site, Water Body, Wildlife Area