- Published on Monday, 16 November 2015 09:31
The Great Ocean Road stretches for 243 km along the Victorian coast. Built by returned World War I servicemen, it was intended as a memorial for those soldiers who never made it home.
Today, the road is a top destination for tourists hoping to see famous attractions like the Twelve Apostles and the London Arch. One of the most beautiful coastal drives in the world, the Great Ocean Road passes through historic towns and pristine bushland. Given these idyllic surroundings, it’s no surprise that many outstanding wedding venues can be found on and around this iconic Heritage-Listed landmark.
Elegance and history: The Grand Pacific Hotel
Built in 1875, the Grand Pacific Hotel was originally only accessible by sea. This majestic three-storey building sits above the town of Lorne, with stunning views over the ocean.
Imagine the romance of the hotel ballroom with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the sea. Your first dance as a married couple could not be more memorable! Wedding receptions in the ballroom can seat between 60 and 200 guests, with plenty of room in the fully restored hotel for guests and family to stay.
Back to nature: King Parrot Cottages
The King Parrot Cottages and Event Centre is a little way inland of the Great Ocean Road in the Otway Ranges. This tranquil 200 acre property is the perfect location for a wedding filled with natural beauty. The ceremony can be held anywhere on the property; from lush forests to the hill overlooking the spectacular Pennyroyal valley.
The cottages themselves are architecturally designed and self-contained for an intimate and romantic experience in a rustic bushland setting. The Event Centre accommodates up to 80 guests for a seated reception, or marquees may be used. Your guests can stay in the cottages or in the neighbouring campground. King Parrot is the perfect blend of comfort and character, and there are even farm animals to pet if your wedding is child-friendly. Why not take a few days to relax and unwind before and after your special day.
A personal touch: The Deck Café and Bar
For a personalised wedding experience, The Deck Bar and Café is one of the finest venues on the Great Ocean Road. Overlooking Anglesea’s main beach, your friends and family can enjoy spectacular views across the ocean.
Located in the Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club, The Deck is family owned and operated. You know the food will be prepared with special care, as the internationally-trained chef is also one of the owners. Menus for weddings are developed with the input of the bride and groom, so it’s not necessary to simply settle for ‘beef, chicken or fish’! The Deck can also provide a licensed marriage celebrant if you wish to have both the ceremony and the reception at the same venue.
Modern Luxury: Wyndham Resort Torquay
The Wyndham Resort in the town of Torquay is the last word in modern luxury. With a gym, spa, pool and steam room, you’ll be relaxed and pampered for your big day. The garden ceremony area overlooks Zeally Bay, combining the best elements of a garden wedding and a beach wedding.
The ballroom offers 180 degree panoramic views through floor to ceiling windows, and can seat up to 250 guests for a seated reception. Perfect for large, sumptuous weddings! The Wyndham even offer an in-house Wedding Coordinator to make your wedding day smooth and enjoyable. Your guests can relax in style and take advantage of the hotel tennis court and BBQ area, or venture out to explore the legendary Surf Coast.
Step back in time: Quamby Homestead
Located in Warrnambool, Quamby Homestead is a charming and beautiful 125 year old homestead. The property offers three acres of historical botanic gardens to explore as well as bushwalk trails and lawn games such as croquet. Very refined! With a timeless elegance and peacefulness, you and your guests can escape from the urban landscape and experience a little country ambience and hospitality. The property currently farms cattle and poultry, so visitors can see a small working farm in action. Quamby also offers incredible country-cooked breakfasts in the Victorian Guest Lounge, which has an open log fire for keeping cosy in the colder months.
The homestead itself can accommodate you and 14 guests. All the guest rooms have been renovated, so you can relax in four star comfort. Quamby also partners with Wyton Events and Catering to offer personalised and affordable wedding packages. Step back in time on this rustic and elegant estate.
It’s clear that one historical stretch of road can offer almost every wedding experience you can imagine. Whether you’re dreaming of a grand, luxurious wedding or a simple ceremony in a natural setting, take a closer look at potential wedding venues on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.
About The Author
Jill is a trained scientist but she loves to write, and weddings are much more interesting than writing scientific journal articles. After getting married in Las Vegas, she's pleasantly surprised that her in-laws still speak to her.'