Over 7,000 participants of all ages and abilities can run or walk in six races during the running festival held at coastal towns Lorne and Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia, which also hosts a kite festival, live music and a range of other events over the 2 days. There is also a wheelchair race and opportunity to explore the “Great Ocean Road Walk”.
The skies will be filled with colour as the Kite Festival is run alongside the marathon, stretching the whole of the coastline between the two towns.
There is access to the Lorne Sea Baths for trampoline fun, minigolf, hydrobaths, gym and pool and the film festival plays new releases and family friendly movies in the Lorne Theatre all weekend.
A program of live Australian music is played at various venues along the beaches and in each of the towns.
The wellness program includes yoga and breathing sessions at various locations all weekend long.
Food, drinks and merchandise are located at the two main “Festival Hubs”, one in Lorne and one in Apollo Bay.
‘Run a spectacular marathon with breathtaking views to the sounds of waves along the unique Great Ocean Road.’
The festival is held at Lorne and Apollo Bay in Victoria, Australia, along the Kennett River and is a 2.5 hour drive from Melbourne up the coast. These seaside villages are known for briliant surfing, excellent seafood, the green rolling hills and the Cape Otway National Park.
Car hire is recommended for exploring the Great Ocean Road.
Shuttle buses run along the Great Ocean Road between Lorne and Apollo Bay, to the start lines in the morning as well as after the events.
Train services operated by V/Line are available from Melbourne to Geelong, Colac or Warrnambool, stopping along the way in major towns, a connecting V/Line bus service stops at Apollo Bay and other locations.
These surfing towns offer a lot of different styles of accommodation from backpacker accommodation to service apartments, hotels, motels and holiday parks.
The Motel Marengo offers comfortable well equipped 1 and 2 bedroom suites, sleeping 2 to 5 guests. All the units contain Kitchenette’s with fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, crockery and cutlery adjacent to a dining area. There is a lush tropical pool area with heated spa nearby to a BBQ / Picnic area and an abundance of colourful native birds who will enjoy your company.
The BIG 4 at Apollo Bay is a holiday park offers accommodation in spa, deluxe and budget cabins as well as tent camping and caravanning. The park has fully heated swimming pool, laundry. bathrooms, barbecue areas, camp kitchen, television room, wireless Internet, adventure playground which includes a flying fox and bike pump track and a games room.
The crescent shaped beach offers hours of fun between the two towns. Surfing, fishing and sailing are all on top of the list in this scenic area of the Great Ocean Road.
Kayaking, Fishing and Adventure tours run most days with opportunity to catch snapper, shark and tuna.
Explore the way through the Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks by following the “Great Ocean Walk”. Hop on and off this long distance walk extending east to west between Apollo Bay and the iconic Twelve Apostles.
The dates for the Great Ocean Road Running Festival is 18-19 May 2019.
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