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Wanawong Retreat

Private Country Accommodation

Due to COVID19 we are not currently taking bookings.

9.8 Rated by Guests


At Wanawong Retreat, our aim is to offer you beautiful, comfortable accommodation while maintaining the ethos of "value for money". Wanawong Retreat is waiting to surround you with country luxury, tranquil privacy and capitvating views over the Otways. You're the ONLY guests, with your suite all to yourselves. We believe in stepping lightly on the earth, so we have solar panels for electricity & hot water and capture our own rainwater. Our organic vegetable and orchards are tastefully netted (due to the abundant birdlife) and keep us supplied all year. Guests love the home grown seasonal fruit and jams we provide.

​​Your suite has the following inclusions to keep you happy, cared for and comfortable.

  • Bathroom with shower & bath
  • Your suite has a kitchenette with microwave, toaster, kettle & small fridge
  • Queen sized bed in bedroom with single & queen options available in the generous lounge.
  • Wood heater & split system airconditioning
  • TV/DVD & free Wifi
  • Quiet and peaceful garden setting
  • Views over the Otways from your room
  • Balcony, terrace & BBQ facilities

Garden Gallery

Wanawong has been a participant in the Australian Open Garden Scheme for many years. The one hectare garden is set high in the Otway Ranges with spectacular views. In spring, cool climate plants such as rhododendrons, alpines and bulbs flourish. Roses, lilies and clematis are set off by mature shady trees during the summer months. Autumn brings rich colours to the deciduous trees and the final flush of perennials.
Kangaroos, wallabies and wide range of birds are regular visitors.
For those just wishing to visit the garden, we are open to groups of twelve or more by appointment.
Bookings are essential to avoid disapointment.
Wanawong is a two hour drive from Melbourne, with easy coach access for large groups.
Plenty of sheltered seating is available for those wishing to have morning/afternoon tea or lunch on site.
Toilet facilities are available.

Local Attractions

Great Ocean Road

Travel one of the world's most scenic roads through the Great Ocean Road region which covers south-west Victoria and is home to the iconic Twelve Apostles.

Triplet Falls

Triplet Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Great Otway Park and offer a stunning one hour loop walk through ancient rainforest. View the lower cascades as you follow raised walkways through the forest of Mountain Ash and Myrtle Beech to the main falls.

Otway Fly Tree Top Adventures

The Otway Fly Tree Top walk is a one hour rainforest walk experience that is approximately 2km in length, and features a 600m long & 30m high steel structured walkway that takes you right into the treetops! It's the longest and tallest walkway of its type in the world. The Zip Line Eco Tour is a 2.5 hour, fully guided experience, including training & simulation, 8 cloud stations, 6 flights & 2 suspension bridges. The ticket price includes the Tree Top Walk. The Otway Fly is a 30 minute drive from Wanawong Retreat.

Red Rock and Dry Stone Walls

Over 40 eruption points have been determined in the internationally significant Red Rock volcanic complex. Although often dry, there are seven major crater lakes within the scoria cones. Red Rock lookout, near Alvie, around 17km north of Colac, provides 360 degree views. On a clear day, you can see a great display of other volcanic features including Mount Elephant, Porndon, Sugarloaf as well as nearby Warrion Hill. Some of the most numerous & impressive networks of dry stone walls in Australia are found on the western volcanic plains of Victoria. The walls, most of which are on private property, are beautifully crafted & have functional, aesthetic & heritage value.


Our local shopping centre is the township of Colac, just 12 minutes drive away. There are plenty of dining and take away choices, ranging from cafes, restaurants, pubs to fast food options. Janet and David are happy to provide suggestions should you require some guidance.

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