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Moonlight Head Private Lodge, Australia


Moonlight Head Great Ocean Road is located on the highest headland in Australia, overlooking National Parks and the Southern Ocean and at the mid-point of the Great Ocean Road, which has been described by Conde Nast Traveler magazine as one of the 20 great journeys of a lifetime.

This Murcutt / Lewin designed lodge is suitable for couples seeking complete privacy, or is flexible enough to meet the vacation requirements of the most demanding of families. The lodge is orientated to maximize the northern light but also seeks to focus the guest to its ocean views providing warmth and comfort as well as delight to the viewer. Moonlight Head's operating philosophy is about individual customer service revolving solely around your client, treating the guest how you would like to be treated yourself. Moonlight seeks to meet the client's needs whatever they may be in a landscape setting where the noise of the city becomes a distant memory.

The furnishings, with an emphasis on comfort, are modern European, combined with antique Persian rugs sourced from the auction rooms of London. European feather down duvets and pure cotton sheets, the highest quality mattresses and fine pillows all combine to make sleeping at Moonlight Head Lodge an experience to be dreamt of for years to come. This is a time for relaxation, to unwind, reflect, and enjoy each others company, and the ambience created seeks to reflect that. The fire in the main living area provides you with warmth on those colder days to warm you up after a days outside activities. Lighting at nightfall is discrete as they seek to maximize your enjoyment of the unpolluted Southern night sky crammed full of stars.

Their expert chefs will go to any lengths to provide you with the perfect meal. Whether your requirements are for the finest Australian steak, fresh seafood or for a tasty salad, everything is available and can all be complemented with your choice from the hand picked selection of local and international wines.

They can readily provide: a luxury vehicle or helicopter transfer to Moonlight, arrange golf tee times, ocean or fresh water fishing licenses, ornithologists to seek out the local bird community, a guide to escort you along the Great Ocean Walk, a range of holistic body treatments to soothe you, or just simply getting you ready for the next part of your journey. At Moonlight Head Lodge, once asked for, consider it done.


Read "1000 Places to See Before You Die" article about The Great Ocean Road


Bird Watching
Golf Nearby
Horseback Riding
Mountain Bike Riding
Whale Watching
Wine Region Activities
15 minutes by car to the famous Twelve Apostles


Moonlight is located 2-1/2 hours drive via Colac from the Melbourne CBD. The hotel is 15 minutes by car to the famous Twelve Apostles, 90 minutes from the fashionable coastal resort of Lorne and two hours to the historic town of Port Fairy.

A drive along the Great Ocean Road offers top views:

TORQUAY - Torquay marks the start of the Great Ocean Road, built by 3000 ex-servicemen from World War I between 1919 and 1932. The town is known as the home of surfing in the state with nearby beaches Jan Juc and Bells Beach the most popular. The Rip Curl Pro Classic, every Easter, is the biggest surfing competition in the country. It's all surfing here, with a surfing museum and surf shops the order of the day.

PORT CAMPBELL - A crayfishing village at the heart some of the most dramatic scenery along the Great Ocean Road, including the Twelve Apostles and the London Bridge. A 2.5-kilometre walk takes you to the beach where the Loch Ard, carrying migrants, was wrecked in 1878.

QUEENSCLIFF - If you haven't had fish and chips on the beach here you have missed one of the great Victorian coastal experiences. Founded in 1850, this sleepy fishing village on the Bellarine Peninsula has become a haven for foodies. There are three grand hotels and more than 40 eateries between Queenscliff and neighbouring Point Lonsdale. You can catch the ferry to Portsea.

LORNE - The village at Lorne was established in 1871 on the banks of the Erskine River and developed as an English seaside resort. Today, it's the cafe society and the restaurant and pub scene along the main street that attracts visitors, as well as one of the safest surf beaches on the coast. The Lorne pier-to-pub each January is the world's largest blue-water swimming event.

APOLLO BAY - Apollo Bay marks the spot where the Great Ocean Road leaves the coast and heads inland through the Otway National Park and past the Cape Otway Lighthouse. At Apollo Bay, sandwiched between the ocean and rolling green paddocks, there are just a few cafes and restaurants, a couple of pubs, good accommodation options and a bustling commercial and recreational fishing industry.

PORT FAIRY - Pristine beaches, specialty shops, award-winning restaurants, cafes and bistros, galleries and more than 50 heritage buildings. Walk across the isthmus to Griffith Island for its lighthouse and muttonbirds returning at dusk. The Port Fairy Folk Festival in March is one of the country's best.


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