Aireys Inlet has managed to preserve its origins as an area for the traditional beach and bush holiday. Housing is set among trees in a strip between Great Otway National Park and a series of coves and cliffs that merge into the wonderful stretch of Fairhaven Beach. Near the village is the Split Point Lighthouse with tours every day until 2pm. If you are here around lunchtime there is a pub with ocean views or the highly rated A la Grecque restaurant on The Great Ocean Road serves wonderful seafood and quality produce in a relaxed inside/outside setting. The owners have a richly deserved reputation for excellence over many years along this coast.
The comments below remain true in 2013.
The Age Oct 2005
“One waiter is jogging as he carries out plates of fried calamari with shiny aioli and rocket. Two others, young, jethaired and olive-skinned, call to each other across the lawn in Greek.
We take the last remaining table in the courtyard and pick up a menu spiced with words such as pastourmas, taramosalata, kasseri, keftethes and latholemono.
The ocean, though visible only in glimpses from our table, is not far away. Even the weather is Greek. Welcome back, Kosta Talihmanidis.
The restaurateur who ran the legendary Kosta’s in Lorne for 27 years is once again doing what he was born to do: running a lively, informal, immensely appealing restaurant that captures the spirit and sensuality of his homeland, minus the cliches.
There are no blue-and-white walls or nautical props at A La Grecque. The food is not an endless parade of dips and meat on sticks. There is no bouzouki music.
As good and fun as Melbourne’s Greek tavernas are, it’s stimulating to be at a place that takes a more contemporary, Australian approach.”Tweet
Traveller Experiencing Aireys Inlet
These are photos and occasionally videos that people have uploaded to Instagram with #aireysinlet, while enjoying their holiday along the Great Ocean Road