About Aireys Inlet
Aireys Inlet is a small coastal inlet and town
located on the Great Ocean Road, southwest of
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Aireys Inlet is
located between Anglesea and Lorne, and
joined with Fairhaven to the west. At the 2006
census, Aireys Inlet had a population
Many surfers holiday in Aireys Inlet to take
advantage of the popular Fairhaven beach. As
the inclination of the beach can change
dramatically between years, the surf is
regarded as unpredictable. Swimmers should
take note there is a strong rip current.
Painkalac Creek, which separates Aireys Inlet
from Fairhaven, forms a salt lake or inlet behind
the sand dunes before it cuts through to the
ocean. Due to low water levels in the inlet it is
not often that the inlet breaks through.
There is also a horseshoe-shaped reef at Step
Beach which forms an excellent swimming hole
at low tide. The towns main attraction, the Split
Point Lighthouse overlooks the inlet. The
lighthouse has made Aireys Inlet an icon along
the Great Ocean Road.