Aireys Inlet Reserves

Aireys Inlet Reserves

Aireys Inlet is known for its live music and entertainment, art events and culture. Located an hour and a half south-west of Melbourne, this small town is the perfect location to soak up the seaside and relax.

Named after early settler, Lieutenant J. M. C Aireys in 1839, Aireys Inlet is one of the Great Ocean Road’s best kept secrets. From the Split Point Lighthouse to the main surf beach of Fairhaven, Aireys Inlet is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Aboriginal Traditional Owners
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria – including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available from Aboriginal Victoria and First Nations Legal & Research Services.

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee manages 13km of coastal reserves between Boundary Road and Spout Creek.

Aireys Inlet Reserves

Volunteer groups in the region

Sub-committee of ANGAIR

The Friends of Aireys Inlet Coastal Reserve was established in 1991 as a sub group of ANGAIR to focus on the removal of woody weeds from the 3.7km of land along the cliff top between Boundary Road and the Inlet.

The group has made significant progress in the area over the years and is turning their focus to the regeneration of native flora and controlling the presence of environmental weeds.

Meetings | First Saturday of each month (except January) 9:30-11am followed by morning tea.

Location | Meet above the junction of Beach Road and Eaglerock Parade.

Contact | Roger Gantly on 0409 502 480.

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Read the latest volunteer stories from Friends of Aireys Inlet Coastal Reserve on our blog.

The Friends of the Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary (FERMS) provides opportunities to people of all ages to experience the sanctuary above and below the surface. Established in 2013 the group participates in Parks Victoria’s Sea Search program, and the annual Great Victorian Fish Count to help support marine research.

FERMS has created an intertidal field guide from a collection of photos, and is a great educational resource about the marine environment around Aireys Inlet, available at local book stores. The group hopes to expand the field guide to a user-friendly app for mobile phones.

FERMS has family memberships and members from all age groups, including pre-school students, teenagers all the way through to retirees. FERMS keeps activities fun and interactive and encourages everyone to get outside and explore our magnificent backyard.

Meetings | Activities and dates vary – please contact for details

Contact | Sharon Blum-Caon on 5289 7389 or

Website | Facebook

Auspiced by Friends of Eastern Otways

Friends of Moggs Creek is a small team of locals who work in partnership with the Surf Coast Shire to help eradicate weeds in the Moggs Creek area and replant indigenous species. The group is supported by ANGAIR and aims to restore the environment around Moggs Creek to its original condition.

Meetings | As required

Contact | John Dangerfield on 5289 6644.


The Friends of the Hooded Plover Surf Coast was formed in response to the growing local interest in the threatened beach-nesting shorebirds. With only three known breeding sites along the Great Ocean Road Coast managed land, Hooded Plovers require human assistance for survival.

Associated with BirdLife Australia, the Friends of the Hooded Plovers Surf Coast volunteers are required to undergo important training to ensure they work towards the implementation of protective management measures and relieve the many threats from humans and dogs.

The Hooded Plovers have one of the lowest survival rates from egg to adult of any species in the world. The group works with Birdlife Australia and land managers such as Great Ocean Road Coast.

Contact | or

Visit the Save the Hoodie website for more information.

For further information on Aireys Inlet and what’s on in the region, check out the local visitor information centre.

Great Ocean Road Coast Committee

On 1 December 2020 GORCC transitioned to the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority. Please visit: