Remote surfing in the the centre of the Surf Coast

Sunnymeade Beach is hidden away between Split Point Lighthouse and Urquhart Bluff on the eastern side of Aireys Inlet.

The beach is just off the Great Ocean Road on the Surf Coast but well and truly off the main tourist trail. At minimum, it requires about a 400 metre walk down to the beach and although that’s not a huge walk, due to the abundance of other beaches in the area with easier access, you won’t find crowds of down at Sunnymeade Beach.

Sunnymeade is between two large rocky headlands with incredible natural rock formations in the Sandstone on the northern end with nice little waves out past the point in the south.

Being down at Sunnymeade Beach at the right time can make you feel like you’re the last person left on the planet. Even knowing that you could hit a golf ball over the beach and into the water from the closest house, you can’t see any buildings or hear people, letting you keep on pretending that you’re lost on a remote island.

Sunnymeade Beach, Aireys Inlet
South of Sunnymeade Beach
North of Sunnymeade Beach

Surfing at Sunnymeade Beach

Sunnymeaade Beach faces the east with a headland at its south. The weather almost always comes from the south and west when it’s pushed along the Southern Ocean by the Roaring 40’s, so the beach itself rarely has big enough swell for breaking waves, although if the conditions are right, waves can reach 0.5-1 metre, out past the point.

If the surf isn’t there, bring along your snorkeling gear or rod because if the surfing conditions aren’t right, then it’s probably perfect for exploring the underwater habitat and fishing.

Fishing at Sunnymeade

If you can cast far enough from the shore, there’s plenty of fish to be caught at Sunnymeade Beach, ranging from Gummies and Whiting but mainly Salmon.

There’s a reef  with a drop in front of it that’s teaming with sea life that can be accessed from a long cast, otherwise if it’s safe to do so, head up onto the rocks on either end of the beach.

If you’ve got a 4X4 and the conditions are right, there are beach boat ramps in either direction. To the east, there’s a boat ramp at Point Roadknight and to the west, you can launch from the beach at Eastern View, past the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch, but both of these ramps are on the beach and not the easiest to use if you haven’t had a prior similar launching experience.

Getting to Sunnymeade Beach

There are two ways of getting to Sunnymeade Beach, both require a short hike along part of the Surf Coast Walk. The closest and most obvious way is a 400 metre walk from the Sunnymeade Carpark, which is at the very end of Boundary Road in Aireys Inlet. The only other way is from Urquhart Bluff, which is pretty easy and stunning 1km-ish trail.

To get to the Sunnymeade Carpark, if you’re heading along the Great Ocean Road from the east/Torquay, turn left at Boundary Road just as you enter the Aireys Inlet township. Don’t worry if you miss Boundary Road, take any other left turn for the next 10 or so streets, drive to the end/the coast and turn left again, following Eagle Nest Parade to the very end, where you’ll find the Sunnymeade Beach Carpark. Plenty of signs about.

Stairs down to Sunnymeade Beach
Surf Coast Walk from Sunnymeade Beach