Southern Anchorage Retreat

50 Parkers Access Track, Wattle Hill, Victoria, Wattle Hill, Wattle Hill, Australia, 3237 - See map
4.5-star Guesthouse/bed and breakfast
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9.3
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Southern Anchorage Retreat

"Place is clean and cosy."

Ada - November 1, 2019

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8.7

Excellent

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Excellent location
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Exceptional cleanliness
9.5 rating for cleanliness
Exceptional service
9.4 rating for service
Exceptional facilities on premise
9.3 facilities on premise
Exceptional comfort
9.2 room quality and comfort

Location was great for a stopover before we start our GOR tour.

Ang | October 23, 2017

Bed had a electric heater which was very much appreciated.

Ada | November 1, 2019

Great place, well equipped kitchen, strong shower .

Ang | October 23, 2017

Very nice area and the cabin was great.

Onur | February 17, 2020

We will be back for longer stay.

Ang | October 23, 2017

Very nice place to relax

stephen | February 29, 2020

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Hot tub

  • Sauna

  • Air conditioning

  • Balcony/terrace

Value for money8.8
Location rating8.7

Rooms available at Southern Anchorage Retreat

9.2
Exceptional
Room comfort & quality
The Anchor
The Anchor
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  • Room size: 150 m²/1615 ft²
  • Nature view
  • 1 king bed
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Coastal Suite
Coastal Suite
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  • Room size: 42 m²/452 ft²
  • Partial ocean view
  • 1 queen bed
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Two Bedroom Cottage - Anchor
Two Bedroom Cottage - Anchor
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  • Room size: 140 m²/1507 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed & 1 single bed
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The Marie Gabrielle
The Marie Gabrielle
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  • Room size: 140 m²/1507 ft²
  • Partial ocean view
  • 1 king bed
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Queen Suite - Coastal
Queen Suite - Coastal
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  • Room size: 42 m²/452 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 queen bed
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One Bedroom Cottage - Marie Gabrielle
One Bedroom Cottage - Marie Gabrielle
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  • Room size: 125 m²/1345 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed
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The Fiji
The Fiji
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  • Room size: 140 m²/1507 ft²
  • Partial ocean view
  • 1 queen bed
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One Bedroom Cottage - Fiji
One Bedroom Cottage - Fiji
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  • Room size: 125 m²/1345 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed
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Queen Suite - Harbor
Queen Suite - Harbor
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 queen bed
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Harbor Suite
Harbor Suite
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  • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
  • Partial ocean view
  • 2 single beds and 1 king be...
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Southern Anchorage Retreat?

Check-in is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The property offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Southern Anchorage Retreat?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, Southern Anchorage Retreat has a car park available for guests. Car parking is free for guests. Self-parking is conveniently available at the property.

What is the smoking policy at Southern Anchorage Retreat?

Southern Anchorage Retreat does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

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9.3
Exceptional
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Cleanliness
9.5
Facilities
9.3
Location
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More about Southern Anchorage Retreat

Offering quality accommodations in Yuulong, Southern Anchorage Retreat is a popular pick for both business and leisure travelers. This modern property is on the Great Ocean Road, close to popular tourist attractions such as the Twelve Apostles, Cape Otway Lighthouse, and Otway Fly Treetop Walk.

The facilities and services provided by Southern Anchorage Retreat ensure a pleasant stay for guests. Guests can make use of comfortable facilities and decks and enjoy Australia’s beautiful nature. The hotel features 2 beautifully appointed guestrooms and three rustic and luxurious cottages, which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony.

The suites are a great overnight escape while the cottages are perfect for an extended stay –with wood fires, heated Jacuzzis, and spectacular coastal and garden views. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Southern Anchorage Retreat hits the spot in many ways.

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9.3
Exceptional
From 259 reviews
9.6Cleanliness
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9.4Room comfort and quality
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10.0
Exceptional
Ada from Singapore
Couple
Harbor Suite
Stayed 1 night in October 2019

Exceptional”

Stayed in habour room. Place is clean and cosy. Room is spacious for 2. Bed had a electric heater which was very much appreciated. Toilet is clean and bright. Room had a fantastic view. You can see kangeroos after sunset. Common kitchen is well equipped with pots and pans as well as basic cooking condiments - oil, salt, pepper. 15 min drive to melba gully where you can see glow worms at night. Enjoyed my 1 night stay. Will definitely choose southern anchorage retreat again!

Reviewed November 01, 2019

Thanks Ada, Glad you enjoyed your room. Harbour is a great value room for the night- clean, well co-ordinated with excellent views. Throw in the complimentary breaky and its understandable that it's pretty popular and great value. After something more luxurious and private then our cottages are the go- so our rooms can cater to all the different needs. All have great views and nature. Welcome back anytime- and I'd suggest a cottage stay if 2 nights or more- as there is so much to see and do in the area and our cottages are fabulous value. Thanks, Drew

Responded November 24, 2019
Southern Anchorage Retreat
8.4
Excellent
Jordan from Singapore
Couple
Coastal Suite
Stayed 1 night in November 2016

Beautiful & peaceful family-run retreat”

Southern Anchorage Retreat is set in the hills, surrounded by beautiful and peaceful natural environment. Owner Andrew is friendly and helped to recommend some surrounding great places to explore. Our "Coastal" room is clean and spacious enough for a couple. It has a balcony and bathroom with a great view. The bathroom has a jacuzzi, which we didn't use as we felt kind of guilty to use due to the amount of water required. Outside the room, there is a well equipped shared kitchen with another room. You would need a car to reach the place.

Reviewed November 04, 2016

Hi Jordan, We are now able to respond to our reviews and I just wanted to say how considerate you are. Yes we do have a shortage of water but we feel our guests comfort is most important- hence we have a spa for your use and don't restrict our showers with energy efficient- your comfort and needs are foremost in our thoughts!

Responded April 20, 2017
Southern Anchorage Retreat
10.0
Exceptional
Cathy from United States
Couple
The Fiji
Stayed 3 nights in April 2017

wonderful stay”

We loved our stay at Southern Anchorage Retreat. Drew was so welcoming and helpful with things to do in the area, the place was spotless, and the treats for our honeymoon were so thoughtful! The peace and serenity of the location was awesome!

Reviewed April 21, 2017

Hi Cathy, Agoda now let us respond to reviews so I'm a little slow. It was great to have you stay, I hope your honeymoon was fabulous and you enjoyed our beautiful retreat, Drew

Responded June 15, 2017
Southern Anchorage Retreat
10.0
Exceptional
Ang from Malaysia
Family with young children
Queen Suite - Harbor
Stayed 1 night in October 2017

Lovely place for the old and young :) ”

Location was great for a stopover before we start our GOR tour. Kids were excited to see the kangaroos just right outside the suite and the resident wallaby with its joey. Great place, well equipped kitchen, strong shower .. Feels just like home. Highly recommended. The only dissappointment with the trip(which has got nothing to do with the accommodation) is the cloudy weather. We were hoping to do star gazing at Southern Anchorage but the weather was against us. We will be back for longer stay.

Reviewed October 23, 2017

It was great to meet you and the family Ang! Weather didn't help for star gazing which is amazing in our bush area- hopefully next time you score better. Would love to welcome you back-get in touch and we'll look after you. We are really tidying up the place making it a real attraction. Drew

Responded November 05, 2017
Southern Anchorage Retreat
10.0
Exceptional
Lasse from Denmark
Couple
Harbor Suite
Stayed 1 night in September 2016

Wonderful location!!”

One of the best views i have ever had from my room in any accomodation i have ever stayed in. Great value for money and the owners are wonderful people. I can't recommend this wonderful little retreat enough!

Reviewed October 12, 2016

Glad you loved your stay Lasse- are views are superb and we really are working hard on building a fabulous place for our guests to enjoy! Please come back and enjoy our fabulous hard work and amazing landscaping.

Responded April 20, 2017
Southern Anchorage Retreat
10.0
Exceptional
Julie from Canada
Couple
Harbor Suite
Stayed 1 night in December 2017

Beautiful, comfortable and quiet”

A very comfortable BnB style accommodation up in the hills away from the noise. Nice bedroom and bath with a shared kitchen.

Reviewed December 29, 2017

Glad you enjoyed a stay in our suites- they share a commercial kitchen, but have great decks, views ensuite bathroom and comforts to yourself. Next time come and stay in one of our luxurious cottages- they are amazing!

Responded January 07, 2018
Southern Anchorage Retreat
7.0
Very good
Ly from Australia
Couple
Coastal Suite
Stayed 2 nights in June 2014

Nice cosy retreat with a view”

Spa, location, view

We booked the Coastal Room which shared a building with the Garden Room, kitchen area and reception. It's a lovely room, warm and cosy for winter, with a wonderful view of the hills and a glimpse of the ocean, even had a Kookaburra on the balcony one morning. The shower was magnificent as well as the spa, but the towels are a little small. Bed was comfortable. 3G mobile internet is accessible. Breakfast was simple with bread, yoghurt, peaches. 20 minutes drive from 12 Apostles, 15 mins from Melba Gully. Would definitely return.

Reviewed June 11, 2014

Hello Ly, Certainly your score does not match your description and the fact that you said you'd return. This means you are very picky and I like that, we are too. In fact if you came back now you'd be very impressed with the amazing progress we've made on upgrading, landscaping and improving. All the best!

Responded October 18, 2017
Southern Anchorage Retreat
10.0
Exceptional
Gaius from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Harbor Suite
Stayed 1 night in October 2014

Magnificent Gateway for couple”

Location, Friendliness, Value for money

Very comfortable suites, friendly owner/ staff, wonderful breakfast, welcome biscuit, clean suite, clean common area. A bit distance to 12 apostles but still acceptable. All at a very competitive price.

Reviewed November 01, 2014

Thankyou Gaius for your terrific description. we do offer a very competitive price and our location speaks for itself. We have some of the only views towards the Twelve Apostles along the coast- I know the Tourism Information Centre staff recommend our views for the spectacular outlook towards the Apostles, and our nature is superb!

Responded October 18, 2017
Southern Anchorage Retreat
9.6
Exceptional
Emily from Netherlands
Couple
Queen Suite - Harbor
Stayed 1 night in February 2018

Beautiful property at a great location for exploring the Gr Ocean Rd”

Lovely cottage at a great location for exploring the Great Ocean Rd and the Otways. Spacious bedroom with ensuite. The room has a private balcony with fab views! There is a kitchen with modern appliances (dishwasher, oven, microwave) which is shared with the other bedroom. Andrew is lovely and happily provides information on the area and sights worthwhile visiting. Would def stay here again!

Reviewed March 01, 2018

Glad you loved your stay in the Harbour suite- it has great views and terrific facilities. There is a shared commercial kitchen with the other suite , but most people love their decks, rooms and views and having a commercial kitchen at their disposal is perfect. Then the views in the morning looking out at the landscaped garden, rolling hills or coastal views are superb! There is so much to see and do- definitely recommend longer stays!

Responded March 14, 2018
Southern Anchorage Retreat
9.2
Exceptional
leung from China
Couple
Harbor Suite
Stayed 2 nights in September 2017

Awesome Good”

Andrew is the host. He is friendly and helpful, recommended a few good scenic highlights to us. His lodge is wonderful, with an incredible view of natural vegetation. His kitchen is well equipped, even includes a dish washing machine. Breakfast ranges from bread to cereals, also with a wide choices of drinks such As orange, milk, chocolate and coffee. Even yoghurt and preserved fruit cups are available free. The site is not too close to the 12 Apostles rocks or Apollo bay but still accessible. I have two wonderful nights there.

Reviewed September 16, 2017

Fantastic to meet you Leung, we are in a very unique and remote part of Australia, with amazing bush, coastal and views towards the 12 Apostles. The guides at the visitor information centre say we have some of the only and best views towards the cliffs of the 12 Apostles! Glad you stayed 2 days- it just gives you time to experience more of our amazing coast and highlights and means you can relax and enjoy your stunning 12 Apostles experience. All the best for future travels Leung!

Responded September 24, 2017
Southern Anchorage Retreat
7.0
Very good
Kevin from Malta
Solo traveler
Coastal Suite
Stayed 1 night in November 2015

nice overnight rest-stop/ nice view/ bland room”

the view/ location/ spa bath

The owner kindly emailed me a welcome the day before arrival which was very helpful. I arrived fairly late- 7.45pm, and the key was left for me. I wasn't expecting to have to share a communal kitchen/ lounge area with a woodburner - I wouldn't have booked this otherwise had I known, so I felt as if I had been tricked. There was no breakfast as such, despite the write up - there was a box of thin brown bread/ tiny packets of butter/ bad jam/ vegemite/ plus a choice of cereals and a yoghurt and processed packaged fruit in the fridge. It was a free-for all, do it yourself breakfast - nothing warm, not very special. Even had to clean up afterwards which at the price was quite cheeky. The owner was friendly and helpful however, but this is more like a 2 star place, a hostel, despite the friendliness & the view. I feel it is over-rated and most certainly not a first choice place. Fairly clean, quite grubby in places and nothing very inviting. For one night's stop in the middle of nowhere it is fine though. good location after a long drive.

Reviewed November 21, 2015

It's amazing that you thought you were tricked- it is in the description and photos that the two suites share a commercial kitchen. The previous owners used to do full meals for the whole retreat in this area- we just leave the huge commercial kitchen/lounge for the two suites. Most times the guests don't even see each other- as they both have their own bathrooms, bedrooms and deck areas. I don't understand why you'd complain when you didn't have anybody else in the area anyway???? You certainly contradict yourself in your comments- maybe the fact you were by yourself, travelling alone, meant it wasn't a special place but I know most guests love the rooms, views, decorating and the breakfast we supply.

Responded June 15, 2017
Southern Anchorage Retreat
10.0
Exceptional
Daniel from United States
Couple
Harbor Suite
Stayed 1 night in July 2019

Beautiful Place, Tremendous Staff”

The room was clean and perfect size for what we needed. Andrew was tremendous in giving us recommendations along our route back to Melbourne and ensuring our stay was as comfortable as possible. I HIGHLY recommend staying here.

Reviewed July 30, 2019

Thanks Daniel, It was a pleasure to meet and host you both. Glad you enjoyed your stay and our recently renovated rooms. The views speak for themselves- superb.

Responded September 02, 2019
Southern Anchorage Retreat
8.7
Excellent
Preston from United States
Couple
Coastal Suite
Stayed 1 night in March 2015

1 night stay to see the Apostles”

Wildlife around, very quiet, beautiful view

Great, quiet place. Host was very pleasant and informative. There's not much around for dining options, so be prepared for that. Views from the balcony are stunning. The biggest downside was that the breakfast was pretty lacking, compared to other B&B's we stayed at in Australia- and you have to cook your own food. Other than that, it was great. We would stay again.

Reviewed March 21, 2015

Hello Preston, In our suites we provide a free continental breakfast with unlimited tea/coffee/milk/juice and toast and cereals. Some guests are amazed at the amount and variety we have and rave about what we provide. Some like yourself love to be spoilt and have a homecooked breakfast, etc, provided, but since we provide it for free, and leave it for you to make when you want, we find 99% of guests prefer it this way. The previous owners got poor reviews as they provided breakfast and charged extra $25, and also woke the people up at the set time- we prefer our accommodation to be relaxed and for you to just take in our amazing views and nature.

Responded September 24, 2017
Southern Anchorage Retreat
10.0
Exceptional
Tracey from Australia
Couple
The Marie Gabrielle
Stayed 2 nights in November 2018

Perfect spot! Marie Gabrielle cabin was spacious, clean, well appointed, private with gorgeous views”

Hot tub and wood fire combined with comfy bed,pillows, leather lounge to sink into. Awesome view with kangaroos hopping by at dusk and morning. Drew was very helpful, giving us tips to enjoy the Great Ocean Road off the beaten track. Would highly recommend a stay here!!!

Reviewed November 11, 2018

Glad you loved Marie Gabrielle cottage Tracey- the views and hot tub are sensational. It was a real pleasure to meet you both. Drew

Responded December 03, 2018
Southern Anchorage Retreat
10.0
Exceptional
Min from China
Couple
Harbor Suite
Stayed 1 night in April 2014

Relaxing and comfortable ”

Clean, quiet and comfortable

Stayed at the Coastal and Garden Suites. Very quiet and peaceful place with everything you need. Fully equipped Kitchen with breakfast. Comfortable bed. Nice Andrew, very helpful. View from the balcony was great. Perfect

Reviewed April 23, 2014

Our balcony views are truly spectacular with kangaroos, kookaburras, crimson rosellas, just some of our visitors. Then there's the spectacular coastal and bush views, we also have some of the only views towards the cliffs of the 12 Apostles. Our two suites have great facilities and include a free continental breaky, and our cottages are amazing- heated jacuzzis, beautiful and luxurious- an easy place to relax for a day or a week!

Responded October 18, 2017
Southern Anchorage Retreat
7.3
Very good
Colin from United Kingdom
Couple
Coastal Suite
Stayed 1 night in March 2015

let down by breakfast”

Location ,facilities for self catering, views

We loved the place up until the breakfast which was more on the lines of help yourself and then we read the note which told us to do our own washing up and tidy away. If they feel that they are a 4 star hotel then I`m afraid they need to step up at breakfast time.

Reviewed March 09, 2015

Ah Colin, we have many guests who love our relaxed retreat and rave about the variety and amount available for their free (yep- free) continental breakfast. We really are not a b&b- as you have your own facilities and we don't make you sit in our lounge and watch tv with us and sit down at breakfast with us. We provide great facilities, views, rooms and breakfast at a good price and send information to guests who book, so they can really plan their stay.

Responded September 24, 2017
Southern Anchorage Retreat
10.0
Exceptional
Jeffrey from United States
Couple
Coastal Suite
Stayed 1 night in March 2017

Loved it”

Perfect spot to relax at the end of the Great Ocean Road. Drew made us feel at home and safe in his accommodations.

Reviewed April 01, 2017

It really is a beautiful and tranquil place to stay Jeffrey. I know I feel really safe and can just enjoy the ambience of our amazing nature. Hope your travels all went well!

Responded April 20, 2017
Southern Anchorage Retreat
10.0
Exceptional
Tianhao from China
Couple
The Anchor
Stayed 2 nights in February 2016

The best retreat in our trip”

Quite and the hotel has everything we need.

Reviewed February 13, 2016

Anchor is the perfect cottage for two couples, a family or just friends. A beautiful cottage with everything you need! Drew

Responded June 15, 2017
Southern Anchorage Retreat
9.6
Exceptional
Fiona from Australia
Couple
The Fiji
Stayed 2 nights in July 2016

Great place to stay very friendly”

Was a lovely weekend. Really enjoyed the ability to have a spa and sit by the fire as the rain came down

Reviewed July 13, 2016

Doesn't matter whether it's raining or sunny- our cottages are well appointed and between the decks, bbq, jacuzzi, woodfires- there is heaps to keep a guest content. Fiji is a beautiful cottage! Drew

Responded June 15, 2017
Southern Anchorage Retreat
8.0
Excellent
Ng from Malaysia
Couple
Coastal Suite
Stayed 2 nights in September 2014

Retreat vacation”

Quiet,clean and great view of countryside

Very good.Andrew and wife were excellent hosts.Very clean and spacious..Only draw back is the remoteness of the location. For hikers and Trekkers will be a fantastic place

Reviewed September 17, 2014

We have so many walkers and hikers use our place as a base for the Great Ocean Walk, you are correct. Drawback is the remoteness- thats why we have so many guests who regularly come back to enjoy the spectacular views, nature and peace and tranquility. Our bird life and animals that visit are amazing and a real snapshot of the beauty of our Australian bush setting. As it says in our description- if you're after city life- we're definitely not for you!

Responded October 18, 2017
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