Johanna is a small town on the coast of Victoria, Australia located west of Cape Otway in the Colac Otway Shire. It is named after the schooner Joanna that was wrecked at the mouth of the Johanna River on 22 September 1843.
The surfing beach at Johanna is a long stretch of beach breaks, or beach and reef, noted for its power and reputation for rapid jumps in size (doubling over the space of just a few hours). The Bells Beach Surf Classic competition has been moved from Bells Beach to Johanna on occasions when the surf at Bells was flat (such as in 2003 and 2010). The westerly facing of Johanna picks up swell that misses Bells and the Surf Coast.
Things to do in Johanna:
- Great Ocean Road walk – 2km from house to the walk entrance at Johanna Beach – visit website
- Great Ocean Road – Just a few kilometres from the world famous Great Ocean Road – visit website
- Fishing and surfing – Johanna Beach is famous for its awesome surfing conditions and is the back-up beach for the Bells Surf Classic!
- Otway Fly – an easy 30min drive from the house – visit website
- Waterfalls – Take a day to explore some of the beautiful walking tracks that lead to some amazing waterfalls – visit website
- Other walks – visit website
- Lavers Hill pub – Don’t feel like cooking? Join the locals at the friendly Roadhouse Tavern, as short 10min drive away for some great food and atmosphere
- 12 (8) Apostles – The 12 Apostles – only 45 minutes drive – visit website
- Otway Ranges national park
- Port Campbell
- Apollo Bay