Johanna Beach is a rural farming settlement stretching along the coast between Glenaire and Lavers Hill, set in the wild west side of Cape Otway. There, rolling hills and lush rainforest meet with sand, and the waves of the Southern Ocean.
Johanna beach surf is formed by a stretch of beach breaks. It’s this combination of beach and reef that makes Johanna surf beach noted for its power and reputation. Because its waves supply rapid jumps in size, Johanna surf beach is known as the alternative location for the Bells Beach Surf Classic (when the swells are down at Bells).
But Johanna beach surf isn’t all there is to offer. The area is also a great place to stride some of the most striking sections of the Great Ocean Walk — not to mention it’s a popular spot for salmon fishing.
There are several accommodation options for those who want to stay and enjoy Johanna. To find them all visit our Where to Stay page and choose ‘Johanna’ in the drop down menu.
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