At about the halfway point between Melbourne and the famous Twelve Apostles lies the town of Torquay. It might be a good idea to base yourself here for a day trip to the Twelve Apostles and other rock formations in Port Campbell National Park along the Great Ocean Road. It is no wonder that Torquay is often referred to as the gateway to the Great Ocean Road.
A popular hotel of choice would be the Wyndham Resort Torquay. The property is just right across the street from the beach, offering fantastic views of the ocean.
Upon arriving at the hotel, I was happy to find many parking lots, which meant that I wouldn’t have had to compete with other guests for a lot.
For convenience, it is also possible to simply leave your car right at the hotel entrance while you proceed to check in, and then reposition your car later on.
I was attended to immediately when I entered the hotel lobby. Without any delay, the staff proceeded to issue my keys, and informed me that my room, while on a lower floor, was facing the beach.
The room was of a standard size. With the air conditioning unit positioned directly above the bed, it was possible to enjoy pretty good airflow when in bed.
On the side of the room was a simple work desk with a reading lamp. Based on the dimensions of the room, it was no possible to place the desk at the front of the room as with most other hotel room layouts.
The television screen was set pretty high on the front wall, with all cables tucked neatly behind a wooden feature wall. A full length mirror was also positioned at the front of the room.
The refrigerator was quite large, which is great for those who need to keep their stash of groceries and food chilled.
Teabags and a kettle were also provided.
The bathroom was quite standard, but I did find the cleaning supplies under the sink a little unusual.
I tend to live out of the suitcase while travelling, so there was no real need to unpack my belongings in the wardrobe. Note that there were no bathrobes provided but beach towels were placed neatly in the wardrobe, great for those intending to laze on the beach during your stay.
So as promised, I had a view of the beach. But as the room was located on a lower floor, the view was more of the road than anything else.
Generally, the property was quite well maintained. I toured the premises and realised that some floors had rooms with a balcony, while those rooms on the ground floor facing the pool offered direct access to the pool area.
The outdoor pool could’ve been a little larger, given the large area devoted to the poolside grounds.
There were also other forms of entertainment, such as an air hockey table, arcade game consoles, and table tennis.
It was also possible to book the tennis court for a game or two.
The property also has a fitness centre, which was equipped with free weights and some cardio machines, but overall lacking in cable machines.
There were also open spaces for static exercises and stretching.
Right beneath the fitness centre was an indoor pool, great for those who wish to take a dip during winter.
Wyndham Resort Torquay would make a perfect choice for couples and families with kids alike. With lots of activities to choose from, and only within walking distance to the town centre with numerous food options, this property won’t let you down!