The small town of Aireys Inlet is located on the scenic Great Ocean Road, between the larger centres of Anglesea and Lorne, and nestled between the bushland of the Otway Ranges and the rugged coastline.
There are two small but distinct commercial centres in town - one in the north, including a general store, post office and a couple of food outlets, and a slightly larger centre just east of Painkalac Creek, featuring fashion outlets and more eateries. The primary landmark in town is the Split Point Lighthouse which was built in 1891 and stands 34 metres tall. Walking tracks near the lighthouse offer scenic views over along the coast.
A few kilometres west of Aireys Inlet is Fairhaven Beach, which is renowned for its surf, and Eastern View which is the site of the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch, commemorating the construction of the road as a memorial to those that lost their lives during World War One. A little further along the Great Ocean Road is Cinema Point where sweeping views of the coast can be enjoyed.
The Great Otway National Park, inland from Aireys Inlet, features fern gullies, waterfalls and includes the steep timbered ridges of the eastern Otways.