The devastation along the Great Ocean Road has lead to an outpouring of support from the wider community, with people offering their homes and suggesting ways to donate in order to help those who have lost everything.
The coastal towns of Wye River and Separation Creek face a long road to recovery after bushfires ripped through on Christmas Day, destroying 116 homes.
Many people in the Surf Coast area have been using social media and local community groups to offer beds and supplies to those affected.
The mayor of the Colac-Otways Shire said so many people offered up their houses to those who evacuated their communities on Christmas Day, they had more spare beds than evacuees.
David Manifold from Camperdown, about 30 minutes north of the affected area, offered up vacant farmhouses to those who had lost everything.
“Normally they’d be rented out but because of the downfall in the rural area people move away,” he said.
“We’re not too far north from the fires, we’ve got vacant houses, people have lost their homes so we thought we’d offer them up.”
Mr Manifold is the captain of his local fire brigade, but said misfortune meant he was unable to help battle the Otway blaze.
He said this was his “little bit” of support.
“I work on the theory that if it happened to me, I’d like to think there would be people who could back me up,” he said.
Surf Coast Shire councillor Clive Goldsworthy said a campaign was also underway to help raise much needed funds.
“We have a charitable foundation called the Spirit Foundation which was set up by a group of senior people in Lorne in 2013 to specifically help locals in need,” he said.
“We see this as part of Lorne community. We dodged the bullet and unfortunately Wye River and Separation Creek didn’t.