Feel dwarfed amongst the ancient giants of the forest. Follow the sounds of a trickling stream to the edge of a cascading waterfall. Join the colourful meeting of green forests and blue ocean. Bare witness to the ever-changing moods of the Southern Ocean. Nature is king in the Great Otways.
Harvested fresh from fertile volcanic soil by the hand of a knowledgeable local. Food and beverages produced in the Otways just taste better. Graze your way around the Otways Harvest Trail to taste all the reasons why.
Join the pursuit for ecstasy in whatever fashion you please with an endless variety of adventures built to showcase the capturing beauty of the Otways. Befriend the locals as you bike, hike, ride, kayak, board, drive or fly through the regions best. Then return to base to soak in some of the regions luxuries.
Shhh. Did you here that? Look, it's a... The Otways are home to many of Australia's favourite locals including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, platypus, koalas, glow worms, birds, seals, penguins and even migrating Southern Right Whales.
Plan your visit to coincide with the many markets, festivals, community arts events and cultural festivals that fill the region’s calendar year-round.The Otways has inspired generations of artists, writers, sculptors and performers. There’s a rich vein of creativity anchored in local arts communities. Tap into it at regional and independent galleries, performance spaces, pocket-sized studios and art-inspired trails.
Go off the beaten track with salty hair, sandy toes and wind against your cheek. Slide down the sand dunes, explore the Otway forests, swim the sea, taste the salt, climb trees, float on the river, breathe the wild air, gaze at the stars…and enjoy the natural world.
Native land of the Gudabanud Aboriginal people, early settlers began arriving in the region in the 1880's to harvest the forest.
The Otways is full of little activities for big fun including berry picking, glow worms and the Otway Fly.
Great Ocean Walk
Great Ocean Walk stretching one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines from Apollo Bay to the iconic Twelve Apostles. Natures drama unfolds at every step from cliff edge to tranquil bays.
Cape Otway Lightstation
Help guide ships around the treacherous meeting of Bass Straight and the Southern Ocean. This coastline has stories to tell of lives lived and lost on the cliffs knife edge. Discover the regions history and natural beauty at the Cape Otway Lightstation.
Great Otway National Park
A land where ancient giants meet ferocious waters. Discover the rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, lush forests and descending waterfalls making up the Great Otway National Park.
Otway Fly Tree Top Adventures
Floating amongst the towering eucalypts, suspended 30 metres above the forest floor on the Otway Fly Treetop Walk. Then zipline from tower to tower like Tarzan on the Zipline Eco-Tour. Find your bird eye view at Otway Fly Treetop Adventures.
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What's on in The Otways
Behind the Facade
"Behind the Facade" is a photographic exhibition by the talented and accomplished Jenny Fawkes.
Wiggle Amy's Gran Fondo
Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo is your once-a-year opportunity to experience the thrill and safety of riding the fully closed Great Ocean Road.
Birregurra Festival & Art Show
This year is set to be a music lovers treat! A diverse bunch of talented performers will entertain the crowds throughout the weekend.
Colac Orchid Club Annual Show
Colac Orchid Club Annual Show is open to the public. Come and see the many varied species and types of orchids on display and for sale. Orchids range from very tiny miniatures to large and exotic plants.
Otway Oktoberfest 2016
Join us at Otway Oktoberfest 2016 for a true celebration of craft beer! This year featuring ten different craft breweries from the Otways,...
Chase the Dog
Chase the Dog is a non competitive cycling event highlighting the best of the Otways!
Gentle Annie Berry Gardens
Nestled in the picturesque Pennyroyal Valley near Deans Marsh; Gentle Annie Berry Gardens look forward to welcoming you and your family to their berry farm.
Brae is a contemporary Australian restaurant with six luxury guest suites. Set on 30 productive acres of land, Brae is home to vegetable plots, olive grove, fruit orchards, bee hives...
Located in the Otway Ranges village of Forrest, Bespoke Harvest features seasonal produce from their garden and surrounding farms that capture the taste and flavour of the Otway's.
Otway Estate Winery & Brewery
Otway Estate Winery & Brewery occupies a forest clearing in the northern foothills of the Otway ranges, 10 minutes south of Colac.
Apollo Bay Bakery
Appolo Bay Bakery on the Great Ocean Road is home of the famous Scallop Pie. Apollo Bay Bakery is the perfect stop for an early breakfast or a quick lunch...
Overlooking Bass Strait, set high in the Otways above the Great Ocean Road, Chris's Beacon Point Restaurant and Villas has become a Mecca for gourmet travellers.