GREAT OCEAN ROAD UPDATE - ROAD OPEN
Some speed and traffic management is in place at a number of key locations.
Take extra care on the road - Victoria Police are asking all travellers to be patient, take your time, slow down and drive sensibly. Drive with your vehicle headlights on low beam and slow down when approaching roadwork crews for their safety and your own. Be aware of road hazards such as mud, debris, damaged roads and bridges. Trees and tree limbs can become unstable, even with no wind, so be aware of falling trees and branches when driving and walking through the area. Do not park or shelter under trees.
Accredited Visitor Information Centres can assist in helping you plan your journey.
Please refer to the official messages at the websites below for up to date information.
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
Camperdown Rotary Market
Held on the historic avenue of Camperdown's Manifold Street, the Camperdown Rotary Market is held on the first Sunday of each month.
Gosling Creek Winery Sunday Live Music
Enjoy a glass of wine and free live music every Sunday afternoon at Gosling Creek Winery.
Lavers Hill Community Christmas Market
Local Shopping and Market Day, Locally made, grown & sewn.
Apollo Bay Market
Apollo Bay Market is held every Saturdays morning and provides an excellent opportunity for a pleasant morning with quality handmade wares, conversation, coffee from nearby cafes and the beach all on offer.
OCR FM Open Mic
Open mic event held monthly and provides an opportunity for musicians to showcase their talent.
Birregurra Sunday Market in the Park
Browse the many stalls at the summer markets held on the second Sunday of the month over Summer in the Birregurra Park.
Pick up supplies of local produce as well as handcrafts, books and plants.
Apollo Bay Hotel
Apollo Bay Hotel is located in the coastal town of Apollo Bay, just two and a half hours drive west of Melbourne on the breathtaking Great Ocean Road.
Dinny Goonan Wines
One of a handful of families pioneering grape and wine production in the Otway hinterland, Dinny Goonan Wines have won numerous awards since the first commercial release in 2001.
Restaurant and Cafe
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.
Nico's Pizza and Pasta
If you are visiting the Twelve Apostles, you are only a short drive from Port Campbell's iconic Nicos' Italian Restaurant.
Wye River General Store and Cafe
Restaurant and Cafe