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. Bike, hike, ride, kayak, board, drive or fly through the regions best. Then return to base to soak in some of the regions luxuries.

Cape Otway Lightstation

LEADING LIGHTS

Cape Otway Lightstation – The oldest surviving lighthouse in mainland Australia, and the centrepiece of a precinct rich in wildlife, maritime history and unbeatable ocean views. Open daily from 9:00am, last entry 4:30pm (fees apply).

LIGHTING THE WAY

In 1846, the local Gadubanud people helped guide Charles Latrobe on his third and successful attempt through the Otways to reach Cape Otway and scout out a lighthouse location.

A Forrest Full of Mountain Biking

Dubbed Australia’s #1 mountain biking destination, the area of Forrest has certainly got a lot to offer riders for all capabilities. Forrest has 16 mapped trails starting at easy 2km rides right through to the Yaugher Super Loop at 11.5km rated ‘More difficult’. The maps are available online so you can plan your ride in advance. Designed around the village of Forrest, the trails showcase the natural beauty of the Great Otway National Park, passing through tall eucalyptus forests, dry heathy scrub and dense fern gullies. The trails have been designed and built with real mountain bikers in mind and offer experiences for beginners and the most hardcore dirt fanatics.

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Electric Bicycle Tours

Ride effortlessly through naturally regenerating rainforest and take in stunning Otway ridgeline views, on a guided, electric bicycle tour. Ride super comfy bikes with an electric motor to assist with the peddling. All the joy of cycling, without the huff and puff! Great value and great fun for couples, small groups, or your entire family. A fantastic way to be introduced to the Otways. There’s No licence required and helmets are provided - Bookings essential.

Otway e bikes
Address: Beech Forest, Victoria
Phone: +61 413 971 736

www.Otwayebikes.com.au

 

 

Horse Riding

Bimbi Park Camping & Caravan Park on Cape Otway serves as a unique horse riding venue. Trail rides include some stupendous Otway scenery with rides on wild untouched beaches, along coastal cliff tops, through stunning bushland and to spectacular river lookouts. Rides are affordable and suitable for all age groups and levels of skill. Available over Victorian School Holidays and other peak times. Bookings essential.

Bimbi Park Camping & Caravan Park
Address: 90 Manna Gum Drive, Cape Otway
Phone: +613 5237 9246

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iRide Apollo Bay

Escape and discover the Otways in dual suspension comfort. Try the ‘Rainforest to Beach’ scenic tour including a 2-3 hour ride through lush rain forests and witness breathtaking views down to the ocean. All equipment is supplied with tours running all year round. Bookings essential.

iRide Apollo Bay
Address: Apollo Bay
Phone: +613 5237 6341 or +61 419 007 586

Koalas & Glow Worms

Koala and Wildlife Spotting
Whilst exploring the Great Otways National Park, you will likely be introduced to a few of the locals including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and plenty of screeching bird life. Whilst kangaroo, wallabies and even echidnas can be easy to spot in grassy clearings, or even trying to cross the Great Ocean Road, spotting a koala takes more of a keen eye. A short drive up Grey River Road from Kennett River is usually rewarded with a koala sighting.
During cooler months whales are frequently spotted offshore as they migrate from Antarctica or use the sheltered beaches in the region to deliver and nurse calves. Cape Otway Lightstation provides a spotters views to look out to sea.

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Paddling for Platypus

Leaving from the little town of Forrest, the Paddle with the Platypus Dawn or Dusk canoe tour will allow you to discover Australia’s most elusive animal. Share some time with the unique 100 million year old egg laying mammal in its natural habitat. This is a rare chance to see Platypus in the wild. Lake Elizabeth is a is a remote mountain lake formed by a landslide and a beautiful place to spend some time searching for the Platypus. Fantastic photographic opportunities and a surreal experience that you will remember forever. Bookings essential.

Otway Eco Tours
Phone: +61 419 670 985

Treetop Walk & Zipline

Located in Victoria's magnificent Otways providing visitors with a unique opportunity to view the forest from a bird's eye view through its two unique eco-adventure experiences, the famous Tree Top Walk and Zip Line Tour. The Tree Top Walk is the longest and tallest elevated walk of its kind in the world. At 600 metres long and 30 metres above ground level. The walk is a 1.9 kilometres round walk starting from the visitor centre and takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour to complete. For the thrill seeker zip lining is the perfect adrenaline fuelled activity where you can zip across the treetops in this unique forest experience, gaining a bird's-eye view of Otway's beautiful forests. The Zip Line Tour involves traversing from one platform to another connected by tree platforms called 'cloud stations' and attached to steel cable suspended up to 30 metres above the forest floor. This exciting adventure lasts three hours and is unlike any other experience. Bookings essential for the Zip Line tour.

Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
Address: 360 Phillips Track, Beech Forest, Victoria
Phone: +613 5235 9200

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Trees Adventure - Otway Park

Come and experience breathtaking flying foxes and navigate your way through the native bushlands of the Otways! Comprising 23 Flying Foxes and over 80 Challenges, there are easy courses for those scared of heights to courses for the extreme thrill seeker! Suitable for age 4yrs+, there's something for the whole family to enjoy.

Equipment and safety training are provided before you take off on a self-guided experience through the trees (you are attached and secured at all times).

Open
Tue – Fri: 10am to 5pm
Sat & Sun: 9am to 5pm
Public & school hols: Daily 9am to 5pm
Closed Christmas & New Year's Day

Prices
Adult: $45, Concession: $40,
Child: $35 (8-17 yrs), $25 (4-7 yrs)
Groups: -10% for 10 or more people

Bookings Essential: www.treesadventure.com.au

Trees Adventure - Otway Park
Address: 70 Possum Ridge Road, Yeodene, VIC 3249
Phone: 0429 374 653

The Perfect Segway

Specifically designed to manoeuvre varied terrain and handle the most demanding applications, the Segway x2 tour provided by Planet Mud takes you on an off road adventure. The Segway X2 has low-pressure tyres, scratch-resistant fenders and convenient frame lift handles allowing you to easily manouver a variety of terrains. The tour is 60 minutes long, following the purpose build cross country adventure course. Planet Mud is located in Yeodene, 15 minutes south of Colac. Planet Mud also offers Paintball and Globe Riding. Bookings essential.

Planet Mud Outdoor Adventures
Address: Possum Ridge Road, Yeodene, (near Colac)
Phone: +613 5233 4620 or +61 447 016 020

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Rock Climbing & Mini Golf

Climb Bimbi Park's state of the art Rock Climbing Tower. It has 4 auto-Belay systems, a timer on each climbing station and cameras mounted on the top that take pictures of climbers. Suitable for all ages and skill levels.

Or enjoy the 18-Hole Mini Golf course (discounted rates for guests). 

Bimbi Park is also a unique horse riding venue. Trail rides include some stupendous Otway scenery with rides on wild untouched beaches, along coastal cliff tops, through stunning bushland and to spectacular river lookouts. Rides are affordable and suitable for all age groups and levels of skill. Available over school holidays and other peak times.

Bookings essential for all.

Bimbi Park Camping & Caravan Park
Address: 90 Manna Gum Drive, Cape Otway
Phone: +613 5237 9246

Air Adventures

Fly this most magnificent coast to the Twelve Apostles either by Helicopter or high wing Cessna airplane. Flights depart from Apollo Bay aerodrome and take approximately 50 minutes return. Also see the remote Shipwreck Coast, Cape Otway Lighthouse and the Otway National Park rainforest. Hear the shipwreck history as you fly above the breakers and of how this coast first gained it’s name during the Gold Rush era. Bookings essential.

Apollo Bay Aviation
Address: Telford St, Marengo (Apollo Bay)
Phone: +613 5237 7600

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Fishing & Boat Cruises

Fishing Charters

Apollo Bay Fishing & Adventure Tours offer fishing and scenic adventures for the whole family. With their exciting inshore fishing excursions you can have the chance to catch flat head, snapper, sharks and even tuna. All tours and relaxing cruises depart from Apollo Bay. Whether you are on your own or in a group – all are welcome, no experience necessary. Large safe vessel with all amenities. Keep your catch and all gear supplied!

 

Apollo Bay Fishing & Adventure Tours

Address: Apollo Bay Harbor, Breakwater Rd, Apollo Bay VIC

Ph: + 61 3 5237 7888

 

Surf & Kayak

Kayak to the Marengo Marine Sanctuary and visit the resident seals up close and personal, on a two hour return trip. Try surfing or stand up paddle boarding with a qualified Instructors. There is also a wide range of equipment to hire, including bikes, surfboards, SUP’s, kayaks, wetsuits. If you would like to get out on the Great Ocean Walk, there are daily excursions departing from the Apollo Bay Surf & Kayak shop located directly opposite the Visitor Information Centre in Apollo Bay. For more information drop in, call or visit the website. Bookings essential.

Apollo Bay Surf & Kayak
Address: Shop 8, 157-159 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay
Phone: +613 5237 1189 or +61 405 495 909

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Take to the Water

SURF'S UP!

Running the length of the Great Ocean Road, the coastal area around Apollo Bay puts on an endless number of beach, reef and point breaks suitable for beginner through to expert surfers. Typically, they are right hand breaks, performing best with south/east swell and north/west winds, however, there are exceptions to these rules spotted around.