At the join of rainforest and sea, the Great Otway National Park is a playground of outdoor adventures. Whatever your activity of choice, land or water, discover a unique landscape draped in natural beauty.
The Great Otway National Park
The Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay through to Princetown and up through the Otway hinterlands towards Colac. The park features rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, rock platforms and windswept heathland.
In the north, the park features tall forests, ferny gullies, magnificent waterfalls and tranquil lakes. Down south, the rainforest gives way to the ocean in dramatic fashion. Visit the turbulent meeting of the South Ocean and Bass straight at Cape Otway Lightstation, or seek out a sheltered beach for a day of sea play.
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.
Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section of the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
As a general rule, dogs are not permitted in the national park with a few exceptions.
Great Ocean Walk
The Great Ocean Walk is a one way long distance walk extending east to west, just over 100kms between Apollo Bay and the iconic Twelve Apostles. The spectacular walk weaves its way through the National Park which is full of tall forests, coastal heathlands, wild rocky shores and windswept cliff tops presenting amazing views - nature truly unfolds at every step.
More Walks & Waterfalls
Let's go chasing waterfalls...
Renowned for waterfalls, the striking cool temperate rainforest of the Great Otway National Park boasts one of the highest rainfalls in the state. Whether chilling-out or cooling-off, a waterfall makes for a stunning natural backdrop. On cooler days, especially after rain, watch the falls transform into a roaring curtain of water. And on a hot summer's day, enjoy some shady respite through the sheltered forest to the water's edge.
Boasting a mind-blowing collection of walking tracks and trails across amazingly diverse terrain, choose your landscape - cliff top, coastal, rainforest or bush trail or all four at once!
Sleeping under stars
Take the next step into nature and set up camp under the stars. There are excellent camping opportunities spread throughout the Great Otway National Park and Otway State Forest. Camp by the beach, a lake, river or ancient forest. Whilst the facilities may be basic, the experience is far from, with the night sky and sounds of encroaching wildlife providing all the entertainment required. Most of these campsite can also be access by car, often located at the end of a Great Ocean Road side trial. The campgrounds are usually small, offering space for 20 tents or less, creating a quiet environment for true nature emersion. Bookings and fees apply for most of the campsites in the western end of the Great Otway National Park via the Parks Victoria website.
Get off the beaten track of the Great Ocean Road and head deep into the Great Otway National Park for either easy or challenging four-wheel driving and some great camping and bush scenery.
The Otways have a lot to offer for all four-wheel driving skill levels. Roads and tracks in the Otways are driveable in a standard four-wheel drive when it is dry, but mud tyres and a winch are necessary when it is wet. Base yourself in Forrest for a weekend of four-wheel driving. Tracks of interest around the area are Cowley track, Goat track, Noonday track, Number One Spur track, West Barwon track, Turtons track, Delaney's Road and Curtis Road.
Experience and enjoy the natural environment on horse back or mountain bike.
A permit is required for horse riders to ride in the National Park and Parks Victoria staff can assist you with this. The formed roads and tracks provide ideal trails.
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