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
Adapted from the award-winning book by Shaun Tan
Follow Aki as he starts life amidst the extraordinary inhabitants of this new land
“….great fun, and there’s a natural odd-couple rapport between the two that powers Bakersfield Mist….on the more earnest side,
Sach’s does manage to make quite a decent point about the subjectivity of value judgement, in both art and class” Time Out
APOLLO BAY COMMUNITY MARKET
Apollo Bay Foreshore | 9am - 1pm
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.
OTWAYS BUSHFOODS WALK
Bring the Kids for a discovery Walkabout at Lake Elizabeth near Forrest in the Otways. 1.5hrs towards Colac. Meet in the Lake Elisabeth Carpark.
KAWARREN OTWAY GROWERS & MAKERS
Local food and craft food available, Great family day out.
There is no question that JOHN WILLIAMSON is the real deal, stands by what he represents and is unashamedly proud of the country he loves. For this artist, whilst the awards are a nice recognition, there is no doubt it is the reaction from his audience that is the most important.
Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm & Cidery
Colac RSL Sub-Branch Inc.
The Colac RSL is a warm family friendly club. They pride themselves on their military history and are more than happy to welcome new members to the club.
Botanic Cafe on The Lake
Restaurant and Cafe
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.
Set on a hillside on a 30 acre organic farm, Brae is a contemporary restaurant with six luxury guest suites – a place to interact with nature and eat from...
Sandy Feet Cafe and Health Foods
Located in Apollo Bay, Sandy Feet is the place to go for wholesome breakfast, snacks and lunches every day and dinner Friday to Sunday evenings (bookings for dinner recommended).