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.
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 hear 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.
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.
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.
Ride Forrest - Official Website for Australia’s #1 Mountain Bike Destination - The Forrest MTB Trails
The Otways is full of little activities for big fun including berry picking, glow worms and the Otway Fly.
Otway Coast Hamlets
Otway Coast Hamlets - Wye River, Kennett River, Wongarra, Separation Creek, Great Ocean Road and Otway Ranges
The Otway Coast is the tranquil area of townships and rugged coastal beauty between the busy towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay.
Native land of the Gudabanud Aboriginal people, early settlers began arriving in the region in the 1880's to harvest the forest.
WINTER IN THE OTWAYS
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As the closest luxury accommodation to the Twelve Apostles, Alkina Lodge is perched on a hill top overlooking the Southern Ocean.
Sea Zen is a luxury studio for couples who wish to experience the Art of Great Ocean Living.
A romantic retreat with Japanese elements, where you wake looking out over the ocean.
Johanna Seaside Cottages
Johanna Seaside Cottages is a unique coastal property providing boutique self contained cottages in the heart of Great Ocean Road at Johanna Beach.
Otway Escapes Luxury Spa Accommodation
Otway Escapes Luxury Cottage Accommodation Victoria offers you a choice of three private and exclusive holiday accommodations, custom designed as romantic retreats for couples.
Setting a new benchmark for luxury and architecture in Wye River. Sea Ranch is a uniquely designed four bedroom home offering breathtaking views of the ocean and coastline.
Great Ocean Ecolodge
The Great Ocean Ecolodge is a social enterprise, established and operated by the Conservation Ecology Centre. All profits raised through ecotourism are invested into wildlife conservation.
What's on in
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.
KAWARREN OTWAY MAKERS & GTOWERS MARKET
Local food and craft food available. Great family day out.
The market is held on the 4th Sunday of each month.
Based on a true story, Robot Song illustrates the profound, transformative nature of creativity that when combined with unconditional love, becomes an unstoppable force.
CrossXpollinatioN 2019 is taking place at COPACC this June 28 to July 17, 2019.
‘Connections’ is the theme for the 2019 instalment of fibre and textile art exhibition which will be open in COPACC's Civic Hall from 10am to 4pm daily.
This year's event offers an exciting group of feature artists, workshops, artist talks and participatory art experiences.
The 2019 event is proudly sponsored by Tarndie and The Baronga Motor Inn.
The Sapphires is a multiple award winning musical play and film that is coming to COPACC for the first time.
Four young women from regional Australia, who like singing country music, suddenly get the chance to change their tune, their clothes and their lives
DINOMANIA AT THE COLAC RSL
Families will get up close and personal with Toby the T-Rex, Razor the raptor, Trixie the triceratops and Tilda the baby T-rex and have the chance to meet the stars of the stage after the show.
Blakes Estate Winery
Blakes Estate is located in Deans Marsh, nestled in the foothills of the Otway Ranges in western Victoria.
Platypi Chocolate is the latest great reason to visit Forrest in Victoria's Otway region. Try a hot chocolate, a fabulous coffee, tasty lunch or jump straight to the delicious desserts...
Forrest General Store
The Forrest General Store is a unique little general store offering tasty home-cooked food and treats, including good coffee, home-made pies, cakes, slices, salads, soups and sourdough bread.
Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm & Cidery
In the Otway foothills Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm & Cidery is a hidden delight. The Farm offers comfortable self-contained cabins for couples, with views over the berries to the valley beyond.
Wye River General Store
Coffee and a french butter filled pastry? A bloody mary and a beef burger? Local wine and brunch? A pie and draught beer? Or perhaps a pot of chai and a vegetarian salad?
Wye General Store
Sitting proudly on the Great Ocean Road with mountain and ocean views, this beach cafe and general store offers an all day brunch menu and impressive selection of cocktails.