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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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.
Southern Anchorage Retreat
Southern Anchorage Retreat is indulgence in the Otways, just a short 20 minute drive to the iconic Twelve Apostles.
Johanna River Farm and Self Contained Cottages
Johanna River Farm and Self Contained Cottages offer a farm stay experience in a fantastic setting.
In 2007 Kawarren Farmstay began building their dream. They had an idyllic vision of a life style that included things like riding their horses, raising their animals, visiting and walking...
BIG4 Wye River Holiday Park
BIG4 Wye River Holiday Park is situated on the spectacular Great Ocean Road. Set amongst the world famous Otway Ranges, flanked by bush on one side and beach on the...
7 Falls Apartments
7 Falls Apartments offer families and couples 3 bedroom luxury apartment accommodation in Apollo Bay.
What's on in
COLAC ROTARY SUNDAY MARKET AT THE SHOWGROUNDS
Come along to the new Colac Market at the Showgrounds supporting the Colac community. Enjoy a huge variety of market stallholders from a wide area of our region. Plenty of parking available around the showgrounds.
MORNING MUSIC - WILBUR WILDE: SAXLIFE!
For members of the Hey Hey It's Saturday generations, Wilbur Wilde is a friend
WINTER WARMER COMMUNITY DINNER
Featuring a Christmas in July raffle, Carol-Along and visit from Santa.
Entry is $10 per person or $30 for a family
Bookings are essential - warm dessert provided.
Please bring a casserole dinner to share.
There will be facilities to keep food warm or plug in a slow cooker.
STARDUST / THE MISSON
The Geelong-based Space Company presents a double bill of documentary theatre: ‘Stardust’ and ‘The Mission'.
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.
THE 26TH WARM WINTER WORDS
We are delighted to present authors Mark Brandi, Anna Snoekstra and Bram Presser in conversation with Angela Savage for this beloved Apollo Bay literary event, now in its 26th year.
Conversation begins at 2pm, doors open at 1pm.
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.
Moriac General Store
Enjoy some country hospitality in the picturesque rural town of Moriac, just 15minutes from Geelong and on the way to the Otways and Surfcoast.
Located on the Port Cambell side of Lavers Hill, this unique eatery serves pies and other tasty treats made at the Great Ocean Road premises.
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.
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...
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.