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.
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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.
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Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk
The 12 Apostles Lodge Walk is a multi-day passage from Castle Cove to the Twelve Apostles, covering 40 kilometres through Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks.
Otways Tourist Park
Otways Tourist Park is situated on 3.2 hectare of landscaped parkland, located at the foot of the Otway Ranges, in the middle of the rural township of Gellibrand.
Keren's Place Cottage
Keren's Place two bedroom Cottage is a highly recommended pet-friendly holiday accommodation on the Great Ocean Road, just 100 metres from Separation Creek beach and renowned for its rustic charm.
Winchelsea Motel is situated in the historical town of Winchelsea, Victoria. Built in 1864, the Winchelsea Hotel has been tastefully restored.
Stephanie's at Onion Bay
Stephanie's at Onion Bay offers fully self-contained stylish accommodation for two in the Seascape Room with spectacular views of the Great Southern Ocean.
Great Ocean Ecolodge
The Great Ocean Ecolodge is an essential part of the Centre's conservation efforts, providing an opportunity to re-engage people with nature.
What's on in
The Colac Otway Arts Trail
Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 uncertainty the 2020 Colac Otway Arts Trail has been cancelled for the safety of the community.
25 Oct 2020
Run Forrest Trail Run
The 9th Run Forrest Trail Run offers runners the most picturesque trails in Australia.
01 Nov 202007:30 - 15:00
RHONDA BURCHMORE - CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Celebrate this beautiful festive season with Rhonda Burchmore; she will be singing classic Christmas songs in an intimate setting.
11:00am - 12:00pm
Fern & Gum
Otway Artisan Hampers are a collection of thoughtfully curated gift boxes that showcase the incredible producers of the Otway region, in South West Victoria.
Winchelsea Hotel is located on the main street of the Winchelsea town centre. A historic town Hotel established in the 1800s within the region of the Great Ocean Road, known...
Cafe La Hoot
Located in Winchelsea and overlooking the Barwon River, Cafe La Hoot is a favourite stop amongst travellers for a snack to break your journey or to stock up for a...
Sweet Thyme Cafe
A sweet little cafe in Winchelsea, Victoria, Sweet Thyme Cafe serves excellent food with a smile.
Forrest Brewing Company
Forrest Brewing Company is a much-loved destination for mountain biking and folks that enjoy independent beer and Victoria's great outdoors. Forrest is located in the hills above the Great Ocean Road.
The Beechy Hotel
The Beechy Hotel, exemplifying the expression “Cold Beer, Warm Welcome”, is located on the main road through Beech Forest, 45 kilometres south of Colac and approximately six kilometres from the...