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.
WHAT'S OPEN IN AND AROUND THE OTWAYS?
With restrictions in place, t's not business as usual at the moment, so here's an update on who's still open in and around the Otways, and what they're doing differently.
(As everything is changing so quickly, please check directly with the business before you make the trip.)
Ride With Us / Timboon Taxis
We are still operating for essential travel service and deliveries
Call to book: 0438407777
73 Grant St, Forrest VIC 3236
7 days a week, 10am-5pm
Platypi Chocolate is open 7 days a week for takeaways. You can pick up something yummy to eat now, for dinner or for the freezer. Grab a coffee or hot chocolate and some delicious chocolates. You can now order chocolate online at platypichocolate.com.au from the comfort of your couch. Every order over $35 (excluding postage) includes a bag of frogs as a thank you gift from us. Our menu is available online to order ahead and we offer free local delivery. Watch Facebook and Instagram for updates. We accept card only.
Gentleannie Berry Gardens
520 Pennyroyal Valley Rd Pennyroyal
Open Fri, Sat and Sun 12pm until 7.30 pm
Phone orders with delegated times in carpark. Mon to Thurs by arranged appointment
Takeaways, ready to go meals, pizzas, general supplies and takeaway wine and beer
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SUMMERTIME IN THE OTWAYS
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Southern Anchorage Retreat
Southern Anchorage Retreat is indulgence in the Otways, just a short 20 minute drive to the iconic Twelve Apostles.
Inspired by nature, Glenaire Cottages are designed to offer a restful sanctuary, superb views and a taste of relaxed country living in a breathtakingly beautiful and peaceful setting.
Whitecrest Great Ocean Road Resort
Whether you are looking for a beautiful spot on the Great Ocean Road to get away from it all and indulge yourself, or a central location to base your Great...
By Moonlight, situated at Moonlight Head on Victoria's Great Ocean Road, offers guests the best of contemporary accommodation while exploring one of the most iconic regions.
Just 20 minutes from Birregurra, and 40 minutes from Apollo Bay, you'll find this lovely cabin retreat.
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...
What's on in
Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival
The Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival is a unique annual event held during the last weekend of February to celebrate Blues Music,...
01 May 2020
SALUTE TO THE ANZAC'S
From Promac Productions, a 2020 reimagining of their critically acclaimed hit production Great Songs of the War Years, dedicated to those brave men and women who gave so much in serving of our country.
11:00am - 12:00pm
FORREST SOUP FEST 2020
A great winter day out! Now in its 15th year the Forrest Soupfest is an annual festival held at the Forrest Recreation Reserve featuring homemade soups. Enter competitions for home made soups, jams, conserves, pickles, chutneys, wine and beer. There will be a prize for the biggest/most unusual vegetable.
10:00am - 03:00pm
AMERICAN MADE - FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS AND THE BEACH BOYS
With rich and booming tones and a powerful tenor lead, these consummate professionals will leave the audience wanting more – singing and dancing until the very last note!
11:00am - 12:00pm
PRACTICALLY PERFECT – THE MUSIC OF JULIE ANDREWS
Featuring some of her best known songs from shows such as Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music and more, interwoven with stories of her life both on and off the stage, be swept away on an all singing, all dancing journey from the West End to Broadway and onto Hollywood.
11:00am - 12:20pm
JADE HURLEY - AUSTRALIA' KING OF COUNTRY ROCK – THE MAN AND HIS PIANO
From the first minute Jade hits the stage, he connects with the audience – you’ll be clapping your hands, singing along and laughing at Jade’s comic antics.
11:00am - 12:00pm
East Hotel Colac
The East Hotel is a Colac icon.
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.
Otways Bistro @ Otways Tourist Park
Otways Tourist Park at Gellibrand now has a Bistro and Take-Away which is available to every-one!
Prickly Moses Brewery
Our Prickly Moses brewery is located in the pristine natural environment of the Otways in southwestern Victoria, where we’re blessed with the purest of rainwater.
Gentle Annie Berry Gardens
Gentle Annie Berry Gardens is a licensed farmhouse cafe/restaurant and produce shop located on a pick your own berry farm in the beautiful Pennyroyal Valley.
“Heroes” Vineyard produces wine from 10 acres of unirrigated and organically grown vines. These are premium table wines, made with minimal intervention and a respect for the soils in which...