Join the pursuit for adventure in whatever fashion you please with an endless variety of activities built to showcase the wonder of the Otways. Bike, hike, ride, kayak, board, drive or fly through the regions best. Then return to base to soak in some of the regions luxuries.
Come and experience breathtaking flying foxes and navigate your way through the native bushlands of the Otways! Comprising 23 Flying Foxes and over 80 Challenges, there are easy courses for those scared of heights to courses for the extreme thrill seeker! Suitable for age 4yrs+, there's something for the whole family to enjoy.
Equipment and safety training are provided before you take off on a self-guided experience through the trees (you are attached and secured at all times).
Dubbed Australia’s #1 mountain biking destination, the area of Forrest has certainly got a lot to offer riders for all capabilities. Forrest has 16 mapped trails starting at easy 2km rides right through to the Yaugher Super Loop at 11.5km rated ‘More difficult’. The maps are available online so you can plan your ride in advance. Designed around the village of Forrest, the trails showcase the natural beauty of the Great Otway National Park, passing through tall eucalyptus forests, dry heathy scrub and dense fern gullies. The trails have been designed and built with real mountain bikers in mind and offer experiences for beginners and the most hardcore dirt fanatics. rideforrest.com.au
Located in Victoria's magnificent Otways providing visitors with a unique opportunity to view the forest from a bird's eye view through its two unique eco-adventure experiences, the famous Tree Top Walk and Zip Line Tour. The Tree Top Walk is the longest and tallest elevated walk of its kind in the world. At 600 metres long and 30 metres above ground level. The walk is a 1.9 kilometres round walk starting from the visitor centre and takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour to complete. For the thrill seeker zip lining is the perfect adrenaline fuelled activity where you can zip across the treetops in this unique forest experience, gaining a bird's-eye view of Otway's beautiful forests. The Zip Line Tour involves traversing from one platform to another connected by tree platforms called 'cloud stations' and attached to steel cable suspended up to 30 metres above the forest floor. This exciting adventure lasts three hours and is unlike any other experience. Bookings essential for the Zip Line tour.
Cape Otway Lightstation – The oldest surviving lighthouse in mainland Australia, and the centrepiece of a precinct rich in wildlife, maritime history and unbeatable ocean views. Open daily.
LIGHTING THE WAY
In 1846, the local Gadubanud people helped guide Charles Latrobe on his third and successful attempt through the Otways to reach Cape Otway and scout out a lighthouse location.
Leaving from the little town of Forrest, the Paddle with the Platypus Dawn or Dusk canoe tour will allow you to discover Australia’s most elusive animal. Share some time with the unique 100 million year old egg laying mammal in its natural habitat. This is a rare chance to see Platypus in the wild. Lake Elizabeth is a is a remote mountain lake formed by a landslide and a beautiful place to spend some time searching for the Platypus. Fantastic photographic opportunities and a surreal experience that you will remember forever. Bookings essential.
Book your dusk or dawn paddle experience with Otway Eco Tours
Rock Climbing & Mini Golf
Climb Bimbi Park's state of the art Rock Climbing Tower. It has 4 auto-Belay systems, a timer on each climbing station and cameras mounted on the top that take pictures of climbers. Suitable for all ages and skill levels.
Or enjoy the 18-Hole Mini Golf course (discounted rates for guests).
Whilst exploring the Great Otways National Park, you will likely be introduced to a few of the locals including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and plenty of screeching bird life. Whilst kangaroo, wallabies and even echidnas can be easy to spot in grassy clearings, or even trying to cross the Great Ocean Road, spotting a koala takes more of a keen eye. A short drive up Grey River Road from Kennett River is usually rewarded with a koala sighting.
During cooler months whales are frequently spotted offshore as they migrate from Antarctica or use the sheltered beaches in the region to deliver and nurse calves.
Running the length of the Great Ocean Road, the coastal area of the Otways puts on an endless number of beach, reef and point breaks suitable for beginner through to expert surfers. Typically, they are right hand breaks, performing best with south/east swell and north/west winds, however, there are exceptions to these rules spotted around.
Experience and enjoy the natural environment on horse back.
A permit is required for horse riders to ride in the National Park and Parks Victoria staff can assist you with this. The formed roads and tracks provide ideal trails.
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