The Otways are full of family friendly activities from short walks, to wildlife spotting and plenty of adventure in between. Grab the kids and explore one of Victoria's most picturesque regions.

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Cape Otway Lightstation

Take the family on a drive to Cape Otway Lightstation to check out Australia’s most famous lighthouse. Built in 1848, the lighthouse towers on sea cliffs 90 metres above the ocean. A visit will offer astounding views from the Lighthouse Balcony across Bass Strait. Guides are on hand to tell tales of tragic shipwrecks along the coast. Whales often frolic in the seas below from June to October, and koalas are commonly spotted in the forest drive to the lighthouse from Great Ocean Road. Make sure not to miss the nearby Aboriginal Cultural Site for a lesson in painting, spear throwing, and other traditional activities. Stop by the Lightkeeper’s Kitchen Café in the original Assistant Lightkeeper’s cottage for a quick snack or coffee before hitting the road.

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Easy Walks

The whole family will love experiencing the Otways at its finest: on foot. Walkers of almost any ability can trek around and discover magical spots in the Otways such as the following...

 

Hit the Beach

Take To The Water

Time on the beach and out on the sea is one of the Otway Coast's greatest drawcards. Pristine beaches are plentiful including Apollo Bay, Johanna, Wye River and Kennett River. One of the best ways to explore the coastline is by renting a kayak or stand-up-paddle board. You can even take a trip out by boat or kayak to visit the local seal colony at Marengo. Surfing is also a great option to get out and enjoy the waves.

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Wildlife Spotting

Koalas

In the Otways, you don't have to look hard to spot a koala! Despite appearing rather slow-moving, koalas are actually quite agile, particularly when it comes to climbing trees. If you're on the lookout, try casting your eyes upwards - you'll generally find koalas wedged in the nook of a tree branch and most often fast asleep.

Best locations for koala spotting include Kennett River (take Grey River Road) or Cape Otway - remember to find a safe place to park before stopping to view.

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Horse Riding

Horse rides at Bimbi Park cater for all ages and levels of ability. Rides are carefully graded, there are experienced horses, qualified instructors, safe trails and approved safety helmets. The sandy soil of the region makes for good riding even after rain. Trail rides in the Otways are exciting affairs. You can ride along marvellous beaches where the wild windswept waves of the Southern Ocean form an exhilarating background. You can amble through lush expanses of forest and long the cliff tops at sunset. Rides also take you to Cape Otway Lighthouse, scenic lookouts and some of the pretty bays that dot the Otway coastline.

Bimbi Park Cape Otway Camping & Caravan Park
A: 90 Manna Gum Drive, Cape Otway
P: 03 5237 9246
W: bimbipark.com.au

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For a great day out in the Otways, take all the family to Planet Mud Outdoor Adventures  located in Yeodene, just 15 mins south of Colac.

Paintball

Available for kids from age 10 years upwards, the 52 acres bush setting at Planet Mud is perfect for paintball! Where possible, smaller groups be combined to meet minimum number requirements.

Globe Ride

The Planet Mud globe is an 11 foot high inflatable transparent sphere which you can ride inside. Two feet of air protect you from the ground enabling you to globe ride down hills at high speed. An exhilarating experience - get strapped in - and get ready for the ride of your life!
The balls stand 3 metres high so adventurers must be at least 4ft 10 inches high. The maximum joint weight must not exceed 28 stone (180kg).

Segway®

Specifically designed to manouver varied terrain and handle the most demanding applications, the Segway® takes you on an off road adventure.\
A hugely popular activity for everyone aged 10 or over.

Planet Mud Outdoor Adventures
A: Possum Ridge Road, Yeodene, Victoria
P: 03 5233 4620 or 0447 016 020
W: planetmudoutdooradventures.com.au

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Mini Golf & Rock Climbing

Get the entire family to give rock climbing a go! Bimbi Park has a state of the art, 3-storey rock climbing structure offering 8 separate tracks ranging from easy to extremely hard, suitable for all ages and skill level. All equipment is provided (bookings essential).

Families can also enjoy a round of mini-golf on Bimbi Park's custom-built course surrounded by beautiful native bush on Cape Otway.

Bimbi Park Cape Otway Camping & Caravan Park
A: 90 Manna Gum Drive, Cape Otway
P: 03 5237 9246
W: bimbipark.com.au

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Otway Fly Treetop Adventures

The Otways rainforest is green, dense, and majestic. The Otway Fly is a Treetop Walk and Zip Line Tour is the ideal place to immerse the whole family in nature. There are over 600 metres of elevated walkways to traverse, suitable for strollers and with all access options (see below). The Otway Fly is the world’s highest treetop walk and is suspended up to 30 metres above the forest floor with an optional 50 metre high lookout tower. The suspended cantilever arm provides an extra thrill or why not quicken your pulse on the Zip Line Tour. Harness in and zip from cloud station to cloud station above the magnificent Otways!

Summer Berry Picking

Numerous berry farms surrounding Pennyroyal Valley offer pick your own (PYO) berries. Apart from being scrumptious, PYO is a lot of fun, especially for the littler ones. Fill your buckets with vine fresh strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries and bramble berries within the November to March season. Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm is the oldest working berry farm in the south west of Victoria and grows everything organically.

After working up a country appetite, most of the berry farms have an onsite cafes that know just the trick.

Picnics & Playgrounds

Colac Otway Shire is home to over 148 beautiful parks, gardens, playgrounds and recreation areas. Playground options include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Apollo Bay Foreshore Playground 
  • Beeac Park Playground
  • Birregurra Park
  • Colac Botanic Gardens
  • Memorial Square Playground

 

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Volcanic Past

Journey to the past...

Explore volcanic plains, marvel at traditional dry stone walls, and mine the rich agricultural, railway and timber heritage at a raft of historical societies, heritage walks and discovery trails at Colac, Apollo Bay and the Otways villages of Birregurra, Forrest, Wye River, Red Rock, Cressy and Beeac. 

Red Rock (Volcanic) Lookout
The Red Rock lookout, 12 km from Colac, is one of Australia’s youngest volcanoes. Forty separate eruption points have been found, and many of the craters are now full of water. The area is the third largest volcanic plain in the world and estimated to be 8,000 years old.