Legend has it there are 400 waterfalls in the hinterland rainforest area behind the Otway Coast. Many of them have never been placed on maps and only seen by very keen bushwalkers. However these are also lots of beautiful waterfalls close to roads and paths which are very accessible. For a short trip or a strenuous day’s outing explore a waterfall during your next visit to the Otway Coast Hamlets.
From the Great Ocean Road in Wongarra take a moderate 5 minute walk from the car park to reach the lookout. Carisbrook Falls is a tremendously large cascade and is perfect for ticking a waterfall off your list with limited time.
Sheoak Falls is located around half way between Separation Creek and Lorne. An easy 20 minute walk unveils beautiful coastal and bush views to finally reach the waterfall featuring a large basin at the bottom to cool off your toes in summer time. This trail links to many more sensational waterfalls.
Sabine Falls are the tallest in the Otways, whilst Mount Sabine is the highest point of the Otways. You'll find this waterfall and picnic area on Sunnyside Road. Note this is a 2 hour return walk.
WYE RIVER WALKS
Paddy's Path offers beautiful views from it's hillside position and connects Wye River to Separation Creek. Said to be named after the intrepid local who created the pathway by regularly traversing the hill between his home and the hotel in Wye River. Extensive works have taken place on the path recently.
From the Wye River Bridge take a stroll along the riverside and boardwalk to spot wildlife. The walk takes you along the rivers edge and through the Wye River Big 4 Caravan Park.
WYE TO SEP BEACH WALK
At low tide take the stunning walk across ancient volcanic rock formations that have created beautiful rock pools. So many photo opportunities and so many cosy nooks - turn left from Wye River beach or turn right from Separation Creek Beach. Check tides.
WALKS ON THE OTWAY COAST
KENNETT RIVER WILDLIFE WALK
Stroll from the fishing platform near the Kennett River bridge along the bank to spot all kinds of wildlife particularly birdlife - look for water birds plus Rosella, Cockatoos and King Parrots. Keep your eyes peeled for sleepy koalas and kangaroos on the clearing on the eastern side of the river.
GREY RIVER PICNIC RESERVE
Did you know that Glow Worms are really bioluminescent (ie/ glowing in the dark) maggots of a mosquito like fly? But whatever they really are, there’s no denying that a walk through Glow Worm territory at night can be a magical sight. This is a night walk and you should allow one hour for return drive and walk (it is around 6kms up the Grey River road from Kennett River).
GREY RIVER BEACH AND PICNIC SPOT
Just west of the Grey River bridge you will find a pretty, shady picnic area with beach access. Also try beach accesses from car parks at Smyth's Creek, Sugarloaf or Boggaley Creek to explore quiet beaches and rock pools.