Situated in the breathtaking scenery of the Great Otway National Park the Forrest MTB Trails offers some of the most diverse and fun trails in Australia. There’s over 65km of single track weaving through everything from tall eucalypts, native bush to magical fern gullies.....quite simply there is a trail for everyone!
LATEST NEWS, THE TRAILS FUND & OUR VISION
Over the past few years the Forrest community, the Forrest MTB Club and the key agency representatives have worked hard to improve the Forrest MTB Trails network.
We welcome further support from the trail users and visitors to Forrest so we can improve Forrest’s unique trails experience. The Forrest MTB Club have created some useful tools for riders and a Go Fund Me page that will help fund trail developments........can you assist us to improve our trails? Every dollar and letter of support counts!!
MTB COMMUNITY AND SERVICES
Forrest as a community welcomes and celebrates MTB activities. As a visitor this come apparent as soon as you roll into town. Local businesses proudly display their affection and connection to the trails and the local Forrest MTB Club is made up of passionate local riders and community members who work hard to maintain the trails and welcome new members from across Victoria.
MORE ABOUT THE OTWAYS
Forrest is the perfect base for your next Otways adventure....... 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.
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A BIT OF FORREST HISTORY
Forrest boasts an amazing history, in the early 19th century there was a mix of farming practices in the area including; wheat, oats, potatoes, peas, onions and hop fields. These farms spawned the need for community facilities and a small township called Yaugher was formed. Yaugher was about two kilometres north of the site of the future Forrest township.. The huge stands of mountain ash forest in the Otways attracted saw millers who established sawmills in the in the 1860s. After the logging industry wound up in 2005 Forrest embarked on a new adventure tourism future and the Forrest MTB trails were established.
Where to Stay
Midweek Otways Escape 3 nights
Three nights at Otway Fields including breakfast, welcome cheese plate and a bottle of wine.
Otway Fields is a special place where you can rest a while and experience the beauty of the Otways on a small farm, an easy two hour drive from Melbourne.
The Riders Palace Forrest
The Riders Palace is a classic and small 'Old Mill Cottage' nestled in Victoria's Mountain Biking Mecca of Forrest.
Steam Carriage Forrest
Take a step back in time, to a bygone era, where life was simpler, where people spent time with dignified entertainment and life seemed to have more space and time.
A traditional Guesthouse with long verandahs, rambling gardens and boutique décor, Forrest Guesthouse is all about getting away to the country.
Wonky Stables Holiday Park
Welcome to the Wonky Stables Holiday Park, located in the beautiful township of Forrest in the Otway Ranges.
Eat and Drink
Forrest General Store
The Forrest General Store Café is a haven for locals and tourists alike, offering delicious gourmet produce and service with a smile – ensuring you get the best taste of...
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.
Hot Chilli Mama
Hot Chilli Mama is a boutique chilli farm located in scenic foothills of the Otway Ranges.
Good Food Guide 2020 Restaurant of the Year. Set on a hillside in Birregurra, Victoria, Brae is a contemporary restaurant and six luxury guest suites, on a working organic farm...
The Store Deans Marsh
What’s a general store? In the very old fashioned tradition, The Store Deans Marsh is a post office, newsagency, bank, info centre, tea room, grocery, deli, café and cake shop...
Welcome to the Otways Distillery, based in Forrest, Victoria. They base themselves in the hinterland, just up the road from Apollo Bay and the Great Ocean Road.
What to see and do
Carl Karacsay Furniture
Visit the showroom to view unique and one-off creations in wood. Specialising in Blackwood, Carl works with all types of wood including Mountain Ash, Red Gum, Tasmanian Sassafras, local Satin...
Otway Eco Tours
Otway Eco Tours offers fully guided tours in the Great Otway National Park and along the Great Ocean Walk. We have tailored tours to let you discover the Otway's by canoe, walking or mountain bike.
Colac Turf Club
The Colac Turf Club has had a long and proud tradition of turf racing, education and training of horses that spans more than 145 years.
With a surface area of 2,778 hectares and a circumference of 33 kilometres, Lake Colac is the largest natural freshwater lake in Victoria.
Cow Lick Bookshop
At Cow Lick Bookshop, they try to make sure every customer has a unique experience every time they visit.
Red Rock Scenic 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.