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
The Riders Palace Forrest
The Riders Palace is a classic and small 'Old Mill Cottage' nestled in Victoria's Mountain Biking Mecca of Forrest.
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.
Otways Loft is a curious mix of tree-house, vintage train, raw and recycled materials, set in a rambling adventure garden. They scoured Victoria to find a property to match Liptrap Loft.
Just 20 minutes from Birregurra, and 40 minutes from Apollo Bay, you'll find this lovely cabin retreat.
Midweek Otways Escape 3 nights
Three nights at Otway Fields including breakfast, welcome cheese plate and a bottle of wine.
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
The Otway Kitchen
The Otway Kitchen produces a range of delicious artisan jams, chutneys, pickles and relishes. All of their products are hand made in small batches to retain flavour and quality, using...
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...
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.
Blakes Estate Winery
Blakes Estate is located in Deans Marsh, nestled in the foothills of the Otway Ranges in western Victoria.
Platypi Chocolate is the latest great reason to visit Forrest in Victoria's Otway region. Try a hot chocolate, a fabulous coffee, tasty lunch or jump straight to the delicious desserts...
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...
What to see and do
Old Beechy Rail Trail
Originally a narrow gauge railway built for moving timber and passengers in the early 1900's, the Old Beechy Rail Trail is now a compacted earth trail running from Colac to...
Hillview Farm 5 Star Boarding Cattery
Situated conveniently on the Princes Highway at the gateway to the Otways and Great Ocean Road at Birregurra, the multi-award winning Hillview Farm 5 Star Boarding Cattery offers five star...
Based in Colac at the centre of Victoria's Otway and Great Ocean Road region, How Bazaar is an easy 50 minute drive from Geelong and two hours from Melbourne.
Forrest Hire Bikes
Forrest Hire Bikes are based at Forrest, Victoria in the heart of the Otway Ranges. About 30 kilometres inland from the Great Ocean Road and 162 kilometres from Melbourne.
Rae Street Relics
Rae Street Relics is Colac's fabulous store, full of amazing antiques and collectables. Furniture, military, manuals/books, 1950's and loads more. Go back in time, to the ‘Good Ol Days’.
Colac Indoor Sports
Bounce into Colac Indoor Sports Centre, they have plenty to keep the kids active and entertained during school holidays and weekends regardless of the weather.