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
Just 20 minutes from Birregurra, and 40 minutes from Apollo Bay, you'll find this lovely cabin retreat.
Autumn Stay and Save - Brae, Birregurra
30% off Sunday + Monday stays at Brae
Fully restored Butlers Guesthouse sleeps 18 people with queen bedrooms, twin rooms and family room. All rooms have heating, televisions and ensuites.
Lake Colac Caravan Park
Lake Colac Caravan Park is located on the Lake Colac foreshore beside the beautiful Colac Botanic Gardens and Barongarook Creek.
Hidden Valley Cabins
Hidden Valley Cabins are set on 30 acres of magnificent Otway forest just 15 minutes from Lorne. We have five fully self contained cabins .
Colac Mid City Motor Inn
Colac Mid City Motor Inn is a clean comfortable motel with 30 different style rooms. Standard and budget rooms with single double or twin.
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...
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...
Hulm's Bakery Colac
Hulms Bakery Colac is a family owned business delivering quality baked goods to Colac 7 district for the past 70 years.
Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm & Cidery
In the Otway foothills Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm & Cidery is a hidden delight. The Farm offers comfortable self-contained cabins for couples, with views over the berries to the valley beyond.
Otway Chai have been blending, making, brewing, sharing, serving, tasting, drinking and loving Chai Tea for over 10 years now.
East Hotel Colac
The East Hotel is a Colac icon.
What to see and do
COPACC - Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre
Conveniently located just a couple of blocks from the main street, COPACC is not only proud presenter of some of the best performers and productions in Australia and internationally, but...
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.
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’.
Bluewater Fitness Centre
Bluewater Fitness Centre is Colac's premier aquatic and recreation centre.
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...
Trees Adventure Yeodene Park
Please note that due to COVID-19, Trees Adventure is temporarily closed until further notice. Trees Adventure Yeodene Park is an eco-adventure experience.