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.
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.
Stay 2 nights on Sun-Thurs in December and choose a hamper from Fern & Gum for your stay - and save $50!
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.
Just 20 minutes from Birregurra, and 40 minutes from Apollo Bay, you'll find this lovely cabin retreat.
A traditional Guesthouse with long verandahs, rambling gardens and boutique décor, Forrest Guesthouse is all about getting away to the country.
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...
Otway Chai have been blending, making, brewing, sharing, serving, tasting, drinking and loving Chai Tea for over 10 years now.
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...
Blakes Estate Winery
Blakes Estate is located in Deans Marsh, nestled in the foothills of the Otway Ranges in western Victoria.
East Hotel Colac
The East Hotel is a Colac icon.
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.
What to see and do
ShortHive Honey are local multi-generational beekeepers who produce infused honey using the highest quality ingredients. Their range includes Salted, Espresso, Cacao and Chilli Honey.
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.
With a surface area of 2,778 hectares and a circumference of 33 kilometres, Lake Colac is the largest natural freshwater lake in Victoria.
Otway Eco Tours
At Otway Eco Tours it is all about the experience. Discover the Great Otway National Park on one of the fully guided tours.
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.
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.