Exploring Nature’s Playground: The Otways

Exploring Nature’s Playground: The Otways

Hey there, nature lovers! Welcome to the Otways, Victoria’s very own playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Get ready to dive into lush rainforests, chase waterfalls, and maybe even spot a koala or two. It’s time to discover why the Otways are the ultimate destination for untamed adventures!

Chasing Waterfalls

What’s a trip to the Otways without visiting its famous waterfalls? From the jaw-dropping Triplet Falls to the hidden gems like Beauchamp and Hopetoun, each one is more Instagram-worthy than the last. Keep your eyes peeled as you explore – you never know what furry friends you might encounter along the way!


Our Favourite Otways Waterfalls

  • Hopetoun Falls
  • Beauchamp Falls
  • Stevensons Falls
  • Triplet Falls

If you would like more information about waterfalls and walk in the Otways be sure to download the Apollo Bay and Otways Walks & Waterfalls Guide.

Exploring the Majestic Redwoods

Step into a realm of giants as you wander through the towering Californian Redwoods of the Otways. These majestic trees, reaching heights that seem to touch the sky, provide a sense of awe and wonder unlike any other. Walk through the forest and lose yourself in the tranquility of these ancient giants.


Getting to the Redwoods

The Redwoods are in Beech Forest, deep in the Great Otway National Park. The park is 200kms from Melbourne’s CBD, and it takes around 2.5 hours to drive there.

Discovering Lake Elizabeth

Nestled deep within the Otways lies the serene beauty of Lake Elizabeth. This hidden gem offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Embark on a leisurely stroll along the lake’s shores, where the still waters reflect the surrounding lush greenery. Keep your camera ready, as you may catch a glimpse of the elusive platypus that call this place home.

Walking, kayaking, canoeing and fishing are just a few outdoor activities to fill your day when visiting Lake Elizabeth.


Where is Lake Elizabeth?

A two-hour drive about 165 kms from Melbourne, Lake Elizabeth is located in the Great Otway National Park just over six kilometres from the town of Forrest, a mountain bike trailhead hub.

Adventure Awaits

For those who like their adventures served with a side of adrenaline, the Otways have got you covered. Whether you’re hiking, biking, or just out for a scenic drive, there’s no shortage of thrills to be had. And with so many trails to explore, you’ll never run out of new places to discover.

Hire a mountain bike from Forrest MTB Hire and get out onto the trails.


As you reluctantly say goodbye to the Otways, take a piece of its wild spirit with you. Whether you’re a solo adventurer or a family of nature enthusiasts, this place has something for everyone. So grab your backpack, your sense of adventure, and get ready to make memories that’ll last a lifetime in nature’s very own playground: the Otways!

Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.