Lake Elizabeth, which was only formed in 1951 after a landslip dammed the river, is a mecca of nature. All that’s visible of the sunken forest are the towering, tattered trunks of a dozen manna gums, their smooth moonlight-white bark long since weathered grey and scaly. It’s a place to spot the shy and elusive platypus or take a night adventure and see glow worms. Forrest has become a hub for mountain bike activity in the region, with over 60km of sign posted single track. Each track has a clear difficulty rating making it a safe place to try out a new sport. The Tiger Rail Trail follows the route of the former Forrest branch railway line which opened in 1891. The Tiger Trail in Forrest is used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders and heads 6km towards Barwon Downs, while the whole length of the trail is 42km. Need to hire bikes? The Corner Store in Forrest has you covered! Bike servicing, spares and great coffee & cake are also on offer.

The township has a diverse calendar of events including the annual Run Forrest Trail Run and Giant Odyssey Mountain Bike Marathon and Forrest Soup Festival.

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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.