The Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay through to Princetown and up through the Otway hinterlands towards Colac. The park features rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, rock platforms and windswept heathland.
In the north, the park features tall forests, ferny gullies, magnificent waterfalls and tranquil lakes. Down south, the rainforest gives way to the ocean in dramatic fashion. Visit the turbulent meeting of the South Ocean and Bass straight at Cape Otway Lightstation, or seek out a sheltered beach for a day of sea play.
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.
Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section of the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
As a general rule, dogs are not permitted in the national park with a few exceptions.
The Great Ocean Walk is a one way long distance walk extending east to west, just over 100kms between Apollo Bay and the iconic Twelve Apostles and through the Otways. The spectacular walk weaves its way through the National Park which is full of tall forests, coastal heathlands, wild rocky shores and windswept cliff tops presenting amazing views – nature truly unfolds at every step.
Renowned for waterfalls, the striking cool temperate rainforest of the Great Otway National Park boasts one of the highest rainfalls in the state. Whether chilling-out or cooling-off, a waterfall makes for a stunning natural backdrop. On cooler days, especially after rain, watch the falls transform into a roaring curtain of water. And on a hot summer’s day, enjoy some shady respite through the sheltered forest to the water’s edge.
Get off the beaten track of the Great Ocean Road and head deep into the Great Otway National Park for either easy or challenging four-wheel driving and some great camping and bush scenery.
The Otways have a lot to offer for all four-wheel driving skill levels. Roads and tracks in the Otways are driveable in a standard four-wheel drive when it is dry, but mud tyres and a winch are necessary when it is wet. Base yourself in Forrest for a weekend of four-wheel driving. Tracks of interest around the area are Cowley track, Goat track, Noonday track, Number One Spur track, West Barwon track, Turtons track, Delaney’s Road and Curtis Road.
Alternatively, the area around Lavers Hill provides further opportunities to explore the Otways and its star attractions. Tracks in the area include Egan track, Mount McKenzie Road, Number Nine Ridge track, Holy Water track, Bennets track and Heffernan track.
For some ideas on fantastic driving opportunities to explore the famous Otways coast and lush green hinterland, including Victoria’s Great Otway National Park, have a look at Parks Victorias Victoria’s Iconic 4WD Adventures. For your own safety and the preservation of our natural landscapes, seasonal road closures apply throughout the Park and on tracks in state forests managed by the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP). Otways 4WD Touring Map available for purchase from the Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre: (AU$14.95 & $2.00 postage)
A permit is required for horse riders to ride in the National Park and Parks Victoria staff can assist you with this. The formed roads and tracks provide ideal trails. Discover more on horse riding
Some 60km of mountain bike trails radiate out from Forrest, creating a mammoth network in two main zones, The Yaugher Network and the Southern Trail Network. Different trails offer different technical elements and degrees of challenge: jumps, freeride, uphill, downhill, ramps and bridges. All abilities are catered for with smooth, do-able rides for beginners and thrilling, heart-in-your-mouth twists and turns for experts. MTB tour operators offer skills training, bike hire and guided tours.
Old Beechy Rail Trail
This 45km trail from Colac to Beech Forest curves and climbs through towering pine forests and farmland. Discover more on the Old Beechy Rail Trail here
Want to experience the Great Ocean Road itself on two wheels then consider participating in one of the regions many cycling events…
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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, 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.