Discovering Nature’s Wonders in Colac

Discovering Nature’s Wonders in Colac

Nestled in the heart of the Great Ocean Road region, the charming town of Colac offers a delightful blend of natural beauty and outdoor adventures.

Morning: A Stroll Through the Colac Botanic Gardens

Start your day with a visit to the Colac Botanic Gardens. Spanning about 16 hectares, these gardens are perched along the southern banks of Lake Colac. As you explore, you’ll find a well-designed network of walking paths that guide you through an array of feature garden beds, mature trees, and open lawn areas.

For those seeking scenic views, head to the northern edge of the gardens. Here, you can rest and take in the panoramic sights of Lake Colac and the distant Warrion Hills. A set of steps from this vantage point leads down to the Lake Colac foreshore, providing easy access for a closer look at the water’s edge.

For families, the playground and picnic areas offer the perfect spots for children to play, you could even bring along a picnic basket and enjoy a leisurely brunch.

Midday: Enjoying the Tranquility of Lake Colac

After a serene morning in the gardens, head over to Lake Colac which is just a short walk. Lake Colac is the largest natural freshwater lake in Victoria’s Western District and provides a stunning backdrop for a variety of outdoor activities.

Take a walk or bike ride along the lake’s edge, where you’ll find well-maintained paths that offer views of the water and surrounding landscapes. Birdwatchers will be in paradise, as the lake is home to numerous bird species. Bring your binoculars and see how many different birds you can spot!

Afternoon: Visiting Red Rock Lookout

As the afternoon sun begins to lower, make your way to Red Rock Lookout, located about 15 kilometers northwest of Colac. This ancient volcanic site offers one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the region. The lookout is accessible by car, and a short walk from the parking area will lead you to the summit.

From the top of Red Rock, you’ll be treated to a 360-degree view of the surrounding volcanic plains, lakes, and farmlands. On a clear day, you can see as far as the Otway Ranges and even the Southern Ocean. The unique geological formations and vibrant red hues of the rocks create a striking contrast against the lush greenery below.


Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor passing through, Colac invites you to slow down, breathe in the fresh air, and connect with nature. So pack your walking shoes, a picnic basket, and your sense of adventure, and embark on a journey to discover the hidden gems of Colac.

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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.