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Top 10 Things to do in the Otways

There are so many fantastic Otways attractions that showcase nature at its best, making a trip here an unforgettable one.

Below we have put together a list of what we think are the top attractions in the Otways and are a must when you visit.

Top Attractions In The Otways

Here is our top 10 list of what we think are the top attractions in the Otways to help you make the most of your time here:

 

1. Waterfalls

They flow all year round and there is plenty to discover in the Otways.

 

2. Treetop walks & ziplining

Treetop walks are one of the best Otways activities. Walk 25 metres above the ground or fly through the trees on a zipline tour 30 metres off the ground.

 

3. The local wildlife residents

Spot koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, glow worms, the Otways black snail… even the elusive platypus! Check out the local wildlife around the Otways. It’s also a bird lover’s paradise and over the winter months, the Otways is a great place for whale watching.

 

4. Cape Otway Lightstation

This is Australia’s most famous lighthouse where you’ll enjoy spectacular views from the Lighthouse Balcony and maybe even a scone from the lighthouse café – yum!

 

5. The beaches

Take your pick of one of the many pristine beaches along the Otway Coast. Go kayaking, snorkelling, diving, surfing or even make the trip out to the local seal colony.

 

6. Mini golf and rock climbing

Another fantastic Otways activity that’s suitable for the whole family.

 

7. Explore volcanic lakes & plains

The Otways is a great place to explore vast volcanic landscapes and is home to Australia youngest volcano – Red Rock, the third-largest volcanic plain in the world.

 

8. Californian Redwoods

An 85-year-old plantation of spectacular Californian Redwoods sits on the banks of the Aire River. Experience the feeling of awe as you wander amongst these majestic trees.

 

9. Great Ocean Walk

This is a 100km one-way walk between Apollo Bay and the 12 Apostles. The 12 Apostles are one of the region’s highlights – a trip to the Otways is not complete without seeing this amazing natural attraction.

 

10. Horse riding or mountain biking

Another active Otways activity! The Otways is an ideal location for jumping on your bike or hopping on the back of a horse. There is a huge number of roads and tracks to choose from and both are exhilarating ways to make your way through the national park.

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