Great Otway National Park
Great Otway National Park
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Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay, along the world-famous Great Ocean Road and up through the Otways hinterland. Discover windswept coastlines and breathtaking waterfalls in tall mountain forests, walk the iconic Great Ocean Walk, immerse yourself in the Otway Lightstation's history, or surf some of the best breaks in Australia. Enjoy the great outdoors and explore the wonders of the Great Otway National Park. See the stunning coast by foot on the Great Ocean Walk, where nature unfolds at every step. Or drive the iconic Great Ocean Road. For longer stays, there are excellent camping opportunities whether you are looking for a family-friendly place to park your caravan or a solitary night under the stars.
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Jenafarious
Murwillumbah, Australia240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
So much to see it's hard to decide!

Managed to travel most roads revealing magnificent forest stands, wild flowers stretching almost the whole length of roads and bird calls following.

I particularly enjoyed finding small clearings along the road to just stop and smell the bush, take in the surroundings or a short walk to a meandering creek if able.

As a first timer to the area I also enjoyed the different scenery, large stands of lush ferns and huge straight gums then leading to paths which may hold a lake, hiking and biking on a rail Trail or free camping and mountain biking. So many options for recreation here.

As the roads into the forest are mostly gravel good tyres and spares are recommended although I did travel I a small hired van which handled the roads well. Caravans are generally not recommended on most roads so check options available before travel.

Mobile reception is fairly scarce too.
Keep your phone charged before setting out and always advise someone of your movements if intending to hike.

Fuel stops arent easy to come by especially ially if travelling at night. Lavers Hill restaurant kit, hen closes around 9pm and no food either way for some time so again byo.

Apollo Bay has good accommodation options with varying price points, lots of trails and beautiful beaches to explore.

The park is an easy drive from Colac, Apollo Bay and Port Campbell but check supplies of accommodation & availability before travelling from especially in peak times as this area is very popular.
Will definitely take more time to explore this area in future.
The glimpses of the ocean from Lavers Hill tempt travellers before commencing the steep descent to the coast.
Written December 15, 2020
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Thanks so much for sharing your experience at Great Otway National Park. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and found the park stunning. We look forward to having you back again in the future to explore more of the park. Thanks again, Parks Victoria
Written December 17, 2020
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389glenne
Moe, Australia93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
We stayed at Apollo Bay and travelled into the park each day via route C119. We travelled at 10am on a winters day with the sun coming through the tree canopy...a great drive through beautiful southern Australian forest. We took our time and visited the water falls...which were fantastic due the rain recieved the two previous days. The walks required a good pair of shoes and are not difficult just a bit up and down....but very enjoyable. There are areas to picnic with tables and toilets. Some areas allow camping. We did our trip in winter with rainy days....for the waterfalls, it was perfect.
Written June 23, 2020
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Thanks so much for sharing your experience at Great Otway National Park. We're so glad you enjoyed the walks and the waterfalls during your visit! Thanks again, Parks Victoria
Written June 26, 2020
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Michael C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A magic temperate rain forest with fantastic dense tree ferns - some of the tallest I have ever seen. Unfortunately we only had a taste but will certainly be back to explore!
Written February 7, 2020
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MichaelRW
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I usually write positive reviews, but, following a scenic detour from the Great Ocean Road to the lighthouse we discovered that just for a photograph, there was an entry fee of $20 each, just to get through the gate. Coffee was also the other side of the gate, and the person taking the money was so engrossed in a conversation that we had no opportunity to negotiate. We left, pretty disappointed and totally disgusted!
Written January 13, 2020
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daisysnicks
Salisbury, UK147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We explored Great Otway National Park and its lakes and waterfalls from Apollo Bay whilst on a month's long road trip from Adelaide to Sydney. Other than New Year's Eve in Sydney, this was the highlight of our trip in Australia. Superb wilderness walking with very few people about. Fantastic views of waterfalls and bush vegetation and a variety of walks to choose from.
Written January 9, 2020
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roglawrence55
Salt Lake City, UT141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Took in Beauchamp Falls, it was beautiful with not too many people around (even though it was the height of summer), steepish walk down and back, but worth it
Written January 5, 2020
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CodyMav
Gold Coast, Australia27,709 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Great Otway National Park is the middle bit when driving from Lorne to Port Campbell, but well worth taking the time to explore

The trees are often quite unique, and there are a couple of walks (1 under brief reno) to stop and enjoy
Written December 31, 2019
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Pol H
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
beautiful bush walks by day. glow worms by night near the waterfalls. most walks can be medium to hard grade so if you have MS be sure to take plenty of water and stop frequently as the steps can take a toll. try to go off season as it can be very crowded on the trails so getting the perfect photo is challenging at times.
Written December 19, 2019
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Steven W
Sacramento, CA1,333 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We came through here as part of our 2-day Great Ocean Road tour. It was early morning, so there was some mist in some of the valleys, which made for some exceptionally beautiful views.
Written November 1, 2019
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Heather J
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
My love for nature is so great, that I will try to do most things in spite of having to use a walker these days. The tree walk in the Otway National Park is a wonderful, invigorating and renewing experience. There is a fairly long walk down to the high walk way and the path is fairly rough . However, it is possible to catch a ride in the Buggy driven by a friendly, helpful driver. There are many interesting plants busy little birds and features and other feaures along the way.The view from the walkway is spectacular. We were overwhelmed the height of the trees and the presence of immense beauty. At the end of the walk, I was greeted by a cheer squad of total strangers pleased that I had made it to the end. It is manageable for wheel chairs and walker but you are strongly advised to catch the bus to the walk way as the path is fairly steep. We included this as part of our trip on the Great Ocean Road
Written May 15, 2019
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