The Otway ranges and coast offer a spectacular natural environment with rainforest, beaches, sleepy towns, farms and seaside resorts.

The Otways

Our backyard, the Great Otway National Park features some of Australia’s best temperate rainforest scenery, with towering gums, magnificent mountain ash forests, large myrtle beech, blackwood and thick tree ferns.

Dozens of walking tracks can take you deep into the unspoilt bush. The Otway Fly Treetop Adventure walk, about one hour’s drive from Wye River, offers breathtaking views and abundant plant and birdlife.

Beautiful waterfalls are a major feature of the park, with almost a dozen within easy day trip of Wye River. The closest, Sheoak Falls, is 15km away towards Lorne. While not falling for a great distance, the water passes over a dark rock face within an awe-inspiring natural amphitheatre of Swallow Cave.

Falling 30 metres into a beautiful fern gully, Erskine Falls, located 8.5km north west of Lorne, cascade over one of the highest drops in the Otways.

After dark, glow worms come to life in Melba Gully near Lavers Hill (1hr 20min from Wye River). And the elusive platypus can be spotted at dawn or dusk on Lake Elizabeth, near Forrest.

The spectacular 12 Apostles are a day trip from Wye River (2 hr each way).

For more information, check out our Day Trips maps and download the free Great Ocean Road iPhone App or Great Ocean Road Android App

Otways Region Day Trips map