A land where giants meet ferocious waters. Discover the rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, lushes forests and descending waterfalls that make up the Great Otway National Park.
The Great Otway National Park
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.
Discover more about the Great Otway National Park here:
Great Otway National Park Visitor Guide - EAST (Torquay to Kennett River)
Great Otway National Park Visitor Guide - WEST (Kennett River to Princetown)
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: www.parkweb.vic.gov.au
As a general rule, dogs are not permitted in the national park with a few exceptions.
Great Ocean Walk
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. 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.
More Walks & Waterfalls
Let's go chasing waterfalls...
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.
Boasting a mind-blowing collection of walking tracks and trails across amazingly diverse terrain, choose your landscape - cliff top, coastal, rainforest or bush trail or all four at once!
Camping & Picnics
Sleeping under stars
Take the next step into nature and set up camp under the stars. There are excellent camping opportunities spread throughout the Great Otway National Park and Otway State Forest. Camp by the beach, a lake, river or ancient forest. Whilst the facilities may be basic, the experience is far from, with the night sky and sounds of encroaching wildlife providing all the entertainment required. Most of these campsite can also be access by car, often located at the end of a Great Ocean Road side trial. The campgrounds are usually small, offering space for 20 tents or less, creating a quiet environment for true nature emersion. Bookings and fees apply for most of the campsites in the western end of the Great Otway National Park via the Parks Victoria website.
Whether you are looking for a family friendly place to park your caravan or a solitary night under the stars there's something to cater to every need. If the back-to-basic setups of the Parks Victoria campgrounds is not your thing, choose from a range of commercially operated sites with electricity and showers throughout the Otways.
4WD to Somewhere Different
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 & $3.50 postage)
Horse Riding & Mountain Biking
Experience and enjoy the natural environment on horse back or mountain bike.
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.
Cycling Trails & Roads
Some 60km of MTB 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.
Want to experience the Great Ocean Road itself on two wheels then consider participating in one of the regions many cycling events…
• Otway Odyssey
• Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride
• Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
• Amy’s Gran Fondo
• Great Victorian Bike Race