The Great Otway National Park or to be short the Otways is a haven for Australia’s endemic wildlife. Its ancient rainforest, waterfalls and waterways, and verdant vegetation make it a paradise. Plus, its stunning landscapes, seascapes, and coastal views — simply amazing!
Perching about 162 km from Melbourne, you can access the Otways through the Great Ocean Road. It stretches from the surfing capital of Torquay in the east to Princetown in the west. This 103,185-hectare park extends to the hinterlands of Colac and to the coasts of Cape Otway.
Along the Great Ocean Road, the towns of Lorne, Anglesea, and Apollo Bay are the gateways to the Otways. From Lorne, hike the trails and explore some parts of the Otways starting at Cora Lynn Cascades.
After hitting the beaches of Anglesea, follow the tracks leading to the Otways. Wander into the wilds of the ancient rainforests, rugged landscapes, and magnificent waterways. Stand in awe of the waterfalls, native wildlife, giant ferns, and spring wildflowers.
Follow the Madsens Track in Apollo Bay leading to the forests of myrtle beech and Blackwood. Be always on the lookout for some surprises in the woods.
Visit Kennett River to get up close and personal with native Australian wildlife. Meet some koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, and lovely birds.
The Otways is the largest koala colony in Victoria. You can spot the koalas in the wild. Well, they’re everywhere in Cape Otway, Kennett River, Anglesea, Lorne, and Apollo Bay.
From the coastal towns of Anglesea, Lorne, and Apollo Bay, you can access the waterfalls. Take a bushwalk to the Cora Lynn Cascades, Erskine Falls, Hopetoun Falls, and Triplet Falls. Or hike the trails to Kalimna Falls, Beauchamp Falls, and Hopkins Falls. You may want to have a picnic on the sides of Sheoak Falls. Catch a glance of the elusive platypuses if you have the chance at Lake Elizabeth.
Explore the Aire Valley Plantation and walk amongst the towering Californian Redwoods. Back in 1936, Victorian foresters planted the redwoods to reforest the area. Today, the redwoods provide the land with a magical fairy tale ambience.
As you reach the Cape Otway light station, enjoy the views of the Bass Strait. Cape Otway is the highest point of the Great Ocean Road. Always on the lookout for koalas lazily dozing off on the eucalyptus forks and branches.
About 12 km from Colac stands the 8,000-year-old volcano called Red Rock. It is the largest volcanic plain in Australia; you can see the entire plain from a lookout. You can also view the horizon toward the Lake Corangamite.
Have a bird’s eye view of the Otways rainforests at the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk. Take a 1.9 km bushwalk 30 metres above the ground. It takes an hour of bushwalk to complete the loop that’s the world’s tallest and longest elevate walk.
The Otways consists of rugged coastlines, mountain ranges, waterways, and lush vegetation. Home to a range of varieties of plant and animal species, it is Australia’s hidden paradise.
Travel to the Otways via the Great Ocean Road with Eco Platypus. There’s a lot of exciting adventures waiting for you.