Otway Hinterlands

Immerse yourself in the serenity of the Otways Hinterlan with its towering trees and dense fern glades.

Explore the heart of the Otways Camp out under the stars, bushwalk to cascading waterfalls and stunning beaches, or head to the calm waters and eerie landscapes of Lake Elizabeth in search of the elusive platypus.

Forrest Township

Make your way inland from the Great Ocean Road and discover the bustling village of Forrest, known as the gateway to The Otways.

Just half an hour’s drive from the coast turn of at Skenes creek, Forrest is one of Australia’s premier mountain biking destinations and a popular holiday spot for nature lovers and adventurers alike.

Forrest Mountain Bike Park

Set within the beautiful bushland and rolling landscapes of the Great Otway National Park and the Otway Forest Park are over 65 kilometres or over 16 purpose-built waymarked singletrack trails for riders of all skill levels. Forrest hosts some of Victoria’s key mountain biking events each year,

Choose a trail that’s right for you

The trails of Forrest are clustered into two main areas to the north and south of the town, with two designated trailheads the best access points.

Forrest Trailhead is located on the main Forrest-Birregurra Road, just south of the brewery. This gives access to three trails to the west and three trails to the east. Yaugher Trailhead is located a short drive north of town on Boundary Road.

Melba Gully Glow Worms

Melba gully glow worms

Walk among ancient mossy trees and giant tree ferns at Melba Gully in the Otways and experience the unique spectacle provided by the large colony of glow worms. During the day this is a perfect setting for picnics and bushwalks and after dark the banks beside the walking tracks glitter from the twinkling of the tiny night time creatures.

Paddle with the Platypus

See one of Australia’s most elusive and ancient creatures – the platypus. In its natural habitat, the platypus can be spotted swimming across the surface of the enchanting Lake Elizabeth.

Glide across the misty lake at dawn when the local birdlife are most active or watch the sun go down from the lake and spot the magical glow worms at dusk.

Canoe on rivers edge
Otways Hinterlan

Things to do

Cumberland River flows into the ocean 7 kms south west of Lorne, Victoria’s most popular coastal town. In this area, we have the ‘wiggly bit’ of the Great Ocean Road, where the mountains and river meet the sea. This part of the Great Ocean Road is full of attractions for all tastes.

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Airey’s Inlet

Built in 1891 and perched on cliffs 70 metres above sea level, the lighthouse is...

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Erskine Falls Scenic Views

One of the most popular waterfalls in the Otways, the Erskine Falls plunges 30 metres...

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Lorne Township

Lorne has been attracting eager holidaymakers for more than a century. Protected in Loutit bay...

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Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Falls Walk This remote beautiful river valley is where memories of dramatic cliffs, gentle...

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Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay is a picturesque seaside fishing village just a short 45 min (37.4 km)...

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Kalimna Falls

It's an idyllic spot for a picnic beside the falls that plunge over an undercut...

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