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Otway Top Attractions, Day Trips from Deans Marsh / Pennyroyal

Deans Marsh / Pennyroyal Day Trips

The Otways: Top 10 Attractions

1. Great Ocean Rd & 12 Apostles The road is spectacular as it hugs the coast between Lorne and Apollo Bay. It then heads inland through magnificent rainforest to the famous 12 Apostles.

2. Great Ocean Walk Victoria's most iconic walk stretches over 100 km from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles. Experience deserted beaches, magnificent cliffs & dense forests with native flora and fauna. It’s easy to do day walks or stay overnight at designated camping spots provided by Parks Victoria. Visit Great Ocean Walk

3. Otway Fly Tree Top Adventures Walk through the treetops on the 25 metre high elevated tree top walk. This magical sky walk takes you through a magnificent stand of cool temperate rainforest featuring Myrtle Beech, Blackwood and Mountain Ash. A spiral stairway takes you even higer with zip lining also available. Otway Fly information

4. Cape Otway Lightstation - 30 Mins from Apollo Bay Visit the oldest Lightstation on mainland Australia, in operation since 1848, saving the lives of sailors in this treacherous part of the Southern ocean and Bass Strait. You can climb to the top and get a view over spectacular ocean to see passing whales and ships. Visit Cape Otway Lightstation

5. Koalas at Kennett River Koalas in the wild is a MUST see. Turn off at Kennet River village, then turn left into the Grey River road at the General Store. Drive or walk for about half a kilometre and start looking out for koalas in the trees. Also see koalas on the road to the Cape Otway Lightstation. Kennett River Koala Walk

6. Turtons Track: Forest & Waterfall Drive This stunning 109km (2 & 1/2 hours excluding stops) loop drive takes in Apollo Bay, Cape Otway, Lavers Hill, and Beech Forest. Possible stops include the Cape Otway Lightstation, Great Otway National Park, Otway Fly Treetop Walk, waterfalls, rainforest walks and galleries. Walks and waterfalls map

7. Lake Elizabeth - Forrest Enjoy the beauty of the rainforest. An easy walk or to explore further take a tour on a canoe at dawn or dusk to visit the platypus in its own habitat. A place to see the famous and illusive 100 million year old egg laying mammal. Lake Elizabeth

8. Rainforest Walks at Maits Rest and Melba Gully Maits Rest is a spectacular popular short walk through mossy rainforest tree ferns and massive myrtle beech trees 15 minutes from Apollo Bay. There is a board walk that protects plants and provides an accessible track all year round. Drive another 20 minutes past Apollo Bay to get to Melba Gully, a small surviving remnant of dense rainforest in the Great Otway National Park just past Cape Otway. If you can visit in the evening Melba Gully rewards you with the light show of a large colony of glow worms dancing along the walking track. Visit Maits Rest Visit Melba Gully

9. Forrest Mountain Bike Trails & The Old Beechy Rail Trail Designed around the village of Forrest, these mountain bike trails showcase the natural beauty of the Otway Ranges, passing through tall eucalypt forests, dry heathy scrub and dense fern gullies. The Trails have been built with real mountain bikers in mind and offer experiences for beginners and the most hardcore dirt fanatics, choose a trail that suits you Forrest Mountain Bike Trails or visit

The Old Beechy Rail Trail stretches 45kms from Beech Froest to Colac, taking you through a variety of scenic landscape including rainforest, creeks and the rich farmland of the Gellibrand valley. Old Beechy Rail Trail

10. Volcanic Plains Drive - 1 Hour touring loop from Colac North of Colac you can take a dramatic drive through the red turbulent volcanic region of some of Western Victoria's fascinating landscape. You’ll see huge crater lakes, extinct volcanic cones and fascinating formations left in the wake of an era of immense upheavals. Red Rock Volcanic Scenic Drive

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