Great Otway National Park - Cities, Towns and Localities
Uniquely positioned as part of the world renowned Great Ocean Road, the Great Otway National Park
incorporates the former Otway National Park and Angahook-Lorne, Carlisle and
Melba Gully State Parks, as well as the areas of state forest and other crown
The Otway Ranges is located in South Western Victoria, stretching from
Anglesea in the east through to Princetown in the west, and encompasses the
Great Otway National Park.
This special park covers some 103,000 ha that encompasses tall wet
forests, ancient rainforests, the drier forests of the inland slopes, diverse
heathlands and woodlands, fringed by spectacular rugged coastline. The narrow
valleys of the ranges also encompass a great number of waterfalls, that include
the sheer drop of the Erskine Falls, the roar of the pounding waters into the
Aire River from the Hopetoun Falls and the rushing cascades of Triplet Falls.
As well as driving and walking, other options to experience the park include
horse riding, mountain biking and camping. Contact the National Park and Parks
Victoria for further information.
Special needs access information is also available from the Parks Victoria
For more information about the region's waterfalls, pick up the Otways Walks
and Waterfalls handout available from the local visitor centre at
Apollo Bay and
Lorne. More information can be had from the government Parks Victoria website.
The Otway Ranges Walking Track Association Inc has some great information
including the Trans-Otway Waterfall Walk.
Check out our range of
Great Ocean Road accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel
guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination
for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.
Great Otway National Park Attractions
Great Ocean Walk
Parks Victoria Ph: 13 19 63
The Great Ocean Walk, on Victorias spectacular west coast, stretches 91 km from
the idyllic resort town of Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead (near to the 12
Apostles). It passes through beautiful national pParks and overlooks the Marine
National Park and Sanctuary.
The Great Ocean Walk has been designed so that walkers can step on and step
off the trail at a number of places, completing short, day or overnight hikes.
Enjoy local accommodation and restaurants or camp overnight at picturesque
More information can be had by ringing the number listed or by visiting any of
the accredited visitor information centres along the Great Ocean Road route.
presented by the Otway Ranges Walking Track Association Inc
Plenty of information for those planning to visit the Otway Ranges including the
Trans-Otway Waterfall Walk (TOWW). What is TOWW? It is a proposed four-day, 65 km trek between Lorne and Apollo Bay taking in many of
the Otways' scenic attractions and, for the first time, revealing hidden gems
that have only recently been discovered, surveyed and mapped by members of the
Otway Ranges Walking Track Association Inc.
The Cape Otway
Centre for Conservation Ecology
Ph: 03 5237 9297
Opened in April 2004, the centre is a 165
acre wildlife rehabilitation and ecological research centre adjoining the Great
Otway National Park. Accredited at the highest level by Ecotourism Australia and
benchmarked by Green Globe 21, The Centre is recognised internationally for
leadership in environmentally sustainable tourism and has been awarded on many
occasions for environmental leadership, including the prestigious Banksia
Foundation's Award - 2005 Prime Minister's Environmentalist of the Year.
Access to The Cape Otway Centre is exclusive to guests of the Great Ocean
Ecolodge. Check the website for more information.
Ocean Rd Pet Friendly Accommodation
Dogs in the Otways
Parks Victoria Information Centre
Ph: 13 19 63
Many locals and visitors to the
Otways region enjoy having their dogs with them and while national parks are
protected places especially for the unique native flora and fauna, Parks
Victoria has recognised that there are residents and visitors who would like
areas that they can take the dogs.
The Great Otway National Park now provides designated areas for visitors to
bring their dogs. You are required to be considerate while you are in the park
with your dog and to only take your dog into permitted areas and keep them on a
lead where required. In areas where dogs are allowed off lead, owners are
required to keep their dog under effective control, this includes keeping your
dog within sight, trained to respond to your voice commands and ensuring that
their dog does not disturb or threaten other visitors or wildlife.
Otway Forest Park
Dogs are allowed in the Otway Forest Park, but must be on lead and under direct
control at all times within visitor and camping areas. Outside these areas, they
must not disturb wildlife or other park users.
Great Otway National Park
Dogs are allowed on a lead in designated areas within the Great Otway National
Park. There are also some off-lead beach areas on a trail basis.
As in all cases, please ensure you pick up after your dog, collect dog droppings
and dispose of in the appropriate way. Make sure you carry doggy bags with you
to collect and dispose of in a rubbish bin.
More details can be found on the
Otway National Park - see the link to parknotes:
Dogs in the Otway (PDF).
Contact the local visitor centre for more information. With the many dog
friendly accommodation in the region, ask the owner where you are staying, as
they may also be able to give you advice.
Check out the Surf
Great Ocean Road Pet Friendly Guide (PDF) and
Dog Regulations on the Surf Coast (PDF).
Great Otway Tours
Adventure National Tours
Find and book our
Victorias most popular sights, tours, and attractions.
Booking ahead with Viator means you wont miss out on popular tours and
Check out some of the listings for
All Nature & Wildlife in Melbourne (including Great Ocean Road, Phillip
Island, and Grampians National Park).
Many tours to nearby popular destinations start from
taking you to places including Ballarat, Bendigo, Echuca, Grampians, Great Ocean
Road, Mount Buller, Mornington Peninsula, Phillip Island, Yarra Valley, etc.
There are tours that let you experience some of Victorias popular activities
and pastimes including cruises, shopping, sport, food and wineries and much
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Great Otway National Park Other Links
Otway National Park
Range of activities and things to do
from visiting the many waterfalls, Lake Elizabeth, trails, horse riding, dog
walking and mountain biking, fishing, game hunting, picnic and camping. See the
website for more information on all the activities, including special needs
Aerial view of Cape Otway and the Lightstation.