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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 land.

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 website.

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.

Hopetoun Falls, Otway Ranges, Victoria, Australia.
Hopetoun Falls

Check out our range of Otway accommodation and 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.

Information Centre

Parks Victoria Information Centre
Ph: 13 19 63

Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre


MSN Map of Otway National Park, Victoria, Australia
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Great Otway National Park Attractions

Great Ocean Walk
• Parks Victoria • Ph: 13 19 63
• The Great Ocean Walk, on Victoria’s 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 camping sites.

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.
Otway Walks
• 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 • Email
• 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.
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• Great Otway Pet-Friendly Destinations
• Great 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 Great 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 Coast Shire: Great Ocean Road Pet Friendly Guide (PDF) and
Dog Regulations on the Surf Coast (PDF).
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Great Otway Tours

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Find and book our Victoria’s most popular sights, tours, and attractions. Booking ahead with Viator means you won’t miss out on popular tours and attractions.

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 Melbourne, 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 Victoria’s popular activities and pastimes including cruises, shopping, sport, food and wineries and much more...
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12 Apostles Helicopters
• 9400 Great Ocean Rd, PORT CAMPBELL VIC 3269
• Ph: 03 5598 6161 • Mobile: 0418 523 561 • Fax: 03 5598 6080 • Email
• View the rugged splendour of the Shipwreck Coast and Port Campbell National Park.
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Aerial view of Cape Otway and the Lightstation - Victoria, Australia.
Aerial view of Cape Otway and the Lightstation.
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