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The Otways encompasses the lush rainforest of the Otway Ranges, Cape Otway and the Great Otway National Park, quiet hamlets, as well as spectacular coastline that stretches between Lorne and Apollo Bay forming part of the Great Ocean Road.

The Otway Ranges is criss-crossed with steams and rivers with spectacular cascades and waterfalls. It is also home of the famous Otway Fly Treetop Walk and home to the carnivorous snail.

Check out our range of Otway 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.

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Otways Region Attractions

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.
Glow Worms
On a dark night, sheltered beneath the thick rainforest canopy, you feel like you are surrounded by thousands of tiny stars. These star lights are ‘glow worms’, not actually worms but the larvae of fly-like insects called  ‘fungus gnats’. Two of the best spots to experience this night time phenomenon is at Maits Rest and Melba Gully in the Great Otway National Park.
Great Ocean Walk • Parks Victoria
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 parks 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 Parks Victoria or by visiting any of the accredited visitor information centres along the Great Ocean Road route.
Melba Gully Boardwalk
Located in the west part of the Great Otway National Park, the Melba Gully Boardwalk takes you through the surviving remanent of the ancient Otways lush green rainforest, lush, filled with myrtle beeches, blackwoods, tree ferns and mosses. It is also well known for the ‘glow worms’, which are not really worms, but larvae of fly-like insects called ‘fungus gnats’.
Old Beechy Rail TrailRailtrails Australia
Covering some 45 km, this trail follows much of the original path of the narrow gauge railway ‘The Beechy’, which ran from 1902 until 1962. The trail is open between Colac and Beech Forest, albeit with several on-road diversions. Suitable for mountain bikes and walkers, some sections of the trail is suitable for beginners and families, whilst some parts are only suitable for intermediate to advanced riders.

The trail could only be established with the good will of local landowners who have allowed the trail to pass through their properties in several sections - so please respect private property and adhere to the Code of Conduct.

You can purchase the guide books, become a member or make a donation to support the works of Railtrails Australia, Inc. Check their website for more information.
Otway FlyTree Top Walk
• Ph: 03 5235 9200 • Freecall: 1800 300 477 • Email
A fantastic 600 metre walkway that takes you 47 metres high, elevated up in the treetops, winding through the temperate rainforest of the beautiful Otways. There is the lookout, which is ascended via a spiral walkway through the understorey, emerging amongst the top of the giants of the forest.
Otway Harvest Trail
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The Otway Harvest Trail is a celebration of the seasons that bestow their rich bounty on a luscious part of Victoria. We believe that the unique combination of aspect, soils, climate and farming practices of the Otway hinterland produce distinctive and exceptional flavours in our produce that cannot be found anywhere else. We invite you to discover this for yourself.
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Otways Region 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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