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Vacation -The Otways Vic.

Updated on December 3, 2009

Vacation The Otways.

The Otways Mountain Range comes right close to the coast in places along the Great Ocean Road and as a vacation spot it has a lot to offer by any standard!

World class surfing, beach walking or bumming, forest walks, guided walks along the ragged cliffs of the coast, lazing in your rented holiday house or luxury apartment near or even overlooking the beach, looking at the amazing array of animal and plant species, admiring beautiful natural hardwood forests and more.This is a relaxing

Quaint seaside towns, often with great Australian pubs where the whole family can eat and have a cold beer watching the waves roll in, all in one location with the Great Otways National Park just a short drive or from some points walk inland..

The Otways are a very desirable vacation spot for those who love natural beauty and for those of us who just want the lot in one place!

The Otway Ranges

The Otway mountain range and Great Otway National Park are situated inland from Lorne and Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road.

Australian native forests are in abundance through this region with natural bushlands, waterfalls and tree-ferns throughout the gullies.

The Great Otway National Park is really 4 parks combined that has been joined to form one huge National park.

The park runs right down to the beaches and along the coast it can be accessed from several towns from the Great Ocean Road, such as Apollo Bay.

A waterfall in the Otways.
A waterfall in the Otways.

Many picnic and camping places of great beauty are situated throughout the national park.

Picnicking is available at:

Melba Gully.

Like to walk in the rainforest? There is a great half hour nature walk and you see glow worms or sit next to the waterfalls.

Blanket Bay.

.....with it's sheltered camp sites close to the beach and barbecues.

Wye River.

....near the town of Wye River there is a 12 site camp that is very convenient, and many others are located in the park area.

Amazing flora and fauna, spectacular surfing beaches, including the world famous Bell's Beach, beautiful fresh water streams creeks and rivers.

Bird watching, whale and dolphin watching, cool old growth forests and vacation towns all in the one location. That sums up this area.

Try the Otway Fly walk if you have the courage.
Try the Otway Fly walk if you have the courage.
Tower on the Sky walk in the Otways
Tower on the Sky walk in the Otways

Tree Top walk in the Otways old growth forest.

The worlds highest and longest tree top walk is located on the edge of the National Park in the old growth forests.

A Cafe is incorporated in the "fly" as it is known, and you can enjoy a gourmet meal with wine at the cafe.

The Otway Fly is a 600 metres or 1968 ft long and 25 metres or 82 ft elevated tree top walk through the tree tops of  rainforest Mountain Ash, backwood and myrtle.

If heights are no problem at all, there is also a  45 metre  (147 ft.)  high  spiral stairway that emerges amongst the tops of the giants trees.

Koala in the Otways.

Beech Forest.

Beech Forest a small town is the administrive centre of the Otways. It is located just 120 miles (193 km) south west of Melbourne.

Settled around 1880 it gets its name from the many Beech trees in the area.

For many years a timber producing area , there has been up to 29 timber mills operating at the same time, nowadays the timber industry is maintained with Pine plantation and there is a large Potato growing industry.

Cliff Young who won the Australian Sydney to Melbourne marathon at the age of 61 lived on a potato farm in the Beech Forest area.

Erskine Falls, just a short drive from Lorne on the Great Ocean Road.
Erskine Falls, just a short drive from Lorne on the Great Ocean Road.

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is the southern boundry of the Otways. Here you will see vast expanses of ocean and spectacular coastal views.

Apart from the great ocean views on the Great Ocean Road , there are many inland places to visit just one example is the beautiful Erskine falls about 10 km inland from Lorne a small town situated on the ocean.

For more information on the sights to see on the the Great Ocean Road please visit our other Hub :

Stevenson's Falls one of the many waterfalls in the Otways.
Stevenson's Falls one of the many waterfalls in the Otways.

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