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Great Otway National Park

Marvel at the natural beauty of this Cape Otway reserve as you camp in dense rainforest, walk atop coastal cliffs or bike down trails flanked by ferns and waterfalls.

The Great Otway National Park is a fertile coastal reserve that includes a range of natural landscapes. Hike or bike through lush rainforests and bushland to find romantic waterfalls, striking lookouts and campsites lit up by glow worms.

Bushwalkers come to the park to make the most of the huge network of trails suitable for all fitness levels. Stroll the Maits Rest boardwalk, an easy trail that passes over lush rainforest gullies and alongside moss-covered trees. The Otway Fly treetop walk offers the opportunity to see the forest from above. Take an exhilarating ride along its zip line section.

Walk through a forest of sheoak trees to reach The Gables, a lookout with commanding views of Moonlight Head and the surrounding oceans. Look for humpback whales migrating from June to September.

Hike to Phantom Falls, where water streams 15 metres (50 feet) down into the St. George's river. Triplet Falls is another impressive Otway cascade, featuring three streams snaking through a forest of myrtle beeches.

For a challenging and unforgettable experience, conquer the Great Ocean Walk. This 104-kilometre (65-mile) trail stretches through Cape Otway, between Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles near Princetown.

Go to the Grey River area or Melba Gully and delight in a host of glow worms, casting their biological lights on the surrounding blackwoods and tree ferns. Camp near peaceful Lake Elizabeth or set up your tent in Blanket Bay, which features wind-weathered rock landscapes. Bookings are necessary for most campsites.

Specified mountain bike trails also crisscross the park. Zip along the Old Beechy Rail Trail, a 45-kilometre (28-mile) pathway that is suited to beginners and advanced riders alike.

Be sure to stop by the Cape Otway Lightstation during your visit. This colonial tower was the first sight of land for many early immigrants after leaving Europe. It is open daily for visitors.

Great Otway National Park is 3-hour's drive southwest of Melbourne, along the Great Ocean Road.

Popular Activities at Great Otway National Park

There are so many fun ways to get the most out of Great Otway National Park. Here's a list of some of the top ones:

Check out our Apollo Bay things to do page to learn about many more activities while you're here.


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The Apollo Apartments

The Apollo Apartments

169 Great Ocean Rd., Apollo Bay, VIC
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Ocean Road Waterfront and Apollo Bay Harbour. Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre and Old Cable Station Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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    Best Western Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments

    Best Western Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments

    2 Moore Street, Apollo Bay, VIC
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Apollo Bay, this golf motel is within a 15-minute walk of Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre and Apollo Bay Harbour. Old Cable Station Museum and Marriners Lookout are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Coastal Motel AU$89
      Coastal Motel

      Coastal Motel

      171 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the ocean, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Ocean Road Waterfront and Apollo Bay Harbour. Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre and Old Cable Station Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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        Apollo Bay Waterfront Motor Inn

        Apollo Bay Waterfront Motor Inn

        173 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Ocean Road Waterfront and Apollo Bay Harbour. Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre and Old Cable Station Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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          Motel Marengo

          Motel Marengo

          26-28 Great Ocean Road, Marengo, Apollo Bay, VIC
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach in Apollo Bay, this motel is close to Apollo Bay Harbour, Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre and Great Ocean Road Waterfront. Local attractions also include Great Otway National Park and Marriners Lookout.

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            Seaview Motel and Apartments

            Seaview Motel and Apartments

            6 Thomson Street, Apollo Bay, VIC
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Ocean Road Waterfront and Apollo Bay Harbour. Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre and Old Cable Station Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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              Sandpiper Motel Apollo Bay

              Sandpiper Motel Apollo Bay

              3 Murray Street, Apollo Bay, VIC
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Ocean Road Waterfront and Apollo Bay Harbour. Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre and Old Cable Station Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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                Marengo Holiday Park

                Marengo Holiday Park

                Off Great Ocean Road, Marengo Crescent, Apollo Bay, VIC
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Offering direct access to the beach, this Apollo Bay campground is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Apollo Bay Harbour and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Great Otway National Park. Great Ocean Road Waterfront and Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km).