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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.


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Captains At The Bay AU$120
Captains At The Bay

Captains At The Bay

21 Pascoe Street, Apollo Bay, VIC
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this luxury motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Great Ocean Road Waterfront and Apollo Bay Harbour. Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre and Apollo Bay Coastal Reserve are also within 5 minutes.

    Nickelgrae Sands Apollo Bay
    Nickelgrae Sands Apollo Bay

    Nickelgrae Sands Apollo Bay

    2/35 Thomson Street, Apollo Bay, VIC
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated by the ocean, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Ocean Road Waterfront and Apollo Bay Harbour. Apollo Bay Coastal Reserve and Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre are also within 10 minutes.

      Cypress Hill - Beautifully Designed, Views Overlooking Bass Strait
      Cypress Hill - Beautifully Designed, Views Overlooking Bass Strait

      Cypress Hill - Beautifully Designed, Views Overlooking Bass Strait

      497 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Apollo Bay holiday home is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Great Otway National Park and Marengo Nature Conservation Reserve. Shelly Beach and Elliot River - Addis Bay Coastal Reserve are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Hideaway Cottage Romantic Getaway Otway Viewspizza Oven
        Hideaway Cottage Romantic Getaway Otway Viewspizza Oven

        Hideaway Cottage Romantic Getaway Otway Viewspizza Oven

        645 Killala Road, Apollo Bay, VIC
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Apollo Bay, this cottage is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Barham Paradise Scenic Reserve and within 6 miles (10 km) of Apollo Bay Harbour and Great Ocean Road Waterfront. Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre and Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Motel Marengo AU$89
          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 Marengo Nature Conservation Reserve, Apollo Bay Harbour and Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary. Also nearby are Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre and Great Ocean Road Waterfront.

            Moo Cow Beach House - Stylish Modern Design With Uninterrupted Ocean Views
            Moo Cow Beach House - Stylish Modern Design With Uninterrupted Ocean Views

            Moo Cow Beach House - Stylish Modern Design With Uninterrupted Ocean Views

            371B Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Apollo Bay, this romantic holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Marengo Nature Conservation Reserve and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Apollo Bay Harbour. Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary and Great Otway National Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              Apollo Bay Seal Apartments AU$139
              Apollo Bay Seal Apartments

              Apollo Bay Seal Apartments

              3/15 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay, VIC
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Apollo Bay, this beach apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Apollo Bay Coastal Reserve and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Apollo Bay Harbour. Marengo Nature Conservation Reserve and Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary are also within 10 minutes.

                Beachcombers Coastal Retreat in Bush Setting Close to Apollo Bay
                Beachcombers Coastal Retreat in Bush Setting Close to Apollo Bay

                Beachcombers Coastal Retreat in Bush Setting Close to Apollo Bay

                23 Telford Street, Apollo Bay, VIC
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the ocean, this historic holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Marengo Nature Conservation Reserve and within 3 miles (5 km) of Apollo Bay Harbour and Great Otway National Park. Apollo Bay Coastal Reserve and Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary are also within 10 minutes.