Holidays in Great Otway National Park

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Great Otway National Park featuring rainforest

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.

1779 Cheap Hotels Near Great Otway National Park

The Dolphin Apartments
The Dolphin Apartments
4.5 out of 5
2 Thomson Street, Apollo Bay, VIC
The price is AU$290 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Situated by the ocean, this luxury apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Apollo Bay Harbour, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Great Otway National Park and Maits ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (532 reviews)
Perfect for a family with toddler
"Comfortable stay with a clean and fully equipped kitchen. Michael and emily were super helpful"

Reviewed on 26 May 2021

The Dolphin Apartments
Cypress Hill - beautifully designed, views overlooking Bass Strait
Cypress Hill - beautifully designed, views overlooking Bass Strait
497 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC
This family-friendly Apollo Bay holiday home is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Marengo Nature Conservation Reserve and Great Otway National Park. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (33 reviews)
Great getaway
"Enjoyed the house immensely. Would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on 21 Aug. 2021

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Cypress Hill - beautifully designed, views overlooking Bass Strait
Pomona - *New Listing 2020*
Pomona - *New Listing 2020*
303 Barham River Road, Apollo Bay, VIC
This family-friendly Apollo Bay holiday home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Barham Paradise Scenic Reserve, Great Ocean Road Waterfront and Great Ocean Road Visitor ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
A perfect family getaway
"This place is amazing. A beautiful cozy home topped with beautiful views and surrounding. Will definitely take the family back here again"

Reviewed on 2 Jan. 2021

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Pomona - *New Listing 2020*
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Apollo Bay Eco YHA - Hostel
Apollo Bay Eco YHA - Hostel
2 out of 5
5 Pascoe Street, Apollo Bay, VIC
The price is AU$99 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
Apollo Bay Eco YHA - Hostel
Cypress Hill - beautifully designed, views overlooking Bass Strait
Cypress Hill - beautifully designed, views overlooking Bass Strait
497 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC
Cypress Hill - beautifully designed, views overlooking Bass Strait
The Dolphin Apartments
The Dolphin Apartments
4.5 out of 5
2 Thomson Street, Apollo Bay, VIC
The price is AU$290 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
The Dolphin Apartments
Pomona - *New Listing 2020*
Pomona - *New Listing 2020*
303 Barham River Road, Apollo Bay, VIC
Pomona - *New Listing 2020*
A Great Ocean View Motel
A Great Ocean View Motel
3 out of 5
1 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC
The price is AU$110 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
A Great Ocean View Motel
A Little Touch Of Paradise- Stunning Otway Setting
A Little Touch Of Paradise- Stunning Otway Setting
602 Barham River Road, Apollo Bay, Apollo Bay, VIC
A Little Touch Of Paradise- Stunning Otway Setting
Motel Marengo
Motel Marengo
3.5 out of 5
26-28 Great Ocean Road, Marengo, Marengo, VIC
The price is AU$99 per night from 24 Sep. to 24 Sep.
Motel Marengo
Best Western Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments
Best Western Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments
4 out of 5
2 Moore Street, Apollo Bay, VIC
The price is AU$109 per night from 24 Sep. to 24 Sep.
Best Western Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments
BUENA VISTA MARENGO  - beachside retreat
BUENA VISTA MARENGO - beachside retreat
13 Ferrier Drive, Marengo, VIC
BUENA VISTA MARENGO - beachside retreat
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