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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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Lodging Near Great Otway National Park

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Lalor Lodge Guesthouse

Lalor Lodge Guesthouse

420 Great Ocean Road,, APOLLO BAY
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Apollo Bay, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Great Otway National Park, Apollo Bay Harbour, and Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre. Old Cable Station Museum and Marriners Lookout are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$96
Beachcomber Motel And Apartments Apollo Bay

Beachcomber Motel And Apartments Apollo Bay

15 Diana Street, Apollo Bay
4.4
of 5, from 322 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this 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).

$117
Motel Marengo

Motel Marengo

26-28 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay
4.4
of 5, from 212 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This motel is located in Apollo Bay (Marengo), close to the beach, Apollo Bay Harbour, Great Otway National Park, and Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre. Local attractions also include Marriners Lookout and Old Cable Station Museum.

$114
Coastal Motel

Coastal Motel

171 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay
4.4
of 5, from 472 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) 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).

$100
Marengo Holiday Park

Marengo Holiday Park

Off Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay
4.5
of 5, from 51 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Marengo campground is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Apollo Bay Harbour and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Great Otway National Park. Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.

Apollo Bay Cottages

Apollo Bay Cottages

2 Telford Street, Apollo Bay
4.7
of 5, from 73 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Marengo cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Apollo Bay Harbour, Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre, and Great Otway National Park.

$104
A Great Ocean View Motel

A Great Ocean View Motel

1 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay
4.0
of 5, from 263 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

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

$178
The Dolphin Apartments

The Dolphin Apartments

2 Thomson Street, Apollo Bay
4.8
of 5, from 406 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this luxury apartment is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Apollo Bay Harbour and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Marriners Lookout. Great Otway National Park and Maits Rest Rainforest Walk are also within 12 mi (20 km).