Great Otway National Park

Great Otway National Park

Great Otway National Park

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Great Otway National Park

Great Otway National Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

 

Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay, along the world-famous Great Ocean Road and up through the Otways hinterland. Discover windswept coastlines and breathtaking waterfalls in tall mountain forests, walk the iconic Great Ocean Walk, immerse yourself in the Otway Lightstation's history, or surf some of the best breaks in Australia. Enjoy the great outdoors and explore the wonders of the Great Otway National Park.

See the stunning coast between Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles by foot on the Great Ocean Walk, where nature unfolds at every step. Do the whole walk in eight days or tackle it in sections on weekends away. Immerse yourself in nature by walking the Surf Coast Walk over 44km from Torquay to Aireys Inlet.

Or drive the iconic Great Ocean Road. Built by soldiers recently returned from World War 1, it is the world’s longest war memorial.

Take a tour and discover the colourful maritime history of the Cape Otway Lightstation. Climb to the top of the historic lighthouse for dramatic views of the so-called Shipwreck Coast.

Surf the thunderous beach breaks off Johanna Beach and discover the fascinating underwater mini-ecosystems of rockpools in the Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary at Aireys Inlet or the sandy shores and rock platforms along the Great Ocean Road.

Ride through tall eucalypt forests, dry heathy scrub and dense fern gullies along the Forrest Mountain Bike Trails in the nearby Otway Forest Park, or simply relax among the eucalyptus trees and have a picnic at the Sheoak Picnic ground near Lorne.

Traverse fern-laden valleys to discover picture-perfect waterfalls such as Erskine Falls, Sheoak Falls, Triplet Falls, Hopetoun Falls and Kalimna Falls.

Walk through the mossy forest of Melba Gully and witness the unique night-time spectacle of glow worms.

Visit Maits Rest to discover gorgeous fern gullies or the giant beech trees – some of which are up to 300 years old and walk among the towering Californian Redwoods hidden in the Otway Ranges.

For longer stays, there are excellent camping opportunities whether you are looking for a family-friendly place to park your caravan or a solitary night under the stars.

Three friends canoe through Lake Elizabeth infront of a back drop of ferns and old growth forest.

Forrest

The Forrest section of Great Otway National Park, along with Otway Forest Park, encompasses a stunning landscape including undulating plains and plateaus of the hinterlands and magnificent Mountain Ash forests.

A woman with a large hiking pack takes in the view from Blanket Bay Campground.

Great Ocean Walk

The Great Ocean Walk extends just over 100km between Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles near Princetown. The spectacular walk weaves its way through tall forests, coastal heathlands, wild rocky shores, river estuaries and windswept cliff-tops presenting amazing views.

Great Otway National Park

Explore the different areas

Explore all of the different areas within the Great Otway National Park.

Camping & accommodation

Great Otway National Park and Otway Forest Park offers excellent camping opportunities whether you are looking for a family-friendly place to park your caravan or a solitary night under the stars.
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Need to know

Great Otway National Park

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Wreck Beach track and Moonlight Head Roadworks, Great Otway National Park

    The Wreck Beach track and moonlight Head road will be closed temporarily for grading works from Wednesday the 11th to Friday 13th of December 2019.
    If access is required please contact Ruby from Lincroads on 0437 194 282

    Great Ocean Walk hike-in campsite rainwater tank levels

    There is untreated rainwater currently available in tanks at each of the GOW hike in campsites at the following levels:
     
    Elliot hike-in campsite – shelter tank is 50%, toilet tank is 100% full
    Blanket Bay hike-in campsite – shelter tank is 80%, walkers can also utilise water from the vehicle based campground tap.
    Cape Otway hike-in campsite – shelter tank is 85%, toilet tank is 80% full.
    Aire River hike-in campsite – shelter tank is 80%, walkers can utilise water from the vehicle based campground tap.
    Johanna hike-in campsite – shelter tank is 100%, toilet tank is 100% full.
    Ryans Den hike-in campsite – shelter tank is 100%, toilet tank is 60% full.
    Devils Kitchen hike-in campsite – shelter tank is 100%, toilet tank is 100% full.
     
    There is also untreated rainwater available at each of the Great Otway National Park car based campsites in the West Otways.
     
    Hikers need to take care only to use what they need and to be mindful of others requiring water. It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure they are carrying enough rainwater for themselves. Parks Victoria do not guarantee rainwater will be available at each site. If in doubt, recommend that hikers either carry what they need, do a water drop prior to commencing their walk, or organise an LTO to conduct a water drop for them.

    Untreated rainwater at Great Ocean Walk hike-in campsites

    There is currently untreated rainwater available in water tanks at each of the Great Ocean Walk hike-in campsites, with all rainwater tank levels being above 50% full. Hikers need to take care only to use what they need and to be mindful of others requiring water. It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure they are carrying enough rainwater for themselves. Parks Victoria do not guarantee rainwater will be available at each site.

  • Great Otway National Park

    Kennett-Wye Jeep Track and Bird Track closed

    Kennett-Wye Jeep Track and Bird Track will be closed until 30 June 2020 due to a landslip undermining the road.

    Wye River Campground closed

    Wye River Road Camping Area is closed until further notice due to dangerous trees

    Upper Kalimna track closed

    The Upper Kalimna Falls walking track is closed until further notice due to damage to the boardwalk and lookout. The Lower Kalimna Falls are still accessible from Sheoak Picnic Area via Kalimna Walking Track and from Garvey Track via Kalimna Link Track.

    Electrical infrastructure removal works on Alcoa Powerline Track.

    Contractors will be removing high voltage towers on Alcoa Powerline Track. Traffic management will be in place from 11th-13th December to ensure this work is undertaken safely. There will not be any road closures but may be some disruption to recreational vehicle movement over the three days.

  • Herberts (Wymbooliel) Campground (Great Otway National Park)

    Herbert's Campground closed

    Herbert’s Campground is closed until further notice due to hazardous trees.

  • Melba Gully Day Visitor Area (Great Otway National Park)

    Melba Gully Walk Track- Temporary closure of section of track

    Melba Gully Walk Track- the top section of the track has been impacted by a fallen tree which has damaged the walk track.
    The walk track is open from the car park to Annes Cascade, the top section only is closed.

  • Aire River East Campground (Great Otway National Park)

    Campsites 10-18 closure

    Campsites 10 to 18 are currently closed due to flooding.

  • Aire River West Campground (Great Otway National Park)

    Campsites 17-40 closure

    Campsites 17 to 40 are currently closed due to flooding.

  • Urquhart Bluff Day Visitor Area (Great Otway National Park)

    Temporary Closure of Urquharts Bluff Toilet Block

    The Urquhart Bluff toilet block will be closed until further notice.  Other public toilet blocks located nearby include Anglesea river mouth carpark, Anglesea township and Point Roadknight.  

  • Erskine Falls Trailhead (Great Otway National Park)

    Erskine Falls access road and car park closed

    Erskine Falls access road and car park will be closed Wednesday 11 December from 7am - 10am for line marking works.

  • Jamieson Camping Area (Great Otway National Park)

    Jamieson Track campground temporary closure

    Jamieson Track campground is closed until Monday 2 March 2020 due to upgrade works.

Tours in the area

Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.


If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.


Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.

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