A colony of shy platypus live in the timber-flanked lake. The quiet visitor may see them at at dusk or dawn foraging in the shallow waters. Bird enthusiasts may be treated to birdsong and sightings of Striated Fieldwrens, Rufous Bristlebirds, and Pink Robins. A number of excellent bird apps are useful guides to birdsong and recognition.
Streams and rivers throughout the park and provide great opportunities for fishing. Cast a line at the West Barwon Dam for your chance to catch trout and redfin or the East Barwon River for Brown Trout.
The tranquil Lake Elizabeth Campground is nestled beneath tall eucalypts on the bank of the east branch of the small Barwon River. This is a dogs-on-lead camping opportunity and it is separate to the Day Visitor Area. The lake is a 1km walk from the visitor area .
Beautiful picnic areas of the Great Otway National Park and Otway Forest Park include Lake Elizabeth, Dandos Campground, Birnham Station and Stevensons Falls Campground.
You can also explore and enjoy the natural environment of this part of the Otways on horseback, mountain bike, or in a four wheel drive vehicle.
The roads in the Wonga and Barongarook areas of the Otway Forest Park are ideal for horse riding as there are a number of wider, slashed roadsides.
Mountain bike riders of all levels are catered for by more than 60km of formed tracks and a 12km mountain bike loop linking the Forrest township with West Barwon Reservoir and Lake Elizabeth.
For driving enthusiasts, a range of formed tracks and roads provide four-wheel drive access throughout the parks. Seasonal track closures may apply.
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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.
Great Otway National Park
Kennett-Wye Jeep Track and Bird Track closedKennett-Wye Jeep Track and Bird Track will be closed until 30 June 2020 due to a landslip undermining the road.
Wye River Campground closedWye River Road Camping Area is closed until further notice due to dangerous trees
Upper Kalimna track closedThe 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.
Maits Rest Rainforest Walk (Great Otway National Park)
Maits Rest refurbishmentMaits Rest will be closed from Monday 8 July until November 2019 to undergo refurbishment of the full 800m loop trail. See FAQs about the Maits Rest refurbishment below. Melba Gully is the perfect alternate location to visit during the Maits Rest closure.
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Herberts (Wymbooliel) Campground (Great Otway National Park)
Herbert's Campground closedHerbert’s Campground is closed until further notice due to hazardous trees.
Jamieson Camping Area (Great Otway National Park)
Jamieson Campground closedThe Jamieson Campground, Jamieson Track and Godfrey Track, are closed until Easter 2020 to allow for site upgrades.