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.

As beaches and coasts are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Great Otway National Park is a safe and enjoyable one.

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 is a one-way, long-distance walk extending just over 110km. This once-in-a-lifetime hike will take you eight days.

Great Otway National Park

Explore the different areas

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

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

    Canyon Walking Track Closure

    Due to a damaged pedestrian bridge, Canyon walking track will be temporarily closed until maintenance works can be undertaken. 

    Severe Weather Warning - Flood Watch - Otway Coast

    15 July 2024 - 17 July 2024 

    Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Winds and a Flood Watch  has been issued for the South West District and Otway Coast .

    This is highly likely to impact the entire  Great Ocean Walk area.

     For parts of the SOUTHWEST FACING SOUTHERN COASTS: DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are possible for parts of the coastal fringe extending from Port Campbell to Wilsons Promontory from late this afternoon (15 JUL).
      Do not camp under trees when windy.

    Initial Flood Watch for Otway Coast catchments.
     MINOR FLOODING WITH ISOLATED MODERATE FLOODING POSSIBLE FROM MONDAY EVENING.
     A low in the Tasman Sea will move towards Victoria and Tasmania over the next few days, with a series of troughs crossing southern parts on Monday and Tuesday. This will bring showers, tending to rain, across the flood watch area. 
     Widespread rainfall totals of 60 to 90 mm are possible into Tuesday across the Flood Watch area. 
     Catchments in the Flood Watch area are relatively wet. 
     River level rises and minor flooding may develop across the Flood Watch area from Monday evening. 

    Stay informed - monitor your local conditions and remain alert. 

    What you should do: 
     Decide what you and your hiking group will do if damaging winds and flooding impacts you. 
     Have an extraction plan in place including for emergency evacuation that is not reliant on mobile phone. 
     For information on how to prepare go to Flood Safety  
     Stay informed by listening to emergency broadcasters and monitoring warnings. 
     Monitor weather forecasts and river levels. Go to Victoria Weather Warnings 
     Floodwater is dangerous - never drive, walk or ride through floodwater. 
    Impacts in your area:  
     Areas around rivers and streams may be flooded. 
     Local roads may be closed and low bridges may be underwater.
     Camp grounds, walking tracks and access roads may be flooded.rdi
    Report conditions including safety issues, trees down and track conditions to Parks Victoria on 131963 when safe to do so. 

    This message was issued by Parks Victoria via the State Emergency Service.


  • Great Otway National Park

    Big Hill Campground seasonal closure

    Big Hill Campground in Great Otway National Park will be closed over the winter season, from 1 July 2024 to 1 October 2024.

  • Other issues

    Sharps Campground permanently closed

    Permanently closed due to environmental and safety risks. 

  • Maits Rest Rainforest Walk (Great Otway National Park)

    Maits Rest Carpark- bus access

    Maits Rest Carpark is suitable for small coaster buses only. Large buses or coaches are advised to use Melba Gully walk track near Lavers Hill.

  • Melba Gully Day Visitor Area

    Melba Gully - Large bus access

    Melba Gully Walk Track and picnic area is accessible for large coaches. Toilet facilities are available on site

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