Maits Rest Rainforest Walk (Great Otway National Park)


Maits Rest Rainforest Walk (Great Otway National Park)

Immerse yourself in an ancient rainforest with giant Myrtle Beech trees towering over ancient tree ferns and a moss-covered forest floor. Spot the endemic carnivorous Otway Black Snail, look out for secretive long-nosed potoroos foraging in the leaf litter and at night hear the screeches of Yellow-bellied Gliders and owls.

How to get there

Maits Rest Rainforest Walk (Great Otway National Park)

Need to know

Maits Rest Rainforest Walk (Great Otway National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No vehicles
  • No swimming
  • No horses
  • No generators
  • No fires permitted
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • No firearms allowed
  • No camping
  • No bicycles


  • Water hazards
    • Flash flooding
  • Terrain hazards
    • Slippery rocks
    • Slippery surface
    • Uneven ground
  • Other warnings
    • Trees may fall take care
    • Vehicles

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

Maits Rest refurbishment

Maits Rest will be closed from Monday 8 July until May 2020 to undergo refurbishment of the full 800m loop trail. Find out more about the Maits Rest refurbishment. Melba Gully is the perfect alternate location to visit during the Maits Rest closure.

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.

Track closures 24 to 28 February 2020

Big Hill Track, Reedy Track, and Stony Track will be closed from 24 to 28 February for hazardous tree removal works.

Jamieson Campground closed

The Jamieson Campground, Jamieson Track and Godfrey Track, are closed until Easter 2020 to allow for site upgrades.  

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.

Herbert's Campground closed

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

Wye River Campground closed

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

Hammonds Road closure

Hammonds Road will be closed during daylight hours Monday to Friday between 24th February and 31st of March due to road re-surfacing works. Detours will be in place. Hammonds Campground will remain open and is accessible via the Bambra - Aireys Inlet Road.  

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