Maits Rest Rainforest Walk (Great Otway National Park)

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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.

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Maits Rest Rainforest Walk (Great Otway National Park)

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Maits Rest Rainforest Walk (Great Otway National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed

Restrictions

  • No fires permitted
  • No motorised vehicles, including electric bikes or scooters allowed on management vehicle only paths, tracks or roads
  • No dogs allowed
  • No camping
  • No bicycles
  • No horses
  • No vehicles
  • No firearms allowed
  • No generators

Warnings

  • Water hazards
    • Flash flooding
  • Terrain hazards
    • Uneven ground
    • Slippery surface
    • Slippery rocks
  • 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.

Delayneys Track Closed

Delayneys Track is closed until further notice.

Erskine Falls Lower Lookout Closed

Erskine Falls lower lookout is closed until further notice. Access to the base of the waterfall is no longer open due to unsafe conditions. Erskine Falls can be viewed from the top lookout which looks across to the top of the falls. Straw Falls is also inaccessible from the Erskine Falls carpark due to this closure. Erskine Falls walking track is still open from the Lorne township up to the base of Erskine Falls. 

Seasonal road closures 2023

Seasonal road closures apply to areas within and tracks bordering this park from 15 June 2023. See MapshareVic for locations of the closures. Visit the seasonal road closures page for more information.

Sharps Campground Permanently Closed

Due to environmental and safety risks, Sharps campground will be permanently closed from Thursday 22nd December 2022.

For more information please see attached fact sheet.

Cora Lynn Campground Closed

Due to environmental and safety risks, Cora Lynn campground is permanently closed. 

Aire River East campground will be closed due to wet conditions until October 31 2023.

Aire River East campground will be closed due to wet conditions until October 31 2023. Camping is available at the Aire West Campground.

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 - Large bus access

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

Lifejackets Required For Rock Fishers from March 1, 2022

A two-year trial of new laws that require rock fishers to wear a lifejacket at high-risk locations will commence on 1 March 2022.
 
For Great Otway National Park this includes:
  • Artillery Rocks, west of Lorne
  • The rock platform opposite Sheoak Falls, south of Lorne

This factsheet includes maps of the affected areas.
 
Fines apply if you don’t wear a lifejacket at these sites.
 
To find out more, visit Victorian Fisheries Authority 

Great Ocean Walk - walking event

  • A permitted walking event from Cape Otway in the Great Otway National Park to the Twelve Apostles in the Port Campbell National park will be taking place on the Great Ocean Walk on Saturday 28 & Sunday the 29 October 2023.
  • The group of approximately 100 walkers will be walking in small groups of 10 starting from around 9am at the Cape Otway Light station.
  • The group has booked and is staying overnight at the Johanna beach campground, on Saturday 28 October.
  • No Great Ocean Walk campgrounds are being used, including at the Johanna Great Ocean Walk camp site.
  • The group will be shuttled from Johanna Beach to Moonlight Head to finish their walk on Sunday concluding at the Twelve Apostles in the Port Campbell National Park approximately 3pm.
  • The event is weather dependant.
  • For more information or concerns please call 131963.




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