Point Franklin (Great Otway National Park)

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Point Franklin (Great Otway National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed

Restrictions

  • No camping
  • No firearms allowed
  • No dogs allowed
  • No bicycles
  • No fires permitted
  • No horses

Warnings

  • Terrain hazards
    • Unstable cliffs
    • Slippery rocks
  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes
  • Water hazards
    • Rough Surf
  • Other warnings
    • Unpatrolled area

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.

Aire River East campground Temporary closure

Aire River east campground is temporarily closed due to wet conditions making the area unsuitable for camping.

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. 

Blanket Bay - Bush Rats

Following the success of our fox and feral cat management programmes population numbers of Rattus fuscipes have grown again in the Blanket Bay campground area of the Great Otway National Park.  
 
The combination of less predators and conducive weather conditions has allowed a population to return that campers at Blanket Bay should be cautious of.
 
The Bush rat has some specific features that can help you distinguish it from similar rats.
·         It has pointed head and rounded ears.
·         Its tail is smaller than the rat's body.
·         Another key feature is their front teeth - they are chisel-shaped with hard yellow enamel.
 
These native rodents are known to scavenge on campers’ food, gnawing through tents to get to uncontained foodstuffs.
 
Native bush Rats are protected wildlife in the National Park and may form part of your camping  experience while camping at Blanket Bay. 

Attachments: Native vs Non-Native FS (779KB)

Great Ocean Walk - Wet and Muddy conditions

As a result of ongoing rain in the Great Otway National Park over autumn and through winter 2023, conditions of the track on  the day 1 and day 2 sections of the Great Ocean Walk are advised to be very wet and muddy. 

The Elliot Road section of walk is particularly unfavourable, and heavy conditions are anticipated to be ongoing until late Spring 2023.

South West District Weather forecast

Attachments: GOW May 2023 (540KB)

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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