Forrest, Otways and Great Ocean Road attractions

Forrest has great options to keep you and your family entertained from a half day to multiple day stay. For a small town the foodie options are fantastic and for those looking for adventure, bush walking, mountain biking and horse riding are just the start.

plan a day trip

A day gives you a lot of options in Forrest. You have four food options, Platypi Chocolate, Forrest Brewing Co, Forrest General Store and the Terminus Hotel.

After a pleasant meal and refreshments, you can take a walk or ride on the 62Km plus of MTB/walking trails which surround the town. Bring your bike or hire one from Forrest Hire Bikes. The kids can take on the MTB Skills Park opposite Platypi Chocolate or walk to the caravan park.

Drive or walk to the West Barwon Reservoir and wander along the top of the dam or have a BBQ at the carpark facilities. Walk a loop of the town on the Forrest History Walk or visit the Bric a Brac store on Station Street. Take a short drive to Lake Elizabeth or Stevensons Falls to enjoy Otway sights, scents and sounds.

more time to spend

A day just isn’t enough in the Otways. Add in waterfall walks, beach trips, ropes courses, backroads drives and bush camping and you’ll look forward to a great holiday.

Sixty-two kilometres of MTB trails and endless scenic gravel grinds means you can ride all day on tracks graded from beginner to experienced. Within an hour’s drive you can abseil, take a treetop walk, ride a Zorb Ball and engage you friends in a paintball battle.

Ever seen a platypus? Otway EcoTours can take you for a paddle on Lake Elizabeth around dawn or dusk to spot the elusive, but amazing creatures.

The coastal surf beaches of Apollo Bay, Lorne, Cumberland, Wye River and Kennett River are in easy reach, all with scenic drive options. There are many waterfall options and the stand of American Redwoods near Beech Forest is a must see.

The Otway Harvest Trail can guide you to many local producers growing and making products from wine to black garlic. There are hatted restaurants and many fine eateries wineries, breweries and berry farms.