Bushwalking

The Otway Ranges provide a wealth of walking trails and hikes, catering to a range of abilities.

As we get acquainted with trails, we will share our experiences and recommendations here.

Within 20 mins of Forrest

Lake Elizabeth

By Michelle Davidson | August 11, 2020

Lake Elizabeth Lake Elizabeth was formed by a landslide in 1952 after heavy rainfall which effectively created a dam. It is also home to one of Australia’s most unusual animals, the platypus. To watch an interview with one of the people who discovered the new lake, check out our interview with John Hoult.  From the … Read more

Fern Gully Walk Forrest

Fern Gully Walk

By Michelle Davidson | June 26, 2020

Fern Gully Walk Fern Gully Walk is a gentle but stunning walk on a well-maintained trail through – you guessed it –  a fern gully. 🙂 The walk starts a little way down the road heading into the West Barwon Reservoir. Look out for a sign “Fern Gully Walk” on the right, directing you to … Read more

Sabine Falls

By Michelle Davidson | June 24, 2020

Sabine Falls A 20 min drive from the Forrest Guesthouse will have you at the Sabine Falls picnic ground. From there, it’s a 6km return walk. At a fairly fast pace for a fit person, it can be completed in about 1:15 but if you’re likely to be tentative going down slippery steps, or need … Read more

Stevenson’s Falls

By Michelle Davidson | October 18, 2019

Stevenson’s Falls Rain or shine, visiting Stevenson’s Falls is a great walk. In summer, enjoy the cool of the shade as you walk and watch a smaller flow over the falls. Take off your shoes and dip your feet in the river to cool off. In the cooler months, take a raincoat and witness the … Read more

Bushwalking near Beech Forest

Triplet Falls

By Michelle Davidson | June 13, 2020

Triplet Falls Triplet Falls is a set of cascades, tucked away in lush rainforest near Beech Forest. The walk is 2.6km return and follows a loop. It can be completed in around 1 hour. We completed it with a 5yo and 9 yo in 1 hour 15 mins, including stops for photos. You start out … Read more

Beauchamp Falls

Beauchamp Falls

By Michelle Davidson | March 3, 2020

Beauchamp Falls Beauchamp Falls are located 37.5km from Forrest in Beech Forest. It takes just under an hour but it’s a gorgeous drive. Turtons Track is very windy and restricted to 40kmph due to the lack of vision around corners and the road is not wide. If you get travel sick, you will need to … Read more

Beech Forest Day Trip

By Michelle Davidson | January 29, 2020

Beech Forest Day Trip Beech Forest is a region located just an under an hour from the Forrest township. We suggest a day trip which combines a visit to Beauchamp Falls in the morning, a picnic at the Californian Redwoods, followed by Hopetoun Falls in the afternoon. Each waterfall would take approximately 1 hour return … Read more

Californian Redwoods

Californian Redwoods

By Michelle Davidson | January 6, 2020

Californian Redwoods Picnic Ground Planted in 1939, the Californian Redwoods (Sequoia Sempervirens) are a spectacular sight to behold. The sheer height of the canopy above is breathtaking, and in the late afternoon on a sunny day, the light playing through trees is captivating. The drive takes around one hour and is particularly windy. For those … Read more

Hopetoun Falls

Hopetoun Falls

By Michelle Davidson | January 4, 2020

Hopetoun Falls, Beech Forest The gorgeous Hopetoun Falls are located 21km from Forrest in Beech Forrest. It takes just under an hour but it’s a beautiful drive. Turtons Track is very windy and restricted to 40km due to the lack of vision around corners and the road is not wide. If you get travel sick, … Read more

Bushwalking near Lorne

Phantom Falls

Phantom Falls Phantom Falls is located inland from Lorne, and it takes approximately 45 mins to drive there from Forrest Guesthouse. The drive is a combination of sealed and unsealed roads. Walking with kids? Please note the “moving time” shown in the gallery photos was a single person who has a strong level of fitness. … Read more

Lower Kalimna Falls

Lower Kalimna Falls Lower Kalimna Falls is located close to Lorne, about a 45min drive from Forrest Guesthouse. The falls are unique as the water falls over a large cave into a pool below. Even better is that you can walk around behind the falls themselves for a very different angle than most falls allow! … Read more

Erskine Falls

Erskine Falls Erskine Falls is located close to Lorne, about a 40min drive from Forrest Guesthouse. The falls are one of the most visited falls in the Otways due to the close proximity to Lorne. Although the walk is often busy with walkers, they are a beautiful set which can be viewed from above after … Read more

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