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.
Lake Elizabeth Lake Elizabeth was formed by a landslide in 1952 after heavy rainfall. It is also home to one of Australia’s most unusual animals, the platypus. From the carpark on Kaanglang Rd, you can walk to the lake, which is just over 1km one way, 2km return. It is quite steep. It can be … Read more
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 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
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 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
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 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
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, 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
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
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The Otway Ranges Victoria