How to spend a day in Forrest
Sometimes you just need a quick getaway. Maybe you've only got time to stay one night... Here's what we recommend you include in your one night escape....
2.00pm: Self check-in to your suite. Grab a snack. Put on your walking shoes.
2:30pm Drive to Stevenson's Falls car park (15 mins one way). Spend the next 30-45 mins completing the easy return walk to the beautiful falls.
4.00pm: Head to the Forrest Brewery to meet your guide for your pre-booked Platypus tour. Your guide will take you in convoy to Lake Elizabeth, then lead you on the hike to the lake. This walk is beautiful but has some steep sections. The tour is then conducted using kayaks on the lake and goes until dusk. After a hot drink lakeside, your guide will provide you with a torch and you can commence the walk back to the car, stopping off to check out glow worms on the way. (Tours are available at dawn and dusk and times change with the seasons.)
Dinner: Book yourself a table at the onsite restaurant Dar Tèta run by Ely. Ely creates authentic middle eastern dishes cooked with love. Treat your tastebuds!
Or fill your belly with a delicious meal from the Forrest Brewery Company. Lots of local produce, like Otway Pasta or seafood from the Great Ocean Road, can be found on the menu. Meals are generous, and there is a broad drinks list including ciders, wines and beer. For beer lovers, a tasting paddle is a great way to sample all the beers produced in the onsite microbrewery.
Have yourself a hearty breakfast in your suite or head over to Forrest General Store for a coffee and a toastie.
Head out to the mountain bike trails with your bike and enjoy some cross country mtb. Take in Grasstrees and Marriners at Yaugher or ascend Baridjaru to take you up the hill near Lake Elizabeth and ride the most fun descending trail in the area - Red Carpet.
Once you check out of your suite, the fun doesn't have to end there...
Lose yourself in the 5 rooms of treasures that are tucked away in Forrest's own vintage and antique shop.
Lunch: Head to the Forrest General Store. Ash and Em are always producing delicious food like home made pies, slices or gourmet sandwiches. The pies with homemade chutney go down a treat! You can always buy some local produce such as jams, brownies, pasta, gifts, plus local wine and spirits to take home with you.
When it's time to head off home, why not look up other businesses on the Otway Harvest Trail to visit on your way home?