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Otway Events Happening Guide 2014
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There is always something to see or do in the Otway Country to Coast region. Take a leisurely drive through the magnificent forests and you'll find something super, natural around almost every corner. From spectacular scenery, local native flora and fauna, taste tempting dining experiences and unique attractions to secluded hideaways you may never want to leave.

However if you are looking for an excuse to visit the Otway Region then here is a list of events that just might tempt you to come back again and again.

The Otway Country to Coast Event calendar is the best place to find what's on in the Otway region, from arts festivals and music festivals, to exhibitions and local markets, fresh local produce and dining experience, to nature walks, or sports events. It's all happening in the Otways. New Otway Events added regularly.

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Street Art Exhibition Gellibrand River Gallery

AUGUST 2015 ~ Saturday 1 > Sunday 30 August

Street Art Exhibition Gellibrand River Gallery

10am - 4pm Weekends & Public Holidays

Join us at the Gellibrand River Gallery in August for this exciting exhibition of invited artists works. Stencil, Photography and Mixed Media works exploring the world of Street Art. Image shown here, by Deb Gartland.

Call 03 5235 8410 or email us for more information.

OCR FM - Open Mic

AUGUST 2015 ~ Saturday 8 August

OCR FM - Open Mic

OCR FM community radio station host an Open Mic afternoon at the Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery on the second Saturday of each month between 2 - 5pm. Entry to the event is $5 per person.
Performance is open to musicians and bands, dancers and spoken word such as poetry and clean comedy. There is a basic PA setup of DI and mic inputs provided, suitable for acoustic music. You will need to provide your own instruments if you want to perform. Performers can register their interest on arrival, or post any questions on the OCR FM Facebook page. Get your friends/family together and enjoy an afternoon of local entertainment. Children under 15 need to be accompanied by an adult guardian.
OCR FM - Phone 52 321 991 / 98.3 OCR FM Community Radio / 88.7FM Along the Coast

 

GASP (Glass Addicts Support Program) Exhibition

SEPTEMBER 2015 ~ Saturday 5 > Saturday 31 October

GASP (Glass Addicts Support Program) Exhibition

GASP is a social/philanthropic group of like-minded artists who come together regularly to share ideas and techniques, and to work collaboratively on philanthropic projects.

Exhibition open 10am - 4pm Weekends and Public Holidays.

Call 03 5235 8410 for more information.

A percentage of profits will be donated to 'Soldier On', a fund for helping homeless veterans.

 

Cocktail and Costume Party @ The Beech Hotel

SEPTEMBER 2015 ~ Saturday 5 September

Cocktail and Costume Party @ The Beech Hotel

Shake off the frost and spring into September at the Beechy for some fun.

Door Prize for the best costume!

Ask about our special deals for designated drivers and accommodation discounts.

Just $60 per person includes $70 value in cocktails and finger food. Call 03 5235 9220 for more information.

 

Give Dad a Tree-rific Father

SEPTEMBER 2015 ~ Sunday 6 September

Give Dad a Tree-rific Father's Day with Free* Treetop Walk Admission!

To help celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday 6 September, dads will receive FREE* entry to the Otway Fly Treetop Walk experience when accompanied by a paying guest. Simply download the voucher to treat dad to a special day out!

The longest and highest walk of its kind in the world, the Treetop Walk provides an unrivalled rainforest experience through the magnificent Otway Ranges. On presentation of the voucher, Dad is entitled to free Treetop Walk entry into Otway Fly Treetop Adventures on Saturday 5 September and Sunday 6 September, 2015 when accompanied by a full paying customer (adult or child). One free entry per person Not valid with any other discount offer or offer including discounted online tickets, third party vouchers, multi-attraction tickets or advanced bookings.

OCR FM - Open Mic

SEPTEMBER 2015 ~ Saturday 12 September

OCR FM - Open Mic

OCR FM community radio station host an Open Mic afternoon at the Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery on the second Saturday of each month between 2 - 5pm. Entry to the event is $5 per person.
Performance is open to musicians and bands, dancers and spoken word such as poetry and clean comedy. There is a basic PA setup of DI and mic inputs provided, suitable for acoustic music. You will need to provide your own instruments if you want to perform. Performers can register their interest on arrival, or post any questions on the OCR FM Facebook page. Get your friends/family together and enjoy an afternoon of local entertainment. Children under 15 need to be accompanied by an adult guardian.
OCR FM - Phone 52 321 991 / 98.3 OCR FM Community Radio / 88.7FM Along the Coast

 

Trivia Night @ the Beechy Hotel

SEPTEMBER 2015 ~ Saturday 12 September

Trivia Night @ the Beechy Hotel

Shake off the frost and spring into September at the Beechy for some fun.

Think you know your useless information better than the next person? Two hours of Trivia fun.
First prize - Dinner for 2 plus a bottle of wine. Everyone else - a great night out.

$10 per person includes fingure food. Drinks at happy hour prices.

Call 03 5235 9220 for more information.

 

 

Baby Boomers Duo @ the Beechy Hotel

SEPTEMBER 2015 ~ Saturday 26 September

Baby Boomers Duo @ the Beechy Hotel

Shake off the frost and spring into September at the Beechy for some fun.

Relive the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
Come along as you are or dress up in your favourite era clothes. Bop around in your flares a sing along to your favourite songs.

DOOR PRIZE FOR THE BEST OUTFIT.

Call  03 5235 9220 for more details.

 

The Hunt for the Golden Gumboot

OCTOBER 2015 ~ Thursday 1 > Sunday 4 October

The Hunt for the Golden Gumboot

HUNT FOR GOLDEN GUMBOOTS AND SOLVE THE TRAIL

QUIZ  GUMBOOT COLOURING COMPETITION 

OLD BEECHY RAIL TRAIL PHOTO COMPETITION

*** Free BBQ and great prizes to be won Sunday October 4th ***

WHERE: Two Locations to choose, On the Old Beechy Rail Trail from Kawarren to Gellibrand OR Gellibrand to Banool
HOW: Pick up a registration form and Map @ Gellibrand Store, 5235 8219 or download from here.
FOLLOW THE HUNT ON FACEBOOK: oldbeechygoldengumboot

Download Registration Form and Guidelines for Hunt

Download Registration Form and Guidlines for Photo Competition

Otway Country to Coast are proud to support the Hunt for the Golden Gumboot - This symbol indicates participating members.

 

Loretta Dawes ~ Live at The Beechy Hotel

OCTOBER 2015 ~ Friday 9 October

Loretta Dawes ~ Live at The Beechy Hotel

Loretta Dawes plays music from the 60s & 70s through to contemporary classics in her acoustic rock/folk style.  
Catch her live at The Beechy Hotel from 7:00pm onwards. Come for a meal or a drink and stay for the music. Call +61 (03) 5235 9220
 
OCR FM - Open Mic

OCTOBER 2015 ~ Saturday 10 October

OCR FM - Open Mic

OCR FM community radio station host an Open Mic afternoon at the Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery on the second Saturday of each month between 2 - 5pm. Entry to the event is $5 per person.
Performance is open to musicians and bands, dancers and spoken word such as poetry and clean comedy. There is a basic PA setup of DI and mic inputs provided, suitable for acoustic music. You will need to provide your own instruments if you want to perform. Performers can register their interest on arrival, or post any questions on the OCR FM Facebook page. Get your friends/family together and enjoy an afternoon of local entertainment. Children under 15 need to be accompanied by an adult guardian.
OCR FM - Phone 52 321 991 / 98.3 OCR FM Community Radio / 88.7FM Along the Coast

 

Loretta Dawes ~ Live at The Beechy Hotel

NOVEMBER 2015 ~ Friday 13 November

Loretta Dawes ~ Live at The Beechy Hotel

Loretta Dawes plays music from the 60s & 70s through to contemporary classics in her acoustic rock/folk style.  

Catch her live at The Beechy Hotel from 7:00pm onwards. Come for a meal or a drink and stay for the music. Call +61 (03) 5235 9220

 

OCR FM - Open Mic

NOVEMBER 2015 ~ Saturday 14 November

OCR FM - Open Mic

OCR FM community radio station host an Open Mic afternoon at the Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery on the second Saturday of each month between 2 - 5pm. Entry to the event is $5 per person.
Performance is open to musicians and bands, dancers and spoken word such as poetry and clean comedy. There is a basic PA setup of DI and mic inputs provided, suitable for acoustic music. You will need to provide your own instruments if you want to perform. Performers can register their interest on arrival, or post any questions on the OCR FM Facebook page. Get your friends/family together and enjoy an afternoon of local entertainment. Children under 15 need to be accompanied by an adult guardian.
OCR FM - Phone 52 321 991 / 98.3 OCR FM Community Radio / 88.7FM Along the Coast

 

Loretta Dawes ~ Live at The Beechy Hotel

DECEMBER 2015 ~ Friday 11 December

Loretta Dawes ~ Live at The Beechy Hotel

Loretta Dawes plays music from the 60s & 70s through to contemporary classics in her acoustic rock/folk style.  

Catch her live at The Beechy Hotel from 7:00pm onwards. Come for a meal or a drink and stay for the music. Call +61 (03) 5235 9220

OCR FM - Open Mic

DECEMBER 2015 ~ Saturday 12 December

OCR FM - Open Mic

OCR FM community radio station host an Open Mic afternoon at the Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery on the second Saturday of each month between 2 - 5pm. Entry to the event is $5 per person.
Performance is open to musicians and bands, dancers and spoken word such as poetry and clean comedy. There is a basic PA setup of DI and mic inputs provided, suitable for acoustic music. You will need to provide your own instruments if you want to perform. Performers can register their interest on arrival, or post any questions on the OCR FM Facebook page. Get your friends/family together and enjoy an afternoon of local entertainment. Children under 15 need to be accompanied by an adult guardian.
OCR FM - Phone 52 321 991 / 98.3 OCR FM Community Radio / 88.7FM Along the Coast

 

Apollo Bay Art Show

DECEMBER 2015 ~ Saturday 26 > Sunday 3 January

Apollo Bay Art Show

The Apollo Bay Art Show is an annual summer event to showcase the work of both local and regional artists. Set at the height of the tourist season, the show presents talented artists to the many people enjoying this coastal town. Profits from the show are used by Apollo Bay Arts Inc to support and encourage future shows and visual arts projects in the town.

Apollo Bay Community Centre (formally Senior Citizens Centre) 4 Whelan Street apollo Bay.

Apollo Bay Annual Fair

JANUARY 2016 ~ Wednesday 6 January

Apollo Bay Annual Fair

A great day in the bay - 10am to 2.30pm

The Annual Apollo Bay Fair will have something for everyone including variety of stalls from individuals and organisations including produce, local handmade goods, BBQ, Devonshire Tea, Car Boot Sale, Pet Show,Children's Coloring competition, Face painting, Raffles and much more Entry is free.

There is a small charge for the Children's Pet Show (prizes will be awarded) and free entry for the Children's coloring competition (prizes will also be awarded).

 

Birregurra Sunday Market in the Park

JANUARY 2016 ~ Sunday 10 January

Birregurra Sunday Market in the Park

9am - 2pm, on the 2nd Sunday of each month through until April, sample and stock up on the best local produce and handmade crafts from The Otways.....from the producer and maker to YOU.

Head to Birre for a great day out. Enjoy the sausage sizzle featuring locally-made snags under a lush green canopy of trees, pull up a hay bale and listen to some fantastic music and make sure you stay and treat yourself to lunch at one of our popular lunch destinations in the Birregurra township.

The market buzzes with a variety of stallholders featuring local food growers and producers including local wineries, organic vege growers and artisan bread makers through to olive oil producers and award winning preserves and vinegar producers. As well as food and wine, handcrafts are also a big feature with artisan woodworkers and sculptors, plant growers, and talented crafts people selling all sorts of wonderful products and gifts.

A day in the bay - Apollo Bay

JANUARY 2016 ~ Tuesday 26 January

A day in the bay - Apollo Bay

Held on Australia Day, Tuesday 26th January 2016, 

A Day in the Bay will be filled with fun & games for all the family to enjoy and live music all day long. The event will be open to everybody and free of charge on the Apollo Bay foreshore. There will be plenty for the kids to do on the foreshore - face painting, jumping castle and lots organised games. Lots of fun in store for the big kids too! Brother James will be playing on the foreshore and after dark at the Brewhouse.

Visit our Facebook page for details.

Birregurra Australia Day Market in the Park

JANUARY 2016 ~ Tuesday 26 January

Birregurra Australia Day Market in the Park

Special Australia Day Market 9am - 2pm. Sample and stock up on the best local produce and handmade crafts from The Otways.....from the producer and maker to YOU. Head to Birre for a great day out. Enjoy the sausage sizzle featuring locally-made snags under a lush green canopy of trees, pull up a hay bale and listen to some fantastic music and make sure you stay and treat yourself to lunch at one of our popular lunch destinations in the Birregurra township. The market buzzes with a variety of stallholders featuring local food growers and producers including local wineries, organic vege growers and artisan bread makers through to olive oil producers and award winning preserves and vinegar producers. As well as food and wine, handcrafts are also a big feature with artisan woodworkers and sculptors, plant growers, and talented crafts people selling all sorts of wonderful products and gifts.

Birregurra Sunday Market in the Park

FEBRUARY 2016 ~ Sunday 14 February

Birregurra Sunday Market in the Park

9am - 2pm, on the 2nd Sunday of each month through until April, sample and stock up on the best local produce and handmade crafts from The Otways.....from the producer and maker to YOU. Head to Birre for a great day out. Enjoy the sausage sizzle featuring locally-made snags under a lush green canopy of trees, pull up a hay bale and listen to some fantastic music and make sure you stay and treat yourself to lunch at one of our popular lunch destinations in the Birregurra township. The market buzzes with a variety of stallholders featuring local food growers and producers including local wineries, organic vege growers and artisan bread makers through to olive oil producers and award winning preserves and vinegar producers. As well as food and wine, handcrafts are also a big feature with artisan woodworkers and sculptors, plant growers, and talented crafts people selling all sorts of wonderful products and gifts.

Giant Otway Odyssey Mountain Bike Marathon

FEBRUARY 2016 ~ Saturday 20 February

Giant Otway Odyssey Mountain Bike Marathon

LOCATION: Forrest (Great Otway National Park), South-West Victoria
RACE FORMATS: Giant Odyssey 100km - Giant Shorty 50km - New Giant Rookie 30km - New Giant Pioneer 15km - New Giant Grommets fun riding for (little) kids.

Coming into its 10th year, the Giant Odyssey is Australia’s most respected mountain bike marathon thanks to the quantity of epic single track, the lung busting hills and blitzing descents, the electrifying race atmosphere and sense of satisfaction you get when you finish in the middle of the massive event festival. We look forward to welcoming you to the 2016 edition.

By popular vote the format of the 2016 Giant Odyssey will be the same as 2015 and earlier years with the same 100km and 50km courses and the event starting and finishing at Forrest . But NEW for 2016 will be the medium distance 30km Giant Rookie event – a race that’s custom designed for MTB newcomers and those not quite up to 50km. Other evolutions mean that the Giant Pioneer will be shortened from 15km to 10km to be even more welcoming to kids and we are including a new Grommets Ride for little kids on balance bikes around the Forrest Footy Ground.

Got a question? Please contact Rapid Ascent on (03) 5261 5511 or email us.

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Birregurra Sunday Market in the Park

MARCH 2016 ~ Sunday 13 March

Birregurra Sunday Market in the Park

9am - 2pm, on the 2nd Sunday of each month through until April, sample and stock up on the best local produce and handmade crafts from The Otways.....from the producer and maker to YOU. Head to Birre for a great day out. Enjoy the sausage sizzle featuring locally-made snags under a lush green canopy of trees, pull up a hay bale and listen to some fantastic music and make sure you stay and treat yourself to lunch at one of our popular lunch destinations in the Birregurra township. The market buzzes with a variety of stallholders featuring local food growers and producers including local wineries, organic vege growers and artisan bread makers through to olive oil producers and award winning preserves and vinegar producers. As well as food and wine, handcrafts are also a big feature with artisan woodworkers and sculptors, plant growers, and talented crafts people selling all sorts of wonderful products and gifts.

Apollo Bay & Otway District Agricultural Show

MARCH 2016 ~ Saturday 19 March

Apollo Bay & Otway District Agricultural Show

Recreation Reserve, Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay

The Apollo Bay & Otway District show is back again and bigger than ever. With fresh ideas and attractions along with the horses, cattle, sheep, arts, crafts and food exhibits.

Birregurra Easter Sunday Market in the Park

MARCH 2016 ~ Sunday 27 March

Birregurra Easter Sunday Market in the Park

Special Easter Sunday Market 9am - 2pm. Sample and stock up on the best local produce and handmade crafts from The Otways.....from the producer and maker to YOU. Head to Birre for a great day out. Enjoy the sausage sizzle featuring locally-made snags under a lush green canopy of trees, pull up a hay bale and listen to some fantastic music and make sure you stay and treat yourself to lunch at one of our popular lunch destinations in the Birregurra township. The market buzzes with a variety of stallholders featuring local food growers and producers including local wineries, organic vege growers and artisan bread makers through to olive oil producers and award winning preserves and vinegar producers. As well as food and wine, handcrafts are also a big feature with artisan woodworkers and sculptors, plant growers, and talented crafts people selling all sorts of wonderful products and gifts.

Birregurra Sunday Market in the Park

APRIL 2016 ~ Sunday 10 April

Birregurra Sunday Market in the Park

Last one for the Year. 9am - 2pm, Sample and stock up on the best local produce and handmade crafts from The Otways.....from the producer and maker to YOU. Head to Birre for a great day out. Enjoy the sausage sizzle featuring locally-made snags under a lush green canopy of trees, pull up a hay bale and listen to some fantastic music and make sure you stay and treat yourself to lunch at one of our popular lunch destinations in the Birregurra township. The market buzzes with a variety of stallholders featuring local food growers and producers including local wineries, organic vege growers and artisan bread makers through to olive oil producers and award winning preserves and vinegar producers. As well as food and wine, handcrafts are also a big feature with artisan woodworkers and sculptors, plant growers, and talented crafts people selling all sorts of wonderful products and gifts.

GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathon 2016

MAY 2016 ~ Saturday 14 > Sunday 15 May

GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathon 2016

Australia's iconic Great Ocean Road is home to one of the world's most visually spectacular runs, the Great Ocean Road Marathon. Challenge yourself across a range of distances, from one and a half kilometres through to 45 kilometres with panoramic views of the Southern Ocean and national forest. This challenging run will surely attract participants from across Australia and around the world to take part.

The Great Ocean Road is renowned throughout the world for its natural beauty. Taking part in this event offers you the opportunity to experience the Great Ocean Road like never before, pounding the road without a car in sight, taking in the fresh ocean air, the breathtaking views and if you are lucky, possibly even a koala or two.

The surrounding townships also offer an abundance of accommodation and activities so you will be assured an enjoyable stay once you have crossed the finish line on Race Day - But remember to book early.

To register for an event or for more information please visit the website.

Gelli Market

MAY 2016 ~ Sunday 29 > Sunday 29 May

Gelli Market

Gellibrand Markets are back, baby! In the early 80s Gellibrand River hosted a thriving community market showcasing the very best in Otways arts, crafts and produce. Due to popular demand, we are bringing the markets back to Gelli on the last Sunday of every third month starting 29 May. For a little bit of nostalgia and to whet your appetite, here are some pics from the early days. Thanks to Donna Armistead for permission to use her photos and for John Golding for agreeing to be our poster child.

Gellibrand River Gallery featuring selected works by Brian Worlsey

AUGUST 2016 ~ Friday 5 > Sunday 28 August

Gellibrand River Gallery featuring selected works by Brian Worlsey

Good morning and Happy ‎Friday! What a glorious day here in Gellibrand River, Victoria, Australia for the Gellibrand River Gallery to re-open after Annual Leave!

There's been some activity going on in preparation for re-opening - ‪yarn bombing, the ‪Tardis... Lots of ‪excitement! Be sure to drop in and see Brian Worsley's ‪Fun, ‪Colour and ‪Illusion ‪exhibition.

‎Locally ‎handmade ‎artwork - ‎glass ‪jewellery ‪photography ‪painting ‪woodwork ‪pottery ‪textiles

 

 

 

 

Otway e bikes

AUGUST 2016 ~ Friday 19 > Monday 31 October

Otway e bikes

 

Children towed in trailers are free!

Otway e bikes

A guided electric bicycle tour with Otway e bikes is a great way for the whole family to be introduced to our special region.

Trailers for toddlers are provided free with participating adult, and additional riding children are only $10 ea. E-bikes are easy and comfortable to ride, no licence required.

For bookings and details contact Nathan – 0413 971 736

Offer valid until 31-10-2016

Old Beechy Rail Trail Planting Day

SEPTEMBER 2016 ~ Saturday 3 September

Old Beechy Rail Trail Planting Day

Behind the Facade

SEPTEMBER 2016 ~ Saturday 3 > Friday 30 September

Behind the Facade

Gellibrand River Gallery

A Photographic Project By Jen Fawkes

 

 

Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo

SEPTEMBER 2016 ~ Saturday 10 > Thursday 11 August

Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo

Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo is Australia’s best cycling event. Catering to cyclists of all abilities, the event is held on fully closed roads in one of the most picturesque destinations on the planet – the Great Ocean Road.

Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo is held in memory of Amy Gillett and conducted by the Amy Gillett Foundation. Participants raise much needed funds to help the Amy Gillett Foundation create a safe bike riding environment in Australia.

An overview of the Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo event weekend

The event weekend takes place over two days, starting on Saturday 10 September 2016 with the Amy’s Otway Tour Criterium in the main street of Lorne in the afternoon followed by Amy’s Wall hill-climb in the evening. Both events are public, anyone can enjoy the action.

On Sunday 11 September 2016 the main event, Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo takes place. In order to participate, you must enter the event online.

Hunt for the Golden Gumboot

SEPTEMBER 2016 ~ Saturday 17 > Sunday 2 October

Hunt for the Golden Gumboot

HUNT FOR GOLDEN GUMBOOTS AND SOLVE THE TRAIL QUIZ 

Hunt for a Golden Gumboot along the Beechy Rail Trail during the September School Holidays. Great prizes to be won and loads of fun to be had.

*** Free BBQ and great prizes to be won Sunday October 2nd , 12pm at the Rex Norman Park, Gellibrand. ***

 

WHERE: Old Beechy Rail Trail between Kawarren and Gellibrand, 16 Main Road, Gellibrand
HOW: Pick up a registration form and Map @ Gellibrand Store, 5235 8219
FOLLOW THE HUNT ON FACEBOOK: oldbeechygoldengumboot

 

Otway Country to Coast are proud to support the Hunt for the Golden Gumboot - This symbol indicates participating members.

 

 

Otway Paddock to Plate Dinner

OCTOBER 2016 ~ Friday 14 > Wednesday 14 September

Otway Paddock to Plate Dinner

Don your team's colours and join us for a drink to celebrate Grand Final Eve

Otway Paddock to Plate

Enjoy a scrumptious three course meal showcasing produce sourced from the fertile soils of the Otways, as well as locally farmed pork and lamb, and seafood fresh from the ocean.

 

Tickets - $65   

https://www.trybooking.com/228353

 

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Otway Oktoberfest

OCTOBER 2016 ~ Saturday 15 October

Otway Oktoberfest

The 9th annual Otway Oktoberfest is set to be bigger and better than ever before, so dust off your dirndl and lederhosen and let’s get slapping!

When

Saturday 15th October 2016

11.30am to 5.30pm

Where

Otway Estate, home of Prickly Moses Brewery

10 Hoveys Road Barongarook (10 mins south of Colac)

This year Otway Oktoberfest will feature 10 different craft breweries from the Otways and surrounding region. You'll get to sample some amazing beers.

WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE DAY?

Apart from great beer, we’ll also have heaps of fun activities like:

• Traditional Oompah music with a live band

• Slap dancing

• A good old fashioned yodelling competition

• Bavarian food

• German strong man/woman tower

• Taste and Talk Masterclasses

• Brewery tours

• Prizes for best dressed

• Lots of games and MUCH MUCH MORE!

Chase The Dog

OCTOBER 2016 ~ Saturday 22 October

Chase The Dog

DATE: 22nd October 2016
Start Line: Station Street Forrest

A non - competitive bike event designed to just get out and ride the beautiful Otways.

The spectacular 85km course will take in some some of the best old logging routes of the Otway ranges, a mixture of rail trail, fire road and quiet back country roads. This event can be ridden on virtually any type of bike, whether it be a mountain bike, cycle cross, hybrid, commuter or your road bike, as long as its got wheels and goes alright on the dirt, bring it along! This is the perfect oppourtunity to lose yourself in the heart of the Otways with your mates in a safe, supported and friendly manner.

Starting in the friendly township of Forrest, the trail will meander out to Thompsons track, heading up to Mt Sabine before winding your way down the magnificant Turtons track, on to the Old Beechy Rail trail. Stopping at Gellibrand before heading back towards Forrest.

Money raised goes to support BeyondBlue. Register Today

GIANT GELLIBRAND AUCTION & MARKET

NOVEMBER 2016 ~ Sunday 13 > Sunday 13 November

GIANT GELLIBRAND AUCTION & MARKET

GELLIBRAND FOOTBALL GROUND
MOTOR CYCLE & 4 WHEELER ROW

In aid of Gellibrand Hall
Auctioneers—H. F. Richardson

Auction starts 10.30am
Food, drinks, jumping castle
Family day

Gellibrand River Market

NOVEMBER 2016 ~ Friday 25 November

Gellibrand River Market

Gellibrand River Market Friday 25th November @ 4.30pm

 

Rex Norman Reserve

 

Gellibrand Community Markets are held on the last Sunday of every third month. An eclectic mix of the Otways finest produce, arts and crafts.

LAVERS HILL COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS MARKET

DECEMBER 2016 ~ Sunday 4 > Sunday 4 December

LAVERS HILL COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS MARKET

10AM - 2PM

Lavers Hill Community Hall - Great Ocean Road Lavers Hill

Blueberry Picking ~ Shoebridge Berry Farm

JANUARY 2017 ~ Sunday 1 > Tuesday 31 January

Blueberry Picking ~ Shoebridge Berry Farm

Pick your own Blueberries

January is Blueberry season and the Shoebridge Berry Farm in Gellibrand has blueberries ripe for the picking.

Open 8am – 6pm Sunday to Wednesday (Thursday to Saturday by appointment only) 

Contact 52358208

Johanna River Farm and Cottages

JANUARY 2017 ~ Sunday 1 > Friday 31 March

Johanna River Farm and Cottages

Johanna River Farm and Cottages

 

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF THE GREAT OCEAN WALK

 

Walk/Stay with us and enjoy our Summer and Spring Walking Packages

Self Guided Walkers/Self Contained Accommodation

Phone for details 52374219  Email: cottages@johanna.com.au

Apollo Bay Seafood and Produce Festival

FEBRUARY 2017 ~ Saturday 18 > Sunday 19 February

Apollo Bay Seafood and Produce Festival

Seafood lovers take note. Grab your family, friends and picnic rug and head on down to Victoria's own Paradise by the Sea at Apollo Bay for the fifth Apollo Bay Seafood Festival.

A free fun day out for all. The day kicks off with cooking demonstrations, live music from artists featured at the Apollo Bay Music Festival, roving performers, a farmer's market featuring local produce, wine, beer and of course, seafood in abundance.Kick your shoes off in the evening and dance into the night.

2015 had in excess of 6,000 attend so be sure to book your accommodation early as the town and surrounding areas fill up.

Gellibrand River Market

FEBRUARY 2017 ~ Sunday 26 February

Gellibrand River Market

Gellibrand River Market 26th February @ 10.30am

 

Rex Norman Reserve

 

Gellibrand Community Markets are held on the last Sunday of every third month. An eclectic mix of the Otways finest produce, arts and crafts.

Lavers Hill Food Swap - 3rd Wednesday of each month

APRIL 2017 ~ Wednesday 19 > Wednesday 19 April

Lavers Hill Food Swap - 3rd Wednesday of each month

LOCATION: 30-32 Great Ocean Road, Lavers Hill, (03) 5237 3276

TIME: 3:30pm

Anzac Day

APRIL 2017 ~ Tuesday 25 > Tuesday 25 April

Anzac Day

Anzac Day services are taking place across the Colac Otway Shire.

The Refuge - Free Live Music at Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

APRIL 2017 ~ Saturday 29 > Saturday 29 April

The Refuge - Free Live Music at Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233. 9pm to Late. Tel: 03 5237 6240.

The Refuge formed in 2014 in Apollo Bay, Victoria, as a rock band with members Riley Newton (lead vocal/lead guitar), Noa Matthews (rhythm/lead guitar), Houston Walters (drums), Jackson Hayat (keyboard) and Leon Kennedy (bass). All members were 14 years old when the band formed. 

After forming, Riley started writing songs for the band, then on some songs, Noa also started writing riffs with Riley to bring an extra flavour to The Refuge. On 23 January, 2016, the band released their first full album 'Jet Stream', comprising of 13 rock songs. 

The Refuge put on a high energy rock show, with influences from classic rock bands from the 70's and grunge bands from the 90's, the band also plays blues and funk with a rock style.

Wongarra Farm Gourmet Open Day

APRIL 2017 ~ Saturday 29 > Saturday 29 April

Wongarra Farm Gourmet Open Day

415 Sunnyside Road, Wongarra.

  • Cost $40 per person, children 12yo and under free.
  • Produce will be available for purchase on the day.
  • *Drinks available at bar prices.

The Program

  • 10.30 for 11am start
  • 11am farm tour one
  • 1pm luncheon
  • 3pm farm tour two (a repeat of farm tour one)
  • 4pm finish

It is your choice to arrive for tour one or two - so either at 10.30am for farm tour followed by lunch, or 1pm for lunch followed by a tour.

Our picturesque farm is nestled between the Great Ocean Road and the Great Otway National Park, with sweeping views, a waterfall and an amazing diversity of animals. It is home to Welsh Black grass-fed cows and Black-Faced Suffolk sheep, free-range, Wessex Saddleback pigs, pastured chickens, a posse of retired racehorses, an alpaca and Victoria’s oldest truffiere, producing the prized Perigord Black Truffle. We use innovative regenerative practices to ensure our precious soils are improved and our animals are given the best care possible. The result is some of Victoria’s finest produce.

Autumn will be a celebration of the pig. Chef Romuald Oudeyer will prepare a range of charcuterie from one of the farm’s Wessex Saddleback pigs including rillette, paté de campagne, pulled pork, fresh sausages on the barbecue, plus dessert treats from our orchard. We will also have local wines, ciders and beers available*.

Join us for a tour of the farm, meet the animals, feed the pigs, hear an explanation of our regenerative farming practices and eat a buffet lunch prepared by chef Romu in beautiful surrounds.

The Otway Food & Fibre Showcase

APRIL 2017 ~ Sunday 30 > Sunday 30 April

The Otway Food & Fibre Showcase

Sunday, 30 April 2017 | 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

The Otway region is gearing up to showcase everything locally grown and sown. Some ready to eat and the rest harvested to take home and add a culinary spin.

Mid-Autumn people can enjoy a selection of the best Otway grown produce including olives, cheeses, native bush foods, fruits and vegetables, honey, meats, small goods, baked goods, wines and other brewed delights.

Growers and event organisers want to share their passion for turning humble soil and grass into quality food and fibre, shining a spotlight on the skilled, passionate and diverse growers around us.

Source local food and fibre and contribute to community health, benefit the local economy and our environment.

Taste and purchase local produce; talk to and learn from local growers and makers. Develop growing and making talents by taking part in demonstrations and workshops around the theme of small holding skills like building soil and compost, bee keeping, poultry management, regenerative farming, the lifecycle of wool, native bush foods, truffle sniffer dog trials, shearing and creative kids food and fibre activities.

If you’re a small scale producer or artisan and would like to get involved, please contact Andy Gray on 5232 9140 or andygray@coln.org.au

Sunday, 30 April 2017 | 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Wonderful Waterfalls

JULY 2017 ~ Saturday 1 > Tuesday 30 September

Wonderful Waterfalls

The perfect time to visit all the falls flowing at their fullest. Allow 3-7 days depending on how much time you have. All week, midweek and weekend accommodation deals available. 

7 Falls in 7 Days:

Stevensons Falls, Barramunga. 1.5 hr or shorter walk available from day carpark
Beauchamp Falls Beech Forest. 1 hr return.
Hopetoun Falls, Beech forest. 30 min return.
Triplet Falls, Beech Forest. 2km, 1 hr loop.
Little Aire Falls, Beech Forest. 4.5km 2 hr return - arguably one of the most spectacular falls in the Otway Ranges.
Sabine Falls, Tanybryn.  2+ hr return. Steep grades. The tallest waterfall complex in the Otways
Carisbrook Falls, Wongarra. 20 min return. Best seen after heavy rain.

Winter Wild Apollo Bay

JULY 2017 ~ Saturday 1 > Saturday 12 August

Winter Wild Apollo Bay

Embrace the elements of the southern Otways, when a new after-dark festival sparks up over four wintery weekends across July and August. The first WinterWild will revel in the untamed side of Apollo Bay. Don’t look away.

Inspired by the elements of earth, water, air and fire – and informed by the history of Apollo Bay - the 18 years and over festival takes place over four weekends to highlight various art forms: music, street theatre, film and storytelling.

When the sun-seeking, shell-collecting crowds have deserted the place where the forest meets the sea, Apollo Bay is “less Summer Bay, more Deadwood”, said festival director Roderick Poole.

 

 - Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

Winter Wild Apollo Bay - Water: 8pm

JULY 2017 ~ Saturday 1 > Saturday 1 July

Winter Wild Apollo Bay - Water: 8pm

Water is the original source of life. Many creation myths begin with emergence from Water. The oceans are vast and primal and lap at Apollo Bay’s doorstep. The first white people came here over Water. For decades this was the only way. It was a dangerous journey and left the coast littered with shipwrecks. It is Water that draws people here still.

LINE UP

Andrew Kidman & Litmus

Mick Turner

The Sand Pebbles

…and more

From sunset beach bonfires through to Sunday morning recovery sessions, the festival invites adventurous spirits to come together and celebrate the beauty of the elements at their extremes.

 

FORESHORE BONFIRE

Adults & Children Free

RECOVERY SESSIONS

Adults & Children Free

MECHANICS HALL EVENTS

Adults $75 + booking fee

Dirt River Radio - Free Live Music at The Brewhouse: 9.30pm

JULY 2017 ~ Saturday 1 > Saturday 1 July

Dirt River Radio - Free Live Music at The Brewhouse: 9.30pm

You may have been lucky enough to catch this awesome band at the Apollo Bay Music Festival in years gone by. We are super pumped to be bringing Dirt River Radio (aka The Dirties) back to the Bay for a cracking night.

These guys are a six piece band from Melbourne known for heartfelt Australian rock ballads cranked with Rock-a-Billy swagger, Gypsy Romps, Celtic sea shanties and smoldering dirty Soul.

With a line-up of two guitars, bass, drums and the magnificent `Dirtettes’ on backing vocals, ‘The Dirties’ have evolved from humble St Kilda beginnings into a world class rock n roll outfit (two European tours under the abnds belts). The bands classic sound will deliver to you a swag of heartfelt tunes and at times brutal snapshots of reality, also renowned for a wildly volatile, no punches pulled live shows and when you get to know them, true gang mentality.

2017 see’s their best incarnation yet with members from Electric Mary and 28 Days third album, ‘Sun City White’ (out Apr 29th) explores issues spanning from personal demons to the plight of humanity.

DAYS GONE BY: 9pm @ Apollo Bay Hotel

JULY 2017 ~ Saturday 1 > Thursday 1 June

DAYS GONE BY: 9pm @ Apollo Bay Hotel

As part of the Winter Wild Festival, the Apollo Bay Hotel will be showcasing 4 weekends of live music throughout July & August. Days Gone By - a coverband from Geelong playing popular music from 1960 to today.


Influences:
Crowded House, Hunters & Collectors, Diesel, Beatles, Powderfinger, Radiohead, Greenday, Oasis, Screaming Jets, Rolling Stones, Matchbox 20, Bon Jovi, Van Morrison, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Gotye, Paul Kelly.

DEEP DARK FORREST - A CELEBRATION OF DARK ALES

JULY 2017 ~ Saturday 1 > Saturday 15 July

DEEP DARK FORREST - A CELEBRATION OF DARK ALES

The Deep Dark Forrest - Forrest Brewing Company's celebration to Dark Ales. From one off 'surprise' brews, to locally sourced menu creations paired with delicious beers. Culminating in the DEEP DARK FORREST DEGUSTION DINNER - July 15th - $85 per person (Bookings essential, stay tuned for details).

Friday , Saturday & Sunday - Opening hours are extended to late.

 

CELTIC STORM

JULY 2017 ~ Saturday 1 > Saturday 1 July

CELTIC STORM

As part of the Winter Wild Festival, the Apollo Bay Hotel will be showcasing 4 weekends of live music throughout July & August.

The first weekend will be kicking off on Saturday 1st July. Join us in the beer garden where Celtic Storm will be playing traditional Irish music featuring Christy Cooney and friends.

“Christy Cooney is a legend of the Australian Celtic and Folk scene. He has been a part of some of the best bands, albums and concerts this country has seen.”

https://greensouthrecords.com/christy-cooney

CROSSXPOLLINATION 2017 - Flight

JULY 2017 ~ Saturday 1 > Sunday 23 July

CROSSXPOLLINATION 2017 - Flight

CrossXpollinatioN is an annual exhibition at both COPACC and RRRTAG (Red Rocks Regional Theatre and Art Gallery.) It has been held each year for the last four years and has built up to become a major fixture in the regions cultural calendar, attracting artists from all over Australia. We intend to grow this event into something that puts Colac Otway Shire on the map for those who love innovative and highly creative interpretations of the wonderful world of fabric and fibre, either as a practising artist or as a collector and wearer of the pieces.

 

The event includes FLIGHT@COPACC, in the Civic Hall from 1 July to 23 July, 10am to 4pm daily. There is a  Featured Artists section with artists invited to submit an installation, and The Art Prize exhibition, which runs alongside the featured artists. This year we have 5 feature artists: Andrew Delaney, Irene Manion and Liz Powell as well as local artists Brian Worsley and Carole Redlich who have combined forces to create an exciting installation.  For anyone wanting to submit work for the Art Prize, please fill out the relevant form below under Related Information. Entries for COPACC's Art Prize close on 1 June.

 

Another feather in COPACC’s cap is the market. Building on the success of past Wearable Art and Makers Markets, it is fondly known as WAAMM. The market is held on Saturday, 1 July from 10am to 4.30pm. This is a market with artists and artisans selling their wares. It attracts work in a wide variety of different mediums, including: hand woven textiles and garments, jewelry, leather, felted items, hand knits, machine embroidered pieces and homewares. Please note that once entries have reached capacity for WAAMM no more entries will be accepted. For more information see the relevant form below under Related Information. (NOTE: The last call for entries has been extended to 20 May 2017).

 

CrossXpollinatioN is an annual exhibition at both COPACC and RRRTAG (Red Rocks Regional Theatre and Art Gallery.) It has been held each year for the last four years and has built up to become a major fixture in the regions cultural calendar, attracting artists from all over Australia. We intend to grow this event into something that puts Colac Otway Shire on the map for those who love innovative and highly creative interpretations of the wonderful world of fabric and fibre, either as a practising artist or as a collector and wearer of the pieces.

 

The event includes FLIGHT@COPACC, in the Civic Hall from 1 July to 23 July, 10am to 4pm daily. There is a  Featured Artists section with artists invited to submit an installation, and The Art Prize exhibition, which runs alongside the featured artists. This year we have 5 feature artists: Andrew Delaney, Irene Manion and Liz Powell as well as local artists Brian Worsley and Carole Redlich who have combined forces to create an exciting installation.  For anyone wanting to submit work for the Art Prize, please fill out the relevant form below under Related Information. Entries for COPACC's Art Prize close on 1 June.

 

Another feather in COPACC’s cap is the market. Building on the success of past Wearable Art and Makers Markets, it is fondly known as WAAMM. The market is held on Saturday, 1 July from 10am to 4.30pm. This is a market with artists and artisans selling their wares. It attracts work in a wide variety of different mediums, including: hand woven textiles and garments, jewelry, leather, felted items, hand knits, machine embroidered pieces and homewares. Please note that once entries have reached capacity for WAAMM no more entries will be accepted. For more information see the relevant form below under Related Information. (NOTE: The last call for entries has been extended to 20 May 2017).

 

CrossXpollinatioN is an annual exhibition at both COPACC and RRRTAG (Red Rocks Regional Theatre and Art Gallery.) It has been held each year for the last four years and has built up to become a major fixture in the regions cultural calendar, attracting artists from all over Australia. We intend to grow this event into something that puts Colac Otway Shire on the map for those who love innovative and highly creative interpretations of the wonderful world of fabric and fibre, either as a practising artist or as a collector and wearer of the pieces.

 

The event includes FLIGHT@COPACC, in the Civic Hall from 1 July to 23 July, 10am to 4pm daily. There is a  Featured Artists section with artists invited to submit an installation, and The Art Prize exhibition, which runs alongside the featured artists. This year we have 5 feature artists: Andrew Delaney, Irene Manion and Liz Powell as well as local artists Brian Worsley and Carole Redlich who have combined forces to create an exciting installation.  For anyone wanting to submit work for the Art Prize, please fill out the relevant form below under Related Information. Entries for COPACC's Art Prize close on 1 June.

 

Another feather in COPACC’s cap is the market. Building on the success of past Wearable Art and Makers Markets, it is fondly known as WAAMM. The market is held on Saturday, 1 July from 10am to 4.30pm. This is a market with artists and artisans selling their wares. It attracts work in a wide variety of different mediums, including: hand woven textiles and garments, jewelry, leather, felted items, hand knits, machine embroidered pieces and homewares. Please note that once entries have reached capacity for WAAMM no more entries will be accepted. For more information see the relevant form below under Related Information. (NOTE: The last call for entries has been extended to 20 May 2017).

WAAMM - Wearable Art and Makers Market

JULY 2017 ~ Saturday 1 > Saturday 1 July

WAAMM - Wearable Art and Makers Market

WAAMM is the Wearable Art and Makers Market, held in the COPACC Foyer from 10am to 4.30pm, on Saturday July 1st, with artists and artisans offering a multitude of wonderful forms of adornment, ranging across many different mediums.

 

COPACC, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250.

 

FUN PARK - AT COLAC INDOOR TENNIS & SPORTS CENTRE

JULY 2017 ~ Tuesday 4 > Tuesday 13 June

FUN PARK - AT COLAC INDOOR TENNIS & SPORTS CENTRE

TUESDAY 4 July to Thursday 13 July 10am to 3pm daily School Holiday Special FREE COFFEE for parents

 

Laser Tag (running between 11am-1.00pm or pre-booked groups ) Inflatable Park Entry Fees:  $14   Ages 5-14 year olds    /  $9   1-4 year olds Laser Tag Game Fees:  $4 for one or $6 for two (Just Laser tag 3 games $18) .

 

Also Open every 2nd Saturday, check website for dates  www.colacindoorsports.com.au  or call 52314788 Bounce into Colac Indoor Sports Centre, they have plenty to keep the kids active and entertained during school holidays and weekends regardless of the weather.

 

Kids will love to Jump, bounce, climb, and slide on all the fun Inflatables.  With obstacle courses to navigate, Jumping castles, Giant slides and a mountain to climb kids will be kept active.  There is also a little kid zone with their own fun inflatables.

 

LASER TAG READY, AIM, FUN! Colac Laser Tag missions allow you to live out your computer gaming experiences, just like a live computer game.. Using the Aussie designed S.A.T.R system, it’s fun, safe, local, and probably the most fun you will ever have getting fit.  Laser Tag games are ideal for all ages from 6 to 60!

Where

JULY 2017 ~ Wednesday 5 > Wednesday 5 July

Where's Wally?: 2:30pm at Colac Community Library and Learning Centre

Kids Fire Safety Day: 2pm at Colac Community Library and Learning Centre

JULY 2017 ~ Thursday 13 > Thursday 13 July

Kids Fire Safety Day: 2pm at Colac Community Library and Learning Centre

School Holiday Library Children's Program.

Come and Join in with Colac Community Library & CFA for one hour of Fun, Games, Story Time and Craft Activities for pre-school and primary school aged children.

Theme: Home Fire Safety.

When: Thursday 13th July 2017 at 2:00pm
Where: Colac Community Library and Learning Centre

Winter Wild Apollo Bay - Earth: 8pm

JULY 2017 ~ Saturday 15 > Saturday 15 July

Winter Wild Apollo Bay - Earth: 8pm

WinterWild embraces the harsh elements of the Southern Otways winter and celebrates the wild side of Apollo Bay; its history, its landscape and its down-to-earth culture of adventure.

Without Earth we cannot stand; neither can we build. Only with Earth can we put down roots. Our first industries depended on the trees and forests and through this our community grew. When forestry ended, the Great Otway National Park was born. The earth and the forest is always here. This is the foundation.

From sunset beach bonfires through to Sunday morning recovery sessions, the festival invites adventurous spirits to come together and celebrate the beauty of the elements at their extremes.

FORESHORE BONFIRE

Adults & Children Free

RECOVERY SESSIONS

Adults & Children Free

MECHANICS HALL EVENTS

Adults $75 + booking fee

MOONSHINE BLUES: 2.30pm @ Apollo Bay Hotel

JULY 2017 ~ Saturday 15 > Saturday 15 July

MOONSHINE BLUES: 2.30pm @ Apollo Bay Hotel

Moonshine Blues will be performing at The Apollo Bay Hotel Sat 15th July around 2.30 till 4.30 as part of the Apollo Bay Winter Wild Festival.

MR.MEANER: 9pm @ Apollo Bay Hotel

JULY 2017 ~ Saturday 15 > Saturday 15 July

MR.MEANER: 9pm @ Apollo Bay Hotel

Mr. Meaner is Geelong’s newest cover-band playing the best of party rock,  funk, alternative and classic rock. Mr. Meaner play a great variety of music includin...g songs from The Black Keys, The Dandy Warhols, Paul Kelly, David Bowie, KC and the Sunshine Band, Daddy Cool , Stevie Wonder, Kenny Logins, Dragon, INXS, Hoodoo Gurus etc.
 
With a four piece line-up including drums and percussion, guitars, bass,  and featuring talented lead vocalists with 4-part harmonies, Mr. Meaner produce a big sound, outstanding performance and will specifically tailor their repertoire to each audience ensuring the right mix whether you are looking for a pub rock, wedding or function band.
 
Band Members:
Jamie Stahl (Guitar/Vocals) Danny Meehan (Drums/Percussion/Vocals) John Pirrottina (Bass/Vocals)   Matthew Bird (Guitar/Vocals)
Colac Lions Club Market

JULY 2017 ~ Sunday 16 > Sunday 17 December

Colac Lions Club Market

Fresh produce, preserves, garden plants, refreshments and sausage sizzle every third Sunday of the month in Colac.

3rd Sunday of the month | 9:00AM to 12:00PM

LOUEY HESTERMAN

JULY 2017 ~ Sunday 16 > Sunday 16 July

LOUEY HESTERMAN'S WHIMSY: 3pm @ Apollo Bay Hotel

As part of the Winter Wild Festival, the Apollo Bay Hotel will be showcasing 4 weekends of live music throughout July & August. Live music performance of Louey Hesterman's Whimsy at the Apollo Bay Hotel. Heart and Soul album launch.

Christmas in July - Market

JULY 2017 ~ Saturday 22 > Saturday 22 July

Christmas in July - Market

Christmas in July Market

Local produce, arts and crafts, hot food, fresh coffee, plants.

9am—2pm
Sat 29th July 2017
@ Gellibrand River Community Hall

Stallholder Enquiries to the Gellibrand Community House on 5235 8348.

Diary of a Wombat

JULY 2017 ~ Monday 24 > Sunday 25 June

Diary of a Wombat

COMPANY PRODUCTION

Based on the book by Jackie French & Bruce Whatley

Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat. Now finally this iconic work by Australian Children’s Laureate, Jackie French and Bruce Whatley comes to the stage.

Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search
of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of humans around her.

Doormats, bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial.

Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained!

Monkey Baa uses the magic of puppetry and live music to bring this delightful story for ages 3+ to the stage.

“2017 is set to be one hell of a season for Monkey Baa, with an ambitious line-up of meaningful and moving theatre that will be guaranteed to inspire a new generation of young people” The AU Review

RUNNING TIME: 45 minutes + 10 minute post-show Q&A
RECOMMENDED FOR: Children aged 3-9 & their families

CREATIVES: Director: Eva Di Cesare Puppetry & Movement Director: Alice Osborne Set & Costume Designer: Imogen Ross Lighting Designer: Matt Cox Sound Designer: Kingsley Reeve Puppet Design & Construction: Bryony Anderson Conceptualised: Sandra Eldridge, Tim McGarry & Eva Di Cesare

Proudly sponsored by Cow Lick Bookshop, Quest Skills for Life and Otway Fly:

When

  • Monday, 24 July 2017 | 06:00 PM - 06:55 PM
  • Tuesday, 25 July 2017 | 10:00 AM - 10:55 AM
  • Tuesday, 25 July 2017 | 01:00 PM - 01:55 PM

Location

Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre, 95-97 Gellibrand Street , Colac 3250.

Around the World in 80 Days: 8pm @ COPACC

JULY 2017 ~ Friday 28 > Friday 28 July

Around the World in 80 Days: 8pm @ COPACC

ELLIS PRODUCTIONS

A transcontinental race against the clock

Starring Ian Stenlake, as you’ve never seen him before and Pia Miranda who portray a cast of thousands in this madcap adaptation of Verne’s globetrotting classic, bringing to life sea storms, police chases and even elephant rides.

Phileas Fogg is determined to win a wager that he can circumnavigate the globe in 80 days, together with his faithful man servant Passepartout.

Hot on their heels, convinced Fogg has committed a bank robbery to fund his travels is Inspector Fix of Scotland Yard, driven to capture and jail our intrepid travellers. A fabulous farce, full of daft Victorian invention, daring deeds and downright silliness.

“An inventive romp….Something for everyone: though the characters may not yet have the ability to fly, this production certainly does,”
The Stage

WARNING: This is seriously good fun

RECOMMENDED FOR: Adults, families and children 7+

RUNNING TIME: 2 hours including interval

CREATIVES: Director: Terence O’Connell Starring: Pia Miranda, Ian Stenlake Set Design: Merinda Backway Costume Design: Lucy Wilkins Sound Design: David Ellis Lighting Design: Jason Bovaird.

When

  • Friday, 28 July 2017 | 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location

Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre, 95-97 Gellibrand Street , Colac 3250

Winter Wild Apollo Bay - Air: 8pm

JULY 2017 ~ Saturday 29 > Saturday 29 July

Winter Wild Apollo Bay - Air: 8pm

WinterWild embraces the harsh elements of the Southern Otways winter and celebrates the wild side of Apollo Bay; its history, its landscape and its down-to-earth culture of adventure.

The Air is never still here. Rarely are we without the touch of the wind, either a brisk breeze over the surf or the Roaring Forties in full force. With breath and only with breath do we have language. Only with language can we tell our stories.

From sunset beach bonfires through to Sunday morning recovery sessions, the festival invites adventurous spirits to come together and celebrate the beauty of the elements at their extremes.

FORESHORE BONFIRE

Adults & Children Free

RECOVERY SESSIONS

Adults & Children Free

MECHANICS HALL EVENTS

Adults $75 + booking fee

Apollo Bay Writers Festival - Last Weekend in July

JULY 2017 ~ Saturday 29 > Sunday 30 July

Apollo Bay Writers Festival - Last Weekend in July

Apollo Bay Writers Festival is a literary event for readers and writers in the Otway region and beyond. Hosting a mix of local writers and performers alongside writers and performers from the larger literary community the event aims to enhance the literary culture of the region and connect it with the wider world of literature.

This year’s Apollo Bay Writers Festival is currently in the planning stage. We hope to make some announcements soon. Please Like our Facebook page to stay informed.

Presented by: Apollo Bay Arts Inc

Supported by: Colac Otway Shire

Made Possible By: Writers Victoria and Grace Marion Wilson Trust

TOTALLY 80

JULY 2017 ~ Saturday 29 > Thursday 29 June

TOTALLY 80'S: 9pm @ Apollo Bay Hotel

As part of the Winter Wild Festival, the Apollo Bay Hotel will be showcasing 4 weekends of live music throughout July & August.

DIRTY SOUL: 2.30pm @ Apollo Bay Hotel

JULY 2017 ~ Saturday 29 > Saturday 29 July

DIRTY SOUL: 2.30pm @ Apollo Bay Hotel

As part of the Winter Wild Festival, the Apollo Bay Hotel will be showcasing 4 weekends of live music throughout July & August. Live music performance of Dirty Soul at the Apollo Bay Hotel. Dirty Soul is a four piece band consisting of drums, bass, guitar and keyboards. Think funk rock and psychedelic blues...perhaps Gonzo law applies too...

The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez

AUGUST 2017 ~ Thursday 3 > Thursday 3 August

The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez

The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez

Thursday, 03 August 2017 | 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM

FINUCANE & SMITH IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HER MAJESTY’S BALLARAT

 

In 1855 the wildest showgirl Lola Montez toured Australia. The scandal is legend.

From Patrick White Playwright Award winner Jackie Smith and world-famous cabaret stars Finucane & Smith comes the story of one of the world’s most adventurous women.

Lola Montez horse-whipped the editor of the Ballarat Times – for a bad review.

Swung down mineshafts on a single rope with champagne in hand.

Escaped arrest dressed only in her jewels.

Showered with gold nuggets and insults.

Swathed in scandal.

Her erotic Spider Dance was “the most libertinish and indelicate performance that could be given on the public stage (Sydney Morning Herald 1855)

Starring triple Green Room Award winner of Best Actress Miss Caroline Lee (a direct descendant of Lola), who will be joined on stage by Parisian dance siren Holly Durant in a wildly contemporary dreamscape steeped in Australian history.

“There’s really no adequate way of explaining these spectaculars to those yet to witness one, and those who haven’t won’t forget in a hurry…seductive, subversive ad bursting at the seams with monstrous talent" The Age

WARNING: Mature themes

RUNNING TIME: 60 Minutes, no interval 
RECOMMENDED FOR:
 People aged 16+

CREATIVES: Written by: Jackie Smith Directed by: Moira Finucane Performers: Caroline Lee & Holly Durant Composer: Darrin Verhagen Lighting & Set Design: Finucane & Smith Gowns: Keon Couture

Proudly Sponsored by Colac Landscape Supplies

When

  • Thursday, 03 August 2017 | 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Location

Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre, 95-97 Gellibrand Street , Colac 3250

Mixed Media Artwork: An Exhibition by Susan Richards

AUGUST 2017 ~ Friday 4 > Sunday 29 October

Mixed Media Artwork: An Exhibition by Susan Richards

Susan Richards has held solo exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions throughout Australia. Her works are collected by clients from many places over the world, where she lived and travelled She has also undertaken book illustration projects, an animated movie project and many other community projects.

Susan recently retired from the position of Artist in Residence at Multicultural Aged Care Services, and as Design Consultants in a major capital works project at MACS.

She has studied and certified in Creative writing and Editing, Small companies and Community theatre, Childcare and Aqed care and more recently Diploma in expressive Art therapy, drugs and acohol and family counselling.

She delivers a variety of workshops including Mandala and Metaphysics for beginners, marbelling on paper and other mediums, and takes art classes for children and adults.

In her Beech Forest studio Susan continues with many creative endeavours and is currently creating collages and mosaics and knit and wool crafts from recycled and found objects.

Susan enjoys an enthusiastic and eclectic clientele who love her diversity of medium and subject and her vividly imaginative creations.

She continues to exhibit from her fascinating eclectica collection at Galleries and art festivals in and around the local area.

2017 Bay Ball

AUGUST 2017 ~ Saturday 5 > Saturday 5 August

2017 Bay Ball

Bay Ball is back so put it in your diaries and start dress shopping now! Special guests "Mr Meaner".

Tickets $25.00 Strictly 18+ Only Tickets available from Thursday 29th June. NO door sales at all so buy early!

21 Great Ocean Road , Apollo Bay 3233 VIC

Kings of Croon

AUGUST 2017 ~ Wednesday 9 > Wednesday 9 August

Kings of Croon

Kings of Croon

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 | 11:00 AM

Tickets available from the Box Office, (03) 5232 9418

TUXEDO-clad stars of stage and screen Scott Irwin, Derek Metzger and Ian Stenlake will perform a classic Vegas-style show with a contemporary twist.

Enjoy their velvety deliveries of Save the Last Dance for Me, Summer Wind, Mack the Knife, Speak Softly Love and Beyond the Sea, made famous by Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and many more.

There will be classics like Unchained Melody, Can’t Help Falling in Love, John Legend’s All of Me and Adele’s Someone Like You.

"The Kings of Croon is a snappy, stylish, professional production that entertains and engages the audience." John Lidgerwood

Join us for a free morning tea at 10am before the show.

Proudly Sponsored by Arundell, Murray and Ryan, Barristers and Solicitors. 

When

  • Wednesday, 09 August 2017 | 11:00 AM

Location

Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Winter Wild Apollo Bay - Fire: 8pm

AUGUST 2017 ~ Saturday 12 > Saturday 12 August

Winter Wild Apollo Bay - Fire: 8pm

WinterWild embraces the harsh elements of the Southern Otways winter and celebrates the wild side of Apollo Bay; its history, its landscape and its down-to-earth culture of adventure.


Recent tragic events have turned Fire into a source of fear; a constant threat and a destroyer. Fire has always been with us and the town was hit hard in the early days. If we know fire better it can be our friend. Fire brings catharsis and new beginnings; it brings warmth and community.

FORESHORE BONFIRE

Adults & Children Free

RECOVERY SESSIONS

Adults & Children Free

MECHANICS HALL EVENTS

Adults $75 + booking fee

Open Garden at Melba Gully B&B

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Friday 1 > Saturday 30 September

Open Garden at Melba Gully B&B

Featuring 100’s of varieties of Daffodils and spring time blooms - beautifully landscaped gardens, specimen lawn and formal vegetable gardens
Open for viewing most days between 10AM & 5PM.
Contact Bob and Virginia 03 52 373 208 mobile 0429 373 208

Price $5 per person.

The Virtual Arboretum Project Portland

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Friday 8 > Thursday 2 April

The Virtual Arboretum Project Portland

The Virtual Arboretum Project is a virtual artistic pathway linking regions across Australia. The very first pilot of this artist led project is in Portland Victoria.

If you love a dalliance with your smart phone, visit the Portland Botanical Gardens and scan the three QR codes hidden there with your free QRreader app. This free app can be downloaded from your smart phone app store.

These QR codes will link you to a website, which hosts the Virtual Arboretum Project Portland. Please see the website with artwork, from nationally recognised artists, which reflects the environmental concerns or the social history of the gardens.

The Virtual Arboretum Project Portland 
Event until 02 Apr 2020 
Portland Botanical Gardens, Glenelg Street, Portland, Victoria 3305

Contact: 

Mobile: 042 537 553

Cost: 
See contact details below for enquiries.

Who should attend: 
This event is suitable for all ages.

How to get there: 
Please visit Public Transport Victoria as your guide to public transport timetables, fares and accessible transport.

AFL Grand Final BBQ - Otway Central

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Saturday 30 > Saturday 30 September

AFL Grand Final BBQ - Otway Central

$15 per head, from 1pm

Meat and variety of salads, vegetarian options available. All proceeds go to a fund, insired by White Ribbon Day, designed to support people in critical domestic situations within our local community.

LOCATION: 57 Great Ocean Road, Lavers Hill, VIC

CONTACT: Sue Ladewig, 03 5237 3251, sue.ladewig@gmail.com

Seniors Festival 2017

OCTOBER 2017 ~ Monday 9 > Saturday 28 October

Seniors Festival 2017

Contact

Port Fairy Spring Music Festival

OCTOBER 2017 ~ Friday 13 > Sunday 15 October

Port Fairy Spring Music Festival

The Port Fairy Spring Music Festival has a classical music theme and musicians from within Australia as well as overseas artists, perform in small and intimate venues.

Music from the world's leading composers both traditional and new, performers who are well known as well as young emerging performers combine to bring together a fantastic weekend. The appealing and concentrated combination of fine music, varietal performance, conviviality and relaxation makes this festival a must do. For more details contact the Festival Office on the number provided or visit the website.

03 5568 2682

1300 656 564

Content: Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre

Weekend of Family History

OCTOBER 2017 ~ Friday 20 > Sunday 22 October

Weekend of Family History

  • Friday, 20 October 2017 | 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM
  • Saturday, 21 October 2017 | 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Sunday, 22 October 2017 | 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

History Centre, COPACC, 2-6 Rae Street, Colac 3250

Celebrate a 'Weekend of Family History" with activities for everyone.

Day one starts on Friday 20 October starts with a boutique writers festival at the Colac Library, consisting of a workshop showing 'How to Write a Non-Boring Family History', and followed by a presentation by printer's and publishers who will provide information and assistance with publishing family histories. The winners of the writing competition "Our Pioneer Stories" will be announced and each competition participant will receive a publication containing all of the entries.

Day 2 on Saturday 21 October is Family History Expo day.  Held in conjunction with the Victorian Association of Family History Organisations Inc. (VAFHO), this expo will showcase organisations and businesses providing services and products to assist with researching, recording, preserving and publishing family histories.  Four workshops will be held throughout the day, 'in costumer and in character' enactment from the Colac Players will re-enact the early pioneers of the district and a cultural historian will be present to explain how to date early photographs. 

The final day on Sunday 22 October is activity day with History Walks exploring various buildings and site throughout Colac, learning about the history of the buildings and people who inhabited them.  Cemetery Tours, conducted by volunteers in costume, will tell the stories of the colorful characters buried in the Colac Cemetery. 

Chase the Dog

OCTOBER 2017 ~ Saturday 21 > Saturday 21 October

Chase the Dog

8am, Station Street, Forrest, Victoria.

The spectacular 85km course will take in some of the best old logging routes of the Otway Ranges, a mixture of rail trail, fire road and quiet back country roads. The event can be ridden on virtually any type of bike, whether it be a mountain bike, cyclocross, hybrid or commuter. With marshal checkpoints, feed zones and cafes in the small towns of Beech Forrest and Gellibrand, riding with mates and stopping to meet friends and family along the route is encouraged! The event aims to raise funds and awareness for mental health and Beyond Blue.

A Midsummer Night

OCTOBER 2017 ~ Saturday 21 > Saturday 21 October

A Midsummer Night's Dream @ The Otway Fly

Experience the magic of A Midsummer Night's Dream performed by Skin of Our Teeth Productions, amongst the majesty of The Otway Fly Treetop Adventures.  Zip in early for exclusive access to the worlds tallest Treetop Walk or book in for the late afternoon Ziplining Tour to really get the blood pumping!

Settle in for the evening on the lush green lawn and enjoy your own picnic or goodies from the Otway Café. Ticket includes an optional guided twilight tour of the Treetop Walk starting at 4pm. Performance starts at 5:30pm.

 

Children

OCTOBER 2017 ~ Thursday 26 > Thursday 26 October

Children's Week - It's Party Time

Thursday, 26 October 2017 | 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM @ Colac Botanic Gardens, Fyans Street, Colac, Colac 3250

Colac Otway's annual Children's Week activities will be held at the Colac Botanic Gardens.  Activities will include face painting, roaming reptile display, bubble making, art & craft activities and aboriginal story time. 

Activities are open to all ages and is a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy the surroundings of the Botanic Gardens.

The Tempest at The Cape Otway Lightstation

NOVEMBER 2017 ~ Saturday 4 > Saturday 4 November

The Tempest at The Cape Otway Lightstation

Experience the magic of Shakespeare's The Tempest, performed by Sly Rat Theatre Company, in the surrounds of Australia's oldest lighthouse, Cape Otway Lightstation. 

This presentation will combine the spectacle of ballet, the tragedy of opera, the delight of clowns and stunning visual effects, redfining what an outdoor Shakespeare event can be. Performance commences at 6:30pm

Upwelling Festival Portland

NOVEMBER 2017 ~ Saturday 4 > Saturday 4 November

Upwelling Festival Portland

The Upwelling Festival in Portland offers a fantastic and vibrant way for visitors and Portland locals to celebrate and showcase the unique eco-tourism features of the beautiful coastal town, the Bonney Upwelling.

The Bonney Upwelling is a seven month long natural ocean occurrence where krill form dense swarms up to a kilometre in length. These exceptional feeding conditions trigger a feeding frenzy of whales, seals, giant crabs, tuna, crayfish, squid, fish and seabirds.

The Festival includes the blessing of the fleet, street parade, festival market, live entertainment, marine environment talks, whale boat races along with a major community art project.

The Festival is run in conjunction with two other well-established and popular local events - the Rotary Art Show (all weekend) and the Portland Three Bays Marathon (Sunday morning). Together these events provide a weekend-long program of activities for locals and visitors.

Content: Upwelling Festival Portland

GOW Walk - Castle Cove to Johanna

NOVEMBER 2017 ~ Sunday 12 > Sunday 12 November

GOW Walk - Castle Cove to Johanna

Friends of Otway National Park


GOW Walk - Castle Cove to Johanna

Meet at the Castle Cove.

Tea, coffee, bickies supplied. BYO lunch.

All welcome.

Please contact Judi on (03) 5237 6318 or Pip on 0417 582 407 for further details and so we know how many people to expect.

Mind Your Groove - Birregurra

NOVEMBER 2017 ~ Sunday 12 > Sunday 12 November

Mind Your Groove - Birregurra

Cost

Mind Your Groove announces their third Roadshow, the last Sunday of the school holdiays!

Mind Your Groove (MYG) Community Dance Roadshow. A series of travelling dance workshops based in the Colac Otway Shire, second Sunday of every month July - December 2017, and culminating in a Festive Family Bush Dance in Hordern Vale. No prior dance experience necessary. All ages all welcome!

Each town showcases a different dance genre and facilitator for the adult sessions.

This month we are spicing it up with Melbourne based African dancer Rugamba who will be facilitating both adults and kids sessions!

Jump into Kwaito Dance/Street Jive for Kids and FreeStyle/African for Adults.

 

  • Preschoolers - 10:00 - 10:30am
  • Primary kids - 11:00am - 11:45pm
  • Youth, Adults, Seniors - 1:30 - 3:30pm

The aim is to provide a variety of styles and movement backgrounds, exposing participants to dance diversity not easily accessible to rural towns. All sessions end in a freestyle dance that incorporates the moves learned!

Spaces are limited. Book now to avoid disappointment!

 

  • Tickets - Adults $15 presale / $20 on the door, Kids - $10 presale/ $15 on the door.
  • Family tickets ( 3 + kids ) $20 pre-sale / $30 on the door

For presale tickets contact - mindyourgroove@gmail.com AmandaMagan - 0439 999 941

Pre-sale tickets close Friday 6th October.

More info contact Elle Wood 0400 145 168

This project is Funded by the Colac Otway Shire under the community grants scheme.

Romeo & Juliet amongst the vines at Otway Estate Winery

NOVEMBER 2017 ~ Saturday 18 > Saturday 18 November

Romeo & Juliet amongst the vines at Otway Estate Winery

A fitting finale, Romeo & Juliet will be performed on November 18th amongst the vines at Otway Estate. Pre-screening optional extra:  Taste and Talk Brewery Tour experience at 5pm can be purchased for only $10. Meet the Brewer, learn about the brewing process, ingredients used and of course taste! Tour 40 mins approx pending questions. Cellar Door will be open from 5pm , pre-show drinks will be available. 

The performance will start at the romamtic time of 6pm.

Jingle at the  Bay  (Apollo Bay) - 5pm to 9pm

DECEMBER 2017 ~ Wednesday 20 > Wednesday 20 December

Jingle at the Bay (Apollo Bay) - 5pm to 9pm

Celebrate Christmas with carols by the bay.  Traditional carols to start the evening, followed by a visit from Santa then an open mic.

Bring a chair, blanket or comfy seating and join in the festive spirit.

Apollo Bay Art Show

DECEMBER 2017 ~ Friday 29 > Wednesday 3 January

Apollo Bay Art Show

TWILIGHT MARKET: Otway Maker and Growers Market - 4pm-9pm

DECEMBER 2017 ~ Friday 29 > Friday 29 December

TWILIGHT MARKET: Otway Maker and Growers Market - 4pm-9pm

TWILIGHT MARKET - NOTE THIS MARKET TAKES THE PLACE OF SUNDAY 24TH DECEMBER 2017.

Activities for the kids from 6pm. Local stalls with fresh produce and locally produced artwork. There will be movies for the kids on the big TV Screen inside.

New Year

DECEMBER 2017 ~ Sunday 31 > Sunday 31 December

New Year's Eve Fireworks at Apollo Bay - 10pm

Main display at family time of 10pm . Second display in the New Year at 12am.

Bush Detective

JANUARY 2018 ~ Wednesday 10 > Wednesday 10 January

Bush Detective

FREE - BUT BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

Become a Bush Detective by learning the secrets of the bush. Tune your senses to discover who is hiding out of sight, and use clues find out who was in the park while no one was looking. Bring your camera or phone to capture what you find!

This activity is suitable for children aged 6-12, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Please meet at the Distillery Creek Picnic Ground – lower car park, Bambra Rd.

Campfire Connections

JANUARY 2018 ~ Wednesday 17 > Wednesday 17 January

Campfire Connections

FREE - BUT BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

Join a Parks Victoria Ranger in the tall forests around Lorne for a campfire at Blanket Leaf Picnic Ground – there will be damper and fun nature games.

This activity is suitable for children aged 6-12, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Please meet at the Blanket Leaf Picnic Ground, Erskine Falls Road.

2018 Camperdown Cup - 150 Years of Racing

JANUARY 2018 ~ Saturday 20 > Saturday 20 January

2018 Camperdown Cup - 150 Years of Racing

2018 Camperdown Cup - 150 Years of Racing

Join in the fun as Camperdown Turf Club celebrates 150 years of thoroughbred racing in Camperdown.

Free shuttle buses available to and from event. A day of great racing including free kids activities and live music until 8:00pm in the evening.

20 JAN 2018

11:00AM

20 JAN 2018

08:00PM

 

Camperdown-Lismore Road, Camperdown, VIC 3260 View map

Phone: 03 5593 2151

Email: k.vankempen@countryracing.com.au

Website: Visit Website

 

Lions Club Market, Colac

JANUARY 2018 ~ Sunday 21 > Sunday 16 December

Lions Club Market, Colac

Held on the third Sunday of each month in Memorial Square, Colac, 9am–2pm. Fresh produce, preserves, garden plants, refreshments, music and sausage sizzle.

Contact Jan Dowie (03) 5231 4235.

Campfire Connections

JANUARY 2018 ~ Monday 22 > Monday 22 January

Campfire Connections

FREE - BUT BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

Join a Parks Victoria Ranger in the tall forests around Lorne for a campfire at Blanket Leaf Picnic Ground – there will be damper and fun nature games.

This activity is suitable for children aged 6-12, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Please meet at the Blanket Leaf Picnic Ground, Erskine Falls Road.

A Day in the Bay - Australia Day Celebrations  @ Apollo Bay Foreshore

JANUARY 2018 ~ Friday 26 > Friday 26 January

A Day in the Bay - Australia Day Celebrations @ Apollo Bay Foreshore

The seaside town of Apollo Bay will host the Colac Otway Shire's official Australia Day celebrations for 2017.

Council shares the hosting of Australia Day with towns throughout the shire through an annual expression of interest process.

Acting Mayor Terry Woodcroft said the winning submission by the Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce to host the event followed from the success of 'A Day in the Bay' 2016.

Council organises the official civic components including: flag raising ceremony, national anthem, citizenship ceremony and presentation of the Australia Day Awards. The host community is encouraged to showcase their town, local venues, artists and performers to a diverse range of residents and visitors.

Apollo Bay last hosted Australia Day in 2013 and Cr Woodcroft said Council looked forward to returning in 2017.

Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce has proposed the theme of diversity and inclusion for the 2017 celebrations," Cr Woodcroft said.

"We are excited to again partner with the Apollo Bay community, to assist them in delivering a wide range of activities, including music, dance, games, amusement rides and more."

Colac Otway Shire Australia Day Award nominations are currently open, and Council is calling for nominations across five categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Community Service of the Year
  • Sporting Service of the Year
  • Arts Service of the Year

Inquiries

Tamzin McLennan  (03) 5232 9493  email

Melanesia Carson  (03) 5232 9559  email

 

Australia Day Celebrations, Colac

JANUARY 2018 ~ Friday 26 > Friday 26 January

Australia Day Celebrations, Colac

The Colac Otway Shire in partnership with local clubs and groups are holding Councils official Australia Day event on Friday 26 January, 2018, Memorial Square, Colac from 11am to 3pm.

There will be plenty happening on the day, including the official Australia Day ceremony, an Australia Day market, food stalls, a community BBQ, children’s activities and a great line up of entertainment including local performers and a performance from one of Australia’s premiere calypso-inspired tropical party bands "Mighty Duke & The Lords"  proudly sponsored by COPACC.

Another great addition to the day is the Community Expo, organised by the community for the community. This is a great opportunity for local business, organisations and community groups and clubs to come along and promote their services, recruit new members and promote upcoming activities and "come and try" days.

If you would like more information about the Community Expo or wish to register your interest in attending please complete the 2018 Community Expo Registration Form and return to the relevant precinct manager as specified in the registration form. All forms must be returned by 4pm on 8 December 2017.

Contact Colac Otway Shire (03) 5232 9400 or email.

11am–3pm Memorial Square, Murray Street, Colac.

Port Fairy Jazz Festival

FEBRUARY 2018 ~ Friday 9 > Sunday 11 February

Port Fairy Jazz Festival

The Port Fairy Jazz Festival is a not for profit festival and organisation run entirely by volunteers, promoting all genres of jazz music in the picturesque surrounds of Port Fairy.

Jazz comes alive in the most liveable community each February.

Please visit the website for more information.

Content: Western Victoria Jazz Productions Inc.

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival

FEBRUARY 2018 ~ Friday 16 > Sunday 18 February

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival invites you to taste, explore and engage in all things seafood.' Join for three days of harbour celebrations, long table seafood feasts, nose to tail cooking demonstrations, underwater treasure hunts, conversations on the edge and good time music vibes.

Harbour Day - Apollo Bay Seafood Festival

FEBRUARY 2018 ~ Saturday 17 > Saturday 17 February

Harbour Day - Apollo Bay Seafood Festival

Staged on the picturesque Apollo Bay foreshore, the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival is a fun-filled day of cooking demonstrations from local and celebrity chefs, live entertainment, market stalls, wine, beer and of course - seafood in abundance.

On the menu you can expect fresh crayfish, abalone, calamari, mussels, flake, scallops, snapper, blueberries, raspberries, shitake mushrooms, olives, wines, beers, truffles, cheeses, vegetables meats – all locally sourced.

Otway Odyssey 2018  Saturday, 24 February 2018 | 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM

FEBRUARY 2018 ~ Saturday 24 > Sunday 25 February

Otway Odyssey 2018 Saturday, 24 February 2018 | 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Location: Forrest, Otway National Park, Yaugher Road, Forrest 3236

ROAD CLOSURE:

Note that Birregurra-Forrest Rd will be closed on Sat 24th for a short period between 7.15am and 8.00am between Colac-Forrest Rd and Delaneys Tk.

Hennigan Cres, Henry St and Station St will also be closed between 6.55am and 7.45am on Saturday 24th Feb and between 0750 and 0910 on Sunday 25th Feb.

The following roads being used by the bike riders are NOT closed however minor delays may be expected.

  • Traffic warning signs will be erected on affected streets. This includes:
  • Kaangalang Rd between Mt Sabine Rd and Yaugher Recreation Reserve
  • Boundary Rd between Birregurra Rd and western edge of Yaugher forest
  • Caspers Access Rd (Sat. only)
  • Kents Rd (Sat. only)
  • Centre Rd
  • Cemetery Rd
  • Delaney Tk
  • Goat Tk (Sat. only)
  • Thompsons Tk (Sat. only)
  • Haydons Tk (Sat. only)
  • Hennigan Cres
  • Henry St
  • Station St
  • Seven Bridges Rd between Cemetery Rd and Birregurra Rd (Sun. only)
  • Grey River Rd (Sun. only)
  • Great Ocean Rd between Kennett R and Wye River Rd (Sun. only)
  • Wye River Rd (Sun. only)
  • Mt Sabine Rd between Delaneys Rd and Grey River Rd (Sun. only)

On Saturday, the main 100km race commences at 7.00am for the elite women’s field and then the main bunch starts at 7.30am with over 500 riders. Both races will start on Yaugher Rd near the Recreation Reserve.

The 50km and 30km riders will start on Yaugher Rd at 8.00am and 9.20am respectively and will ride on Yaugher Rd and Kaangalang Rd. There will be approx. 500 riders in these groups, and thus Yaugher Rd between the recreation reserve and Hennigan Cres. Will be closed between 7.55am and 8.15am and again between 9.15am and 9.35am

On Sunday, the 97km “gravel grind” event commences at 0800 on Yaugher Rd near the recreation reserve.

The 49km “gravel grind” event commences at 0900 on Yaugher Rd near the recreation reserve.

We thank you for taking extra care during these times when many cyclists will be traveling in the area

Copies of all the various course maps can be found here;
http://rapidascent.com.au/

Rapid Ascent are maintaining communication with CFA and DELWP regarding the fire danger rating over the event weekend. Note, NO camping will be permitted in the Forrest horse riding club paddock over the event weekend.

Should you require further information about this event please call Rapid Ascent on 03 5261 5511, visit

www.OtwayOdyssey.com.au or call John Jacoby, Race Director, on 0408 035 261.

Entries have opened for Australia’s most respected mountain bike marathon, The Otway Odyssey presented by Focus which will see two new gravel road races added in 2017 line-up over the weekend of 24th-25th February.

For ten years, riders have travelled to the famous Otway rainforest of Forrest in south-western Victoria to take on the region’s iconic single track, but in 2017 even more riders can be part of the action with the addition of the Great Otway Gravel Grind (The GOGG) to the schedule of events.

A Gravel Grind is an event held on unsealed 2WD roads and the Otway Ranges around Forrest are infused with these, making for some superb riding on traffic free roads through the wilderness. The GOGG will include 49km and 97km options that make them achievable for all styles of rider on either road bikes, cyclocross, mountain or hybrid bikes. 

The action gets underway on Saturday 24th February with the principle mountain bike races; the 100km Odyssey, the 50km Shorty and the 30km Rookie, all starting and finishing amidst a huge bike expo and food festival at the Forrest Football Ground. The GOGG races and the kids 10km Pioneer MTB will be held on Sunday 25th February.

The Otway Odyssey MTB Marathons have been held for the last 10 years and have grown to become the pre-eminent mountain bike races in Australia and on the bucket list for many cyclists. The courses are well known for their tough climbs and technical trails, but also for the friendliness on course and the race atmosphere around the Forrest Football Ground expo area.

All courses of the Otway Odyssey take advantage of the extensive network of single track and 2WD roads of Forrest and the Otways. Combined with the beauty on offer in the Great Otway National Park, the electrifying race atmosphere and sense of satisfaction you get when you finish in the middle of the massive event festival, it’s an event not to be missed.

Entries to the 2018 Otway Odyssey are now open online at www.OtwayOdyssey.com.au

EVENT DETAILS:

Date:                      Saturday 24th February and Sunday 25th February, 2018            
Location:               Forrest, Otway National Park, Victoria
Distances:             

  • NEW: GOGG Big Ring 97km  
  • NEW: GOGG Little Ring 49km
  • Odyssey 100km
  • Shorty 50km  

  • Rookie 30km
  • Pioneer 10km  
  • Grommets Ride

Event Expo:          A massive bike, food and entertainment expo at Forrest Football Ground
Entries:                 Now open at www.otwayodyssey.com.au

Location: Forrest, Otway National Park, Yaugher Road, Forrest 3236

Port Fairy Folk Music Festival

MARCH 2018 ~ Friday 9 > Sunday 11 March

Port Fairy Folk Music Festival

Australia's world famous Port Fairy Folk Festival is a major event presenting international and national artists in a four day festival of music, arts and culture.

Port Fairy Folk Festival was established in 1977 by Jamie McKew and members of the Geelong Folk Music Club. In 39 whirlwind years Jamie produced 40 outstanding festivals that put Port Fairy up front and centre on the world stage of folk music. This festival is now a part of the DNA of this wonderful township and reinforces its rich cultural traditions as well celebrating new and innovative music and art.

For information of this year's line-up and ticket sales, please visit the website.

Apollo Bay & Otway District Agricultural Show

MARCH 2018 ~ Saturday 17 > Saturday 17 March

Apollo Bay & Otway District Agricultural Show

Tickets

Pre-purchase UNLIMITED RIDE passes & FAMILY ENTRY TICKETS from Apollo Bay Sports Store AND SAVE!

Family Entry Ticket – 2 adults, 3 kids under 16 yrs - $20 (or $15 prepurchased)

Adult -$10,  Concession - $8,  Child (U15) - $5

 

Ride Pass (wristband) allows unlimited rides ALL DAY! (or each ride is $3) - $20

Available from Apollo Bay Sports Store, 39 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay

 

Please send all correspondence and queries via email

 

Nitro Circus Live

APRIL 2018 ~ Tuesday 24 > Tuesday 24 April

Nitro Circus Live

The most exciting crew in action sports is heading back to Australia.

Global superstar Travis Pastrana will lead Nitro Circus Live in an electrifying all-new event.

Kicking off 10 March in Canberra Stadium, The Next Level Tour will feature the best athletes in FMX, BMX, Scooter, Inline and more, with a brand-new show drawing on the game-changing progression and breakthrough ramp technology pioneered at the epic Nitro World Games competition. 

An all-star international rider lineup will send it for eight cities across the country, attempting huge tricks and unbelievable world firsts as they take action sports to new heights. Pastrana has been instrumental in the new tour’s creation every step of the way: in addition to riding with the Nitro crew he is now a producer of the live event for the first time.

The Next Level Tour is the first stop on Nitro Circus Live’s 2018 global trek as it gears up for over 70 shows in 13 countries this year.

Content: Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre

Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride 2018

APRIL 2018 ~ Saturday 28 > Saturday 28 April

Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride 2018

Saturday, 28 April 2018 | 07:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Circuit through roads from Torquay to Lorne, Cnr Cape Otway Road and Birregurra-Deans Marsh Road, Birregurra 3242

One of Australia's premier and most spectacular rides.  Starting and finishing in Torquay the ride takes in the spectacular farmland of the Otway ranges and then back along the Great Ocean Road.

 With 4 distances to choose from:

  • 204km
  • 145km
  • 60km
  • 30km

Over 90kms of road closures and supported by police, extensive traffic management, medical support, mechanical support and entertainment.  Spectacular scenery along the course with the opportunity to stop in the townships of Moriac, Deans Marsh and along the Great Ocean Road at Lorne, Aireys Inlet & Anglesea.  Optional timed climb of the 12km Benwerrin Climb in the Otways for the 145km participants.

Scapes of the Land - An Exhibition

MAY 2018 ~ Saturday 5 > Sunday 27 May

Scapes of the Land - An Exhibition

 

NORTE - An Exhibition

MAY 2018 ~ Friday 18 > Sunday 27 May

NORTE - An Exhibition

The Addams Family

MAY 2018 ~ Friday 25 > Sunday 27 May

The Addams Family

Red Door proudly presents "The Addams Family"!

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare.  Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family - a man her parents have never met.   And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother.   Now Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia.  Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents.

 

STARRING 

Wednesday:  Isabella Daffy

Gomez:  Saul Kavenagh

Morticia:  Abigail Upson

Pugsley:  Aaron Pojani

Alice:  Dara Vicary

Mel:  Connor Knight

Fester:  Jess Mackay

Lucas:  Max Featherstone

Grandmama:  Amy Hicks

Lurch:  Jonah Ivelja

...and did we mention there is a cast of over 60 talented youths?!

 

When

* Friday, 25 May 2018 | 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM

* Saturday, 26 May 2018 | 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM

* Saturday, 26 May 2018 | 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM

Sunday, 27 May 2018 | 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM

 

Location

Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre, 95-97 Gellibrand St, Colac 3250

Colac Viewing Night

MAY 2018 ~ Saturday 26 > Saturday 26 May

Colac Viewing Night

 

Don't miss out!

saxon Telescopes and Binoculars is making the trip to Colac to collaborate with our friends at Timeless Interiors Colac for an unforgettable Night Sky Viewing.

Ever wanted to look through a telescope or wondered what you could see and do with one? Then you simply have to join us at Colac showgrounds on 26/05/18 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

Featuring saxon binoculars and telescopes, you are invited to come and catch more than a glimpse of our moon, and the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars.

We are also giving away a saxon 8 inch Deepsky Dobsonian Telescope (goo.gl/rwzobE) to one lucky winner attending that night.

More information can be found at: goo.gl/NXH8Cw

Brendan Forward - Free Live Music at The Brewhouse

MAY 2018 ~ Saturday 26 > Saturday 26 May

Brendan Forward - Free Live Music at The Brewhouse

Brendan Forward - Free Live Music at The Brewhouse

26 MAY 2018

08:30PM

26 MAY 2018

11:30PM

 

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233 View map

Get down to the Brewhouse for a fun night with Brendan Forward.

Situated on the Great Ocean Road in Apollo Bay where the hills meet the ocean, the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse is a craft beer haven with over 100 craft beers on offer. Beer, wine and cider tastings are available in the tasting room along with fabulous regional produce. Dine in their award-winning bistro with a family-friendly atmosphere and a delicious menu that has something to suit everyone. Live weekend entertainment and sports bar. Warm yourself by the fire or enjoy the beer garden with ocean views. Open seven days. Free Wi-Fi available.

Phone: 03 5237 6240
Email: info@gorbrewhouse.com.au
Website: Visit Website

 

 

Merry Go Round

MAY 2018 ~ Saturday 26 > Sunday 24 June

Merry Go Round

The Creators of the Gian Ocean Liner Maze and the Magic Bubble show bring you ...

MERRY GO ROUND!

 

A fantasy World made from recycled cardboard ... for kids of all ages!

VENUE: COPACC Foyer, 95-97 Gellibrand St, Colac

TEDDY BEAR WORKSHOP

MAY 2018 ~ Sunday 27 > Sunday 27 May

TEDDY BEAR WORKSHOP

TEDDY BEAR WORKSHOP

27 May 2018 10:00am
27 May 2018 03:00pm

6 Pengilley Ave Apollo Bay Vic 3233 View map

Phone: (03) 5237 8590
Email: marrarwoorncoordinator@swarh.vic.gov.au

Create, stuff and sew your own teddy bear with Marie Murnane. Great for children's gifts, anniversaries or just to have around home, these teddy bears are fun to make and perfect to personalise. 

Sunday May 27th 10am - 3pm at Marrar Woorn

BYO sewing machine and accessories: 35cm of fabric (fur, calico, printed - whatever you like), 2 eyes, 4 teddy bear joints, scrap fabric for paws and feet, ribbon and 1kg stuffing. Supplies available at Spotlight - contact Marrar Woorn for further info. 

On Sunday 27 May 2018 at 10:00am

MUSIC SOIREE

MAY 2018 ~ Sunday 27 > Sunday 27 May

MUSIC SOIREE

 

27 May 2018

04:00pm

 

Ella Summers , Estelle Shircore Barker , Leon Kennedy and friends Join us at 3:30pm for tea and cake Performance begins at 4pm Program includes works by Saint-Saëns, Beethoven and Alter Bridge.

A Prudent Man

MAY 2018 ~ Thursday 31 > Thursday 31 May

A Prudent Man

Lab Kelpie presents

A PRUDENT MAN

“Theatre at the very top of its game”

 

The Music

“Warners script is whip smart….a brilliant piece”

 

Australia Times

A well-groomed, confident-looking man enters the room and sits on a comfortable and expensive-looking leather chair. A bright light shines on him. There’s water and a glass on a table, but that’s all. Perhaps this is an investigation. What has he done wrong?

This award-winning darkly comedic political thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. It asks what it means to be right... in more ways than one…….

Playwright and director Katie Warner has toured this show throughout Australia, New Zealand and to New York. It has won and been nominated for awards, including Winner of the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival – People’s Choice Award. Lyall Brooks gives a consummate and riveting solo performance, guaranteed to have you glued to your seat!

 

Venue: Auditorium

Date/Time: Thursday May 31 at 8pm

Running time: 50 minutes, no interval

 

Tickets:

Adults: $34 - $40

Concession: $31 - $36

Under 30s: $20 - $24

Groups of 4 or more: 10%

 

Warning: Strong language, adult themes, M16+

 

Proudly sponsored by Colac Herald, Dinny Goonan Wines & The Farmer's Son

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BIRREGURRA MUSIC SALON PRESENTS BOB EVANS

JULY 2018 ~ Sunday 8 > Sunday 8 July

BIRREGURRA MUSIC SALON PRESENTS BOB EVANS

BIRREGURRA MUSIC SALON PRESENTS BOB EVANS

08 JUL 2018 05:00PM
08 JUL 2018 07:30PM

7 Sladen Street Birregurra 3242

Bob Evans, the ARIA winning alter ego of Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell, is coming to Birregurra of a super intimate show in the stunning historic Birregurra Christ Church - Sun 8th July at 5pm.
 
A lover of the road and a true troubadour, Kev chalked up an enormous number of kilometres around Australia following the critical acclaim for “Familiar Stranger” playing over 55 shows including A Day On The Green, Moomba Festival, ARTBAR at Art Gallery of WA, St Kilda Festival, The Great Australian Beer Festival Geelong and 2 full tours covering capital cities and numerous regional areas.

 

Website: Visit Website

 
 

Check availability & book

Trivia Night with Sally Cannon

JULY 2018 ~ Wednesday 18 > Wednesday 18 July

Trivia Night with Sally Cannon

 

Trivia Night with Sally Cannon

 

18 JUL 2018

07:00PM

 

18 JUL 2018

09:00PM

 

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

Eat. Drink. Think. Win. 

Join the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse for their first trivia night at the Brewhouse Bar with Sally Cannon. First question at 7:15pm sharp.

A gold coin donation per head - the winning table (of up to eight people) gets to choose a local club to donate all proceeds to.

Whether you are looking for amazing craft beers, eat delicious food, listen to free live music or watch some of Australia's best live sports while scarfing down a chicken parmi, at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse they have got it all.

They specialise in craft beer, craft cider and local produce, but that is not all they offer, there is so much more.

 

Phone: 03 5237 6240
Email: info@gorbrewhouse.com.au
Website: Visit Website

 

 

 

Christmas in July Celebration at the Brewhouse

JULY 2018 ~ Friday 20 > Friday 20 July

Christmas in July Celebration at the Brewhouse

Christmas in July Celebration at the Brewhouse

20 JUL 2018

06:00PM

20 JUL 2018

09:00PM

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233 View map

You are welcome to join the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse for a Christmas in July dinner party to raise money for the Apollo Bay Kindergarten. The evening will include a two-course Christmas Dinner, with turkey, ham and all the trimmings followed by plum pudding with creme anglais. There is a kids menu available for the little ones. 

It is not a real Christmas without Santa. Luckily Santa will be visiting the Brewhouse to hand out gifts and tell cracking Christmas jokes. The kids will love it. Alister Turrill is performing from 7:30pm, and there will be mulled wine and hot buttered rum on special.

This event has all the makings of a good night, and is most certainly for a great cause. Help create some festive magic and raise funds for our local kindergarten and kids.

Phone: 03 5237 6240
Email: info@gorbrewhouse.com.au
Website: Visit Website

 

Taste of Tamworth

JULY 2018 ~ Saturday 21 > Saturday 21 July

Taste of Tamworth

TASTE OF TAMWORTH

 

This show has a great reputation for providing a high quality taste of Australia’s largest country music festival, Tamworth, a taste that keeps people coming back for more!

So come along and be part of the Tamworth experience as the artists launch into a string of their National #1 hits and some wellknown favourites.

 

Venue: Auditorium

Date/Time: Saturday July 21 at 8pm

Running time: Two 70 minutes sets, including interval

 

When

Saturday, 21 July 2018 | 08:00 PM - 10:30 PM

 

Location

COPACC, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

 

Tickets:

Adults: $43 - $50

Concession: $38 - $45

Under 30s: $26 - $30

Groups of 4 or more: 10% discount

 

Proudly sponsored by Colac Herald, Dinny Goonan Wines & Colac Landscape Supplies

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MELBOURNE GUITAR QUARTET

JULY 2018 ~ Sunday 29 > Sunday 29 July

MELBOURNE GUITAR QUARTET

MELBOURNE GUITAR QUARTET

29 JUL 2018

02:30PM

29 JUL 2018

03:40PM

42 Main Street, Birregurra 3242

 

Explore a landscape of hypnotic interweaving textures, pulsating bass lines and rhythmic vitality

Melbourne Guitar Quartet (MGQ) is a brilliant addition to Australia’s musical landscape. As Melbourne’s leading guitar ensemble, MGQ’s blend of innovative arrangements, technical flair and superb ensemble playing is a joy to experience. Through the use of bass, baritone, standard, treble and octave guitars, MGQ embodies a vibrant and dynamic onstage musical persona that has amassed diverse audience appeal since the quartet’s formation in 2005.

Avid lovers of chamber music, guitar aficionados as well as concert first timers will no doubt be left captivated and fascinated by MGQ’s inimitable re-workings of established classics and feel invigorated by more recent and newly commissioned works. Guitar performance is set to transform as MGQ embarks upon a voyage of exploring the world of guitar as you have never heard it before.

Winter in the Forgotten Valley celebrates the work of some of Australia’s leading composers who established and nurtured the quintessence of Australian guitar music. MGQ’s intention is to transcend what appears as a guitar-lovers paradise. This highly unique program is a rare opportunity to experience Australian guitar music and is well suited for admirers of not only Australian works but all chamber music enthusiasts.

From Nigel Westlake’s rhythmic and colourful Winter in the Forgotten Valley to Robert Davidson’s incredibly evocative River and Cliffs, MGQ explores a landscape of hypnotic interweaving textures, pulsating bass lines and rhythmic vitality; the blend of bass, baritone, standard and treble guitars in Phillip Houghton’s tour de force, News From Nowhere is pure enchantment. Revisiting their acclaimed arrangement of Westlake’s life affirming Omphalo Centric Lecture, MGQ is joined on stage with guest percussionist Steve Falk, culminating in a highly energetic and vibrant celebration of a pioneering all-Australian program set to inspire and thrill.

Email: commonthreadarts@gmail.com
Website: Visit Website

Apollo Bay Writers Festival and Warm Winter Words 2018

JULY 2018 ~ Sunday 29 > Sunday 29 July

Apollo Bay Writers Festival and Warm Winter Words 2018

Sunday, 29 July 2018 | 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM

In this, our 25th annual Warm Winter Words, we are proud to be presenting: 2018 Stella Prize winner, Alexis Wright; award winning author, journalist, lawyer and educator, Alice Pung; and author, editor and humans rights lawyer, Jock Serong. Each speaker will talk about their work, followed by a short Q&A session. Authors may be available for book signing during a break for afternoon tea.

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Recent publications include the collective memoir Tracker (2017) which was awarded the 2018 Stella Prize, the essay What Happens When You Tell Somebody Else’s Story (2016) which was awarded the Hilary McPhee Award 2016, The Swan Book (2013), which was awarded the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 2014, and Carpentaria (2006), which was awarded the 2007 Miles Franklin Award.

Alice Pung's non-fiction books Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter and Growing Up Asian in Australiahave been set texts at schools and universities all around Australia and the US. She is a frequent contributor to the Monthly, Good Weekend and the Age. In 2015, Alice was awarded Sydney Morning Herald’s Young Novelist of the Year for her latest book Laurinda.

Jock Serong is the author of three novels: Quota (2014), which won the Ned Kelly prize for a first novel, The Rules of Backyard Cricket (2016) and On the Java Ridge (2017), both of which have been shortlisted for multiple awards here and overseas. He has formerly worked as a criminal and human rights lawyer, and was the founding editor of Great Ocean Quarterly. He writes regularly in magazines such as Surfing World and Vacation & Travel, and in news and online media such as The Guardian. Jock will release his fourth novel, Preservation, in November 2018.

When

Sunday, 29 July 2018 | 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Location

Mechanics Institute, Great Ocean Road , Apollo Bay 3233

Pete Mawhinney

0409 923 366

info@apollobaywritersfestival.com

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/warm-winter-words-2018-tickets-47406903324?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

WINTER WILD FESTIVAL

AUGUST 2018 ~ Friday 10 > Sunday 12 August

WINTER WILD FESTIVAL

WINTER WILD FESTIVAL

10 AUG 2018

12:00AM

26 AUG 2018

12:00AM

 Apollo Bay 3233

 

2018 WinterWild announcement. Apollo Bay’s newest arts festival will be running on the following dates:10-12 August, 24-26th August.

 

Just as darkness set in, it commenced to blow and rain in torrents, the wind made the fire and the smoke twist and turn in all directions. The noise of the tremendous trees roaring and cracking, the rain coming in at points of the roof made me shudder… Had it not been for some brandy and water I found … I don’t know what may have been the consequences. Don’t Look Away.

 

Death Program 2018:

Quietus: Friday 10th August

The Subject: Friday 10th August

The Sacrifice: Saturday 11th August

Laughing Death: Saturday 11th August

 

Birth Program 2018:

13th Heaven: Friday 24th August

Candescence: Saturday 25th August

Moksha: Saturday 25th August

Dance Hall Deliverance: Saturday 25th August

 

Email: info@winterwild.com.au
Website: Visit Website

BIRREGURRA MUSIC SALON PRESENTS BEC GORING

AUGUST 2018 ~ Saturday 18 > Saturday 18 August

BIRREGURRA MUSIC SALON PRESENTS BEC GORING

BIRREGURRA MUSIC SALON PRESENTS BEC GORING

18 AUG 2018

05:00PM

18 AUG 2018

07:30PM

7 Sladen Street, Birregurra 3242

After wowing us on the Blues Train at Queenscliff Festival in 2017, Bec Goring is coming to Birregurra to treat us with her own style of music that blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz.

An electrifying guitarist and singer reminiscent of Mia Dyson, Bec is bringing along a few of her favourite musos to accompany her as she pays subtle homage to many soul and blues artists.

Sweet vocals backed by a never-ending bag of blues infused riffery, eloquent harmonies whilst maintaining a striking contrast among songs. It's not at all surprising that audiences are spinning her single release 'Weekend' like fairy floss from a candy store.

Bec comes to Birregurra with some of her favourite musos to accompany her. Standby to be blown away by this emerging up-comer. Once again, we're getting in before she hits the heights

Listen to Bec's latest tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/bec-goring

Website: Visit Website

Check availability & book

International Lighthouse Weekend

AUGUST 2018 ~ Saturday 18 > Sunday 19 August

International Lighthouse Weekend

International Lighthouse Weekend celebrates lighthouses and the people that worked in them.

It’s held every year on the 3rd weekend in August and involves lighthouses & lightships from all around the world.

Come and join us – there’s plenty to do for all the family.

You Light Up My Life!

AUGUST 2018 ~ Saturday 18 > Saturday 18 August

You Light Up My Life!

Come and join in the celebrations of Australia's most significant Lighthouse turning 170 years old. YES the secrets out - we have special permission to turn on the light!!

 

9am - 9pm at Cape otway Lighthouse

1140 Lighthouse Road

3233 Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia

(03) 5237 9240


There will be plenty of festivities running throughout the day and once its dark be prepared to be awed as the light is turned back on and shines its beams 40+km out to sea. The tower will be open (limited tickets will apply) for you to experience this magnificence 90 metres above the ocean. 


More details to follow closer to the date but lock it in your diary! 


International Lighthouse Weekend 18/8/18 - there's something very auspicious about that .....

 

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Johanna Revegetation

AUGUST 2018 ~ Sunday 19 > Sunday 19 August

Johanna Revegetation

Friends of Otway National Park
Johanna Revegetation

 

10am - 12pm

Meet at Johanna Campground.

 

Tea, coffee, bickies supplied.  BYO lunch and gumboots.  All welcome.

 

Please contact Judi on (03) 5237 6318 or Pip on 0417 582 407 for further details and so we know how many people to expect.

 

See the Friends of Otway National Park page for further details.

WINTER WILD FESTIVAL

AUGUST 2018 ~ Friday 24 > Sunday 26 August

WINTER WILD FESTIVAL

WINTER WILD FESTIVAL

10 AUG 2018

12:00AM

26 AUG 2018

12:00AM

 Apollo Bay 3233

 

2018 WinterWild announcement. Apollo Bay’s newest arts festival will be running on the following dates:10-12 August, 24-26th August.

 

Just as darkness set in, it commenced to blow and rain in torrents, the wind made the fire and the smoke twist and turn in all directions. The noise of the tremendous trees roaring and cracking, the rain coming in at points of the roof made me shudder… Had it not been for some brandy and water I found … I don’t know what may have been the consequences. Don’t Look Away.

 

Death Program 2018:

Quietus: Friday 10th August

The Subject: Friday 10th August

The Sacrifice: Saturday 11th August

Laughing Death: Saturday 11th August

 

Birth Program 2018:

13th Heaven: Friday 24th August

Candescence: Saturday 25th August

Moksha: Saturday 25th August

Dance Hall Deliverance: Saturday 25th August

 

Email: info@winterwild.com.au
Website: Visit Website

Morning Music - We

AUGUST 2018 ~ Wednesday 29 > Wednesday 29 August

Morning Music - We've Only Just Begun

Morning Music - We've Only Just Begun

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 | 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

 

HIT Productions presents

We’ve Only Just Begun

Angela Lumicisi channels Karen Carpenter’s unique voice to recreate the distinctive style that made the Carpenters among the best-selling music artists of all time.

 

If you cherish the music of the Carpenters, if you long to hear it live again, if you love great singing and lush melodies, then this show is for you!

 

The Carpenters recorded some of the greatest love songs in pop music history, songs that captivated many generations of fans.

 

We’ve Only Just Begun: The Music of the Carpenters celebrates many memorable and heart-warming songs including Top of the World, Close To You, Yesterday Once More.

 

Australian music theatre star, Angela Lumicisi’s performance is spellbinding as she tells the story of Karen’s transformation from a little girl behind a drum kit to one of the brightest stars of the ‘70s - a symbol of hope, happiness and harmony - through to her untimely death at the age of 32.

 

We’ve Only Just Begun is a remarkable and intimate musical experience.

 

Venue: Auditorium

Date/Time: Wednesday August 29 at 11am

Running Time: 70 minutes, no interval

All tickets: $23

 

Free morning tea served from 10am in the Foyer

 

Proudly Sponsored by Colac Herald & Arundell, Murray and Ryan, Barristers and Solicitors.

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Location

COPACC - Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Friends of Colac Botanic Gardens - Wattle Day

SEPTEMBER 2018 ~ Saturday 1 > Saturday 1 September

Friends of Colac Botanic Gardens - Wattle Day

Wattle Day

Guided walk to enjoy and learn more about acacias

 

Location

Colac Botanic Gardens, Fyans Street, Colac 3250  View Map

The Jodie Lee Foster Trek

SEPTEMBER 2018 ~ Friday 7 > Saturday 8 September

The Jodie Lee Foster Trek

The Jodie Lee Foster Trek

07 SEP 2018

06:00AM

08 SEP 2018

07:00PM

Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

 

This September explore the magic of the Great Ocean Walk between Ryans Den and Apollo Bay on the Jodie Lee Foundation Trek.

Experience the dramatic coastline, stunning scenery and breath-taking cliff top vistas, all in the name of bowel cancer prevention.

Set yourself a personal challenge, get fit, have fun with friends and meet new people while enjoying the camaraderie and experiencing an adventure in the great outdoors. The JLF Trek ends with a celebration party at the finish line, with food, drinks and music! 

Choose from three distances - 72 kilometres (two days), 22 kilometres (one day) or 8 kilometres (one day). 

 

For more info and to register, head to the website.

Phone: 08 8363 1920
Email: enquiries@jodileefoundation.org.au
Website: Visit Website

  

Hiking for Bowel Cancer Prevention 2018

SEPTEMBER 2018 ~ Friday 7 > Saturday 8 September

Hiking for Bowel Cancer Prevention 2018

Friday, 07 September 2018 | 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Event Name: 

The JLF Trek VIC 2018

Date:

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 September 2018

Description:

This September explore the magic of the Great Ocean Walk between Ryans Den and Apollo Bay by taking part in The JLF Trek VIC. Experience the dramatic coastline, stunning scenery and breath-taking cliff top vistas, all in the name of bowel cancer prevention and raising essential funds for the Jodi Lee Foundation. 

Set yourself a personal challenge, get fit, have fun with friends and meet new people while enjoying the camaraderie and experiencing an adventure in the great outdoors. The JLF Trek ends with a celebration party at the finish line, with food, drinks and music! 

Choose from three distances - 72 kilometres, 22 kilometres or 8 kilometres. 

For more info and to register, head to the website - https://app.jodileefoundation.org.au/events/the-jlf-trek-vic-2018

 

Entry Fees:

75km - $275 (hiking Friday and Saturday)

22km - $185 (hiking Saturday only)

8km - $25 (hiking Saturday only)

 

Location:

Great Ocean Walk, Apollo Bay

When

Friday, 07 September 2018 | 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Saturday, 08 September 2018 | 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location

Great Ocean Walk, Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay 3233

Elissa O'Donohue

0407 599 809

elissa@jodileefoundation.org.au

https://app.jodileefoundation.org.au/events/the-jlf-trek-vic-2018

BIRREGURRA MUSIC SALON PRESENTS JESS FAIRLIE

SEPTEMBER 2018 ~ Sunday 9 > Sunday 9 September

BIRREGURRA MUSIC SALON PRESENTS JESS FAIRLIE

BIRREGURRA MUSIC SALON PRESENTS JESS FAIRLIE

09 SEP 2018

05:00PM

09 SEP 2018

07:30PM

7 Sladen Street, Birregurra 3242

A quick venture into newfound Melbourne pop prodigy Jess Fairlie's stirring and straight-forward 'Senses' immediately evokes R&B by-lines of old. Inspired by the likes of Stevie Wonder and modern heroes like Regina Spektor, Fairlie finds effortless beauty in her debut single, which is sure to create some positive buzz for the contemporary pop community.

Fairlie's ballad, behind the empowering piano and rousing vocals, is an endearing simple song of love and distance, as she realizes, "I'll just stay here as your friend/Hoping that you come to your senses." While the territory is familiar, the execution sounds like it's from an industry vet - not someone completely brand new to the scene.

Listen to 'Senses' below and look out for Fairlie's upcoming self-titled EP

Website: Visit Website

Check availability & book

Paris Underground - Encore

SEPTEMBER 2018 ~ Friday 14 > Friday 14 September

Paris Underground - Encore

Paris Underground - Encore

Friday, 14 September 2018 | 08:00 PM to 09:50 PM


Madotti and Vegas presents

PARIS UNDERGROUND - ENCORE

 

ENCORE - a new production by Madotti & Vegas, it’s still crazy, still sexy, still cool!

 

A CABARET EXTRAVAGANZA!

Journey again into the dark delights of the underground of Paris with more comedy, more astounding magic and illusion, more burlesque, greater feats, flesh and feathers, surprises and seductions, more incendiary song, spectacular dance, brilliant, beautiful and strange circus and cabaret and introducing new performers and new routines.

 

Featuring the magic of Madotti & Vegas, Australia’s most unique magicians, the beauty and grace of aerialist, dancer and circus artist Hannah Trott; the rare skill of tap-dance king Monsieur Eden Read; the dangerously charming and risqué repartee of chanteuse Aurora Kurth; and new to the underground, international dancer and burlesque artiste extraordinaire Miss Mimi Le Noire and the gravity defying talent of cirque specialist Monsieur Mark Graham!

 

If you missed them last time, this is your chance!

 

Venue: Civic Hall

Date/Time: Friday September 14 at 8pm

Running time: 90 Minutes, 20 minute interval

Tickets:

Adults: $45

Concession: $41

Under 30s: $27

Groups of 4 or more: 10% discount

Warning: Partial nudity, adult themes, M15+

Proudly sponsored by Colac Herald, Dinny Goonan Wines & Colac Landscape Supplies

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Location

COPACC, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Amy

SEPTEMBER 2018 ~ Saturday 15 > Saturday 15 September

Amy's Gran Fondo 2018

Saturday, 15 September 2018 | 12:00 PM to 07:00 PM

Join over 5,500 riders as they take on Australia's Grandest Fondo riding on Australia's greatest road, the Great Ocean Road. 

Now in it's eighth year, Amy's Gran Fondo offers an impressive endorphin-inducing weekend of cycling to watch in awe or participate with vigour all on fully closed roads with the spectacular natural backdrop of the Great Ocean Road.

With events and distances to appeal to everyone in the family.  Here's a snapshot:

* Go Long - 45km Medio Fondo or 120km Gran Fondo with 2021m vertical climbing.

Go Short - 14km Family Fondo at both Lorne and Apollo Bay.

Go Gravel - 65km Amy's Gravel Fondo The perfect ride for those who want to take their riding off bitumen and onto the gravel including 1,500 metres of climbing, ideal for those that prefer mountain or cyclocross bikes to road bikes in Lorne.  

Go CycloCross Taking place on Saturday 16 September Lorne foreshore, this CycloCross takes place on the beach and the foreshore.

Go Wall Challenge yourself to the vertical climb of Amy's Wall 110 metres with an average gradient of 15%, the ultimate hill sprint.

With the full road closures and an online safety briefing for every rider, the event has a strong safety focus.  Now in its eighth year, Amy’s Gran Fondo is held in memory of Australian cycling team member Amy Gillett, who was killed while training in Germany in 2005.

Register to enter

For all other enquires please head to Amy's Gran Fondo

 

Colac Otway Shire Roads closure details are:

Between Birregurra-Deans Marsh Road & Neade Street Lorne.  6am to 11am

Between Deans Marsh-Lorne Road and Bushes Road 7.30am to 11am

Between Birregurra-Deans Marsh Road & Pennyroyal Station Road.  8am to 12pm

Between Bushes Road & Murroon Road.  8am to 12pm. 

Between Pennyroyal Station Road & Division Road.  8am to 12pm

Between Division Road & Colac Forrest Road. 8am to 12pm. 

Between Colac Forest Road & Beech Forest Road (Turtons Track).  8.30am to 1.30pm

Between Beech Forest Road (Turtons Track) GOR.  8.30am to 2pm

GOR - Between Skenes Creek Road, Skenes Creek & Bay Street, Lorne.  8am to 3.30pm. 

GOR - Between Hardy Street, Apollo Bay & Skenes Creek Road, Skenes Creek.  10.30am to 11.30am. 

 

 

When

Saturday, 15 September 2018 | 12:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Sunday, 16 September 2018 | 07:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Location

Apollo Bay, Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay 3233

03 9595 3000

granfondo@amygillett.org.au

Colac Garden & Lifestyle Expo 2018

SEPTEMBER 2018 ~ Saturday 22 > Saturday 22 September

Colac Garden & Lifestyle Expo 2018

Saturday, 22 September 2018 | 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM

The 28th Annual Lifestye and Garden Expo at Colac showgrounds has something for everyone;

  • Displays and Stall holders
  • Live Entertainment
  • Kids Activities
  • Garden & Lifestyle Expo Raffle

Sponsored by Barwon Water

 

When

Saturday, 22 September 2018 | 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Location

Colac Showgrounds, Bruce Street , Colac 3250

Red Racing Hood

SEPTEMBER 2018 ~ Tuesday 25 > Tuesday 25 September

Red Racing Hood

Red Racing Hood

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 | 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM

 

Terrapin Puppet Theatre

RED RACING HOOD

The appeal of Red Racing Hood covers many generations, keeping the young children in the audience as engaged as their parents, grandparents and friends.”

 

Stage Whispers

“It’s eye-poppingly rich and complex…..they mine all the humour and the genuine drama of this entertaining tale.”

 

The Mercury

School Holiday fun for the kids!

 

Welcome to the town of Grinalong! Grinalong was once famous for the car race, The Grinalong Classic.

 

Fifty years ago the race stopped when a wolf that lived in nearby Tangled Woods destroyed racing cars and the drivers fled in terror. Now, the new Mayor has a plan to bring back Grinalong’s glory days, and re-launches the race. But it soon becomes obvious that he is more interested in furthering his own ambitions and lining his pockets than helping the town. And he doesn’t mind hurting Red and Gran in the process.

 

Director: Sam Routledge

Venue: Civic Hall

Date/Time: Tuesday September 25 at 10am and 1pm

Running time: 45 minutes, no interval

 

All tickets $20

Suits ages 5 years and above

 

Proudly sponsored by Colac Herald, Cow Lick Bookshop & Otway Fly Treetop Adventures

 

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When

  • Tuesday, 25 September 2018 | 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Wednesday, 26 September 2018 | 01:00 PM - 01:45 PM

Location

COPACC, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Otways Local Produce Swap

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Thursday 1 > Thursday 1 November

Otways Local Produce Swap

5:30pm @ The Community Garden, next to the Leisure Centre and pool in Costin Street

ALL WELCOME!

Food Swaps are local gatherings where people swap excess home grown produce and gardening extras.

Items may include fruit, jars, home made goods, vegetables, herbs, eggs, seeds, seedlings, gardening tips and worm juice, but may easily extend to skills shares, stories and seasonal recipes.

If you dont have anything to swap please feel free to drop in and say Hi! & check out what this event is all about!

Live in the Otways: Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Saturday 3 > Saturday 3 November

Live in the Otways: Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon

Melbourne’s own purveyors of junkyard theatre Suitcase Royale present a tale of dastardly deeds and unfathomable adventure in their show titled Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon. Deliciously dark and exquisitely crafted, this is a funny, sad and surreal fairytale. The theatrical performance is followed by live band Royale Riot, who will finish the evening with a range of bent and broken rockabilly tunes featuring drums, grinding upright bass, cracking guitar and the twang of a banjo.

VENUE: Mechanics Hall Apollo Bay

Phone: (03) 5237 9240

Email: Trish@lightstation.com

Website: Visit Website

 

THANDO....modern soul & R&B is coming to Birregurra Hall

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Saturday 3 > Saturday 3 November

THANDO....modern soul & R&B is coming to Birregurra Hall

Zimbabwean born, Melbourne based soul singer, Thando, has been gracing stages around Australia with her electric presence and powerhouse vocals. 

Fresh from a sell-out show at the NGV, Thando has put Birregurra on her album launch tour. Join us in the beautiful town of Birregurra at the foothills of The Otways for an extraordinary night of grooves in the newly renovated Birregurra Hall.

Having just featured at BIGSOUND in Brisbane, Thando has won fans hearts nationwide through her mesmeric live performances. Securing coveted support slots with Odette on her recent sold out 12 date Australian tour, Leon Bridges on his Bluesfest sideshow, Sampa The Great, REMI and having wooed festival crowds at Strawberry Fields and her annual hometown, historically sold out Chapel off Chapel performances.

Catch Thando at the newly renovated Birregurra Hall. Bring your groove shoes and enjoy her stellar performance before she heads to entertain festival goers at Queenscliff Festival.

Open Mic Sunday Session at Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Sunday 4 > Sunday 4 November

Open Mic Sunday Session at Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

 

04 NOV 2018

02:30PM

04 NOV 2018

05:30PM

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

Have you got talent? Bring along your skills, voice, jokes, instrument of choice and take the stage and show punters what you are made of. The Brewhouse are very excited to discover Apollo Bay's hidden talents.

The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse specialises in locally brewed craft beer, as well as ales from around Australia and the globe. The Brewhouse can cater for large or small groups and offers beer and wine tasting, hand-crafted produce from the Great Ocean Road and Otway regions, delicious meals featuring local products, a seaside beer garden, and a family-friendly atmosphere.

 

Phone: 03 5237 6240
Email: info@gorbrewhouse.com.au
Website: Visit Website

Camperdown Rotary Market

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Sunday 4 > Sunday 4 November

Camperdown Rotary Market

 

04 NOV 2018 09:00AM
04 NOV 2018 02:00PM

Manifold Street, Camperdown, VIC 3260

Held on the historic avenue of Camperdown's Manifold Street, the Camperdown Rotary Market is held on the first Sunday of each month. The market offers opportunity to browse and buy home made goods including cakes, produce, plants, clothing and novelties. 

Top this off with the opportunity to climb the Gothic style clock tower to inspect the clock mechanism and enjoy the panoramic views of our historic town before heading to the heritage centre to learn more about the area and its fascinating history.

Phone: 03 5593 1104

Melbourne Cup Luncheon

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Tuesday 6 > Tuesday 6 November

Melbourne Cup Luncheon

Melbourne Cup Luncheon

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 | 11:30 AM to 03:00 PM

The Rotary Club of Colac West is once again holding it's annual Melbourne Cup Luncheon at fabulous COPACC. Date:  Tuesday November 6th 11.30amDescription: Melbourne Cup Luncheon and race day funAddress:  COPACC - Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre  Rae St ColacCost: $40 per headProceeds to Local Community Projects and Colac Area Health "Bringing Specialist Care to Colac"

 

When

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 | 11:30 AM - 03:00 PM

Location

COPACC, Cnr Gellibrand & Rae Streets, Colac 3250
 
Cost
Cup Party with Jade and Jarrod at the Brewhouse

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Tuesday 6 > Tuesday 6 November

Cup Party with Jade and Jarrod at the Brewhouse

06 Nov 2018

12:00pm

06 Nov 2018

06:00pm

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

You are invited to the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse to celebrate Melbourne Cup with Jade and Jarrod playing on the deck between 12:00pm to 6:00pm. There will be a gin pop-up bar in the beer garden to serve you your favourite gin tonics.

Situated on the Great Ocean Road in Apollo Bay where the hills meet the ocean. The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse is a craft beer haven with over 100 craft beers on offer. Beer, wine and cider tastings available in the tasting room along with fabulous regional produce.

Dine in the award-winning bistro with a family-friendly atmosphere and a delicious menu that has something to suit everyone. Live weekend entertainment and Sports bar. Warm yourself by the fire or enjoy the beer garden with ocean views. Open seven days. Free Wi-Fi available.

 

Phone: 03 5237 6240
Email: info@gorbrewhouse.com.au
Website: Visit Website

 

 

Launch of the Colac Neighbourhood Hub

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Friday 9 > Friday 9 November

Launch of the Colac Neighbourhood Hub

SING FOR JOY CONCERT

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Saturday 10 > Saturday 10 November

SING FOR JOY CONCERT

10 Nov 2018

07:30pm

10 Nov 2018

12:00am

Anglican Church, Nelson Street , Apollo Bay 3233 VIC

 

Featuring The Otway Ukaholics and Seasonal Singers.

 

$10 ($8 conc.) entry - proceeds to the Apollo Bay Aquatic Centre

Supper available - proceeds to Apollo Bay P-12 College International Trip

Remembrance Day 2018

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Sunday 11 > Sunday 11 November

Remembrance Day 2018

Kerryn Fields....A farmhouse garden gig in Birregurra

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Sunday 11 > Sunday 11 November

Kerryn Fields....A farmhouse garden gig in Birregurra

On Sunday 11 November 2018 at 2:00pm

LOCATION

Venue address provided the week of the event.
Located approx 3kms outside of the township of Birregurra, Birregurra, VIC 3242

Kerryn Fields is an adrogynous Melbourne-based folk singer whose enormous life story and hopeless romanticism gets her into trouble (and onto airplanes). Kerryn’s poignant and powerful songs, baritone brilliance and unassuming string-plucking virtuosity leave audiences transfixed, crying and laughing hysterically.
 
Inspired by great storytellers and musicians, it was Paul Kelly's song, co-written with Kev Carmody, ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’, that convinced Fields to move out of a haunted house in New Zealand, sell her Kombi van and buy a one-way ticket to Melbourne.
 
Good mates Sam Lohs and Rosie Burgess are her band, backing the amazon storyteller with out-of-control musicianship, divine harmonies & wild banter.
 
Hosted by music lovers and Birre locals, Jared and Brydie, on their beautiful farm just outside of town, this gig will be one of those shows that welds itself to your bones so tight that you can't shake it loose. This is an intimate gig and tickets are strictly limited. They will sell fast. 
 
The show is BYO and family friendly, so bring a picnic, a rug, or your deck chairs and sit back for a very special arvo on the farm.
 
Parking is plentyful and the venue address will be sent to you after you purchase your tickets. 
Tickets are $20 plus a small surcharge of $0.80 per ticket for CC processing fee and Trybooking fee
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A Night of Bollywood

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Sunday 11 > Sunday 11 November

A Night of Bollywood

A singer dances within, a dancer sings within.

Parvyn Singh is both, and exudes a seemingly effortless grace and purity in her movement and voice. Sunday 11th November 2.30 pm Tickets: $30 at Cow Lick Bookshop, Cororooke Shop

 

Morning Music - Great Songs of the War Years

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Monday 12 > Monday 12 November

Morning Music - Great Songs of the War Years

Morning Music - Great Songs of the War Years

Monday, 12 November 2018 | 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

 

Promac Productions presents

Great Songs of the War Years

 

November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1, the “war to end all wars”.

 

To commemorate this occasion, Promac Productions bring their highly acclaimed Great Songs Of The War Years to Colac.

Join us in remembrance and enjoy the songs and stories from this period and other significant times of war in the twentieth century.

 

Concentrating predominately on the popular songs of WW1, this production has assembled a fine cast of six, led by sensational tenor Roy Best, music theatre star Jaz Flowers, international soprano Alison Jones and Opera Australia mezzo Caroline Vercoe.

 

Chris McKenna will be narrating, with musical direction by Len Vorster on piano.

 

WW2 and The Vietnam War will also be remembered with more songs and stories, including special tributes to the Andrew Sisters and Dame Vera Lynn.

 

All of this will be performed with a backdrop of powerful war images on the big screen.

 

Venue: Auditorium

Date/Time: Monday November 12 at 11am

Running time: 80 minutes, no interval

All tickets $23

 

Free morning tea served from 10am in the Foyer

 

Proudly Sponsored by Colac Herald & Arundell, Murray and Ryan, Barristers and Solicitors.

 

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 Location

COPACC - Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Loch Hart Music Festival

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Friday 16 > Sunday 18 November

Loch Hart Music Festival

 

16 NOV 2018  
18 NOV 2018  

1080 Old Ocean Road, Princetown, VIC 3269

Loch Hart Music Festival is a new boutique music festival in Princetown, Victoria - a small scenic town on the Great Ocean Road. The inaugural festival will run from 16 to 18 November, with the intention of the festival becoming an annual event. 

Loch Hart brings a diverse lineup of up and coming talent to a regional area of Victoria. Additional to the lineup is everything they envisage to be important to a modern-day festival, including a location of natural beauty where punters can road-trip to, a lineup that focuses on gender equality, a festival hub that supports local vendors and suppliers with activities that emphasise mental health and mindfulness.

This is a a BYO event to create a relaxed atmosphere, with green initiatives so the festival is sustainable and environmentally friendly.

Come enjoy lazy days, happy nights and watch the sun dip into the sea. The music will fill your ears, the sea spray will cool you down and the sunsets will soothe the soul.

Phone: 0410 172 083
Email: admin@lochhart.com
Website: Visit Website

 

Live in the Otways - Shakespeare

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Saturday 17 > Saturday 17 November

Live in the Otways - Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night is a classic, reinterpreted for modern audiences by the acclaimed Essential Theatre who are best known for Shakespeare in the Vines. Telling a beautiful tale of unrequited love through a high spirited and clever comedy, audiences will understand Shakespeare in a different light. This performance will be delivered outdoors in the natural, scenic environs of the Otway Fly at twilight and is suitable for audiences of all ages.

There will be food and beverages available from the café. Please note, there is strictly no BYO alcohol.

You are advised to dress appropriately for all-weather, and feel free to bring a blanket or your own seat as there will be limited seating available.

Your ticket will give you access to a guided tree-top walk at twilight. Gates open at 5:00pm.

360 Phillips Track, Beech Forest, VIC 3237

Phone: 03 5235 9200

Email: admin@otwayfly.com.au

Website: Visit Website

 

Live in the Otways: Wilma and Friends

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Saturday 24 > Saturday 24 November

Live in the Otways: Wilma and Friends

This year on the 24 November, former Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performs alongside four of her colleagues, the popular group Wilma and Friends, live in the Otways.

Listen to this spectacular live concert amongst the vines at Otway Estate Winery and Brewery. The program includes works by Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn and is musical chemistry that has become a special feature.

As an optional extra, there is a Taste and Talk Q and A Session in the Brewery. The brewers and wine makers will explain the process and ingredients we use to create the final product you love. Enjoy a few samples along the way too.

Please come prepared to enjoy our unique setting, as an outdoor performance, picnic style, feel free to bring your chairs and embrace spring (maybe bring some jumpers, blankets). Otway Estate is an all weather venue. If the weather is not kind, they will set up inside.

Do not forget to pre-order your delicious local dinner hamper for $25, prepared by local caters Sorella Foods for the evening. Vegetarian option available.

Pre-show drinks will be available. Welcome drink and canapés on arrival package $20 per person.

Please note: BYO alcohol is not permitted.

10 Hoveys Road, Barongarook West, VIC 3249

Phone: 03 5233 8400

Email: info@otwayestate.com.au

Website: Visit Website

 

Apollo Bay Edible Garden Trail: Open Gardens

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Saturday 24 > Sunday 25 November

Apollo Bay Edible Garden Trail: Open Gardens

The Edible Garden Trail is offering a $10 Open Gardens ticket (under-18s are free) for the whole weekend of November 24-25 which gives you access to an amazing program of open gardens around Apollo Bay.

As well as backyard gardens the ticket includes guided tours of Otway Herbs Nursery, The Green Acre​ market garden, the Apollo Bay community garden and the school kitchen garden. You do need to book in for some of the tours so we know how many people are coming.

Purchase your tickets in advance from Galapagos bookstore in Apollo Bay and online www.ediblegardentrail.com.au

Thanks to Visit the Great Ocean Road for the photo!

Apollo Bay Edible Garden Trail - Apollo Bay Edible Garden Trail 4 hrs ·  The Kitchen Garden Experience

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Sunday 25 > Sunday 25 November

Apollo Bay Edible Garden Trail - Apollo Bay Edible Garden Trail 4 hrs · The Kitchen Garden Experience

The Kitchen Garden Experience
11am - 2pm, Sunday 25th November

Have you ever wondered what those lucky kids get to do in the Stephanie Alexander program? Have you been put to shame by a 9 year old with a nuanced understanding of culinary herbs and better knife skills than you?

Now's your chance to get the real Kitchen Garden Experience with the Apollo Bay P-12 College experts Dave Nelson and Nattie Murray. Join them for a hands-on workshop that's suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about seasonal eating and cooking - from experienced cooks to total novices. On Sunday 25th November the group will harvest, prepare, and eat a delicious communal vegetarian feast using fresh produce from the school's kitchen garden.This event is suitable for both adults and kids, and most dietary restrictions can be catered for.Places are limited to 20 and tickets are just $30 with all proceeds going to support the school's kitchen garden program. Purchase online at www.ediblegardentrail.com.au or from Galapagos bookstore in Apollo Bay.
Morning Music - Santa Claus is Coming to Town

DECEMBER 2018 ~ Tuesday 4 > Tuesday 4 December

Morning Music - Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Morning Music - Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 | 11:00 AM

 

“Don your Santa hats and strap your tinsel on. It’s going to be a bumpy sleigh ride!”

 

Morning Music favourites Melissa Langton and Mark Jones team up with opera and cabaret star David Rogers-Smith to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

 

You’ve never been to Christmas party quite like this! Mario Lanza’s pouring eggnog for Bette Midler while Nat King Cole plays swinging versions of Silent Night and Come All Ye Faithful!

 

Fabulous vocal arrangements, jokes about Three Wise Men walking into a stable - and it wouldn’t be Christmas without a good sing-a-long round the piano! Mary’s Boy Child, Cool Yule, Oh Holy Night, Santa Baby, Jerusalem and of course Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!

 

And let’s not forget classic Aussie Christmas songs like Deck the Sheds With Bits of Wattle and Have Yourselves a Ripper Christmas!

 

Venue: Auditorium

Date/Time: Tuesday December 4 at 11am

Running time: 75 minutes, no interval

All tickets $23

 

Free morning tea served from 10am in the Foyer

 

Proudly Sponsored by Colac Herald & Arundell, Murray and Ryan, Barristers and Solicitors.

 

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Location

COPACC - Coloac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Otways Local Produce Swap

DECEMBER 2018 ~ Thursday 6 > Thursday 6 December

Otways Local Produce Swap

5:30pm @ The Community Garden, next to the Leisure Centre and pool in Costin Street

ALL WELCOME!

Food Swaps are local gatherings where people swap excess home grown produce and gardening extras.

Items may include fruit, jars, home made goods, vegetables, herbs, eggs, seeds, seedlings, gardening tips and worm juice, but may easily extend to skills shares, stories and seasonal recipes.

If you dont have anything to swap please feel free to drop in and say Hi! & check out what this event is all about!

18th Annual Beeac Community Carols

DECEMBER 2018 ~ Sunday 9 > Sunday 9 December

18th Annual Beeac Community Carols

Sunday, 09 December 2018 | 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM

Beeac Community Hall

Featuring Colac City Band, Beeac School Students & other guest artists.

Followed by supper

Cost

Free

 

Contact

Beeac Uniting Church

5234 6351

Colac City Band - Carols By Candlelight 2018

DECEMBER 2018 ~ Friday 14 > Friday 14 December

Colac City Band - Carols By Candlelight 2018

Friday, 14 December 2018 | 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM

 

Colac City Bands 72nd Carols by Candlelight.

A family event involving local school choirs and scouts back by the Colac City Band. 

A more traditional carols experience following the Christmas story and finishing with a modern feel. 

 Bring your picnic blanket, chairs and picnic to enjoy a wonderful Christmas night. 

Battery operated candles are available on site. 

 

When

Friday, 14 December 2018 | 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Location

Memorial Square, Muarry Street, Colac 3250

Colac City Band

0427 687 300

77ando@gmail.com

Magic at Otway Fly

JANUARY 2019 ~ Tuesday 1 > Wednesday 30 January

Magic at Otway Fly

Magic at Otway Fly

18 DEC 2018

 

30 JAN 2019

 

360 Phillips Track, Weeaproinah, VIC 3237

his summer, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures will be transformed into a magical fairy wonderland and children from all across the land will be able to help the little fairy and elf friends find their treetop homes.

The Men’s Shed Colac has been working hard to create little magical houses which will be scattered throughout the rainforest floor. Some with verandas, some up to 80 centimetres tall, and all made from recycled materials and fallen branches from the Otway Ranges.

Upon entry all children will receive a magical fairy card to help them to discover all ten fairy and elf homes and unjumble the magic word.

Feel the sprinklings of magical fairy dust along the trail, where you will find a colouring station and the exquisite homes before receiving your reward – an enchanted sticker – at the end of your journey.

So fly in and feel the fairy magic at Otway Fly this summer, if you’re lucky, you may even spot a fairy zipping through the treetops on the attraction’s high-flying Zipline Tour.

Phone: 03 5235 9200
Email: admin@otwayfly.com.au
Website: Visit Website

 

Exhibition by Jan Horvath @ Gellibrand River Gallery

JANUARY 2019 ~ Friday 4 > Sunday 24 February

Exhibition by Jan Horvath @ Gellibrand River Gallery

OzAct

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 19 > Sunday 27 January

OzAct's The Tempest

OzAct's The Tempest

  • Saturday, 19 January 2019 | 07:00 PM
  • Sunday, 20 January 2019 | 07:00 PM
  • Saturday, 26 January 2019 | 07:00 PM
  • Sunday, 27 January 2019 | 07:00 PM

OZACT presents Shakespeare’s dramatic tale of shipwreck and survival at one of Australia’s most famous shipwreck sites, Loch And Gorge.

As daylight turns to dusk and waves lap against the time worn crags, Prospero raises his staff and summons the spirits of the sky. A mighty tempest forms heralding a journey of shipwreck and survival, dramatic adventure, swirling passions, confrontations and reconciliations.

Bring a cushion, and dress appropriately for the weather. Bring a jacket if the day is cool, or a hat and sunscreen if the day is hot.

THE TEMPEST promises an event to remember.

 

When

  • Saturday, 19 January 2019 | 07:00 PM
  • Sunday, 20 January 2019 | 07:00 PM
  • Saturday, 26 January 2019 | 07:00 PM
  • Sunday, 27 January 2019 | 07:00 PM

Location

Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell National Park, Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell 3269

Colac Sunday Market at the Showgrounds

JANUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 20 > Sunday 22 December

Colac Sunday Market at the Showgrounds

Colac Sunday Market at the Showgrounds

Come along to the new Colac Market at the Showgrounds supporting the Colac community.  Enjoy a huge variety of market stallholders from a wide area of our region.  Plenty of parking available around the showgrounds. 

Location

Colac Showgrounds, Cnr Princes Highway & Bruce Street, Colac 3250

Birregurra Bears

JANUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 20 > Sunday 20 January

Birregurra Bears

Mark the third Sunday in January in your diary and come to this wonderful event. Make special parachutes for your bears and watch then float down from the Church's historic bluestone Tower.

Each bear receives a medal. Held in conjunction with CFA Birregurra.

Information: Chris West 0488 614 012 or Barbara Callahan 5236 2655.

Forest Bathing and Shamanic Drum Journey

JANUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 20 > Sunday 31 March

Forest Bathing and Shamanic Drum Journey

Forest Bathing and Shamanic Drum Journey

Date And Time

Sun. 20 January 20199:30 am – 1:00 pm AEDT

Select a different date
 

Location

The Source, Otways1255 Skenes Creek RdTanybryn, Vic 3249

A magical experience of Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku) and a Shamanic Drum Journey in the heart of ancient Otways rainforest with secluded waterfalls, on a private property of The Source, Otways. Experience a deeply nourishing, powerful and transformational spiritual nature emersion!

Shamanism is the oldest known cross-cultural spiritual practice, dating back over 100,000 years, and predating all known religions. It's a nature-based spirituality that brings us into harmony with nature and all its creations, in both seen and unseen world. Shamanic practices and rituals offer connection, healing, empowerment, insights and guidance to us for a more soul-directed, meaningful and fulfilling life. 

Shamanic Drum Journey enables us to metaphysically travel to Shamanic realms, to work on the spiritual/energetic level with the intention to create positive changes in our physical reality. My medicine drum will take you on a Journey to connect with your Power Animal to gather knowledge and guidance for challenges or questions you are confronted with in your daily life. This is a safe and relaxing experience that offers very powerful and profound insights and results (if you decide to put the insight into practice). After the Drum Journey we will sit in Circle to share our experiences, integrate our learnings and set intentions.

What you will get:

  • be guided on a mediation to open and expand your sensory awareness, body connection and grounding to experience more fully the pristine nature of The Source, Otways
  • follow the meadering walking tracks, decks, bridges and stairs through a totally secluded ancient rainforest and three waterfalls (including a Grotto!) that emit incredible vibrational energy
  • experience 3 Shamanic Drum Journeys and Circle for spiritual insights
  • connect with your self on a whole new level
  • meet other like-minded people
  • enjoy healthy refreshments at the Forest Pavilion, suspended over a crystal clear rainforest creek

 

Junior Rangers Wildlife Detective - Bay of Islands Coastal Park

JANUARY 2019 ~ Monday 21 > Monday 21 January

Junior Rangers Wildlife Detective - Bay of Islands Coastal Park

Junior Rangers Wildlife Detective - Bay of Islands Coastal Park

Date And Time

Mon. 21 January 2019

10:00 am – 11:30 am AEDT

Location

Bay of Martyrs Carpark (approx 3km out of Peterborough)

Peterborough, VIC

 

Be a watchful traveller by learning about tracks and scats (footprints and poo!), burrows and other marks left by animals. Try some birdwatching and bird ID. Bring binoculars along if you have them!

This activity is suitable for children aged 6-12, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian aged 18 or over.

Please bring binoculars if you have them, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and wear enclosed shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather.

Closest toilets and shops are in Peterborough

LOCATION: Meet at Bay of Martyrs Carpark approx 3km out of Peterborough. Signs will direct you to the beach area.

Coast Kids - Blanket Bay

JANUARY 2019 ~ Monday 21 > Monday 21 January

Coast Kids - Blanket Bay

Coast Kids - Blanket Bay

Date And Time

Mon. 21 January 20193:00 pm – 4:00 pm AEDT

Location

Blanket Bay CampgroundCape Otway, VIC 3233

Join in and learn about your local marine and coastal environment with fun activities and crafts.

This Event is suitable for all ages. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by an accompanying adult.

What to Bring...

  • Suitable clothing for weather conditions on the day
  • Bottle of water
  • Fly repellant
  • Snacks
  • Hat
  • Sturdy Shoes - no thongs
  • Sunscreen
  • a happy disposition, an inquisitive nature and a smile!

Where to meet...

The meeting place for this activity is the Blanket Bay Campground

Twilight Rockpool Ramble - Peterborough

JANUARY 2019 ~ Tuesday 22 > Wednesday 23 January

Twilight Rockpool Ramble - Peterborough

Twilight Rockpool Ramble - Peterborough

Date And Time

Tue. 22 January 20197:00 pm – 8:30 pm AEDT

Location

Wild Dog Carpark, PeterboroughPeterboroughVic
 
What curious creatures make the rockpools their home? Discover the amazing diversity in our intertidal zone. What has the sea washed up today? Make some amazing discoveries on a leisurely guided walk.
 
This Event is suitable for anyone but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult.
 
What to Bring...
 
Bring along a happy disposition, an inquisitive nature and a smile!
 
Where to meet...
 
The meeting place for this event is Wild Dog Carpark which is the first carpark on the left heading west out of Peterborough on the Great Ocean Road. Keep an eye out for the Coastcare flag.
Junior Rangers Animals and Birds of the Otways - Great Otway National Park

JANUARY 2019 ~ Tuesday 22 > Tuesday 22 January

Junior Rangers Animals and Birds of the Otways - Great Otway National Park

Junior Rangers Animals and Birds of the Otways - Great Otway National Park

Date And Time

Tue. 22 January 2019

10:30 am – 11:30 am AEDT

Location

Lake Elizabeth Campground

Lake Elizabeth Track

Forrest, VIC 3236

Walk and Talk to discover different animals and their environments including the amazing birds that frequent the campground and day visitor areas. The short walk will start and finish in the campground looping around and back through the day visitor area.

Please arrive 5 minutes before schedule and park in the top car park. The activities will be cancelled during extreme weather events.

Sturdy footwear (not thongs!), drinking water and appropriate clothing are essential

Junior Rangers Aboriginal Heritage - Bay of Islands Coastal Park

JANUARY 2019 ~ Wednesday 23 > Wednesday 23 January

Junior Rangers Aboriginal Heritage - Bay of Islands Coastal Park

Junior Rangers Aboriginal Heritage - Bay of Islands Coastal Park

Date And Time

Wed. 23 January 2019

10:00 am – 11:30 am AEDT

Location

Bay of Martyrs Car park

Peterborough, VIC

Learn from one of Parks Victoria's Indigenous rangers how the first Australians managed and lived off the land before European settlement, and how they have adapted since. Try your hand at boomerang throwing, creating your own artwork and learn about the didgeridoo!

This activity is suitable for children aged 6-12, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian aged 18 or over.

Please bring, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and wear enclosed shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather.

Closest toilets, drinking water and shops located in Peterborough

LOCATION: Please meet in the Bay of Martyrs Car park approximately 4km out of Peterborough. Signs will direct you to the beach area.

 

Exhibition - FOX by Sally Fitts

JANUARY 2019 ~ Friday 25 > Monday 4 February

Exhibition - FOX by Sally Fitts

Otway Harvest Festival 2019

JANUARY 2019 ~ Friday 25 > Friday 25 January

Otway Harvest Festival 2019

Friday, 25 January 2019 | 04:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Otway Harvest Trail members present their local produce and wares.  On offer are tasting plates, food, wine and cider, local wool and other produce.

Birregurra Park, Main Street, Birregurra 3242

2019 AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 26 > Saturday 26 January

2019 AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS

2019 AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS

26 JAN 2019

11:00AM

26 JAN 2019

01:00PM

Apollo Bay 3233 VIC

The Colac Otway Shire will be holding Councils official Australia Day event on Saturday 26 January, 2019, on the Apollo Bay foreshore from 11am to 1pm.

The official Australia Day ceremony will begin at 11.30am and finish at approximately 1pm. 

The Colac City Band will be performing from 11am to 11.30am followed by the official Australia Ceremony and Citizenship ceremony. 

Enjoy local performances included in the Ceremony by the Apollo Bay Choir and the Otway Ukuholics.

Australia Day Family Fun at Farmers Arms Hotel

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 26 > Saturday 26 January

Australia Day Family Fun at Farmers Arms Hotel

Let’s celebrate Australia Day 26th Jan together, and last opportunity to have family fun before kids going back to school!

The pub in Beeac is a classic small country Australian pub and we love a party so join us on Australia Day for some fun!

$5 VB (and gold)
$8 bundy (red and yellow)
$7 cow boy shots

🇦🇺 HAPPY HOUR 4-5pm with $4 pots 🍺🍻
🇦🇺 PIE EATING COMPETITION; local pies eaten in the most attractive fashion you have ever seen! A prize for the winner!! 🥇🎖🏅
🇦🇺 OUTDOOR CRICKET (prizes for most outstanding batsman, best catch and play of the day) 🏏🏏🏏
🇦🇺 BBQ out the front for a gold coin donation 🌭🌭🌭
🇦🇺 Classic Aussie tunes playing through out the day 🎵🎶🎵➕🎵
🇦🇺 Aussie Tattoos / face painting
🇦🇺 Egg and spoon race (not just for the little ones!!)
🇦🇺 3 legged race
🇦🇺 Prizes for best dressed!!

We'll be dressed up in our finest Aussie gear so you should too!

Some fun games for the big kids when the little ones go home for the night 🍻😉🥂🙌🏼😂🇦🇺

We love a good party so come join in for some fun!! Bring your families and friends 👌🏼👌🏼

87 Main St (37.47 km)
3251 Beeac, Victoria
87 Main St (37.47 km)
3251 Beeac, Victoria
87 Main St (37.47 km)
3251 Beeac, Victoria

Back To School Themed Workshops - Bunnings Colac

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 26 > Sunday 27 January

Back To School Themed Workshops - Bunnings Colac

Back To School Themed Workshops

Kids D.I.Y. Workshop

Come celebrate Australia Day with us and have a blast on the Free Jumping Castle, play "Toss the Thong" and win prizes

Saturday 26th January

10:00am - 2:00pm

Sunday 27th January

10:00am - 2:00pm

Disco Down Under - Beechy Hotel

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 26 > Saturday 26 January

Disco Down Under - Beechy Hotel

Disco Down Under

 · Hosted by The Beechy Hotel
Pang-ngooteekeeya weeng malangeepa ngeeye

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 26 > Saturday 26 January

Pang-ngooteekeeya weeng malangeepa ngeeye

Pang-ngooteekeeya weeng malangeepa ngeeye

Saturday, 26 January 2019 | 10:00 AM to 02:00 PM

Enjoy the 'Welcome to Country' at beautiful Red Rock Reserve. 

Light Music, lunch and get together. 

Listen to our Community speakers. 

 

When

  • Saturday, 26 January 2019 | 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Location

Red Rock Reserve, Red Rock Reserve Road, Alvie 3249

OzActs

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 26 > Sunday 27 January

OzActs's The Tempest @ Loch Ard Gorge

OzActs's The Tempest

OZACT presents Shakespeare’s dramatic tale of shipwreck and survival at one of Australia’s most famous shipwreck sites, Loch And Gorge.

As daylight turns to dusk and waves lap against the time worn crags, Prospero raises his staff and summons the spirits of the sky. A mighty tempest forms heralding a journey of shipwreck and survival, dramatic adventure, swirling passions, confrontations and reconciliations.

Bring a cushion, and dress appropriately for the weather. Bring a jacket if the day is cool, or a hat and sunscreen if the day is hot.

THE TEMPEST promises an event to remember.

When

  • Saturday, 26 January 2019 | 07:00 PM
  • Sunday, 27 January 2019 | 07:00 PM

Location

Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell National Park, Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell 3269

 

Trojan - Free Live Music at the Brewhouse

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 26 > Saturday 26 January

Trojan - Free Live Music at the Brewhouse

Trojan - Free Live Music at the Brewhouse

26 JAN 2019

09:00PM

26 JAN 2019

11:59PM

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

Come down to the Brewhouse for a big night with Trojan Band. Trojan is Geelong, Melbourne and the Surf Coast’s premier cover band. Formed in 2005, Trojan continually plays to amazed crowds around Geelong, the Surf Coast and Melbourne.

Trojan is the product of the combined musical experience of such leading cover bands as Propaganda, Reil Diamond, 3am, The Message and Superlove. This electric combination has lead to an amazing mix of musical talents. See a Trojan live show and prepare to be blown away.

Trojan started as a two piece duo and rapidly expanded to a full four piece band consisting of member and founder Simon Hageman on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Paul Santospirito on lead guitar and vocals, Kade Turner on bass and vocals and Brad Dawson on drums and vocals.

Trojan is a band where every member shines. They have the rare combination of all four members being incredible vocalists and unparalleled musicians. Trojan’s signature four part harmonies will blow your mind. Audience members are often left wondering how a four-piece can sound so big. With the ability to captivate audiences with songs for all ages, Trojan always delivers a show that ROCKS

 

Timboon parkrun

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 26 > Saturday 21 December

Timboon parkrun

Timboon parkrun

Timboon parkrun offers an opportunity for all members of our local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy our beautiful trail course and get physically active in the process. We want to encourage people to walk, jog or run together irrespective of their ability.

Meet near the skate park at the corner of Bailey Street and Snake Track Road, Timboon.

 

Family Fun Night - Apollo Bay Football Netball Club

JANUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 27 > Sunday 27 January

Family Fun Night - Apollo Bay Football Netball Club

Matt Orchard at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

JANUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 27 > Sunday 27 January

Matt Orchard at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

27 JAN 2019 02:30PM
27 JAN 2019 05:30PM

 

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

Visit the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse for a great night of free live music with Matt Orchard.

The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse specialises in locally brewed craft beer, as well as ales from around Australia and the globe. The Brewhouse can cater for large or small groups and offers beer and wine tasting, hand-crafted produce from the Great Ocean Road and Otway regions, delicious meals featuring local products, a seaside beer garden, and a family-friendly atmosphere.

Phone: 03 5237 6240
Email: info@gorbrewhouse.com.au
Website: Visit Website

 

 

Colac Plant Swap

JANUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 27 > Sunday 22 December

Colac Plant Swap

APOLLO BAY RSL LIVE MUSIC

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 10 > Sunday 29 December

APOLLO BAY RSL LIVE MUSIC

APOLLO BAY RSL LIVE MUSIC

12 Gallipoli Parade, Apollo Bay 3233 VIC View map

Sunday arvo of music from 2pm. Local musicians & singers with a wide variety of genres. Free admission, snacks available.

Ecstatic Festival - 3 Days of Ecstatic Arts by Sacred Event

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Friday 15 > Sunday 17 February

Ecstatic Festival - 3 Days of Ecstatic Arts by Sacred Event

Ecstatic Festival - 3 Days of Ecstatic Arts

by Sacred Event

Date And Time

Fri., 15/02/2019, 2:00 pm –

Sun., 17/02/2019, 2:00 pm AEDT

Location

Krishna's Otway Retreat

1265 Winchelsea-Deans Marsh Rd, Bambra VIC 3241

Melbourne's first Ecstatic Festival is happening the 15 - 17 of Feb 2019! 

This is a CONSCIOUS FESTIVAL not to be missed


★International Ecstatic dance DJs ★ 
★Live musicians ★
★Sacred Cacao ceremony ★

★Wide range of ecstatic healing modalities ★ 

★Inspirational workshops ★
Ecstatic Breath-work
Rebirthing
Ecstatic Sound Healing
Ecstatic Yoga
SomaChi yoga
Meditation 
5Rythms
Inner dance
Tantra Ecstatic Presence
Ecstatic Sufi Whirling and much more...

Our full detailed prorgam will be launched soon. Stay tuned for more details. 

Dress Up - Bring your instrument of music - 
Family friendly - Drug & alcohol free - Vegan 

LOCATION 
Krishna's Otway Retreat
1265 Winchelsea-Deans Marsh Rd, Bambra VIC 3241

CAMPING or share room available.

WHAT ARE THE TIMES?
Gate opens Friday 15th of Feb 2pm. First workshop and Music from 5pm.
We are opening early to allow everyone time to arrive and setup tent before night.
Last workshop and Music Sunday 17th 2pm.

Celebrate with your spirit tribe and soul family with a line-up of Ecstatic Dance DJs, musicians and ecstatic healing arts. Connect with your beautiful community and go deep with a tribe of Heart-centred beings.

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival 2019

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Friday 15 > Sunday 17 February

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival 2019

Friday, 15 February 2019 | 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The festival is designed to champion the spirit of the local fishing community, the world-class seafood sourced locally from the water and the rugged beauty of the coastal town of Apollo Bay.

The festival aims to bring together, engage and profile those who share its vision - from local fishers to marine scientists, chefs through to food writers, local townsfolk to seafood lovers throughout Australia.

 

When

Friday, 15 February 2019 | 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Saturday, 16 February 2019 | 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sunday, 17 February 2019 | 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

Location

Apollo Bay Harbour, 1 Breakwater Road, Apollo Bay 3233

Harbour Day - Apollo Bay Seafood Festival

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 16 > Saturday 16 February

Harbour Day - Apollo Bay Seafood Festival

Harbour Day - Apollo Bay Seafood Festival

16 FEB 2019

08:00AM

16 FEB 2019

09:30PM

1 Breakwater Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

The Apollo Bay Harbour will transform into an 'Off the Boat' Seafood Market on Saturday, February 16. From 8:00am - 9:30am, festival punters will be able to buy fresh seafood straight off the fishermen who caught the catch.

Just before lunchtime the harbour will launch into packed day of music and pop up restaurants, boasting delicious lobster rolls, seafood dumplings, huge paella pans, southern rock lobster, abalone sashimi and much more.

Kids will be able to get in on the fun with a hands-on educational program featuring interactive demonstrations and displays, sailing lessons, casting competitions and harbour expeditions.

With some Australia’s best musical acts (to be announced) the festivities will wind up late into the evening.

Mike Elrington - Blistering Blues - Live at the Brewhouse

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 16 > Saturday 16 February

Mike Elrington - Blistering Blues - Live at the Brewhouse

Mike Elrington - Blistering Blues - Live at the Brewhouse

16 FEB 2019

09:00PM

16 FEB 2019

11:59PM

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

Join the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse for a night of blues, rock and folk with Mike Elrington.

Mike Elrington is a gifted singer-songwriter with incredible guitar skills. Standing at almost two metres tall, delivering his signature, gut-wrenching vocals like an instrument all on its own, very few people forget a performance from this man. The commitment to his live shows and the well-earned reputation for leaving nothing behind but sweat has seen him invited to perform at some of Australia’s finest festivals, including the iconic Byron Bay BluesFest, Bendigo, Sydney Blues and Roots Festivals and Blues on Broadbeach to name but a few.

Elrington has proven himself as one the hardest-working artists currently on the Australian scene, and over the last 17 years since the inception of his career as an 18-year old in Adelaide, has released nine albums and toured excessively throughout Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Apollo Bay Farmers Market

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 17 > Sunday 15 December

Apollo Bay Farmers Market

19 - 21 Moore Street, Apollo Bay, Victoria

Third Sunday of the month 9am-1pm

Come and enjoy the market atmosphere; shop for your groceries in a relaxed environment, meet the producers face to face to chat about their wares and feel good knowing that you are supporting local businesses.

The market offers fabulously fresh local produce including: wine, cheese, meat, freshly baked bread, fruit, vegetables, honey, salami, cakes, organic tea, coffee, cordials, preserves, olives & oil, wool, plants, ice cream a dry store food co-op and lots more.

Sunday, 17 February 2019 | 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Sunday, 17 March 2019 | 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Sunday, 21 April 2019 | 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Sunday, 19 May 2019 | 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Sunday, 16 June 2019 | 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Cobden Miniature Railway

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 17 > Sunday 16 June

Cobden Miniature Railway

Cobden Miniature Railway

11:00 AM to 04:00 PM

 

Cobden Miniature Railway Park provides miniature train rides, 18 hole Mini Golf, canteen, children's playground and barbecue facilities.

The Park is open to the general public on the third Sunday of every month, as well as all Sundays during school holidays.   Please note that the Park is not open on Sundays of long weekends unless these fall in school holidays.

Opening hours are from 11 am to 4 pm. 

Train rides last approximately 10 minutes, leaving as required, and cost $2.50 each for adults and children over 2 years old.

Total track length is approximately 1.8km and includes an underpass and an overpass, trestle bridge, two tunnels and two stations.

Private bookings are available at most other times, apart from the months of June, July and August.

Bookings can be made by contacting Bob Wason on 03 5593 2362 or by email at trainbookings@bigpond.com

 

When

  • Sunday, 17 February 2019 | 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Sunday, 17 March 2019 | 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Sunday, 21 April 2019 | 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Sunday, 19 May 2019 | 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Sunday, 16 June 2019 | 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM

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Location

Cobden Miniature Railway Park, Graylands Street, Cobden 3266  View Map

Cobden Rotary Club
Trestle 10 2019 - Timboon

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 17 > Sunday 17 February

Trestle 10 2019 - Timboon

Trestle 10 2019

 · Hosted by The Trestle 10'
 

The Trestle 10 is a 9.6km event that follows the train trail down and over the trestle bridge constructed in 1892. Upon crossing the bridge, the Trestle 10 then winds its way under the bridge back onto the trail to return back to event central (skate park precinct).

The Distillery Dash is a 5km event designed for those that are starting their journey into trail running or for families that want to walk their way from the trestle bridge to the township of Timboon.

The Icecream Mile is a 1.6km event targeted at getting kids active, it will start at event central (skate park central) and make its way 800m down the trail, before marshals will assist in the kids turning and making their way back to the town of Timboon

Conversations in the littoral - Apollo Bay Seafood Festival

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 17 > Sunday 17 February

Conversations in the littoral - Apollo Bay Seafood Festival

Conversations in the littoral - Apollo Bay Seafood Festival

17 FEB 2019

10:00AM

17 FEB 2019

04:00PM

50 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

Following the success of 'Conversations' in 2018, join for a day of 'Conversations in the Littoral'. Stories from the littoral zone are stories of connections: connections between land and sea; past, present and future, culture and nature; stories from farmers, fishers, future makers, and Indigenous culture keepers, moderated again by the ineffably passionate team of Richard Cornish and Hillary McNevin. Like the mythical African bird Sankofa, they will look to the past as a guide to the future.

Ticket price includes lunch prepared by the team at Apollo Bay Catering and Events.

Full program and speakers to be announced closer to the event.

 

Formidable Vegetable @ Apollo Bay Community Garden: 5pm

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Wednesday 20 > Wednesday 20 February

Formidable Vegetable @ Apollo Bay Community Garden: 5pm

Wed. 20th
- 5pm
Formidable Vegetable @ Apollo Bay Community Garden

Sausage sizzle and warm up music from 5pm.

Formidable Vegetable on from 6pm.

$5 per adult, children free.

Presented by....

ab p12

 

Bowling with Babies

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Thursday 21 > Monday 4 March

Bowling with Babies

 

13 The Musical

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Thursday 21 > Wednesday 23 January

13 The Musical

13 The Musical

When

  • Thursday, 21 February 2019 | 07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
  • Friday, 22 February 2019 | 07:00 PM - 09:15 PM
  • Saturday, 23 February 2019 | 01:00 PM - 03:15 PM
  • Saturday, 23 February 2019 | 07:00 PM - 09:15 PM

 

BUY TICKETS 

Red Door Dance and Theatre Co proudly presents   13 The Musical

Evan Goldman is about to turn thirteen, and he can't wait.   His life seems full of possibilities - that is, until his parents get divorced, and he is forced to move with his mom from big-city New York to backwater Appleton, Indiana.   If Evan can't get the coolest kids to come to his bar mitzvah, how is he going to survive the school year, not to mention the rest of his life? 

As Evan navigates the world of cool kids and nerds, jocks and cheerleaders, first kisses and heartbreak, he comes to understand "What it Means to Be a Friend."  

With a bright, catchy pop score from Jason Robert Brown, equal doses of humour and pathos, and a cast of wildly talented teens, 13  is irresistible to grown ups and almost-grown ups alike.

At COPACC for 4 shows only!

Thursday 21 February, 7pm
Friday 22 February, 7pm
Saturday 23 February 1pm & 7pm

Tickets available from 11am on Tuesday 15 January  -  Adult: $32, Child under 15yrs: $26

Proudly sponsored by MIXX FM and COPACC

Location

Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Apollo Bay Discussion Group @ the SS Casino Room, Apollo Bay Hotel: 6.30pm

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Thursday 21 > Thursday 21 February

Apollo Bay Discussion Group @ the SS Casino Room, Apollo Bay Hotel: 6.30pm

Apollo Bay Discussion Group @ the SS Casino Room, Apollo Bay Hotel

Kleopatra VII, the last ruler of the mighty Ptolemaic Empire, is one of the most instantly recognisable figures from antiquity. Her deeds or legends, legacy and identity are debated around the world. The image that predominates is of a beautiful, extravagant seductress, often clad—if clothed—in very little at all, and played by Elizabeth Taylor (or Vivien Leigh).

But what did ancient historians and archaeologists know about the “real” Kleopatra? Building on surviving literature, everyday texts preserved on papyrus, sculpture, coinage, and more, we will view Kleopatra as ruler of a vast, still-powerful monarchy and associated bureaucracy, as a powerful woman in a time of nearly unbridled patriarchy, as a survivor in a real-life “game of thrones,” and as a target of vicious Roman propaganda blaming her for the outbreak of war between Augustus and Marc Antony. How was she remembered by a Roman culture that hated and was captivated by her, and by later works - mediaeval Islamic scholars, Renaissance painters, and modern filmmakers? In short: once we strip away the layers of confusion, misogyny, and legend, who really was Kleopatra? 

Andrew Connor is the Lecturer in Ancient History in the Centre for Ancient Cultures at Monash University. His work focuses on the temples of Roman Egypt - their economic infrastructure, relationship with the Roman state, and eventual collapse in the 3rd century CE. He completed his PhD in Ancient History in the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati, and taught at the Cincinnati and Xavier University before heading to Australia. He currently teaches Roman, Classical Greek, and Hellenistic history and archaeology, along with Greek and Latin language, at the 1st year through Honours levels. He publishes editions of documentary texts preserved on papyri on topics from the Ptolemaic, Roman, and Byzantine periods in Egypt. He lives in Elwood, and in his free time is a member of the Port Melbourne Football Club.

The meeting opens at 6.30pm to allow you to place your food order and be seated for Andrew to commence at 7pm. The Hotel offers a fixed price menu of $20 but you may order from the regular menu. Pink bowls are on each table for donations. Donations are optional but all received are distributed back into the local community.

This event is open to everybody.  If you would like to attend, please contact Margaret Murphy by email or phone (03) 5237 6640.

Ziggy - Live at the Brewhouse

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Friday 22 > Friday 22 February

Ziggy - Live at the Brewhouse

Ziggy - Live at the Brewhouse

22 FEB 2019

08:00PM

22 FEB 2019

10:00PM

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

After many successful gigs at the Queenscliff Brewhouse, Ziggy is now coming to Apollo Bay. Come and Jiggy with Ziggy. Great Live Music Vibes that will have you wanting to get up and dance. This is a free event.

Situated on the Great Ocean Road in Apollo Bay where the hills meet the ocean, the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse is a craft beer haven with over 100 craft beers on offer. Beer, wine and cider tastings are available in the tasting room along with fabulous regional produce. Dine in their award-winning bistro with a family-friendly atmosphere and a delicious menu that has something to suit everyone. Warm yourself by the fire or enjoy the beer garden with ocean views. Open seven days. Free Wi-Fi available.

Phone: 03 5237 6240
Email: info@gorbrewhouse.com.au
Website: Visit Website

 

Locals Night - Gellibrand River Blues & Blueberry Festival

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Friday 22 > Friday 22 February

Locals Night - Gellibrand River Blues & Blueberry Festival

Locals Night - Gellibrand River Blues & Blueberry Festival

At Otways Tourist Park

 

This is a chance for the locals to come and see the locals! Local musicians and bands will be playing on the main stage.

Bring a picnic or buy from the Camp Kitchen at the Otways Tourist Park (could be high demand for this, so be sure to give them a call and order!). Bring your drinks or buy from the Prickly Moses caravan on-site. Tables and seating aren't guaranteed (depending on numbers), so bring a camp chair just in case.

Gold coin donation entry goes to the Long Road Appeal.

Rank Outsiders - Album Launch @ Apollo Bay Hotel: 8pm

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Friday 22 > Friday 22 February

Rank Outsiders - Album Launch @ Apollo Bay Hotel: 8pm

Rank Outsiders - Album Launch @ Apollo Bay Hotel

Matty Orchard's band, The Rank Outsiders, is launching their new album.

It's coming out on CD and a special limited edition vinyl.

With special guests...

- Ted O'Neil & Fitzy duo

- Georgia Howell - EP launch

The Rank Outsiders' and Georgia's releases were both recorded right here in the Apollo Bay P-12 College House Of Rock studios.

We'd love to see you there.

Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival 2019

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 23 > Sunday 24 February

Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival 2019

Saturday, 23 February 2019 | 12:00 PM to 08:00 PM

Held annually this festival includes Blues music on the Saturday from top Australian Blues talent.

Market day on Sunday include food from local procures featuring blueberries, local blueberry products, artists and of course more blues music.

For more information head to  http://www.bluesandblueberryfestival.com.au/

 

When

Saturday, 23 February 2019 | 12:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Sunday, 24 February 2019 | 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM

Location

Otway Tourist Park, 25 Main Road, Gellibrand 3239

Saturday Night Live - Gellibrand River Blues & Blueberry Festival

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 23 > Saturday 23 February

Saturday Night Live - Gellibrand River Blues & Blueberry Festival

Saturday Night Live - Gellibrand River Blues & Blueberry Festival

Live music in a family friendly atmosphere all part of the Gellibrand blues & blueberry festival. Bar and food available (no BYO alcohol) as well as camping that can be booked through the Otway tourist park.

Apollo Bay Community Market

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 23 > Saturday 29 June

Apollo Bay Community Market

The weekly Apollo Bay market is an excellent opportunity for a pleasant morning with quality handmade wares, conversation, coffee from nearby cafes and the beach all on offer. Apollo Bay Market stall holders are from the local area, making or growing what they sell.

www.visitapollobay.com

Location

Apollo Bay Foreshore, Foreshore Reserve, Apollo Bay 3233  View Map

Corangamite Model Aircraft Club

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 23 > Saturday 23 February

Corangamite Model Aircraft Club

Corangamite Model Aircraft Club

Saturday, 23 February 2019 | 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Public display and flying of all types of radio controlled model aircraft.

When

  • Saturday, 23 February 2019 | 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Location

Camperdown Racecourse, Racecourse Road, Camperdown 3260  View Map

Jason Heerah

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 23 > Saturday 23 February

Jason Heerah

Jason Heerah

23 FEB 2019

08:30PM

23 FEB 2019

11:30PM

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

An event not to miss.

Jason Heerah was named 'the best singing drummer in the world" by the 2014 Australian X Factor, where he finished in the top six. Jason Heerah’s rendition of Pharrell Williams’ smash hit track 'Happy' at the X-Factor Audition 2014, has had over 1.4 million views on YouTube.

At current Jason has an extended passion writing/producing and releasing music on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon and Youtube from his JHRecords studio. His debut independent album ‘Chasing Love’ recorded in Melbourne (AUS) was released in 2016 with the official clip by Island Music Label on YouTube, which captures the story of the Mauritian Kreol History. This received rave media attention for Jason’s music and connection with Mauritius.

Flynn Gurry at Otway Estate - Blues & Blueberry Festival

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 24 > Sunday 24 February

Flynn Gurry at Otway Estate - Blues & Blueberry Festival


Phone: 03 5233 8400
Email: info@otwayestate.com.au
Website: Visit Website

  

Market Day - Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 24 > Sunday 24 February

Market Day - Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival

Market Day - Gellibrand River Blues & Blueberry Festival

 · Hosted by Gellibrand Community House and Gellibrand River Markets

The Festival Market will be held on Sunday the 24th February from 9:30 -2pm.

There will be local food producers, artists and artisans, scrumptious food, new exciting activities for the children and of course Blueberry products in Rex Norman Reserve right in the centre of Gellibrand.

Music will continue with local performers entertaining you while you browse.

Our region supports some amazing food and produce, so come along for a taste sensation.

Terang Races

FEBRUARY 2019 ~ Wednesday 27 > Wednesday 27 February

Terang Races

Terang Races

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 | 12:00 PM to 05:30 PM

 

When

  • Wednesday, 27 February 2019 | 12:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Location

Terang Racecourse, Keilambete Road, Terang 3264

LATE SHIFT

MARCH 2019 ~ Saturday 2 > Saturday 2 March

LATE SHIFT

LATE SHIFT

Saturday, 02 March 2019 | 07:30 PM to 11:00 PM

A night of live music from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

Sit and enjoy the tunes or get up and dance the night away.

Doors open 7.30pm - music from 8pm.

Drinks and meals available at bar prices.

When
Saturday, 02 March 2019 | 07:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Location
Colac RSL, 21 Murray Street, Colac 3250

Cost - $25 pp or $20 early bird. $30 at the door

Contact :-
OCR FM
5232 1991
admin@ocrfm.org.au

Colac Show "N" Shine

MARCH 2019 ~ Saturday 2 > Saturday 2 March

Colac Show "N" Shine

Colac Show "N" Shine

From 8:30am at Memorial Square, Colac

Brian Fraser - Free Live Music: GOR Brewhouse

MARCH 2019 ~ Saturday 2 > Saturday 2 March

Brian Fraser - Free Live Music: GOR Brewhouse

Brian Fraser - Free Live Music

02 MAR 2019

08:30PM

02 MAR 2019

11:30PM

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 323

Geelong’s Brian Fraser is one of Australia’s finest and most well-known acoustic blues performers.

Brian is a multi-award winning artist with over 30 years’ experience in the music industry. His hectic schedule includes spending many months of every year touring the country, performing at festivals, pubs and clubs, playing his own brand of stomp board driven blues.

Situated on the Great Ocean Road in Apollo Bay where the hills meet the ocean, the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse is a craft beer haven with over 100 craft beers on offer. Beer, wine and cider tastings are available in the tasting room along with fabulous regional produce. Dine in their award-winning bistro with a family-friendly atmosphere and a delicious menu that has something to suit everyone. Warm yourself by the fire or enjoy the beer garden with ocean views. Open seven days. Free Wi-Fi available.

COUNTRY RACES IN COLAC - BIRREGURRA CUP

MARCH 2019 ~ Sunday 3 > Sunday 3 March

COUNTRY RACES IN COLAC - BIRREGURRA CUP

COUNTRY RACES IN COLAC - BIRREGURRA CUP

03 MAR 2019

11:00AM

03 MAR 2019

05:00PM

Colac Turf Club, Colac-Lavers Hill Road, Colac 325

Relax at the country Races at the Colac Turf Club to celebrate the Birregurra Cup!!

Sunday 3 March 2019 - Gates open at 11am

Umbrella Package $20 per person. *Admission not included. 

Free Entry for kids. Relaxed Country atmosphere.

'Beard of the Day' - $200 Cash Prize

Tickets Available!! - Book now - country.racing.com/colac

Colac Turf Club, Colac-Lavers Hill Road, Colac 3250 View map

Email: colac@countryracing.com.au
Website: Visit Website

Camperdown Rotary Market

MARCH 2019 ~ Sunday 3 > Sunday 1 December

Camperdown Rotary Market

Camperdown Rotary Market

03 MAR 2019

09:00AM

03 MAR 2019

02:00PM

Manifold Street, Camperdown, VIC 3260

Held on the historic avenue of Camperdown's Manifold Street, the Camperdown Rotary Market is held on the first Sunday of each month. The market offers opportunity to browse and buy home made goods including cakes, produce, plants, clothing and novelties. 

Top this off with the opportunity to climb the Gothic style clock tower to inspect the clock mechanism and enjoy the panoramic views of our historic town before heading to the heritage centre to learn more about the area and its fascinating history.

Manifold Street, Camperdown, VIC 3260 View map

Phone03 5593 1104

MARIAM ISSA - A SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN

MARCH 2019 ~ Friday 8 > Friday 8 March

MARIAM ISSA - A SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY EVENT

MARIAM ISSA - A SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY EVENT

08 MAR 2019

06:00PM

08 MAR 2019

08:30PM

COPACC, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Mariam Issa is a speaker, author, storyteller and community builder on a mission to inspire one million women globally to achieve their fullest potential.

At 30, Mariam moved to Melbourne from her war-torn Somali homeland with her husband, four children and a fifth on the way. Far away from the tight communities and families in Somalia, Mariam found herself in a foreign country that had a foreign language and a foreign culture.

Through her powerful stories that tell her trials and tribulations, she has inspired countless women who have had similar experiences to see the butterfly within in order to achieve their fullest potential.

Venue: Civic Hall foyer (dinner); Civic Hall (speaker)

Date/time: International Women’s Day – Friday 8 March. Dinner available from 6pm-7pm; speaker starts at 7.15pm.

Running time: 75 minutes

COPACC, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250 View map

Phone(03) 5232 9418
Emailcopacc@colacotway.vic.gov.au
WebsiteVisit Website

The Hornets - Live Music at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

MARCH 2019 ~ Saturday 9 > Saturday 9 March

The Hornets - Live Music at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

The Hornets - Live Music at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

09 MAR 2019 08:30PM
09 MAR 2019 11:30PM

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

The Hornets feature some of the country’s well known and respected musicians. Singer-songwriter Craig Horne together with guitarist Jeff Burstin from Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons and the Black Sorrows, is joined by guitarist Wayne Burt also from Jo Jo Zep and the Black Sorrows, Wayne Duncan from Daddy Cool on bass, Chris Tabone from the Bad Loves on drums and Bruce Haymes on keyboards from the Paul Kelly and Renee Geyer bands. The Hornets are considered to be one of Australia’s leading blues and roots bands.

Situated on the Great Ocean Road in Apollo Bay where the hills meet the ocean, the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse is a craft beer haven with over 100 craft beers on offer. Beer, wine and cider tastings are available in the tasting room along with fabulous regional produce. Dine in their award-winning bistro with a family-friendly atmosphere and a delicious menu that has something to suit everyone. Live weekend entertainment and sports bar. Warm yourself by the fire or enjoy the beer garden with ocean views. Open seven days. Free Wi-Fi available.
Twilight on the Western

MARCH 2019 ~ Sunday 10 > Sunday 10 March

Twilight on the Western

Birregurra Sunday Markets 2018/2019 Season

MARCH 2019 ~ Sunday 10 > Sunday 21 April

Birregurra Sunday Markets 2018/2019 Season

Birregurra Sunday Markets 2018/2019 Season

The market is every 2nd Sunday of the month [9am-2pm] in the Birregurra Park (in the warmer months):

* Sunday 10 March 2019
* Sunday 14 April 2019 and ...
* a special Easter Market will happen on Sunday 21 April 2019

Birregurra Park, 35 Main Street, Birregurra 3242

 

CAROLYN THEATRE 2019 ‘FIVE SHOWS ONE SEASON

MARCH 2019 ~ Monday 11 > Monday 11 March

CAROLYN THEATRE 2019 ‘FIVE SHOWS ONE SEASON

CAROLYN THEATRE 2019 ‘FIVE SHOWS ONE SEASON'

Morning Music - Frankly Sinatra

MARCH 2019 ~ Wednesday 13 > Wednesday 13 March

Morning Music - Frankly Sinatra

Morning Music - Frankly Sinatra

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 | 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

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Frankly Sinatra - A Tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes

Frankly Sinatra weaves the fascinating story of Ol’ Blue Eyes through skilful narration and the songs of an unforgettable era.

Australian music theatre star Philip Gould and award winning singer and actress Michelle Fitzmaurice come together to sing and dance their way through 22 hits of the man they called the ‘Chairman of the Board’.

The show also contains hits from the leading women in Sinatra’s life, including Nancy Sinatra, Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland.

If you loved hits such as ‘My Way’, ‘Three Coins in the Fountain’, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ and ‘High Hopes’ – Frankly Sinatra is not to be missed.

Venue: Auditorium

Date/Time: Wednesday 13 March, 11am

Running time: 70 minutes, no interval

All Tickets $23

Free morning tea served from 10am in the Foyer

Proudly Sponsored by Colac Herald & Arundell, Murray and Ryan, Barristers and Solicitors.

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When

  • Wednesday, 13 March 2019 | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Location

COPACC - Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural centre, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Corangamite Rural Women

MARCH 2019 ~ Friday 15 > Friday 15 March

Corangamite Rural Women's Forum

Corangamite Rural Women's Forum

*BOOKINGS NOW OPEN*
A fun and educational day not to be missed, FOR local rural women, ALL ABOUT local rural women, from Ballarat to the Heytesbury and Great Ocean Road; Surf Coast to Geelong and surrounds.

Program, speaker bios and tickets are available at: https://bit.ly/2DdaU0c

For more information about the venue: https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/places/barwon-park/

Band of Trolls - Free Live Music at The Brewhouse

MARCH 2019 ~ Saturday 16 > Saturday 16 March

Band of Trolls - Free Live Music at The Brewhouse

Band of Trolls - Free Live Music at The Brewhouse

16 MAR 2019

08:30PM

16 MAR 2019

11:30PM

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

Get your dancing shoes on and head down to the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse for a fun night with the local group, Band of Trolls.

The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse specialises in locally brewed craft beer, as well as ales from around Australia and the globe. The Brewhouse can cater for large or small groups and offers beer and wine tasting, hand-crafted produce from the Great Ocean Road and Otway regions, delicious meals featuring local products, a seaside beer garden, and a family-friendly atmosphere.

APOLLO BAY & OTWAY DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SHOW 2019

MARCH 2019 ~ Saturday 16 > Saturday 16 March

APOLLO BAY & OTWAY DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SHOW 2019

APOLLO BAY & OTWAY DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SHOW 2019

16 MAR 2019

10:00AM

16 MAR 2019

04:00PM

Apollo Bay 3233 VIC

Agricultural Show showcasing local produce, livestock, arts and crafts and much more.

Family entry Ticket $20 (or $15 pre- purchased) Adults $10, Concession $8, Under 15 $5.

Colac KANA Festival 2019

MARCH 2019 ~ Saturday 16 > Saturday 16 March

Colac KANA Festival 2019

Saturday, 16 March 2019 | 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Colac’s 61st KANA Festival opens at 10am with the traditional street parade starting at 1pm from the top end of Murray St.
This is a festival for all the family to enjoy!

The Kana committee is currently working hard on this fabulous milestone event. 

A new theme will be announced later in the year.

When

Saturday, 16 March 2019 | 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Location

Memorial Square, Murray Street, Colac 3250

Wye Peak Challenge 2019

MARCH 2019 ~ Saturday 16 > Saturday 16 March

Wye Peak Challenge 2019

Saturday, 16 March 2019 | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

The Wye Peak Challenge is not for the faint hearted. Its a unique 7.1km scenic trail run/walk that involves significant elevation, curving up and around the township, taking in views of the ocean, bush and the quaint Wye River itself. 

The run starts at 11am with an estimated time finish at 12.30pm.  Followed by a BBQ. 

Community fundraising event supported by the local businesses to help bring life back into the town after the 2015 bushfire and help the Surf Lifesaving Club rebuild its much loved and needed bunkhouse. 

 

When

Saturday, 16 March 2019 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Location

Wye River Township, Great Ocean Road, Wye River 3234

 

Debra Oconnor
Beeac to the Rock Retro Ride

MARCH 2019 ~ Sunday 17 > Sunday 17 March

Beeac to the Rock Retro Ride

Beeac to the Rock Retro Ride

Sunday, 17 March 2019 | 10:00 AM

Registration 10am - Riders leaving from 11am.

Entry fee $30.00

This event is for bicycles made from steel, for cyclists who appreciate the classic era of cycling! This is a ride, not a race, there will be no time keeping at all, with an open start time of half an hour.

BEWARE: Carbon Tax applied (Donated to Colac Area Health)

Show and Shine and Swap Meet
After the ride at the Beeac Farmers Arms Hotel is a great opportunity for riders and non-riders to showcase your pride and joy $5.00 entry fee.

Prizes awarded.

All entry fees donated to Colac Area Health

Beeac to the Rock Retro Ride

When
Sunday, 17 March 2019 | 10:00 AM

Location
Farmers Arms Hotel Beeac, 87-89 Main Street, Beeac 3251

Cost
$30.00

Contact
Tim O'Sullivan
tosullivan@swh.net.au, cmavridis@cah.vic.gov.au or info@bikeguru.net.au

The Traffic Light Party - Farmers Arms Hotel Beeac

MARCH 2019 ~ Saturday 23 > Saturday 23 March

The Traffic Light Party - Farmers Arms Hotel Beeac

🚦🚦The Traffic Light Party is back!! 🚦🚦

After the HUGE SUCCESS of our first event, we've taken your feedback and we're doing it again, making it BIGGER AND BETTER!!

We all know a farmer, friend or family member who is looking for that special someone and we're giving you the opportunity to mingle with other singles in the area!

Entry is $10 with $5 going towards Buy a Bale to help drought stricken farmers.

https://www.ruralaid.org.au/buy-a-bale/

For those new to the concept of a traffic light party:
💚 Single and ready to mingle 💚
💛 Maybe, available but not actively looking but can be persuaded 💛
❤️ Stop! Taken, not keen as a bean ❤️

This time round we'll have:
✔️$10 entry which gets you your coloured wristband and nibbles ❤️💛💚
✔️2 BARS to get those drinks to your faster and easier! 🍺🍸🍻🍹🥂🍾🍷🥃
✔️MORE toilets so lines are shorter so you can get back to mingling! 🚽🚽🚽
✔️Later finishing time, because let's be honest, the party was just getting started! 🎉🎊
✔️SPEED DATING HOUR commencing at 6pm
✔️BACHELOR AND BACHELORETTE AUCTIONS because we like to throw our friends under the bus and watch them squirm! But help them in the process
✔️CLEAN 🤦🏻‍♀️ and ON TIME 🤦🏻‍♀️ buses to and from Geelong and Colac for $10 return
✔️LIVE MUSIC 🎵🎶🎵🎶 we haven't locked anyone in yet but we enjoyed the docile tones of Pat Lowrey and Jeffrey Jordan last party 🎵🎶

💚 SPEED DATING HOUR starting at 6pm for $20. What do you get you ask? This includes your entry, a drink and nibbles for the hour.
Register by messaging Nina on 0425728911 with your full name, age, occupation and whether you're interested in men or women (and an age range). Payment will be required at the time of registration and details will be sent upon contact.

💚BACHELOR AND BACHELORETTE SILENT AUCTION💚
Our bachelors and bachelorettes from the first traffic light party were majority successful!!

Bachelors/Bachelorettes auctioned on the night will receive their drinks FREE on the evening and the opportunity to attend an evening for 2 with the winning bidder at the Farmers Arms Hotel!

Nominate an eligible bachelor or Bachelorette by sending a Facebook message to the Farmers Arms Hotel or emailing farmersarmsbeeac@gmail.com with their name, age, occupation, a brief description and whether their interested in meeting men/women!

More details to follow!! Will see you there!!

Tag an eligible bachelor/Bachelorette for their chance to win a $50 voucher to spend on the night!

18+ event

Otway Makers and Growers Market - Kawarren

MARCH 2019 ~ Sunday 24 > Sunday 22 December

Otway Makers and Growers Market - Kawarren

Local produce and crafts market including fresh produce, berries, jewellery, cheeses and knitted goods. 

 

Location

Echidna House, Kawarren East Road, Gellibrand 3233  View Map

A Taste of Ireland - The Irish Music & Dance Sensation

MARCH 2019 ~ Wednesday 27 > Wednesday 27 March

A Taste of Ireland - The Irish Music & Dance Sensation

A Taste of Ireland - The Irish Music & Dance Sensation

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 | 07:30 PM to 09:20 PM

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Witness the World Champions directly from the West End's Lord of the Dance, as they tell the tale of the World's most loved nation in one incredible live performance.

Told through Irish music and dance, 'A Taste of Ireland' reveals the magical tale of two star crossed lovers leaving their Emerald home forever.

Produced by Australia's golden duo, Brent Pace & Ceili Moore, 'A Taste of Ireland' transports the audience to a time and place where tunes, taps and tradition are all the very essence of celebrating the Irish spirit.

Featuring an unparalleled cast of World, All Ireland and National Champion Irish dancers and musicians from around the globe, 'A Taste of Ireland' is unique for a production in this genre and features music and dance reflected through raw talent, which is impressively 100% LIVE!

Irish accordion, paired with raw guitar and rhythmic banjo, combined ballads and songs from across the counties and provinces transport the audience on a journey through the Celtic motherland.

Choreographed and led by ex-Gaelforce Dance & Rhythms of Ireland Lead Principal, World Medalist and Six Time Champion Brent Pace, 'A Taste of Ireland' is the quintessential Irish tale, a show never to be missed!

Date/Time: 
Wednesday 27 March 2019, 7.30pm

Ticket Prices:      
Adult: $69.90, Senior/Concession/Full Time Student: $62.90, Child 3-13yrs: $49.90, 
Family (2adults+2children): $225.00, Group Booking (8+): $62.90 per ticket    

 

When

  • Wednesday, 27 March 2019 | 07:30 PM - 09:20 PM

Location

COPACC, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

OTWAY TRAIL RUN 2019

MARCH 2019 ~ Sunday 31 > Sunday 31 March

OTWAY TRAIL RUN 2019

OTWAY TRAIL RUN 2019

31 MAR 2019

08:30AM

31 MAR 2019

12:00PM

Barongarook to Gellibrand, Old Beechy Rail Trail, Barongarook 3249

Events within the Fun Run area consists of:

 (No road closures however there are traffic treatments by Traffic Controllers)

16km run from Barongarook - commences at 8.30am

16km Relay Fun run

6km run/walk from Kawarren - commences at 10am

16km mountain bike ride

Expected completion by all competitors by 12 noon.

DINOSAUR TIME MACHINE

APRIL 2019 ~ Tuesday 2 > Tuesday 2 April

DINOSAUR TIME MACHINE

DINOSAUR TIME MACHINE

02 APR 2019

11:00AM

02 APR 2019

02:00PM

COPACC, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Buckle up and take a trip in a giant time machine to get up close and personal with a life-sized T-Rex!

Dinosaur Time Machine incorporates up-to-date science, and discoveries made about dinosaurs and the world in which they roamed. Presented in a fun and highly visual way, the show incorporates circus, puppetry, simple narrative and imaginative play in a unique educational theatre production, aimed at children aged 3-9.

If your child isn’t already obsessed with dinosaurs, they will be after seeing Dinosaur Time Machine, which won Best Children’s Show at the Adelaide Fringe in 2016.

“Dinosaur Time Machine weaves factual information into the fun... circus and puppetry and audience interaction are all used to great effect.” - Adelaide Advertiser 2016

Venue: Auditorium

Date/time: Tuesday, 2 April, 11am & 1pm

Running time: 55 minutes

Tickets: All $20

Proudly sponsored by: The Colac Herald, Creative Victoria, Highwire, Regional Arts Victoria

COPACC, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250 View map

Phone: (03) 5232 9418
Email: copacc@colacotway.vic.gov.au
Website: Visit Website

Colac Twilight Market and Mower Racing

APRIL 2019 ~ Saturday 6 > Saturday 6 April

Colac Twilight Market and Mower Racing

Colac Twilight Market and Mower Racing

 · Hosted by Colac Twilight Market & Mower Racing and Rotary Club of Colac Community Market

TIME - 3pm gates open

CONTACT DETAILS - brad

0488 44773
Colacsundaymarket@outlook.com

This will be an amazing twilight/evening which includes Mower Racing, variety of market stalls, food vans, live music and so much more will be on offer at this incredible REVAMPED Colac Community Event/Market

Bjorn Again

APRIL 2019 ~ Saturday 6 > Saturday 6 April

Bjorn Again

TWO

APRIL 2019 ~ Tuesday 16 > Tuesday 16 April

TWO

TWO

16 APR 2019

07:30PM

16 APR 2019

07:00PM

COPACC, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Jim Cartwright’s timeless comedy TWO introduces fourteen colourful characters, all skilfully played by Brian Meegan and Kate Raison.

Set in the local pub, you’ll meet all the regulars, a misfit crowd of eccentric and hilarious individuals.

There’s Moth, who loves Maud (and every other woman) fervently; Mrs Iger, with her passion for quiet, strong men; possessive Roy, jealous of anybody who looks at Lesley (even the darts players); Alice and Fred and their Elvis obsession; and the publicans themselves – a married couple with an unspoken secret…

By turns funny, heart-warming and poignant, don’t miss this smash hit comedy.

Venue: Auditorium

Date/time: Tuesday 16 April, 7.30pm

Running time: 90 minutes

Tickets: Adults $42, Concession $37, Under 30s $31

Warning: For Audiences 15+

Proudly sponsored by: The Colac Herald, Arts on Tour, Ensemble Tour, NSW Government, Australia Council for the Arts

COPACC, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250 View map

Phone: (03) 5232 9418
Email: copacc@colacotway.vic.gov.au
Website: Visit Website

2019 Anzac Day Mushroom Hunt

APRIL 2019 ~ Thursday 25 > Thursday 25 April

2019 Anzac Day Mushroom Hunt

2019 Anzac Day Mushroom Hunt

 · Hosted by Gellibrand Community House

Fungi delight and intrigue and provide the connective network of terrestrial ecosystems. The forests surrounding Gellibrand harbour some of the most diverse and bizarre fungi in the state.

This workshop introduces participants to the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the Otways region but also within wider Australian and global contexts.

It will include a ninety-minute interactive session on the basics of fungus identification where participants will get to handle, examine and identify various fungi. Participants will also learn to recognise the various diagnostic characteristics used to identify fungi in the field. Fungi will be discussed in regard to their ecological roles and also cultural aspects such as edibility and toxicity.

We will then partake in an exciting two hour foray through various local ecosystems to search for species of interest.

Supplementary notes are also provided. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own specimens for identification at the workshop.

Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride 2019

APRIL 2019 ~ Saturday 27 > Saturday 27 April

Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride 2019

Saturday, 27 April 2019 | 07:00 AM to 05:00 PM

One of Australia's premier and most spectacular rides.  Starting and finishing in Torquay the ride takes in the spectacular farmland of the Otway ranges and then back along the Great Ocean Road.

 With 4 distances to choose from:

204km

145km

60km

30km

Over 90kms of road closures and supported by police, extensive traffic management, medical support, mechanical support and entertainment.  Spectacular scenery along the course with the opportunity to stop in the townships of Moriac, Deans Marsh and along the Great Ocean Road at Lorne, Aireys Inlet & Anglesea.  Optional timed climb of the 12km Benwerrin Climb in the Otways for the 145km participants.

 

Please find details of Road Closure details below. 

2018-Resident-Letter-Road-Closure-Notification-RACV-Great-Ocean-and-Otway-Classic-Ride.pdf(PDF, 595KB)

 

When

Saturday, 27 April 2019 | 07:00 AM - 05:00 PM

 

Location

Circuit through roads from Torquay to Lorne, Cnr Cape Otway Road and Birregurra-Deans Marsh Road, Birregurra 3242

 

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The Otway Food & Fibre Showcase 2019

APRIL 2019 ~ Sunday 28 > Sunday 28 April

The Otway Food & Fibre Showcase 2019

Sunday, 28 April 2019 | 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM

SINK YOUR TEETH INTO THIS!

The Otway region is gearing up to showcase everything locally grown and sown.  Some ready to eat and the rest harvested to take home and add a culinary spin.  

Mid-Autumn people can enjoy a selection of the best Otway grown produce including olives, cheeses, native bush foods, fruits and vegetables, honey, meats, small goods, baked goods, wines and other brewed delights.

Growers and event organisers want to share their passion for turning humble soil and grass into quality food and fibre, shining a spotlight on the skilled, passionate and diverse growers around us.

Source local food and fibre and contribute to community health, benefit the local economy and our environment.

Taste and purchase local produce; talk to and learn from local growers and makers. Develop growing and making talents by taking part in demonstrations and workshops around the theme of small holding skills like building soil and compost, bee keeping, poultry management, regenerative farming, the lifecycle of wool, native bush foods, truffle sniffer dog trials, shearing and creative kids food and fibre activities.   

If you’re a small scale producer or artisan and would like to get involved, please contact Andy Gray on 5232 9140 or andygray@coln.org.au

 

When

Sunday, 28 April 2019 | 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

 

Location

Colac Showgrounds, Bruce Street, Colac 3250

 

Toni Childs - Retrospective Tour 2019

MAY 2019 ~ Friday 3 > Friday 3 May

Toni Childs - Retrospective Tour 2019

Toni Childs - Retrospective Tour 2019

Friday, 03 May 2019 | 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM

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".... Evocative, evanescent music that allows you to immerse yourself and drift away"  Rolling Stone

".... In a year of auspicious breakthroughs for women writer-performers, Childs was the standout"  Time Magazine

 Proudly presented by Big Mother Touring Company

Join the legendary Toni Childs for a special two hour performance as she celebrates her 30 year anniversary of Union. 

Toni will be performing hits and fan favourites from Union, House of Hope, the Woman's Boat and Keep the Faith. 

The second hour will be your introduction to Toni's new music from two very special albums - It's All a Beautiful Noise and Citizens of the Planet.

Venue: Auditorium

Date/Time: Friday 3 May at 7.30pm

Running Time:  2 hours, plus 30 minute interval

Tickets:

Adult:  $69.00

Concession/Student:  $65.00

Groups of 6 or more:  $65.00 per ticket

 

When

  • Friday, 03 May 2019 | 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Location

Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre (COPACC), 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Morning Music - Caruso to Carreras

MAY 2019 ~ Wednesday 8 > Wednesday 8 May

Morning Music - Caruso to Carreras

Morning Music - Caruso to Carreras

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 | 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

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Caruso to Carreras - the Great Tenors

The stories of the world’s greatest tenors and their leading ladies come to life in Caruso to Carreras.

Leading Australian tenor Roy Best will perform classic hits of Enrico Caruso and José Carreras as well as many other beloved tenors including Pavarotti, Bocelli, Lanza and Domingo.

Every tenor has a leading lady, and in Caruso to Carreras versatile Australian soprano Alison Jones sings all the wonderful solos and duets.

Concert virtuoso Len Vorster will be at the piano; while compere Chris McKenna will guide the audience through the fascinating stories of the greatest tenors the world has ever known.

Enjoy hits such as ‘Be My Love’, ‘Nessun Dorma’ and ‘O Sole Mio’ and duets including ‘Time To Say Goodbye’, ‘Amigos Para Sempre’, ‘Strangers In Paradise, ‘Loveliest Night of the Year’ and many more.

Venue: Auditorium

Date/Time: Wednesday 8 May, 11am

Running time: 70 minutes, no interval

All Tickets $23

Free morning tea served from 10am in the Foyer

Proudly Sponsored by Colac Herald & Arundell, Murray and Ryan, Barristers and Solicitors.

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When

  • Wednesday, 08 May 2019 | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Location

COPACC - Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural centre, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Great Ocean Road Running Festival 2019

MAY 2019 ~ Saturday 18 > Saturday 18 May

Great Ocean Road Running Festival 2019

Saturday, 18 May 2019 | 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM

Victoria’s iconic Great Ocean Road is home to one of the world’s most visually spectacular marathons, The renamed 'Great Ocean Road Running Festival' with panoramic views of the Southern Ocean, the famous seaside location will attract participants from across Australia to participate in one of the seven events on the 18th and 19th of May, 2019.
 
The iconic event provides participants of all fitness levels and ages with a unique opportunity to challenge themselves physically across of range of distances, ranging from 1.5km through to 60km.Road closures and detours will be in place on both days to support the safe conduct of the Great Ocean Road Marathon events.
 

 

When

Saturday, 18 May 2019 | 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Sunday, 19 May 2019 | 08:00 AM - 03:00 PM

 

Location

Great Ocean Road, Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay 3233

Brad King
APOLLO BAY GOLF CLUBS ANNUAL TOURNAMENT

JUNE 2019 ~ Wednesday 5 > Tuesday 11 June

APOLLO BAY GOLF CLUBS ANNUAL TOURNAMENT

APOLLO BAY GOLF CLUBS ANNUAL TOURNAMENT

05 JUN 2019

10:00AM

11 JUN 2019

05:00PM

Apollo Bay Golf Club, 20 Nelson Street, Apollo Bay 3233

Apollo Bay Golf Club's Annual Tournament will be run over the Queens Birthday long weekend - 5 to 11 June. 

The major events are the Men's Open Stroke of 27 holes hold on the Sunday and the Women's Open Stroke of 27 holes held on the Friday. 

There are other partner events held over the week. 

Contact Helen, the Tournament Secretary or visit our website for more information. 

Apollo Bay Golf Club, 20 Nelson Street, Apollo Bay 3233 View map

Email: waggykek@gmail.com
Website: Visit Website

Duck Drop Derby 2019

JUNE 2019 ~ Sunday 9 > Sunday 9 June

Duck Drop Derby 2019

Duck Drop Derby 2019

Sunday, 09 June 2019 | 12:00 PM to 05:30 PM

Major annual fundraiser event for the South Colac Sports Club. 

Yellow plastic ducks are dropped from a helicopter.  Closest to the number of your choice wins. 

Children's activities and lots of fun.  Food available on site. 

When

  • Sunday, 09 June 2019 | 12:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Location

South Colac Duck Drop, Joiner Reserve, Main Street, Elliminyt 3249

Run Forrest Trail Run 2019

JUNE 2019 ~ Monday 10 > Monday 10 June

Run Forrest Trail Run 2019

Run Forrest Trail Run 2019

Monday, 10 June 2019 | 07:00 AM to 05:00 PM

100% Pure Trail Running in the Otways

The 6th annual Run Forrest – 10km & 21km & 6km Trail Run offers runners the most picturesque trails in Australia

Once again the 2019 Run Forrest will  include the very popular 5km Kids Run circuit.

Staged in the hinterland township of Forrest, nestled in the heart of the Otway Ranges, Run Forrest will showcase the regions world class trails and breathtaking natural beauty – undulating hills, flowing rivers, dense fern gullies and the cool, fresh air of the Otway Ranges.

So get training!!

When

  • Monday, 10 June 2019 | 07:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Location

Barwon Water Reserve, Hennigan Crescent, Forrest 3236

Forrest Soup Fest 2019

JUNE 2019 ~ Monday 10 > Monday 10 June

Forrest Soup Fest 2019

Forrest Soup Fest 2019

Monday, 10 June 2019 | 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

A great winter day out!   Now in its 14th year the Forrest Soupfest is an annual festival held at the Forrest Recreation Reserve featuring homemade soups.  Enter competitions for home made soups, jams, conserves, pickles, chutneys, wine and beer. There will be a prize for the biggest/most unusual vegetable.  

Soups on offer will be made by the Forrest Lions Club, Forrest General Store, Bespoke Harvest Restaurant, Platypi Chocolaterie, Forrest Neighbourhood House and the Terminus Hotel Forrest. Please bring your own cup, as we aim to become a Waste Free Festival.

This year we are introducing Master Classes to learn about the health benefits of eating soup, fermenting winter vegetables, making sourdough bread, and demonstrations on making a master stock.

A gold coin donation enables families to enjoy lots of free activities; rock climbing wall, jumping castle, animal farm, mask making, live musical entertainment and over 45 market stalls to explore.

 

When

  • Monday, 10 June 2019 | 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Location

Forrest Recreation Reserve, Yaugher Road, Forrest 3236

Camperdown

JULY 2019 ~ Wednesday 3 > Sunday 7 July

Camperdown's Robert Burns Scottish Festival

Camperdown's Robert Burns Scottish Festival

03 JUL 2019

06:00PM

07 JUL 2019

09:00PM

2 Bath Street, Camperdown, VIC 3260

The Robert Burns Scottish Festival is a weekend of music, dance and poetry celebrating Camperdown's link to Scotland's national Bard.

Come and experience the Scottish heritage of the area and learn about the man that was and the statue that is the great, Robbie Burns. 

Artist announcement and specials guests coming soon.

With the programme soon to be announced, keep an eye on the event website for further details.

2 Bath Street, Camperdown, VIC 3260 View map

Phone: 03 5593 7100
Email: shire@corangamite.vic.gov.au
Website: Visit Website

 

Morning Music - Wilbur Wilde: SaxLife!

JULY 2019 ~ Wednesday 24 > Wednesday 24 July

Morning Music - Wilbur Wilde: SaxLife!

Morning Music - Wilbur Wilde: SaxLife!

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 | 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

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Wilbur Wilde: SaxLife!

For members of the Hey Hey It's Saturday generations, Wilbur Wilde is a friend.

For 16 years we invited him and the rollicking Hey Hey cast into our lounge rooms every Saturday night during a golden era of Australian television.

Having had success with some mighty Oz rock bands, including Ol'55 and Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, the variety and musical leanings of Hey Hey suited Willy to the core.

Get ready for a congenial, entertaining and whimsical tale of a life in showbusiness.  From Roy Orbison to Muhammad Ali, from the rocking pubs of Melbourne to the sacred studios of GTV9.

You'll hear a few things you may not have heard before with Wilbur Wilde: SaxLife!

Venue: Auditorium

Date/Time: Wednesday 24 July, 11am

Running time: 70 minutes, no interval

All Tickets $23

Free morning tea served from 10am in the Foyer

Proudly Sponsored by Colac Herald & Arundell, Murray and Ryan, Barristers and Solicitors.

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When

 

  • Wednesday, 24 July 2019 | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

 

Location

COPACC - Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural centre, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Morning Music - Silvie Paladino in The Songs of Eva Cassidy

SEPTEMBER 2019 ~ Wednesday 4 > Wednesday 4 September

Morning Music - Silvie Paladino in The Songs of Eva Cassidy

Morning Music - Silvie Paladino in The Songs of Eva Cassidy

Wednesday, 04 September 2019 | 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

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SILVIE PALADINO in The Songs of Eva Cassidy

Silvie is one of Australia's most versatile and talented entertainers.  She is a popular concert performer, recording artist and has starred in musicals such as Mamma Mia, Catsand Les Miserables in Australia and on London's West End.

Before Eva Cassidy died at the age of 33, she was unknown outside of Washington USA, but within two years of her death her albums topped the charts in the UK, Europe, Australia and the rest of the world.

This show features inspired re-imaginings of such classic tunes as 'Over the Rainbow', 'Fields of Gold', 'Autumn Leaves', 'Time After Time', 'Ain't No Sunshine', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'What a Wonderful World' and, of course, 'Songbird'. 

Venue: Auditorium

Date/Time: Wednesday 4 September, 11am

Running time: 70 minutes, no interval

All Tickets $23

Free morning tea served from 10am in the Foyer

Proudly Sponsored by Colac Herald & Arundell, Murray and Ryan, Barristers and Solicitors.

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When

  • Wednesday, 04 September 2019 | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Location

COPACC - Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural centre, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Birregurra Festival

OCTOBER 2019 ~ Friday 11 > Sunday 13 October

Birregurra Festival

Weekend Festival & Art Show
Be sure to visit during this popular two-day community event. Activities launch on Friday night with the opening of the Birregurra Festival and Art Show and continue through until Sunday afternoon. Main Street transforms into a busy marketplace selling local produce, gourmet food and wine and the main stage features a lineup of top entertainment. Held every second full weekend in October [in 2019, this will be 11-13 October]. Website

Morning Music - Cheek to Cheek

OCTOBER 2019 ~ Wednesday 23 > Wednesday 23 October

Morning Music - Cheek to Cheek

Morning Music - Cheek to Cheek

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 | 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

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Cheek to Cheek

This all-singing, all-dancing celebration features some of the most electric dance sequences ever conceived for film.   Cheek to Cheek is a rare chance to see the flair and skill of the two Silver Screen legends recreated live on stage by two of Australia's brightest young music theatre performers - Ross Hannaford and Amy Berrisford.

Featuring classic songs including the Academy Award winning 'Night and Day', 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off', 'Top Hat', 'White Tie and Tails', 'They Can't Take That Away From Me' and 'The Way You Look Tonight'.

Venue: Auditorium

Date/Time: Wednesday 23 October, 11am

Running time: 70 minutes, no interval

All Tickets $23

Free morning tea served from 10am in the Foyer

Proudly Sponsored by Colac Herald & Arundell, Murray and Ryan, Barristers and Solicitors.

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When

  • Wednesday, 23 October 2019 | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Location

COPACC - Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural centre, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Rock The Clock - Camperdown

OCTOBER 2019 ~ Thursday 24 > Sunday 27 October

Rock The Clock - Camperdown

Rock The Clock

Thursday, 24 October 2019 | 09:00 AM to Sunday, 27 October 2019 | 05:00 PM

Rock the Clock is Camperdown's own rock n roll festival. The four-day event runs in Camperdown's main street Manifold Street and will feature 12 bands, a classic car and motorcycle display, street market, vintage fashion and beauty and much more. Many free events including Clocktower Stage, Markets and Car Display.

Ticket Prices

Early Bird First release Available until 1 August ADULT $50 FAM $100
2nd Release 1 August - 23 October ADULT $60 FAM $120
Box Office at Festival ADULT $70 FAM $140

When

  • Thursday, 24 October 2019 | 09:00 AM - Sunday, 27 October 2019 | 05:00 PM

Location

Camperdown Theatre Royal / Finlay Avenue, Manifold Street, Camperdown 3260

Morning Music - Christmas with Denise

DECEMBER 2019 ~ Wednesday 4 > Wednesday 4 December

Morning Music - Christmas with Denise

Morning Music - Christmas with Denise

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 | 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

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Christmas with Denise

Denise will put the jingle in your bells with a collection of Christmas classics plus some of her all-time favourite songs such as 'Hey Paula', 'Wonderful World', 'Look At Us', and 'Personality'.

Denise's television career has been amazing, starting as a young girl on Kommotion, The Go Show and guesting on many major television shows including In Melbourne Tonight and The Don Lane Show.  She is currently on Studio 10.

Whether it's singing great songs, doing impersonations, busting out her famous 'chook walk' or cracking gags, this lady has no peer as she entertains her audiences!

Strap yourselves in Morning Music lovers - this is going to be one hilarious sleigh ride!

Venue: Auditorium

Date/Time: Wednesday 4 December, 11am

Running time: 70 minutes, no interval

All Tickets $23

Free morning tea served from 10am in the Foyer

Proudly Sponsored by Colac Herald & Arundell, Murray and Ryan, Barristers and Solicitors.

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When

  • Wednesday, 04 December 2019 | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Location

COPACC - Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural centre, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250