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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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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.

Statewide Stampede Roller Derby Finals

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Saturday 9 > Saturday 9 September

Statewide Stampede Roller Derby Finals

Otway Derby Dolls are hosting...

STATEWIDE STAMPEDE FINALS!

Bring your game face, bring your cheer voice, bring your bells and whistles!

It's set to be one hell of an amazing finals, with teams to battle it out and take their finishing places in the 2017 Statewide Stampede tournament.

The following leagues from across the state come together to bring roller derby to South West Vic.

  • Ballarat Roller Derby League 
  • Diamond Valley Roller Derby Club 
  • Dragon City Rollers 
  • North East Roller Derby 
  • East Vic Roller Derby 
  • Geelong Roller Derby League 
  • Team Regional Victoria 
  • Westside Derby Dolls 
  • And the OTWAY DERBY DOLLS

There will be games aplenty, live music, so many raffles, stalls and face painting for the kids. Presale tickets will put you in the draw for a massive door prize so get yours from an ODD member or Colac Otway Chinese Medicine, The Botanic Cafe or George Taylors.

If you would like to hold a stall and sell merchandise, craft or local wares please contact Kate via email - lukabrim@gmail.com

TICKETS 

  • Presale tickets are $8 
  • Or $10 at the door 
  • Children 13 and under are free

GAME TIMES 

  • Low contact Scrim @ 9:50AM 
  • NERD v TRV for 7-8 place @ 11.30AM 
  • EVRD v DVRDC for 3-4 game @ 1.30PM 
  • BRDL v WSDD for 1-2 place @ 3.30PM. 
  • DCDD v ODD/GRDL for 5-6 place @ 5.30PM

Cost: 
$10

Who should attend: 
All ages family event.

How to get there: 
See contact details provided on this page for transportation enquiries.

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Kids Art Class Workshops - Bunnings Colac: 10:00AM until 02:00PM

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Saturday 9 > Saturday 9 September

Kids Art Class Workshops - Bunnings Colac: 10:00AM until 02:00PM

Mind Your Groove - Lavers Hill Roadshow

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Sunday 10 > Sunday 10 September

Mind Your Groove - Lavers Hill Roadshow

Lavers Hill Springs into Dance !! 
More info contact Elle Wood 0400145168


MYG Community Dance Roadshow is abloom with excitement to announce their second Roadshow!

Date : 10 September, 2017

Place: Lavers Hill Hall 

43-47 Great Ocean Road, Lavers Hill, 3238

Mind Your Groove ( MYG) Community Dance Roadshow is a series of travelling dance workshops for all ages the second Sunday of every month from July - December 2017, and culminating in a Festive Family Bush Dance in Hordern Vale. Each town showcases a different dance genre and facilitator for the adult sessions.

Our flavour this month is YogaWeave, lead by AmandaMagan - Yoga practitioner of 23 years. This is the official launch for YogaWeave, an evolving embodiment practice inspired by her passion for yoga and dance. It weaves together east and west dance styles, the energy of the elements within the body, and utilises archetypal form and postures to assist participants to move beyond the mind and into The Dance. 

Creative Dance 4 Kids

Buzz into Spring with our Animals in Rhythms series. Taking flight with birds, bumble bees and butterflies. An exploration of self expression, imagination, story weaving, Creative Dance and Freestyle. We have fun, use props and play games to music from all cultures! Facilitated by Elle Wood and Liza Freddi.

 

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

The concept 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 or AmandaMagan - 0439999941
Kids Art Class Workshops - Bunnings Colac: 9:00am - 5:00pm

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Sunday 10 > Sunday 10 September

Kids Art Class Workshops - Bunnings Colac: 9:00am - 5:00pm

LIVE MUSIC AT THE APOLLO BAY RSL: 2pm

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Sunday 10 > Sunday 10 September

LIVE MUSIC AT THE APOLLO BAY RSL: 2pm

12 Gallipoli Parade, Apollo Bay

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

Phone: (03) 5237 6091

OCR Ladies Night: Wednesday, 13 September 2017 | 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Wednesday 13 > Wednesday 13 September

OCR Ladies Night: Wednesday, 13 September 2017 | 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Come and shop til you drop, plus enjoy an exciting fashion parade. Browse a fabulous array of stall holders who are excited to share their wonderful products with you including clothing, makeup, craft, jewellery, Tupperware, candles, cleaning products plus health advice, and more!

Entry is $10 for OCR FM members or $15 for non members and all pre-bookings include bubbles on arrival, a showbag of goodies and a light supper.

For more information or to pre-book your tickets please contact Judy on 0438 898 332 or Jonathan 0439 329 713.

When

  • Wednesday, 13 September 2017 | 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Location: Colac RSL, 21 Murray Street, Colac 3250
Contact Judy
0438 898 332
AMY

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Saturday 16 > Monday 17 September

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.

Apollo Bay Foreshore Market

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Saturday 16 > Saturday 30 December

Apollo Bay Foreshore Market

Apollo Bay Market is held every Saturdays morning and provides 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.

Apollo Bay Foreshore, Apollo Bay, VIC, 3233

Water saving workshops: Bunnings Colac: 10:00am - 2:00pm

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Saturday 16 > Saturday 16 September

Water saving workshops: Bunnings Colac: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Apollo Bay Farmers Market

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Sunday 17 > Sunday 17 September

Apollo Bay Farmers Market

19 - 21 Moore Street, Apollo Bay, Victoria

Third Sunday of the month 9am-1pm

Markets for 2017:

 

  • 17th Sep
  • 15th Oct
  • 19th Nov
  • 17th Dec

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.

Friends of Otway National Park - Johanna Planting Day

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Sunday 17 > Sunday 17 September

Friends of Otway National Park - Johanna Planting Day

Friends of Otway National Park
Johanna Planting Day

Meet at the 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.

Water saving workshops: Bunnings Colac: 9:00am - 5:00pm

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Sunday 17 > Sunday 17 September

Water saving workshops: Bunnings Colac: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Light the Night - Colac: 6:00 PM to 08:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Friday 22 > Tuesday 22 August

Light the Night - Colac: 6:00 PM to 08:00 PM

Memorial Square, Colac, Murray Street, Colac, Colac 3250

Now in its tenth year, Light the Night is a unique event bringing together Australia's blood cancer community.  Join the local Colac community to remember and reflect during a moving ceremony and short lantern walk.

Those attending raise money beforehand to help local families facing blood cancer the emotional and practical support that will light the way forward.

Families and friends will come together at dusk on Friday 22 September to carry one of three coloured lanterns; gold to remember a loved one, white for their own blood cancer journey, or blue to show they care. 

Thanks to its supporters, the Leukaemia Foundation helps more than 750 families from regional Australia each year by providing free accommodation in capital cities so they can access life-saving treatment at major hospitals.

 The charity also offers free transport to medical appointments, counseling, information, education and practical support to families when they need it most.

The Dressmaker - Outdoor Film Night at Otway Estate

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Friday 22 > Friday 22 September

The Dressmaker - Outdoor Film Night at Otway Estate

Visit the Otway Estate Winery and Brewery and sit amongst the vines to watch The Dressmaker on the big outdoor screen.

The Dressmaker is a 2015 Australian revenge comedy-drama film written and directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, based on the novel by Rosalie Ham. It stars Kate Winslet as, Myrtle "Tilly" Dunnage, who returns to a small Australian town to take care of her ailing, mentally unstable mother.

Film to start approximately 7:00pm. Bringing your own chair is fine, Please come prepared with jumpers, blankets, etc.

Tickets $15.00 with $5.00 from every ticket sold to be donated to The National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Pre -screening Brewery Tour is only $10.00. Luke Reynolds, assistant brewer, will be showing you where the magic happens, learn about the brewing process, ingredients used and of course taste.

Dark at approximately 6:30pm. Film starting at 7:00pm.

Phone: 03 5233 8400

Hunt for the Golden Gumboot 2017

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Saturday 23 > Sunday 8 October

Hunt for the Golden Gumboot 2017

Annual Hunt for the Golden Gumboots along the Old Beechy Rail Trail. 

The golden gumboots contain answers to a special quiz with prizes awarded to the correct entries.  Two levels of activity cater for all ages.

Level 1 is an easy walk from Gellibrand River to Banool with 10 gumboots hidden along this section.

Level 2 is aimed at the more experiences trail users and covers 25km from Gellibrand to Ferguson.

All participants must register at, and deposit their completed answer sheet with, the Gellibrand River store.

Join in the free BBQ on Sunday 8 October where the prizes will be awarded.  Lots of fun and games on the day and entrainment will be provided from 2 local signing groups. 

Otways Junior Ranger Spring BioQuest

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Saturday 23 > Saturday 23 September

Otways Junior Ranger Spring BioQuest

Join Parks Victoria for the Spring BioQuest.

Search for plants and animals and contribute what you see to help keep parks healthy. Great family fun, with prizes to be won.

Grab your smart device, head outdoors and explore to find all the animals, plants and fungi you can. You do not need to be an expert, just have a sense of curiosity. Rangers and experts will give you feedback and points for your sightings.

Submit your sightings through the fun outdoor mobile app, QuestaGame.

How to participate:

1. Download QuestaGame: download the app before you go to the park

2. Register online at the QuestaGame website

3. Join the quests. Select the park quest you will be completing in the app

Lighthouse Road, Cape Otway, VIC 3233

Kids Woodwork Workshops: Bunnings Colac: 10:00am - 2:00pm

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Saturday 23 > Saturday 23 September

Kids Woodwork Workshops: Bunnings Colac: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Otway Makers & Growers Market

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Sunday 24 > Sunday 24 December

Otway Makers & Growers Market

4th Sunday of every month @ Echidna House, Kawarren East Road, Kawarren

Local produce, handcrafted items, fresh coffee, soup.

Gumboot Decorating Competition

SEPTEMBER 2017 ~ Sunday 24 > Sunday 24 September

Gumboot Decorating Competition

Bring a decorated gumboot to the Otway Makers & Growers Market, atEchidna House in Kawarren, Victoria, Australia, or decorate your gumboot there.

Two sections: Primary and Secondary.

Competition will be judged after the market and winners announced on Tuesday 26th September at Unit 8/ 186 Murray Street, Colac—where the decorated gumboots will be on display throughout the September School Holidays.

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

80s Bowlarama: Friday, 06 October 2017 | 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM

OCTOBER 2017 ~ Friday 6 > Friday 6 October

80s Bowlarama: Friday, 06 October 2017 | 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Get together a team of 5 and join in the fun with a night of big hair, bright colors and bowling!  Great prizes up for grabs for the winning team, best individual costume and bets team theme.

Drinks available at bar prices, BYO nibbles.

Colac Strikes and Spares, Tenpin Bowling Alley, 86 Murray St, Colac 3250

Cost

$25 per person

Contact

OCR FM

5232 1991

Otway Oktoberfest 2017

OCTOBER 2017 ~ Saturday 7 > Saturday 7 October

Otway Oktoberfest 2017

Join Otway Estate for the Annual Otway Oktoberfest for a true celebration of craft beer from the Otways, the Great Ocean Road and surrounding regions!

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!

 

ORCHID CLUB ANNUAL SHOW

OCTOBER 2017 ~ Saturday 7 > Saturday 7 October

ORCHID CLUB ANNUAL SHOW

Date to be confirmed.

Orchids range from very tiny miniatures to large and exotic plants.  Orchid club members will be on hand to answer any queries you may have about the care of orchids and perhaps you may even be interested in becoming a member.

$3 Adults Children FREE

Phone: (03) 5231 3473

Colac Showgrounds Hall of Commerce, Bruce Street , Colac 3250

Hunt for the Golden Gumboot - BBQ, Entertainment & Prize Giving

OCTOBER 2017 ~ Sunday 8 > Sunday 8 October

Hunt for the Golden Gumboot - BBQ, Entertainment & Prize Giving

Join us in Rex Norman Park, 5 Main Road Gellibrand River, from 12noon to 3pm for the Annual Hunt for the Golden Gumboot BBQ!

There will be fun, entertainment and the awarding of the Golden Gumboot Hunt and the Golden Gumboot Challenge prizes.

The Hunt for the Golden Gumboot's raffle will be drawn too! If you haven't got your raffle tickets yet, you can get them at the Gellibrand River Store and/or the Otways Tourist Park.

Seniors Festival 2017

OCTOBER 2017 ~ Monday 9 > Saturday 28 October

Seniors Festival 2017

Contact

Birregurra Festival & Art Show

OCTOBER 2017 ~ Friday 13 > Sunday 15 October

Birregurra Festival & Art Show

Live Entertainment Featuring great talent across two festival stages

This year is set to be a music lovers treat! A diverse bunch of talented performers will entertain the crowds throughout the weekend.

The Main Stage in the park will showcase a line up of bands from all around the state. The Street stage will showcase the talents of soloists and smaller groups. For the full line up check out the entertainers page.

Selling all sorts of goodies from handcrafts to organic produce and loads of garden plants and displays. Be tempted by the local produce in the gourmet food and wine section, which includes delicious cheeses, ice-cream and locally grown olives.

The ever popular dog jump is on again—running both days and open to all pampered pooches talented enough to leap for a treat. .

There is plenty to entertain the kids. Face painting is always a hit. Look out for the animal nursery, ride a camel or enjoy the carnival rides. A must see on Sunday morning is the energetic children's act, Mik Maks—guaranteed to get your little ones dancing. 

The Art Show - Over 300 pieces of local and interstate art will be on display in the Birregurra Hall.  Entry is $4 for adults. 

By popular demand the garden hub will be back again, but with more plants on show.

Check out the raft of classic cars and admire the work of clever district wood turners and the energy of the competitive woodchop.

Enjoy artist demonstrations and performances  at Birregurra Community Arts Group's Art Expo in the historic Masonic Lodge

Be sure to like us on Facebook and Twitter

Stay tuned for regular updates as our program comes together

 

  • Friday, 13 October 2017 | 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

  • Saturday, 14 October 2017 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

  • Sunday, 15 October 2017 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Birregurra Park, Main Street, Birregurra, Birregurra 3242

The Camperdown Show

OCTOBER 2017 ~ Saturday 14 > Saturday 14 October

The Camperdown Show

The annual Camperdown show is back.

The Camperdown show will feature dairy cattle, five horse rings, showjumping, sheep, poultry, home crafts and donkeys.

Side shows and trade sites will also feature on the day with a full and exciting program for the whole family.

Phone: 0427 504 629

THE GREAT OCEAN WALK 100S TRAIL ULTRAMARATHON 2017

OCTOBER 2017 ~ Saturday 14 > Saturday 14 October

THE GREAT OCEAN WALK 100S TRAIL ULTRAMARATHON 2017

What you need to know:

  • One of Australia's most spectacular and scenic trail ultramarathons]
  • Starts where the bitumen running ends
  • The original west coast trail ultra
  • Classic point-to-point course
  • 100 kilometre solo race
  • 55/45 two person relay race
  • Strictly limited field size
  • On the iconic south west coast of Victoria, Australia
  • Along the Great Ocean Walk track-complete the entire GOW trail in one day


 Approx 75% single track, 20% fire trail, 5% beach, some of the sweetest singletrack anywhere!

Wilderness you just can't see from the Great Ocean Road!

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. 

Rock the Clock

OCTOBER 2017 ~ Friday 20 > Sunday 22 October

Rock the Clock

Camperdown's Rock the Clock will be held from October 20th to 22nd and will feature music, dance, fashion, food and cars across a wide range of genres from the 1920s to 1960s.

In addition to all of the wonderful free activities on offer your festival pass will provide entry to all the following; family dance, drive-in movie, live music shows, fashion parade, dance DJs, Saturday night's main event , intimate music performances and more.

Phone: 03 5593 2489

Manifold Street, Camperdown, VIC 3260

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.

 

Warrion Flower Show 2017: Wednesday, 25 October 2017 | 01:00 PM to 08:00 PM

OCTOBER 2017 ~ Wednesday 25 October

Warrion Flower Show 2017: Wednesday, 25 October 2017 | 01:00 PM to 08:00 PM

This flower show is one of the longest running annual events in Victoria and now in its 108th. Exhibits are open to the wider community and show off the wonders of spring flowering. Entry details may be found on the Facebook page, by email or at selected stores.

Vegetables, cakes and preserves, handcraft, photography and school art are also on display. The famous afternoon tea is a wonderful experience with food provided by the local community. Stalls selling local produce, plants and craft are a popular feature as is the evening “tastes of the shire” meal. A large marquee provides a comfortable dining area.

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.

154th Colac Show

NOVEMBER 2017 ~ Saturday 4 > Sunday 5 November

154th Colac Show

3 Day Membership Pass $55 (includes  2x Adults & 3x Children 5-15yrs)

Day Passes: Adult..... $15, Child 5-15yr.....$7, Under 5...Free

9.30am-5pm Fr/Sat (full Show)

Saturday Evening entertainment 5pm til late (9pm approx. Fire works)
Sunday 9.30am-5pm (Equestrian Events/ Goats /Pet Parade/Dog Jump/Animal Nursery) No Side Show 

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

Birregurra Sunday Markets 2017/18 Season

NOVEMBER 2017 ~ Sunday 12 > Sunday 15 April

Birregurra Sunday Markets 2017/18 Season

Birregurra Sunday Markets 2017/18 Season

Sunday, 12 November 2017 | 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM

Birregurra Sunday markets - Every 2nd Sunday of the month from November to April plus Easter Sunday - April 16. 

Local produce including wine, cider, nuts, ice cream, cakes, slices and Ice Cream.  Plants of all types plus special garden art. 

Special market in March - Garden Harvest Market.  A chance to swap and buy flowers, fruit and vegies and raise money for a local organization. 

Music in the Rotunda from 10.30am to 1.30pm.  Includes a community BBQ.  All proceeds to the Birregurra Community. 

 

  •          Sunday, 12 November 2017 | 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
  •          Sunday, 10 December 2017 | 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
  •          Sunday, 14 January 2018 | 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
  •          Sunday, 11 February 2018 | 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
  •          Sunday, 11 March 2018 | 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
  •          Sunday, 08 April 2018 | 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
  •          Sunday, 15 April 2018 | 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

 

Birregurra Park, 35 Main Street, Birregurra 3242

 

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.

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.

Targa Florio classic car rally comes to Apollo Bay

DECEMBER 2017 ~ Friday 1 > Friday 1 December

Targa Florio classic car rally comes to Apollo Bay

Colac Otway Shire Council is excited to welcome the Targa Florio car rally to our shire in November.

The Italian motoring event is set to attract thousands of classic car lovers and motoring enthusiasts to the Great Ocean Road and Otways region.

The world-renowned Targa Florio vintage car rally, which traditionally takes place in Italy, will travel throughout regional Victoria including the Great Ocean Road with a lunch stop at Apollo Bay on day two of the four-day event.

Mayor Chris Potter said the famous rally will showcase the best of regional Victoria, as more than 200 classic cars travel 1,200 kilometres across Victoria, including an inland visit to Lavers Hill.

“We are pleased to welcome an event of this caliber to our region. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to showcase our beautiful part of the world to so many international visitors.

“The Great Ocean Road is a showpiece of our area, and we can all be proud to be included in this event.

“What makes me even more pleased with our involvement is that there are no road closures required, so we get to enjoy the benefits of the event, without any negative impact to our local community,” Cr Potter said.

The route takes in regional Victorian destinations including Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula, the Great Ocean Road, Queenscliff , Sorrento, Gippsland, the Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley.

Before Formula 1 racing, the Targa Florio was the most difficult and challenging race for cars on earth. First run in 1906, the race started and finished in Palermo, Italy.

It attracted the best drivers and international car makers including Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Bugatti, Lancia, Maserati, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche.

The prestigious motoring event will celebrate its 101st anniversary in Australia in regional Victoria in November.

The Targa Florio takes place from 30 November to 3 December.

Race schedule:

  • Thursday 30 November –vehicles travel from the Melbourne CBD to the City of Greater Geelong via Torquay and back to Geelong for the official opening ceremony
  • Friday 1 December – vehicles will drive from Geelong to Apollo Bay via Lorne and then onto Queenscliff. Vehicles will be transported by ferry from the Bellarine Peninsula to the Mornington Peninsula
  • Saturday 2 December – participants will drive from Mornington’s wine region through Red Hill to San Remo onto Healesville
  • Sunday 3 December – departing from Healesville back towards Melbourne CBD and via Albert Park, finishing at Docklands.

  

Inquiries

COS

Tamzin McLennan  (03) 5232 9493  tamzin.mclennan@colacotway.vic.gov.au

Melanesia Carson  (03) 5232 9559  melanesia.carson@colacotway.vic.gov.au

Colac City Band - Carols By Candlelight 2017: 7.30pm

DECEMBER 2017 ~ Friday 15 > Friday 15 December

Colac City Band - Carols By Candlelight 2017: 7.30pm

Colac City Bands 71st 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. 

 

 

  • Friday, 15 December 2017 | 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ Memorial Square, Muarry Street, Colac 3250
Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival 2018

FEBRUARY 2018 ~ Friday 23 > Sunday 25 February

Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival 2018

The Festival starts on Friday night 23rd February with a Community Blues Family Concert at the caravan park.  The main Blues Music Events in on Saturday 24th February afternoon from 12 noon to 8pm at the Otway Tourist Park followed by a blues evening at the Gellibrand Hotel. 

 Sunday morning 25th February opens with Breakfast Blues at the Gellibrand River General Store and a produce and artisan Festival market at Rex Norman Park 9.30am to 2pm followed by a final Blues afternoon at Otways Estate. 

Please refer to the website for more information. 

 

The 2018 Market Day will be held on the Sunday, and there will be Otways produce, including blueberry fruit, plants and conserves and a chance to learn about the industry. There is also local Arts and Craft on display and sale, as well as food and local entertainment.

Check out the new Blues and Blueberry Festival website for up-to-date information on bands, ticketing, and other information.

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

Colac KANA Festival 2018

MARCH 2018 ~ Saturday 17 > Saturday 17 March

Colac KANA Festival 2018

Saturday, 17 March 2018 | 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Memorial Square, Murray Street, Colac 3250

 

Colac’s 60th 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. 

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.

Camperdown

MAY 2018 ~ Friday 18 > Sunday 20 May

Camperdown's Robert Burns Scottish Festival

Following the blowing success that was the 2017 Robert Burns Festival, Camperdown and Corangamite Shire have now confirmed that the 2018 Camperdown Robert Burns Scottish Festival will be held in the town between 18 and 20 May. 

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.

Phone: 03 5593 7100

Manifold Street, Camperdown, VIC 3260