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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.

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

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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

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. 

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.

Otway Makers & Growers Market

OCTOBER 2017 ~ Sunday 29 > 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.

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

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

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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.

Twilight Christmas Market at Lake Colac

DECEMBER 2017 ~ Thursday 21 > Thursday 21 December

Twilight Christmas Market at Lake Colac

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.

Watercolour Paintings: An Exhibition by Francis McMahon

JANUARY 2018 ~ Monday 1 > Wednesday 28 February

Watercolour Paintings: An Exhibition by Francis McMahon

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.

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

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.

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. 

Colac Otway Arts Trail

MARCH 2018 ~ Saturday 17 > Sunday 18 March

Colac Otway Arts Trail

Information is available on Facebook and 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.

From North to South - An Exhibition

MAY 2018 ~ Tuesday 1 > Saturday 30 June

From North to South - An Exhibition

 

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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Apollo Bay Community Market

JUNE 2018 ~ Saturday 30 > Saturday 30 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

 

When

* Saturday, 30 June 2018 | 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

 

Location

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

Band of Trolls - Free Live Music at The Brewhouse

JUNE 2018 ~ Saturday 30 > Saturday 30 June

Band of Trolls - Free Live Music at The Brewhouse

Band of Trolls - Free Live Music at The Brewhouse

30 JUN 2018

09:00PM

30 JUN 2018

11:59PM

 

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

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.

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

 

 

Otways Local Produce Swap

JULY 2018 ~ Thursday 5 > Thursday 5 July

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!

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

Apollo Bay Farmers Market

JULY 2018 ~ Sunday 15 > Sunday 15 July

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.

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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Otway Makers and Growers Market - Kawarren

JULY 2018 ~ Sunday 22 > Sunday 22 July

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

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

Otways Local Produce Swap

AUGUST 2018 ~ Thursday 2 > Thursday 2 August

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!

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

Otways Local Produce Swap

SEPTEMBER 2018 ~ Thursday 6 > Thursday 6 September

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!

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 Sunday Market at the Showgrounds

SEPTEMBER 2018 ~ Sunday 16 > Sunday 16 December

Colac Sunday Market at the Showgrounds

Sunday, 16 September 2018 | 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM

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.

When

Sunday, 16 September 2018 | 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Sunday, 21 October 2018 | 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Sunday, 18 November 2018 | 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Sunday, 16 December 2018 | 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Location

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

Bradley McLeod

0488 447 739

bradleymcleod@hotmail.com

Hunt for the Golden Gumboot 2018

SEPTEMBER 2018 ~ Saturday 22 > Sunday 7 October

Hunt for the Golden Gumboot 2018

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. 

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

OCTOBER 2018 ~ Thursday 4 > Thursday 4 October

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!

Otway Oktoberfest 2017

OCTOBER 2018 ~ Saturday 6 > Sunday 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!

 

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

OCTOBER 2018 ~ Sunday 7 > Sunday 7 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.

BIG TOPS AND TINY TOTS - BEEAC, FORREST AND APOLLO BAY

OCTOBER 2018 ~ Monday 8 > Tuesday 9 October

BIG TOPS AND TINY TOTS - BEEAC, FORREST AND APOLLO BAY

Date/Time: Monday October 8 at 10am in Beacc and 2pm in Forrest & Tuesday October 9 at 1.30pm in Apollo Bay

 

Location: Beeac Hall, Forrest Hall, Apollo Bay Mechanics Hall

Duration: 45 minutes

Tickets: all tickets $16

Age recommendation: 3-7 years

 

As an experienced Youth Circus coach, Luth has been performing and teaching circus since she was 6 years old. The Big Tops & Tiny Tots Circus Show has been touring nationally to great acclaim for the past two years, with featured performances at the National Folk Festival 2015 & 2016, Burrinja Circus Festival, and The Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Developed to align with the Early Years Learning Framework, Big Tops & Tiny Tots encourages children to explore their balance, communications skills and healthy choices, all while engrossed in larrikin circus acts.

Swing Man

OCTOBER 2018 ~ Friday 12 > Friday 12 October

Swing Man

Swing Man

Friday, 12 October 2018 | 08:00 PM to 09:15 PM

 

Hey Boss Presents

SWING MAN

 

A Hey Boss Show

“A boogie woogie midlife crisis”.

 

Damian Callinan, renowned character and standup comedian, confirms what many had already suspected: he suffers from OTTDs [Over The Top Dance Syndrome].

 

After years of eschewing partner dancing and cutting up dance floors on his own, he discovers that the only cure is to learn how to Swing Dance.

 

Swing Man sends Callinan on a journey back to the incidents in his adolescence that set him on his path - a fracas at a bush dance, unrequited love at ballroom dancing, and the revelation that as a 17 year old he was abducted by Swing-era obsessed aliens who set him an ultimatum to learn how to Swing dance by the time he is 51.

 

Venue: Auditorium

Date/Time: Friday October 12 at 8pm

Running Time: 60 minutes, no interval

Tickets:

Adults: $34 - $40

Concession: $31 - $36

Under 30s: $20 - $24

Groups of 4 or more: 10% discount

 

Warning: Mild coarse language, adult content, M16+

 

Proudly sponsored by Colac Herald, Dinny Goonan Wines & Shalimar Nursery

 

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Location

COPACC, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Birregurra Art Show

OCTOBER 2018 ~ Saturday 13 > Monday 15 October

Birregurra Art Show

A must-attend event is the gala Birregurra Art Show opening, which launches the weekend festival on Friday October 13 2017 at 7.30pm in the Main Street Hall, Birregurra. The awarded show attracts hundreds of entries from artists throughout Victoria.

Gala opening tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased through the Birregurra General Store, Birregurra Community Health Centre and other popular local retailers including Dymond & Dymond, Birregurra Pharmacy and Birregurra Farm Foods.

Weekend entry tickets $4 (kids under 16yrs free)

Enquires: Liz Bashford - 0475 265 249

Birregurra Festival

OCTOBER 2018 ~ Saturday 13 > Sunday 14 October

Birregurra Festival

Join Birregurra's community for a jam-packed weekend of affordable family fun with all your favourites along with more great music, more delicious food, more tasty wine, more incredible art and more great activities for all ages.

Remember, it's a great time to think about Christmas presents.  BIRREGURRA is a plastic free town - please bring your own carry bags.  Paper bags are available at the Information Tent.

Entry to the festival is gold coin donation! All proceeds raised go to support the festival's sustainability as well as community programs and local community groups.

Don't miss out on:

* Birregurra Art Show at the Mechanics Hall

* The Dog Jump

* Two stages loaded with great music

* Market stalls

* Garden hub with plant sales 

* Kids activities, animal nursery and the Mik Maks on Sunday

* Food and wine area showcasing quality Otways produce

 

Colac Orchid Club Annual Show 2018

OCTOBER 2018 ~ Saturday 13 > Sunday 14 October

Colac Orchid Club Annual Show 2018

Colac Orchid Club Annual Show is open to the public.  Come and see the many varied species and types of orchids on display and for sale. 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.

 

Location

Colac Showgrounds Hall of Commerce, Bruce Street , Colac 3250

 

The Camperdown Show

OCTOBER 2018 ~ Saturday 13 > Saturday 13 October

The Camperdown Show

The Camperdown Show

13 OCT 2018

08:00AM

13 OCT 2018

05:00PM

Errey Street, Camperdown, VIC 3260

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
Email: amanifold@westnet.com.au

Sun Rising - The Songs that made Memphis

OCTOBER 2018 ~ Saturday 20 > Saturday 20 October

Sun Rising - The Songs that made Memphis

Sun Rising - The Songs that made Memphis

Saturday, 20 October 2018 | 08:00 PM to 10:30 PM

 

“The crowd was jubilant-moving, laughing, swing dancing and singing the entire show”

Beat Magazine

 

For the last four years, Sun Rising have travelled the country, playing sold out performances, dazzling crowds with their incredible musicianship, infectious passion and standout renditions of Sun’s timeless music.

 

Relive the amazing songs and classic tales of Sun Records early years. You will be amazed by how many songs you know.

 

Paying homage to both the artists and Sun’s owner/producer, Sam Phillips, the show has even been endorsed by the Phillips family!

 

So break out the brylcreem, slip on the dancing shoes and be prepared for a rockin’ night of music and stories.

 

It will be an unforgettable experience!

 

Venue: Auditorium

Date/Time: Saturday October 20 at 8pm

Running time: 120 minutes, 20 minute interval

Tickets:

Adults: $38 - $45

Concession: $34 - $41

Under 30’s: $23 - $27

Groups of 4 or more: 10% discount

 

Proudly sponsored by Colac Herald, Dinny Goonan Wines & Baronga Motor Inn

 

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Location

COPACC, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

SUN RISING

OCTOBER 2018 ~ Saturday 20 > Saturday 20 October

SUN RISING

 

20 OCT 2018

08:00PM

20 OCT 2018

10:30PM

95-97 Gellibrand Street Colac 3250

SUN RISING – THE SONGS THAT MADE MEMPHIS

“The crowd was jubilant-moving, laughing, swing dancing and singing the entire show”

Beat Magazine

 

For the last four years, Sun Rising have travelled the country, playing sold out performances, dazzling crowds with their incredible musicianship, infectious passion and standout renditions of Sun’s timeless music.

Relive the amazing songs and classic tales of Sun Records early years. You will be amazed by how many songs you know.

Paying homage to both the artists and Sun’s owner/producer, Sam Phillips, the show has even been endorsed by the Phillips family!

So break out the brylcreem, slip on the dancing shoes and be prepared for a rockin’ night of music and stories.

It will be an unforgettable experience!

 

Venue: Auditorium

Date/Time: Saturday October 20 at 8pm

Running time: 120 minutes, 20 minute interval

 

Tickets:

Adults: $38 - $45

Concession: $34 - $41

Under 30’s: $23 - $27

Groups of 4 or more: 10% discount

Phone: (03) 5232 9418
Email: copacc@colacotway.vic.gov.au
Website: Visit Website

Great Ocean Walk Exploration

OCTOBER 2018 ~ Sunday 21 > Sunday 21 October

Great Ocean Walk Exploration

Friends of Otway National Park
Great Ocean Walk Exploration

10am - 2pm

 

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.

 

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

Warrion Flower Show 2018

OCTOBER 2018 ~ Wednesday 24 > Wednesday 24 October

Warrion Flower Show 2018

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 | 01:00 PM to 08:00 PM

This flower show is one of the longest running annual events in Victoria and now in its 109th. 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.

When

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 | 01:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Location

Warrion Hall, Coragulac Beeac Road, Warrion 3249

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!

Colac Show

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Saturday 3 > Sunday 4 November

Colac Show

Blanket Bay Rockpool Exploration

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Sunday 4 > Sunday 4 November

Blanket Bay Rockpool Exploration

Friends of Otway National Park
Blanket Bay Rockpool Exploration

10am - 2pm

 

Meet at Blanket Bay day visitor car park.

 

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.

 

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

Birregurra Sunday Markets 2018/2019 Season

NOVEMBER 2018 ~ Sunday 11 > 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 11 November 2018
* Sunday 9 December 2018
* Sunday 13 January 2019
* Sunday 10 February 2019
* 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

 

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

COPACC Cabaret

DECEMBER 2018 ~ Saturday 1 > Saturday 1 December

COPACC Cabaret

COPACC Cabaret

Saturday, 01 December 2018 | 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM

 

Expect a great variety for your entertainment.

 

Bring the family, bring your friends, bring a plate of food - this is a night for all people in the wider community to participate in and enjoy!

 

Venue: Civic Hall

Date/Time: Saturday December 1 at 8pm

Running Time: 2 hours, with interval

Tickets: All tickets $27

 

Proudly sponsored by Colac Herald & Dinny Goonan Wines

 

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Location

COPACC, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

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!

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

Friends of Colac Botanic Gardens - Twilight Christmas Market

DECEMBER 2018 ~ Thursday 20 > Thursday 20 December

Friends of Colac Botanic Gardens - Twilight Christmas Market

Friends of Colac Botanic Gardens - host Twilight Christmas Market

Family friendly fun by the lake.

 

Location

Colac Lake Foreshore, Fyans Street, Colac 3250  View Map

Cost

Free

Contact

Ros Scanlan

0417 597 186

brscanlan@bigpond.com

Under The Southern Stars - Apollo Bay

JANUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 13 > Sunday 13 January

Under The Southern Stars - Apollo Bay

Under The Southern Stars - Apollo Bay

13 JAN 2019

12:30PM

13 JAN 2019

10:00PM

, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

Summer rock festival Under The Southern Stars will be rocking Apollo Bay on 13 January 2019 with a line-up of Australian Rock Royalty. The perfect summer festival celebration.

Festival line-up and ticketing details announced Monday 9 July 2018.

For ticketing offers and up to date festival information, please sign up via the website.

Phone: 136100
Email: info@underthesouthernstars.com.au
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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.