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Otway Events Happening Guide 2014

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.

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

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 

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


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 - 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.

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


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.

Apollo Bay Farmers Market

NOVEMBER 2017 ~ Sunday 19 > Sunday 17 December

Apollo Bay Farmers Market

19 - 21 Moore Street, Apollo Bay, Victoria

Third Sunday of the month 9am-1pm

Markets for 2017:

  • 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.

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.




Tamzin McLennan  (03) 5232 9493

Melanesia Carson  (03) 5232 9559

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
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


20 JAN 2018



Camperdown-Lismore Road, Camperdown, VIC 3260 View map

Phone: 03 5593 2151


Website: Visit Website


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.

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


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;

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 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


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

  • 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

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. 

Apollo Bay & Otway District Agricultural Show

MARCH 2018 ~ Saturday 17 > Saturday 17 March

Apollo Bay & Otway District Agricultural Show


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.


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

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. 

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.