special events to make your visit extra special
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
- 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