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special events to make your visit extra special

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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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.