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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.

Colac Twilight Market and Mower Racing

APRIL 2019 ~ Saturday 6 > Saturday 6 April

Colac Twilight Market and Mower Racing

Colac Twilight Market and Mower Racing

 · Hosted by Colac Twilight Market & Mower Racing and Rotary Club of Colac Community Market

TIME - 3pm gates open


0488 44773

This will be an amazing twilight/evening which includes Mower Racing, variety of market stalls, food vans, live music and so much more will be on offer at this incredible REVAMPED Colac Community Event/Market

2019 Anzac Day Mushroom Hunt

APRIL 2019 ~ Thursday 25 > Thursday 25 April

2019 Anzac Day Mushroom Hunt

2019 Anzac Day Mushroom Hunt

 · Hosted by Gellibrand Community House

Fungi delight and intrigue and provide the connective network of terrestrial ecosystems. The forests surrounding Gellibrand harbour some of the most diverse and bizarre fungi in the state.

This workshop introduces participants to the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the Otways region but also within wider Australian and global contexts.

It will include a ninety-minute interactive session on the basics of fungus identification where participants will get to handle, examine and identify various fungi. Participants will also learn to recognise the various diagnostic characteristics used to identify fungi in the field. Fungi will be discussed in regard to their ecological roles and also cultural aspects such as edibility and toxicity.

We will then partake in an exciting two hour foray through various local ecosystems to search for species of interest.

Supplementary notes are also provided. Participants are encouraged to bring along their own specimens for identification at the workshop.

Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride 2019

APRIL 2019 ~ Saturday 27 > Saturday 27 April

Great Ocean & Otway Classic Ride 2019

Saturday, 27 April 2019 | 07:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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:





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.


Please find details of Road Closure details below. 

2018-Resident-Letter-Road-Closure-Notification-RACV-Great-Ocean-and-Otway-Classic-Ride.pdf(PDF, 595KB)



Saturday, 27 April 2019 | 07:00 AM - 05:00 PM



Circuit through roads from Torquay to Lorne, Cnr Cape Otway Road and Birregurra-Deans Marsh Road, Birregurra 3242


The Otway Food & Fibre Showcase 2019

APRIL 2019 ~ Sunday 28 > Sunday 28 April

The Otway Food & Fibre Showcase 2019

Sunday, 28 April 2019 | 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM


The Otway region is gearing up to showcase everything locally grown and sown.  Some ready to eat and the rest harvested to take home and add a culinary spin.  

Mid-Autumn people can enjoy a selection of the best Otway grown produce including olives, cheeses, native bush foods, fruits and vegetables, honey, meats, small goods, baked goods, wines and other brewed delights.

Growers and event organisers want to share their passion for turning humble soil and grass into quality food and fibre, shining a spotlight on the skilled, passionate and diverse growers around us.

Source local food and fibre and contribute to community health, benefit the local economy and our environment.

Taste and purchase local produce; talk to and learn from local growers and makers. Develop growing and making talents by taking part in demonstrations and workshops around the theme of small holding skills like building soil and compost, bee keeping, poultry management, regenerative farming, the lifecycle of wool, native bush foods, truffle sniffer dog trials, shearing and creative kids food and fibre activities.   

If you’re a small scale producer or artisan and would like to get involved, please contact Andy Gray on 5232 9140 or



Sunday, 28 April 2019 | 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM



Colac Showgrounds, Bruce Street, Colac 3250