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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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Magic at Otway Fly

JANUARY 2019 ~ Tuesday 1 > Wednesday 30 January

Magic at Otway Fly

Magic at Otway Fly

18 DEC 2018

 

30 JAN 2019

 

360 Phillips Track, Weeaproinah, VIC 3237

his summer, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures will be transformed into a magical fairy wonderland and children from all across the land will be able to help the little fairy and elf friends find their treetop homes.

The Men’s Shed Colac has been working hard to create little magical houses which will be scattered throughout the rainforest floor. Some with verandas, some up to 80 centimetres tall, and all made from recycled materials and fallen branches from the Otway Ranges.

Upon entry all children will receive a magical fairy card to help them to discover all ten fairy and elf homes and unjumble the magic word.

Feel the sprinklings of magical fairy dust along the trail, where you will find a colouring station and the exquisite homes before receiving your reward – an enchanted sticker – at the end of your journey.

So fly in and feel the fairy magic at Otway Fly this summer, if you’re lucky, you may even spot a fairy zipping through the treetops on the attraction’s high-flying Zipline Tour.

Phone: 03 5235 9200
Email: admin@otwayfly.com.au
Website: Visit Website

 

Exhibition by Jan Horvath @ Gellibrand River Gallery

JANUARY 2019 ~ Friday 4 > Sunday 24 February

Exhibition by Jan Horvath @ Gellibrand River Gallery

OzAct

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 19 > Sunday 27 January

OzAct's The Tempest

OzAct's The Tempest

  • Saturday, 19 January 2019 | 07:00 PM
  • Sunday, 20 January 2019 | 07:00 PM
  • Saturday, 26 January 2019 | 07:00 PM
  • Sunday, 27 January 2019 | 07:00 PM

OZACT presents Shakespeare’s dramatic tale of shipwreck and survival at one of Australia’s most famous shipwreck sites, Loch And Gorge.

As daylight turns to dusk and waves lap against the time worn crags, Prospero raises his staff and summons the spirits of the sky. A mighty tempest forms heralding a journey of shipwreck and survival, dramatic adventure, swirling passions, confrontations and reconciliations.

Bring a cushion, and dress appropriately for the weather. Bring a jacket if the day is cool, or a hat and sunscreen if the day is hot.

THE TEMPEST promises an event to remember.

 

When

  • Saturday, 19 January 2019 | 07:00 PM
  • Sunday, 20 January 2019 | 07:00 PM
  • Saturday, 26 January 2019 | 07:00 PM
  • Sunday, 27 January 2019 | 07:00 PM

Location

Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell National Park, Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell 3269

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.

Forest Bathing and Shamanic Drum Journey

JANUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 20 > Sunday 31 March

Forest Bathing and Shamanic Drum Journey

Forest Bathing and Shamanic Drum Journey

Date And Time

Sun. 20 January 20199:30 am – 1:00 pm AEDT

Select a different date
 

Location

The Source, Otways1255 Skenes Creek RdTanybryn, Vic 3249

A magical experience of Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku) and a Shamanic Drum Journey in the heart of ancient Otways rainforest with secluded waterfalls, on a private property of The Source, Otways. Experience a deeply nourishing, powerful and transformational spiritual nature emersion!

Shamanism is the oldest known cross-cultural spiritual practice, dating back over 100,000 years, and predating all known religions. It's a nature-based spirituality that brings us into harmony with nature and all its creations, in both seen and unseen world. Shamanic practices and rituals offer connection, healing, empowerment, insights and guidance to us for a more soul-directed, meaningful and fulfilling life. 

Shamanic Drum Journey enables us to metaphysically travel to Shamanic realms, to work on the spiritual/energetic level with the intention to create positive changes in our physical reality. My medicine drum will take you on a Journey to connect with your Power Animal to gather knowledge and guidance for challenges or questions you are confronted with in your daily life. This is a safe and relaxing experience that offers very powerful and profound insights and results (if you decide to put the insight into practice). After the Drum Journey we will sit in Circle to share our experiences, integrate our learnings and set intentions.

What you will get:

  • be guided on a mediation to open and expand your sensory awareness, body connection and grounding to experience more fully the pristine nature of The Source, Otways
  • follow the meadering walking tracks, decks, bridges and stairs through a totally secluded ancient rainforest and three waterfalls (including a Grotto!) that emit incredible vibrational energy
  • experience 3 Shamanic Drum Journeys and Circle for spiritual insights
  • connect with your self on a whole new level
  • meet other like-minded people
  • enjoy healthy refreshments at the Forest Pavilion, suspended over a crystal clear rainforest creek

 

Apollo Bay Farmers Market

JANUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 20 > Sunday 15 December

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.

Sunday, 20 January 2019 | 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Sunday, 17 February 2019 | 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Sunday, 17 March 2019 | 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Sunday, 21 April 2019 | 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Sunday, 19 May 2019 | 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Sunday, 16 June 2019 | 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Colac Sunday Market at the Showgrounds

JANUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 20 > Sunday 22 December

Colac Sunday Market at the Showgrounds

Colac Sunday Market at the Showgrounds

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. 

Location

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

Junior Rangers Wildlife Detective - Bay of Islands Coastal Park

JANUARY 2019 ~ Monday 21 > Monday 21 January

Junior Rangers Wildlife Detective - Bay of Islands Coastal Park

Junior Rangers Wildlife Detective - Bay of Islands Coastal Park

Date And Time

Mon. 21 January 2019

10:00 am – 11:30 am AEDT

Location

Bay of Martyrs Carpark (approx 3km out of Peterborough)

Peterborough, VIC

 

Be a watchful traveller by learning about tracks and scats (footprints and poo!), burrows and other marks left by animals. Try some birdwatching and bird ID. Bring binoculars along if you have them!

This activity is suitable for children aged 6-12, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian aged 18 or over.

Please bring binoculars if you have them, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and wear enclosed shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather.

Closest toilets and shops are in Peterborough

LOCATION: Meet at Bay of Martyrs Carpark approx 3km out of Peterborough. Signs will direct you to the beach area.

Coast Kids - Blanket Bay

JANUARY 2019 ~ Monday 21 > Monday 21 January

Coast Kids - Blanket Bay

Coast Kids - Blanket Bay

Date And Time

Mon. 21 January 20193:00 pm – 4:00 pm AEDT

Location

Blanket Bay CampgroundCape Otway, VIC 3233

Join in and learn about your local marine and coastal environment with fun activities and crafts.

This Event is suitable for all ages. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by an accompanying adult.

What to Bring...

  • Suitable clothing for weather conditions on the day
  • Bottle of water
  • Fly repellant
  • Snacks
  • Hat
  • Sturdy Shoes - no thongs
  • Sunscreen
  • a happy disposition, an inquisitive nature and a smile!

Where to meet...

The meeting place for this activity is the Blanket Bay Campground

Junior Rangers Animals and Birds of the Otways - Great Otway National Park

JANUARY 2019 ~ Tuesday 22 > Tuesday 22 January

Junior Rangers Animals and Birds of the Otways - Great Otway National Park

Junior Rangers Animals and Birds of the Otways - Great Otway National Park

Date And Time

Tue. 22 January 2019

10:30 am – 11:30 am AEDT

Location

Lake Elizabeth Campground

Lake Elizabeth Track

Forrest, VIC 3236

Walk and Talk to discover different animals and their environments including the amazing birds that frequent the campground and day visitor areas. The short walk will start and finish in the campground looping around and back through the day visitor area.

Please arrive 5 minutes before schedule and park in the top car park. The activities will be cancelled during extreme weather events.

Sturdy footwear (not thongs!), drinking water and appropriate clothing are essential

Twilight Rockpool Ramble - Peterborough

JANUARY 2019 ~ Tuesday 22 > Wednesday 23 January

Twilight Rockpool Ramble - Peterborough

Twilight Rockpool Ramble - Peterborough

Date And Time

Tue. 22 January 20197:00 pm – 8:30 pm AEDT

Location

Wild Dog Carpark, PeterboroughPeterboroughVic
 
What curious creatures make the rockpools their home? Discover the amazing diversity in our intertidal zone. What has the sea washed up today? Make some amazing discoveries on a leisurely guided walk.
 
This Event is suitable for anyone but under 18's must be accompanied by an adult.
 
What to Bring...
 
Bring along a happy disposition, an inquisitive nature and a smile!
 
Where to meet...
 
The meeting place for this event is Wild Dog Carpark which is the first carpark on the left heading west out of Peterborough on the Great Ocean Road. Keep an eye out for the Coastcare flag.
Junior Rangers Aboriginal Heritage - Bay of Islands Coastal Park

JANUARY 2019 ~ Wednesday 23 > Wednesday 23 January

Junior Rangers Aboriginal Heritage - Bay of Islands Coastal Park

Junior Rangers Aboriginal Heritage - Bay of Islands Coastal Park

Date And Time

Wed. 23 January 2019

10:00 am – 11:30 am AEDT

Location

Bay of Martyrs Car park

Peterborough, VIC

Learn from one of Parks Victoria's Indigenous rangers how the first Australians managed and lived off the land before European settlement, and how they have adapted since. Try your hand at boomerang throwing, creating your own artwork and learn about the didgeridoo!

This activity is suitable for children aged 6-12, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian aged 18 or over.

Please bring, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and wear enclosed shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather.

Closest toilets, drinking water and shops located in Peterborough

LOCATION: Please meet in the Bay of Martyrs Car park approximately 4km out of Peterborough. Signs will direct you to the beach area.

 

Otway Harvest Festival 2019

JANUARY 2019 ~ Friday 25 > Friday 25 January

Otway Harvest Festival 2019

Friday, 25 January 2019 | 04:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Otway Harvest Trail members present their local produce and wares.  On offer are tasting plates, food, wine and cider, local wool and other produce.

Birregurra Park, Main Street, Birregurra 3242

Exhibition - FOX by Sally Fitts

JANUARY 2019 ~ Friday 25 > Monday 4 February

Exhibition - FOX by Sally Fitts

Apollo Bay Community Market

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 26 > Saturday 29 December

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

Location

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

2019 AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 26 > Saturday 26 January

2019 AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS

2019 AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS

26 JAN 2019

11:00AM

26 JAN 2019

01:00PM

Apollo Bay 3233 VIC

The Colac Otway Shire will be holding Councils official Australia Day event on Saturday 26 January, 2019, on the Apollo Bay foreshore from 11am to 1pm.

The official Australia Day ceremony will begin at 11.30am and finish at approximately 1pm. 

The Colac City Band will be performing from 11am to 11.30am followed by the official Australia Ceremony and Citizenship ceremony. 

Enjoy local performances included in the Ceremony by the Apollo Bay Choir and the Otway Ukuholics.

Australia Day Family Fun at Farmers Arms Hotel

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 26 > Saturday 26 January

Australia Day Family Fun at Farmers Arms Hotel

Let’s celebrate Australia Day 26th Jan together, and last opportunity to have family fun before kids going back to school!

The pub in Beeac is a classic small country Australian pub and we love a party so join us on Australia Day for some fun!

$5 VB (and gold)
$8 bundy (red and yellow)
$7 cow boy shots

πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί HAPPY HOUR 4-5pm with $4 pots 🍺🍻
πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί PIE EATING COMPETITION; local pies eaten in the most attractive fashion you have ever seen! A prize for the winner!! πŸ₯‡πŸŽ–πŸ…
πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί OUTDOOR CRICKET (prizes for most outstanding batsman, best catch and play of the day) 🏏🏏🏏
πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί BBQ out the front for a gold coin donation 🌭🌭🌭
πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Classic Aussie tunes playing through out the day πŸŽ΅πŸŽΆπŸŽ΅βž•πŸŽ΅
πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Aussie Tattoos / face painting
πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Egg and spoon race (not just for the little ones!!)
πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί 3 legged race
πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Prizes for best dressed!!

We'll be dressed up in our finest Aussie gear so you should too!

Some fun games for the big kids when the little ones go home for the night πŸ»πŸ˜‰πŸ₯‚πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ˜‚πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί

We love a good party so come join in for some fun!! Bring your families and friends πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

87 Main St (37.47 km)
3251 Beeac, Victoria
87 Main St (37.47 km)
3251 Beeac, Victoria
87 Main St (37.47 km)
3251 Beeac, Victoria

Disco Down Under - Beechy Hotel

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 26 > Saturday 26 January

Disco Down Under - Beechy Hotel

Disco Down Under

 · Hosted by The Beechy Hotel
Pang-ngooteekeeya weeng malangeepa ngeeye

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 26 > Saturday 26 January

Pang-ngooteekeeya weeng malangeepa ngeeye

Pang-ngooteekeeya weeng malangeepa ngeeye

Saturday, 26 January 2019 | 10:00 AM to 02:00 PM

Enjoy the 'Welcome to Country' at beautiful Red Rock Reserve. 

Light Music, lunch and get together. 

Listen to our Community speakers. 

 

When

  • Saturday, 26 January 2019 | 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Location

Red Rock Reserve, Red Rock Reserve Road, Alvie 3249

Trojan - Free Live Music at the Brewhouse

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 26 > Saturday 26 January

Trojan - Free Live Music at the Brewhouse

Trojan - Free Live Music at the Brewhouse

26 JAN 2019

09:00PM

26 JAN 2019

11:59PM

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

Come down to the Brewhouse for a big night with Trojan Band. Trojan is Geelong, Melbourne and the Surf Coast’s premier cover band. Formed in 2005, Trojan continually plays to amazed crowds around Geelong, the Surf Coast and Melbourne.

Trojan is the product of the combined musical experience of such leading cover bands as Propaganda, Reil Diamond, 3am, The Message and Superlove. This electric combination has lead to an amazing mix of musical talents. See a Trojan live show and prepare to be blown away.

Trojan started as a two piece duo and rapidly expanded to a full four piece band consisting of member and founder Simon Hageman on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Paul Santospirito on lead guitar and vocals, Kade Turner on bass and vocals and Brad Dawson on drums and vocals.

Trojan is a band where every member shines. They have the rare combination of all four members being incredible vocalists and unparalleled musicians. Trojan’s signature four part harmonies will blow your mind. Audience members are often left wondering how a four-piece can sound so big. With the ability to captivate audiences with songs for all ages, Trojan always delivers a show that ROCKS

 

Back To School Themed Workshops - Bunnings Colac

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 26 > Sunday 27 January

Back To School Themed Workshops - Bunnings Colac

Back To School Themed Workshops

Kids D.I.Y. Workshop

Come celebrate Australia Day with us and have a blast on the Free Jumping Castle, play "Toss the Thong" and win prizes

Saturday 26th January

10:00am - 2:00pm

Sunday 27th January

10:00am - 2:00pm

OzActs

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 26 > Sunday 27 January

OzActs's The Tempest @ Loch Ard Gorge

OzActs's The Tempest

OZACT presents Shakespeare’s dramatic tale of shipwreck and survival at one of Australia’s most famous shipwreck sites, Loch And Gorge.

As daylight turns to dusk and waves lap against the time worn crags, Prospero raises his staff and summons the spirits of the sky. A mighty tempest forms heralding a journey of shipwreck and survival, dramatic adventure, swirling passions, confrontations and reconciliations.

Bring a cushion, and dress appropriately for the weather. Bring a jacket if the day is cool, or a hat and sunscreen if the day is hot.

THE TEMPEST promises an event to remember.

When

  • Saturday, 26 January 2019 | 07:00 PM
  • Sunday, 27 January 2019 | 07:00 PM

Location

Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell National Park, Great Ocean Road, Port Campbell 3269

 

Timboon parkrun

JANUARY 2019 ~ Saturday 26 > Saturday 21 December

Timboon parkrun

Timboon parkrun

Timboon parkrun offers an opportunity for all members of our local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy our beautiful trail course and get physically active in the process. We want to encourage people to walk, jog or run together irrespective of their ability.

Meet near the skate park at the corner of Bailey Street and Snake Track Road, Timboon.

 

Family Fun Night - Apollo Bay Football Netball Club

JANUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 27 > Sunday 27 January

Family Fun Night - Apollo Bay Football Netball Club

Matt Orchard at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

JANUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 27 > Sunday 27 January

Matt Orchard at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

27 JAN 2019 02:30PM
27 JAN 2019 05:30PM

 

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

Visit the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse for a great night of free live music with Matt Orchard.

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

 

 

Otway Makers and Growers Market - Kawarren

JANUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 27 > Sunday 22 December

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

Colac Plant Swap

JANUARY 2019 ~ Sunday 27 > Sunday 22 December

Colac Plant Swap