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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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Brian Fraser - Free Live Music: GOR Brewhouse

MARCH 2019 ~ Saturday 2 > Saturday 2 March

Brian Fraser - Free Live Music: GOR Brewhouse

Brian Fraser - Free Live Music

02 MAR 2019

08:30PM

02 MAR 2019

11:30PM

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 323

Geelong’s Brian Fraser is one of Australia’s finest and most well-known acoustic blues performers.

Brian is a multi-award winning artist with over 30 years’ experience in the music industry. His hectic schedule includes spending many months of every year touring the country, performing at festivals, pubs and clubs, playing his own brand of stomp board driven blues.

Situated on the Great Ocean Road in Apollo Bay where the hills meet the ocean, the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse is a craft beer haven with over 100 craft beers on offer. Beer, wine and cider tastings are available in the tasting room along with fabulous regional produce. Dine in their award-winning bistro with a family-friendly atmosphere and a delicious menu that has something to suit everyone. Warm yourself by the fire or enjoy the beer garden with ocean views. Open seven days. Free Wi-Fi available.

Colac Show "N" Shine

MARCH 2019 ~ Saturday 2 > Saturday 2 March

Colac Show "N" Shine

Colac Show "N" Shine

From 8:30am at Memorial Square, Colac

LATE SHIFT

MARCH 2019 ~ Saturday 2 > Saturday 2 March

LATE SHIFT

LATE SHIFT

Saturday, 02 March 2019 | 07:30 PM to 11:00 PM

A night of live music from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

Sit and enjoy the tunes or get up and dance the night away.

Doors open 7.30pm - music from 8pm.

Drinks and meals available at bar prices.

When
Saturday, 02 March 2019 | 07:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Location
Colac RSL, 21 Murray Street, Colac 3250

Cost - $25 pp or $20 early bird. $30 at the door

Contact :-
OCR FM
5232 1991
admin@ocrfm.org.au

Camperdown Rotary Market

MARCH 2019 ~ Sunday 3 > Sunday 1 December

Camperdown Rotary Market

Camperdown Rotary Market

03 MAR 2019

09:00AM

03 MAR 2019

02:00PM

Manifold Street, Camperdown, VIC 3260

Held on the historic avenue of Camperdown's Manifold Street, the Camperdown Rotary Market is held on the first Sunday of each month. The market offers opportunity to browse and buy home made goods including cakes, produce, plants, clothing and novelties. 

Top this off with the opportunity to climb the Gothic style clock tower to inspect the clock mechanism and enjoy the panoramic views of our historic town before heading to the heritage centre to learn more about the area and its fascinating history.

Manifold Street, Camperdown, VIC 3260 View map

Phone03 5593 1104

COUNTRY RACES IN COLAC - BIRREGURRA CUP

MARCH 2019 ~ Sunday 3 > Sunday 3 March

COUNTRY RACES IN COLAC - BIRREGURRA CUP

COUNTRY RACES IN COLAC - BIRREGURRA CUP

03 MAR 2019

11:00AM

03 MAR 2019

05:00PM

Colac Turf Club, Colac-Lavers Hill Road, Colac 325

Relax at the country Races at the Colac Turf Club to celebrate the Birregurra Cup!!

Sunday 3 March 2019 - Gates open at 11am

Umbrella Package $20 per person. *Admission not included. 

Free Entry for kids. Relaxed Country atmosphere.

'Beard of the Day' - $200 Cash Prize

Tickets Available!! - Book now - country.racing.com/colac

Colac Turf Club, Colac-Lavers Hill Road, Colac 3250 View map

Email: colac@countryracing.com.au
Website: Visit Website

MARIAM ISSA - A SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN

MARCH 2019 ~ Friday 8 > Friday 8 March

MARIAM ISSA - A SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY EVENT

MARIAM ISSA - A SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY EVENT

08 MAR 2019

06:00PM

08 MAR 2019

08:30PM

COPACC, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Mariam Issa is a speaker, author, storyteller and community builder on a mission to inspire one million women globally to achieve their fullest potential.

At 30, Mariam moved to Melbourne from her war-torn Somali homeland with her husband, four children and a fifth on the way. Far away from the tight communities and families in Somalia, Mariam found herself in a foreign country that had a foreign language and a foreign culture.

Through her powerful stories that tell her trials and tribulations, she has inspired countless women who have had similar experiences to see the butterfly within in order to achieve their fullest potential.

Venue: Civic Hall foyer (dinner); Civic Hall (speaker)

Date/time: International Women’s Day – Friday 8 March. Dinner available from 6pm-7pm; speaker starts at 7.15pm.

Running time: 75 minutes

COPACC, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250 View map

Phone(03) 5232 9418
Emailcopacc@colacotway.vic.gov.au
WebsiteVisit Website

The Hornets - Live Music at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

MARCH 2019 ~ Saturday 9 > Saturday 9 March

The Hornets - Live Music at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

The Hornets - Live Music at the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse

09 MAR 2019 08:30PM
09 MAR 2019 11:30PM

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

The Hornets feature some of the country’s well known and respected musicians. Singer-songwriter Craig Horne together with guitarist Jeff Burstin from Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons and the Black Sorrows, is joined by guitarist Wayne Burt also from Jo Jo Zep and the Black Sorrows, Wayne Duncan from Daddy Cool on bass, Chris Tabone from the Bad Loves on drums and Bruce Haymes on keyboards from the Paul Kelly and Renee Geyer bands. The Hornets are considered to be one of Australia’s leading blues and roots bands.

Situated on the Great Ocean Road in Apollo Bay where the hills meet the ocean, the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse is a craft beer haven with over 100 craft beers on offer. Beer, wine and cider tastings are available in the tasting room along with fabulous regional produce. Dine in their award-winning bistro with a family-friendly atmosphere and a delicious menu that has something to suit everyone. Live weekend entertainment and sports bar. Warm yourself by the fire or enjoy the beer garden with ocean views. Open seven days. Free Wi-Fi available.
Birregurra Sunday Markets 2018/2019 Season

MARCH 2019 ~ Sunday 10 > Sunday 21 April

Birregurra Sunday Markets 2018/2019 Season

Birregurra Sunday Markets 2018/2019 Season

The market is every 2nd Sunday of the month [9am-2pm] in the Birregurra Park (in the warmer months):

* Sunday 10 March 2019
* Sunday 14 April 2019 and ...
* a special Easter Market will happen on Sunday 21 April 2019

Birregurra Park, 35 Main Street, Birregurra 3242

 

Twilight on the Western

MARCH 2019 ~ Sunday 10 > Sunday 10 March

Twilight on the Western

CAROLYN THEATRE 2019 ‘FIVE SHOWS ONE SEASON

MARCH 2019 ~ Monday 11 > Monday 11 March

CAROLYN THEATRE 2019 ‘FIVE SHOWS ONE SEASON

CAROLYN THEATRE 2019 ‘FIVE SHOWS ONE SEASON'

Morning Music - Frankly Sinatra

MARCH 2019 ~ Wednesday 13 > Wednesday 13 March

Morning Music - Frankly Sinatra

Morning Music - Frankly Sinatra

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 | 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

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Frankly Sinatra - A Tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes

Frankly Sinatra weaves the fascinating story of Ol’ Blue Eyes through skilful narration and the songs of an unforgettable era.

Australian music theatre star Philip Gould and award winning singer and actress Michelle Fitzmaurice come together to sing and dance their way through 22 hits of the man they called the ‘Chairman of the Board’.

The show also contains hits from the leading women in Sinatra’s life, including Nancy Sinatra, Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland.

If you loved hits such as ‘My Way’, ‘Three Coins in the Fountain’, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ and ‘High Hopes’ – Frankly Sinatra is not to be missed.

Venue: Auditorium

Date/Time: Wednesday 13 March, 11am

Running time: 70 minutes, no interval

All Tickets $23

Free morning tea served from 10am in the Foyer

Proudly Sponsored by Colac Herald & Arundell, Murray and Ryan, Barristers and Solicitors.

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When

  • Wednesday, 13 March 2019 | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Location

COPACC - Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural centre, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

Corangamite Rural Women

MARCH 2019 ~ Friday 15 > Friday 15 March

Corangamite Rural Women's Forum

Corangamite Rural Women's Forum

*BOOKINGS NOW OPEN*
A fun and educational day not to be missed, FOR local rural women, ALL ABOUT local rural women, from Ballarat to the Heytesbury and Great Ocean Road; Surf Coast to Geelong and surrounds.

Program, speaker bios and tickets are available at: https://bit.ly/2DdaU0c

For more information about the venue: https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/places/barwon-park/

APOLLO BAY & OTWAY DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SHOW 2019

MARCH 2019 ~ Saturday 16 > Saturday 16 March

APOLLO BAY & OTWAY DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SHOW 2019

APOLLO BAY & OTWAY DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SHOW 2019

16 MAR 2019

10:00AM

16 MAR 2019

04:00PM

Apollo Bay 3233 VIC

Agricultural Show showcasing local produce, livestock, arts and crafts and much more.

Family entry Ticket $20 (or $15 pre- purchased) Adults $10, Concession $8, Under 15 $5.

Band of Trolls - Free Live Music at The Brewhouse

MARCH 2019 ~ Saturday 16 > Saturday 16 March

Band of Trolls - Free Live Music at The Brewhouse

Band of Trolls - Free Live Music at The Brewhouse

16 MAR 2019

08:30PM

16 MAR 2019

11:30PM

29 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

Get your dancing shoes on and head down to the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse for a fun night with the local group, Band of Trolls.

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.

Colac KANA Festival 2019

MARCH 2019 ~ Saturday 16 > Saturday 16 March

Colac KANA Festival 2019

Saturday, 16 March 2019 | 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Colac’s 61st 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.

When

Saturday, 16 March 2019 | 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Location

Memorial Square, Murray Street, Colac 3250

Wye Peak Challenge 2019

MARCH 2019 ~ Saturday 16 > Saturday 16 March

Wye Peak Challenge 2019

Saturday, 16 March 2019 | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

The Wye Peak Challenge is not for the faint hearted. Its a unique 7.1km scenic trail run/walk that involves significant elevation, curving up and around the township, taking in views of the ocean, bush and the quaint Wye River itself. 

The run starts at 11am with an estimated time finish at 12.30pm.  Followed by a BBQ. 

Community fundraising event supported by the local businesses to help bring life back into the town after the 2015 bushfire and help the Surf Lifesaving Club rebuild its much loved and needed bunkhouse. 

 

When

Saturday, 16 March 2019 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Location

Wye River Township, Great Ocean Road, Wye River 3234

 

Debra Oconnor
Beeac to the Rock Retro Ride

MARCH 2019 ~ Sunday 17 > Sunday 17 March

Beeac to the Rock Retro Ride

Beeac to the Rock Retro Ride

Sunday, 17 March 2019 | 10:00 AM

Registration 10am - Riders leaving from 11am.

Entry fee $30.00

This event is for bicycles made from steel, for cyclists who appreciate the classic era of cycling! This is a ride, not a race, there will be no time keeping at all, with an open start time of half an hour.

BEWARE: Carbon Tax applied (Donated to Colac Area Health)

Show and Shine and Swap Meet
After the ride at the Beeac Farmers Arms Hotel is a great opportunity for riders and non-riders to showcase your pride and joy $5.00 entry fee.

Prizes awarded.

All entry fees donated to Colac Area Health

Beeac to the Rock Retro Ride

When
Sunday, 17 March 2019 | 10:00 AM

Location
Farmers Arms Hotel Beeac, 87-89 Main Street, Beeac 3251

Cost
$30.00

Contact
Tim O'Sullivan
tosullivan@swh.net.au, cmavridis@cah.vic.gov.au or info@bikeguru.net.au

The Traffic Light Party - Farmers Arms Hotel Beeac

MARCH 2019 ~ Saturday 23 > Saturday 23 March

The Traffic Light Party - Farmers Arms Hotel Beeac

🚦🚦The Traffic Light Party is back!! 🚦🚦

After the HUGE SUCCESS of our first event, we've taken your feedback and we're doing it again, making it BIGGER AND BETTER!!

We all know a farmer, friend or family member who is looking for that special someone and we're giving you the opportunity to mingle with other singles in the area!

Entry is $10 with $5 going towards Buy a Bale to help drought stricken farmers.

https://www.ruralaid.org.au/buy-a-bale/

For those new to the concept of a traffic light party:
💚 Single and ready to mingle 💚
💛 Maybe, available but not actively looking but can be persuaded 💛
❤️ Stop! Taken, not keen as a bean ❤️

This time round we'll have:
✔️$10 entry which gets you your coloured wristband and nibbles ❤️💛💚
✔️2 BARS to get those drinks to your faster and easier! 🍺🍸🍻🍹🥂🍾🍷🥃
✔️MORE toilets so lines are shorter so you can get back to mingling! 🚽🚽🚽
✔️Later finishing time, because let's be honest, the party was just getting started! 🎉🎊
✔️SPEED DATING HOUR commencing at 6pm
✔️BACHELOR AND BACHELORETTE AUCTIONS because we like to throw our friends under the bus and watch them squirm! But help them in the process
✔️CLEAN 🤦🏻‍♀️ and ON TIME 🤦🏻‍♀️ buses to and from Geelong and Colac for $10 return
✔️LIVE MUSIC 🎵🎶🎵🎶 we haven't locked anyone in yet but we enjoyed the docile tones of Pat Lowrey and Jeffrey Jordan last party 🎵🎶

💚 SPEED DATING HOUR starting at 6pm for $20. What do you get you ask? This includes your entry, a drink and nibbles for the hour.
Register by messaging Nina on 0425728911 with your full name, age, occupation and whether you're interested in men or women (and an age range). Payment will be required at the time of registration and details will be sent upon contact.

💚BACHELOR AND BACHELORETTE SILENT AUCTION💚
Our bachelors and bachelorettes from the first traffic light party were majority successful!!

Bachelors/Bachelorettes auctioned on the night will receive their drinks FREE on the evening and the opportunity to attend an evening for 2 with the winning bidder at the Farmers Arms Hotel!

Nominate an eligible bachelor or Bachelorette by sending a Facebook message to the Farmers Arms Hotel or emailing farmersarmsbeeac@gmail.com with their name, age, occupation, a brief description and whether their interested in meeting men/women!

More details to follow!! Will see you there!!

Tag an eligible bachelor/Bachelorette for their chance to win a $50 voucher to spend on the night!

18+ event

Otway Makers and Growers Market - Kawarren

MARCH 2019 ~ Sunday 24 > 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

A Taste of Ireland - The Irish Music & Dance Sensation

MARCH 2019 ~ Wednesday 27 > Wednesday 27 March

A Taste of Ireland - The Irish Music & Dance Sensation

A Taste of Ireland - The Irish Music & Dance Sensation

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 | 07:30 PM to 09:20 PM

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Witness the World Champions directly from the West End's Lord of the Dance, as they tell the tale of the World's most loved nation in one incredible live performance.

Told through Irish music and dance, 'A Taste of Ireland' reveals the magical tale of two star crossed lovers leaving their Emerald home forever.

Produced by Australia's golden duo, Brent Pace & Ceili Moore, 'A Taste of Ireland' transports the audience to a time and place where tunes, taps and tradition are all the very essence of celebrating the Irish spirit.

Featuring an unparalleled cast of World, All Ireland and National Champion Irish dancers and musicians from around the globe, 'A Taste of Ireland' is unique for a production in this genre and features music and dance reflected through raw talent, which is impressively 100% LIVE!

Irish accordion, paired with raw guitar and rhythmic banjo, combined ballads and songs from across the counties and provinces transport the audience on a journey through the Celtic motherland.

Choreographed and led by ex-Gaelforce Dance & Rhythms of Ireland Lead Principal, World Medalist and Six Time Champion Brent Pace, 'A Taste of Ireland' is the quintessential Irish tale, a show never to be missed!

Date/Time: 
Wednesday 27 March 2019, 7.30pm

Ticket Prices:      
Adult: $69.90, Senior/Concession/Full Time Student: $62.90, Child 3-13yrs: $49.90, 
Family (2adults+2children): $225.00, Group Booking (8+): $62.90 per ticket    

 

When

  • Wednesday, 27 March 2019 | 07:30 PM - 09:20 PM

Location

COPACC, 95-97 Gellibrand Street, Colac 3250

OTWAY TRAIL RUN 2019

MARCH 2019 ~ Sunday 31 > Sunday 31 March

OTWAY TRAIL RUN 2019

OTWAY TRAIL RUN 2019

31 MAR 2019

08:30AM

31 MAR 2019

12:00PM

Barongarook to Gellibrand, Old Beechy Rail Trail, Barongarook 3249

Events within the Fun Run area consists of:

 (No road closures however there are traffic treatments by Traffic Controllers)

16km run from Barongarook - commences at 8.30am

16km Relay Fun run

6km run/walk from Kawarren - commences at 10am

16km mountain bike ride

Expected completion by all competitors by 12 noon.