Attractions, Services and Products to make your stay more memorable
While there are many things you can do in the Otways for free, no trip is complete without indulging in some of the unique attractions, services and products on offer by local businesses. Experience the exhilaration of zipping through the tree tops, or the unique sights and insights of a professional guided tour. Interested in trying the Great Ocean walk? A number of professional services offer assistance from planning to supplying you along your Great Ocean Walk. There are many specialised tour companies who can arrange a special experience you'll never forget. Or just browse some of the unique shops throughout the region and take home a local made product to remind you of your time spent in the Otways. You'll find the costs are more than reasonable for the memories you receive in return.
12 Apostles Lodge - Walk
1300 767 416
Ecolodge, home base for guided & self guided walks. Onsite chef.
Bookings are open for our 2015/16 walk season. Walk departures are between 31st August 2015 and 31st May 2016.
The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk brings together only ten like-minded people at a time, peels away the stress, importance and business of every day, fills you with clean, lovely air and puts life back on track, one step at a time. Nourished daily with choice morsels prepared by chef and encouraged on trail by our nurturing eco-guides, you will be brave and fearless in the pursuit of adventure. Our many good deeds remind how much you needed this.
We allow ourselves a rare stroke of selfishness when it comes to our Lodge. We don’t share it with anyone else, so the only way to stay is to join a walk. The upside is you can make yourself at home, and that the dress code for dinner is anywhere between pyjamas and a suit. The lodge is an environmentally sustainable award winning lodge located at the mid point of the Great Ocean Walk trail and the start of the Twelve Apostles Walk. 30 minutes from the nearest town and 3 hours from Melbourne.
Rooms are either King or twin share with private ensuite. We can also divide our rooms into two single rooms.
Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk was formerly known as bothfeet walking tours.
Call 1300 767 416 for more information or email us.
AUSWALK Walking Holidays
(03) 9530 8800
Accommodated, guided and self guided inn-to-inn walking holidays.
Auswalk operates award winning walks to many exciting destinations in Australia and none better than the Great Ocean walk.
Group guided walking holidays
An excellent way to explore the countryside with a group of like-minded people. With two knowledgeable guides on each trip we can offer you a choice of easier and harder walk options along the way. At night, enjoy comfortable accommodations, local food and wine and the company of new friends.
Self guided inn-to-inn trips
Unique to Auswalk, you navigate your way through national parks and forests, progressing from one delightful accommodation to the next. Your luggage is moved ahead while you walk following the comprehensive walk notes supplied. It’s your choice, a fully supported self-guided walking holiday or go with a guide. With 21 years of experience Auswalk can tailor your perfect Great Ocean Walk experience.
Contact Us on (03) 9530 8800 for more information or visit our website.
Bimbi Park Trail Rides
(03) 5237 9246
Horse rides at Bimbi Park cater for all ages and levels of riding ability. Rides are carefully graded, horses are experienced and well trained, instructors are qualified, trails are safe and approved safety helmets are provided. The sandy soil of the region makes for good riding even after rain.
Trail rides in the Otways are exciting affairs. Ride along marvelous windswept beaches to the sounds of the Southern Ocean waves crashing on the shore, amble through lush expanses of native forest and long the cliff tops as the sun sets. These are some of experiences on offer. Rides also take you to the famous Cape Otway Lighthouse, scenic lookouts and some of the pretty bays that dot the Otway coastline.
Cape Otway Lightstation
(03) 5237 9240
Cape Otway Lightstation is the oldest, surviving lighthouse in mainland Australia.
The light, which has been in continuous operation since 1848, is perched on towering sea cliffs where Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean collide.
The Otway Lightstation is open everyday except Christmas day from 9am – 5pm. Last entry 4.30pm. During January and Easter it stays open until 6pm. Entrance Fees Apply.
Free guided tours depart regularly from the Telegraph Station. They take approximately 45 minutes and include a climb up the spiral staircase to the top of the light tower.
Your guide will recount stories of the Cape's traditional owners, shipwrecks, lighthouse keepers, the working of the light, World War Two history, the Telegraph Station, one of Australia's most intriguing UFO mysteries.
Prefer to explore on your own, every visitor to the Lightstation receives a souvenir map with information on the main points of interest - including the lighthouse, Telegraph Station, World War Two radar bunker, shipwreck relics, the Lightkeeper's Cottages and historical displays.
The Lightstation Café is fully licensed and serves delicious home-made food and local delicacies, with a Mediterranean influence, from 9:30am-4:30pm
Gellibrand River Gallery & Gift Shop
03 5235 8410 • Deb Gartland
Telephone: 03 5235 8410
Opening Times: 10am - 4pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Most Public Holidays & By Appointment.
Just two hours from Melbourne and only 20 minutes from Colac, the Gellibrand River Gallery is nestled in the heart of the Otways in the charming village atmosphere of Gellibrand River. The Gallery is open from 10am to 4pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, most Public Holidays and by Appointment.
Supporting artists located within the Colac Otway Shire, the Gallery sells for approximately 25 Consignee Artists whose locally hand-made works range from glassware, jewellery and cards to photography, textiles & woodwork. Individually hand crafted works vary greatly and includes (but is not limited to) items such as glass plates, pottery jugs and woollen scarves to paintings, sculptures and cushions.
Deb Gartland is owner/manager of the Gellibrand River Gallery, and resident photographer. She creates traditional and contemporary fine art imagery whose works range from portraits, landscapes and macro to fine art, fantasy and contemporary.
The Gallery also provides a stimulating and encouraging Exhibition Space for its Consignee Artists to exhibit. Exhibited works may vary from traditional, sculptural & contemporary to fine art, experimental and installation. Exhibitions & installations in the Gallery’s Exhibition Space change each month and mix Feature Artists and Themes throughout the year.
While in the Otways, be sure to visit the Gallery and take home your own unique piece of locally handcrafted artwork. Gellibrand River Gallery - Gifts for all occasions!
Great Ocean Road Accommodation
Specialist website which deals specifically with accommodation along the Great Ocean Road and hinterland.
There are a lot of accommodation options along the Great Ocean Road and hinterland, this website will help you find the right one for you. Whether you are after accommodation suitable for the family or couples accommodation you will find it here. Much of the available accommodation is pet friendly (Johanna is the only beach in a national park in Australia where you can actually walk your dog along the beach!
Holiday Great Ocean Road
(03) 5237 1098
Specialised Property Management & Accommodation Booking Service
Looking for help to choose or find the right accommodation for you, Holiday Great Ocean Road is a specialised Property Management & Accommodation Booking Service operating locally in the Great Ocean Road region with have over 60 Great Ocean Road houses, apartments and cottages to choose from online.
Holiday Great Ocean Road provide booking & management services for Holiday Houses, Beach Cottages and Apartments. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or family escape, ocean views, wood fires, spas or pet friendly accommodation Holiday Great Ocean Road make finding it easy.
Melba Gully Gardens B&B
(03) 5237 3208, m: 0429 373 20
The Gardens at Melba Gully Garden B&B - just outside of Lavers Hill is a beautiful sight at any time of year.
Also known as Cottage Flower Farm at Melba Gully, the gardens feature 100’s of varieties of Daffodils and spring time blooms - beautifully landscaped gardens spotted with wonderful garden art, duck pond, specimen lawn and formal vegetable gardens set on 8 Acres. Located next to Melba Gully State Park famous for its enchanting glow worms and rainforest walk.
Open for viewing most days between 10AM & 5PM. Just $5 per person.
Contact Bob and Virginia 03 52 373 208 mobile 0429 373 208
Otway e bikes
0413 971 736 • Nathan Swain
Electric Bicycle Tours on the “Old Beechy Rail Trail”
All the joy of cycling without the Huff and Puff!
Have you ever wanted to try an Electric Power Assisted Bicycle?
Otway e bikes offer completely guided and instructed 1 hour e-bike tours on a section of the historic “Old Beechy Rail Trail”
Perfect for families, couples and small groups, with no licence required it’s as easy as riding a bike and at great rates that are easy on the pocket too.
Otway e bikes tours' travel leisurely and effortlessly through natural regenerating rainforest and take in stunning 360 degree views as their guests glide along the glorious Otway ridgeline on the purpose built Rail Trail, it’s like riding on top of the world. They have e-bikes for kids and trailers for toddlers so the whole family can enjoy.
Tour guide, Nathan, assists his guests “Connect to Country” offering interpretative information and local knowledge whilst applying his infectious passion for local environment and clever land management strategies. A guided E-Bike tour with Otway e bikes is great fun way for visitors to be introduced to the wonders of our region; it’s all the joy of cycling without the “Huff and Puff”.
This site deals primarily with accommodation in the Otway Ranges.
This website can help you find everything from 'budget' to 'farm stay' to luxury accommodation and resorts along with some of the best romantic and secluded getaways in the Otways. Why not have a good look around before you decide where to stay, there are lots of options available including many pet friendly places.
The Otway Fly Treetop Adventures
1800 300 477
The Otway Fly Treetop Walk and The Otway Fly Zipline Tour
Otway Fly Treetop Adventures offers a whole host of experiences with the two core activities being The Otway Fly Treetop Walk and The Otway Fly Zipline Tour. Open every day 9.00am – 5.00pm (last admission 4pm)
The Otway Fly Treetop Walk: Take to the trees on the longest and tallest walkway of its type in the world. Standing 30 meters high this 600 meter tree top canopy walk takes you right into the treetops of the Otway rain forest. The total walk is approximately 2 kilometers and takes about an hour to complete. Kids will love the Prehistoric Path section of the walk as they encounter dinosaurs on every corner they turn.
The Otway Fly Zipline Tour:Imagine soaring above the tree tops like a bird. The Zipline Tour is a 2.5 hour full guided experience you won’t forget in a hurry. It includes simulation training before you start and all safety equipment. Your Tour will include 6 tree top flights and 2 suspension bridges joining 8 cloud stations spread throughout the Otway Rain Forest. The ticket price also includes the world famous Treetop Walk.
The Café: The perfect place to take a break from your adventure, enjoy a hot meal or just grab a quick snack, warming coffee or refreshing cold drink. The menu incorporates local produce and locally-sourced wines and beers.