The hinterland areas of the Otways, including the towns of
Forrest and Birregurra, are the third largest volcanic plan in the
world. This geology gives the whole area a fertility,
lushness and undulating hills that make it pretty as a picture.
Birregurra is a central point for the produce being grown in the
surrounding Otway districts. Food produced in these hills has
a freshness and honesty rarely found in modern products. The
town itself is charming, with wonderfully restored facades on
buildings giving it a historic and reminiscent feeling.
Forrest has become a hub for mountain bike activity in the
region, with purpose built mountain bike trails and a series of
associated events throughout the year. It also has a boutique
brewery, quirky local cafe and a diverse and eclectic calendar of
The nearby West Barwon Reservior is popular with walkers and
fishermen. A local tour operator conducts canoe tours on Lake
Elizabeth that consistently spot the shy and elusive
platypus. Walks, waterfalls and scenic drives extend in every
direction from this wonderfully positioned piece of the Otways.