DISCOVER THE SHY PLATYPUS AND EVENING GLOW WORMS
About half an hour from Apollo Bay lies the rural town of Forrest. It's the home of the Forrest Brewery, quirky cafes & restaurants featuring local produce, and the gateway to Lake Elizabeth and the hub of mountain bike activity in the region. Just one visit to Forrest will make you fall in love.
The Forrest MTB trail network is renowned and has something for everyone - find out more at www.rideforrest.com.au
Lake Elizabeth, which was only formed in 1951 after a landslip dammed the river, is a mecca of nature. All that is visible of the sunken forest are the towering, tattered trunks of a dozen manna gums, their smooth moonlight-white bark long since weathered grey and scaly. It's a place where you can spot the shy and elusive platypus or take a night adventure and see glow worms.
The township has a diverse and eclectic calendar of events including the annual Run Forrest, a rewarding trail run and draws thousands of runners each year to the area, and the Forrest Soup Festival.http://vimeo.com/122726409
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.
Walks, waterfalls and scenic drives extend in every direction from this wonderfully positioned piece of the Otways.
Where To Stay
Wonky Stables Holiday Park
Welcome to the Wonky Stables Holiday Park, located in the beautiful township of Forrest in the Otway Ranges.
Otways Loft is a curious mix of tree-house, vintage train, raw and recycled materials, set in a rambling adventure garden. They scoured Victoria to find a property to match Liptrap Loft.
Midweek Otways Escape 3 nights
Three nights at Otway Fields including breakfast, welcome cheese plate and a bottle of wine.
Steam Carriage Forrest
Take a step back in time, to a bygone era, where life was simpler, where people spent time with dignified entertainment and life seemed to have more space and time.
The Riders Palace Forrest
The Riders Palace is a classic and small 'Old Mill Cottage' nestled in Victoria's Mountain Biking Mecca of Forrest.
A traditional Guesthouse with long verandahs, rambling gardens and boutique décor, Forrest Guesthouse is all about getting away to the country.
Eat and Drink
Platypi Chocolate is the latest great reason to visit Forrest in Victoria's Otway region. Try a hot chocolate, a fabulous coffee, tasty lunch or jump straight to the delicious desserts...
Welcome to the Otways Distillery, based in Forrest, Victoria. They base themselves in the hinterland, just up the road from Apollo Bay and the Great Ocean Road.
Forrest Brewing Company
Forrest Brewing Company is a much-loved destination for mountain biking and folks that enjoy independent beer and Victoria's great outdoors. Forrest is located in the hills above the Great Ocean Road.
What To See and Do
Forrest Hire Bikes
Forrest Hire Bikes are based at Forrest, Victoria in the heart of the Otway Ranges. About 30 kilometres inland from the Great Ocean Road and 162 kilometres from Melbourne.
Otway Eco Tours
At Otway Eco Tours it is all about the experience. Discover the Great Otway National Park on one of the fully guided tours.