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While you are touring the Great Ocean Road and “oohing and aahing” at the majestic coastal landscapes there is also some other awesome scenery to enjoy. The Great Otway National Park or The Otways, stretches from Torquay on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria through to Princetown and up through The Otways hinterland towards Colac.
Here you can immerse yourself in some of Australia’s best rainforest scenery in the Otway Ranges amongst tall trees, ancient plant life and lush ferns and the good thing is that it is only 162Kms from Melbourne and located just off the Great Ocean Road.
The most southerly point of the coastline of The Otways is Cape Otway where you can experience panoramic ocean views from the cape. The Cape Otway Lighthouse is roosted high on the sea cliffs and is worth a look.
You may be surprised by the stunning showcase of native flora and fauna on the cape, including a large population of Koalas lazing in the trees.
With over 103,000 hectares of National Park forests, a great way to see it is to visit The Otway Fly Treetop Adventures Centre. Trek deep down into the ancient forests on tracks or walk tall midst the treetops to a 47 metre high vantage point on the fly.
You can even zip line or abseil your way for a forest-filled adrenaline charge. Otherwise you can do an Otway Eco-Tour by canoeing, hiking or mountain biking for a unique adventure.
Exploring The Otways is another very good reason to do a road trip along this famous stretch of coastline in Victoria. I have been fortunate to do this drive on 2 occasions and both times it has been equally as captivating.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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