The park is south-west of Melbourne via Geelong or Colac. From the west, approach via Port Campbell along the Great Ocean Road. A daily bus service between Geelong, Lorne and Apollo Bay connects with train services to Melbourne. For timetable details call V/Line Country Information on 13 2232.
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A rich human history The spiritual and physical connections of the four traditional language groups, Wathaurung, Gulidjan, Gadubanud, and Kirrae Whurrong people are still celebrated today. Through their rich and diverse culture, Indigenous Australians have been intrinsically connected to Country - including the area now known as Great Otway National Park - for tens of thousand of years. People, stories, sites, shell middens, oven mounds and artefacts are all indicators of a healthy and diverse lifestyle. Parks Victoria recognises this connection and acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Communities of these areas.
Looking After the Park
* All native plants and animals are protected. Do not disturb or remove them. * Dogs, cats and firearms are prohibited (Dogs are permitted at Johanna on a lead). * Fires may be lit only in fireplaces provided and not at all on Total Fire Ban days. * Wood or fuel stoves and gas lights are not permitted on these days. Bring all firewood to the park. * Take your rubbish home and, where possible, recycle. * Check your recreational fishing guide before collecting shellfish or rock lobster (Shell fish collecting is not permitted east of Cape Otway). * Always stay on walking tracks. * Clean up at designated Phytopthora hygiene stations.
Special Needs Access
Maits Rest The walk at Maits Rest is a great introduction to Victoria's tall wet eucalypt forests and rainforests. The forest walk has sections of raised boardwalk, compacted soil and aggregate. Some steep sections lack handrails. There are excellent interpretive signs along the path. Vehicle access to this site is excellent, and the area around the car park is free of obstacles. There are no picnic or toilet facilities. The closest are at Apollo Bay or the Aire River Camping area. Aire River The east area of the Aire River campground is an informal grassy area that can also be accessed by caravans. Neither camp area has any designated accessible facilities, but there is more flat ground on the west side than on the east. Johanna Beach Campers at Johanna Beach can park adjacent to a campsite, and it is possible to bring a caravan. Access to the toilet is restricted by a narrow path, as is access to the beach. The track to the beach is also very sandy. The camping area is fairly flat overall. Blanket Bay Facilities at Blanket Bay include picnic tables, pit and composting toilets and open fire places. There is a designated unisex toilet, with a gravel approach path. The sandy path with uneven stairs leading to the beach is poorly accessible. Recycling bins are provided - please use them. No water is available so bring your own, or draw it from the Parker River. For information on other areas, please visit the Parks Victoria website.