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Official site for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Address: Great Ocean Rd, Lorne, Victoria 3232
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWeb: parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/great-otway-national-park
The Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay through to Princetown and up through the Otways hinterland towards Colac. The park features rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, rock platforms and windswept heathland. In the north, the park features tall forests, ferny gullies, magnificent waterfalls and tranquil lakes. Walking The Great Ocean Walk, stretches 91 kms from the idyllic resort town of Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead (adjacent to the 12 Apostles). It passes through the National Park and overlooks the Marine National Park. The walk has been designed so that walkers can 'step on and step off' the trail at a number of places, completing short, day or overnight hikes. Horse riding and mountain biking Experience and enjoy the natural environment on horse back or on a mountain bike. A permit is required for horse riders to ride in the National Park and Parks Victoria staff can assist you with this. The formed roads and tracks provide ideal trails for these active endeavours.Picnicking and camping Picnic opportunities abound, with lovely settings at many of the waterfalls as well as Blanket Leaf, Sheoak, Distillery Creek, Moggs Creek, Paradise, Melba Gully, Shelly Beach, Triplet Falls and Blanket Bay to name a few.There are excellent camping opportunities throughout the Parks. Whether you are looking for a family friendly place to park your caravan or a solitary night under the stars there's something to cater to every need.Before you goConditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
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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.
Walk from Melba Gully along the Johanna River through thick forest of tall trees and ferns then climb 100 steps to see the 300 year-old Big Tree.
Catch a glimpse of the waterfalls within 10 minutes on this quick and easy walk, and visit from spring to autumn to spy nesting birds at Swallow Cave.
Take the self-guided rainforest boardwalk at Maits Rest in the Otways and see beautiful fern gardens and giant rainforest trees up to 300 years old.
Take a gentle amble past Won Wondah Falls and a towering eucalypt tree. Finish your journey in a lush fern gully overlooking Henderson Falls.
Wind through the ancient rainforest of the Otways on the Triplet Falls walk toward elevated platforms offering spectacular views of the cascades.
Go up, down and around on this varied walk. Cross a river, skirt an orchard, and then follow an uphill vehicle track before descending to Phantom Falls.
Take pleasure in the pretty, verdant scene before you − see the cascades flow over a series of exposed shale ledges, framed by ferns and mosses.
Confident walkers will love the challenge of this river track, with its hike by natural amphitheatres and rapids, and frequent river crossings.
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