There are many places in Australia that can leave one spellbound and the Great Otway National Park is one of them. A quote by Charles M. Schulz says- “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.”, which is a hundred percent true. Australia is home to astonishingly beautiful places. The heaven down under is truly a marvel.
Great Otway National Park (Location)
Also known as the Otways, the Great Otway National Park is situated in the Barwon South West region of Victoria, Australia, around 101 mi (162 km) southwest of Melbourne. Spread across the area of 254,980-acre (103,185-hectare), the national park contains a large variety of fauna and flora and amazing landscapes.
The Great Otway National Park was declared in the year 2004. Other places like, Angahook-Lorne State Park, Melba Gully State Park, regions of the Otway State Forest, a number of Crown and Carlisle State Park were combined with the Great Otway National Park to form one big park.
Attributes of Great Otway National Park
Sitting in the lap of Otway Ranges, the park showcases ferny gullies, tall forests, beautifully cascading waterfalls, serene lakes and bird area. There are hosts of activities that you can do in this park. The park is the best place to visit with family as well as friends.
Things To Do in Great Otway National Park
Camping in the Otways is an amazing experience. Getting up to the beauty of nature is like once in a lifetime experience. Your kids are going to love this experience and if you are accompanied by your friends, you will have the time of your life.
The Great Ocean Walk also passes through the Great Otway National Park. Take a romantic walk with your spouse amidst the picturesque views. If you have an adventure spark igniting inside your heart, you can try mountain biking here, the trails are amazing here. You can also try horse riding in the park, though you would require a permit for this.
Treat your eyes with fascinating scenic views of rugged coastlines sheltered forests and diverse heathlands while walking hand in hand with your loved ones or your group of friends on the Surf Coast Walk. This 44 km walk stretches from Pt Impossible to Fairhaven.
One of the most iconic site in the Great Otway National Park is the Triplet Falls. The water cascades beautifully through the moss tree ferns and the shady rainforests from Mountain Ash and Myrtle Beach. Also walk through the Triplet Falls Walk. Other falls in the national park are Phantom Falls and Erskine Falls.
Triplet falls by Mikeybear / CC BY-SA 3.0
Also pay a visit to the Cape Otway Light station, the oldest light station in mainland Australia. The 80 m tower offers a great view of the coastline. The Otway Fly, which is 25 m high, provides a great view of the forest.
“When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go.” said Alexandra Stoddard. You will feel the same when you will leave Australia after spending the best moments of your life in this country.