Base yourself in historic Colac on the inland route to the famous 12 Apostles and experience the joy of relaxed country living. Situated on the shores of Colac Lake and on the doorstep of the Great Otway National Park, Colac is a lively regional centre close to some of Victoria's most-loved natural attractions.
Great Otway National Park
Immerse yourself in the serenity of the Otways with its towering trees and dense fern glades. Camp out under the stars, bushwalk to cascading waterfalls and stunning beaches, or head to the calm waters and eerie landscapes of Lake Elizabeth in search of the elusive platypus.
Stretch the legs on one of the local rail trails. Run, walk or cycle along the Old Beechy Rail Trail that runs through the Otway Ranges from Colac to Beech Forest or hit the Forrest Tiger Rail Trail for pastoral landscapes, temperate rainforest and historic sites. For something a little closer, take a stroll along the 1.2-kilometre track through Colac's Botanic Gardens.
For the mountain bikers, nearby Forrest boasts some of the finest mountain biking trails in the state.
Fill your basket
Hit the road and sample the region's best fresh produce, wines, beers and gourmet treats along the Otways Harvest Trail. Stop into Warncoort, Birregurra, Forrest and Ferguson, or drive further to the southern coastal cliffs, beaches and mighty 12 Apostles.
Things to do
Head to the Great Ocean Road region to Lake Elizabeth in the Otways to view the elusive platypus or paddle down the Glenelg River to an ancient cave.
Indulge your foodie whims and discover fine produce and wining and dining options at farm gates and provedores, wineries and breweries along the trail.
Paddle out to sea on a kayak and explore the Great Ocean Road region from bays and ocean waves or take a canoe on the lakes, rivers and estuaries.