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Discover Colac, a town with a rich farming and forestry history located just two hours from Melbourne. Set 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.

Trail bound

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.

Life is good

Enjoy a little retail therapy while wandering the streets of Colac. Browse country gift shops and specialty stores, stock up at community markets and cool off in the beautiful botanic gardens.

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.

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Things to do


Water sports

Canoeing and kayaking

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.

Food & wine

Otway Harvest Trail

Indulge your foodie whims and discover fine produce, wining and dining options at farm gates and provedores, wineries and breweries along the trail.

National parks & reserves

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...


Old Beechy Rail Trail

Walk or cycle along part of the disused narrow gauge railway line that once ran from Colac through the exhilarating Otway Ranges.

Beaches & coastlines

Lakes and waterways

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.


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Food & wine

Local produce

Tempt your tastebuds in the Great Ocean Road region with a fine selection of freshly caught seafood, gourmet cheeses and luscious hand-picked berries.

Outdoor activities

Walking and hiking

Walk the Great Ocean Road region's stunning coastal tracks and ancient rainforest trails and see breathtaking ocean views or dramatic waterfalls.


Mountain biking

Ditch the skinny tyres and lycra and get off road in the majestic scenery surrounding the Great Ocean Road and its equally dramatic hinterland.

Outdoor activities


Sleep under the stars in the Great Ocean Road region at camping grounds deep in the Otways or park your campervan on a tranquil beachside bush site.