Make your way inland from the Great Ocean Road and discover the bustling village of Forrest, known as the gateway to The Otways. Just half an hour’s drive from Victoria’s south coast or from Colac in the north, Forrest is one of Australia’s premier mountain biking destinations and a popular holiday spot for nature lovers and adventurers alike.
Get in gear
Climb aboard your mountain bike and explore the 60 kilometres of sign-posted single track that circles the town. Enjoy ride-in, ride-out accommodation and marvel at the striking landscapes as you cruise through pristine rainforest, fern gullies and bushland. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, you’ll find everything you need to get started, including bike hire, lessons and tours.
Lakes and waterfalls
Plan a day out at eerie Lake Elizabeth, located deep in the Otway Ranges. Created in 1951 when a landslide dammed the river, the lake’s calm waters are punctured by the tattered trunks of manna gums and surrounded by dense rainforest on all sides. Camp out for the night or head off on a kayaking adventure in search of the elusive platypus.
Revel in the majestic scenery and listen to the sounds of the forest on one of the nearby walking trails, and stop to gaze at misty waterfalls, mountains streams and towering eucalypts.
Just because you’re out in the wild, doesn’t mean you have to rough it on the foodie front. The fertile Otways region is home to some of the state’s finest offerings, from craft beer and shitake mushrooms to organic fruit and veg, cheeses, herbs and lamb. Reward yourself after a day on the trail with a pint or tasting pallet at the renowned Forrest Brewery and share stories with other riders. Charge up first thing with a brew and a tune-up at The Corner Store, or treat yourself to some fine forest dining at the local Bespoke Harvest.