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Lakes & waterways

Discover the quiet beauty of Lake Elizabeth, hidden deep in the Otways near the township of Forrest. The calm waters of the lake are punctuated by the trunks of dead trees, drowned when the valley was flooded more than 50 years ago. Paddle down the Glenelg River as it winds its way through a deep limestone gorge with 50-metre cliffs. Drive through the hinterland of the region to the lakes and craters area Camperdown or walk to one of the many waterfalls in the Otway National Park.

Lake Elizabeth

Immerse yourself in the serenity of the Otways, with its towering trees and dense fern glades, on the two-kilometre loop walk to and around the lake from the car park. The path follows the new course of the river and passes a billabong with a backdrop of giant ferns and onto the western end of Lake Elizabeth to a viewing platform with scenic views up the length of the lake. Pack your lunch and relax by the lake. Wander downhill from the car park to the picnic area for toilet facilities. Pitch a tent and stay overnight at the nearby natural bush camping area. Wake up early or head to Lake Elizabeth at dusk to catch a glimpse of the elusive platypus. Join an early morning canoe tour to view these unique creatures in the wild.

Glenelg River

Experience Victoria's longest estuarine river in a canoe. Canoes can be hired at Nelson and there are boat launching ramps at several points along the river. The river's banks are also dotted with camping areas for extended trips. You can even catch dinner along the way with the river providing giant mulloway, bass, southern black bream, yellow-eye mullet and salmon. For those who prefer a leisurely cruise there are scenic river cruises through the spectacular limestone gorge. The cruise also has an optional Princess Margaret Rose Cave tour. Days of operation vary seasonally so it is therefore best to check in advance with the Nelson Visitor Centre.

Lakes and craters

Take in 360-degree views from Mt Leura and Mt Sugarloaf, the highest points between the coastal ranges and the rolling western plains. Volcanic activity has shaped much of the surrounding landscape, leaving a legacy of cones, lakes and craters and it is now one of the world's largest volcanic plains. Fish for trout and chinook salmon at surrounding lakes.

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Lakes & waterways

Great Ocean Road

National parks & reserves

The Otways

Immerse yourself in some of Australia's best rainforest scenery in the Otway Ranges amongst tall trees, ancient plant life and lush ferns.

Lakes & waterways

Waterfalls

Hear the roar of falling droplets pounding into the waters below at spectacular waterfalls and cascades in the Otways and surrounding region.

Destinations

Nelson

Complete your journey at Nelson at the end of the Great Ocean Road, and explore the Discovery Coast, Glenelg River and Princess Margaret Rose Cave.

Destinations

Camperdown

Take the picturesque inland route to the 12 Apostles and discover Camperdown amid volcanic craters and lush natural pastures, home to dairy farms.

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...

National parks & reserves

Lower Glenelg National Park

The Glenelg River is the central feature of the Lower Glenelg National Park. Along the last part of its winding 400 kilometre path to the sea the...

National parks & reserves

Mount Eccles National Park

Mount Eccles (Budj Bim) is a long dormant volcano. Budj Bim is the source of the Tyrendarra lava flow which extends over 50km to the southwest. It is...

National parks & reserves

Mount Richmond National Park

Mount Richmond is an extinct volcano surrounded by low, flat land. The volcano is covered with a layer of sand blown inland long ago from Discovery...

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Outdoor activities

Fishing

Target snapper, tuna and kingfish along some of the best ocean fishing grounds along the Great Ocean Road or cast a line for river bream or whiting.

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Beaches and coastlines

Paddle, swim or surf in the crashing waves or take a relaxing stroll along the clean, golden sands of some of Australia's best beaches.

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.