Discover Colac, a town with a rich farming and forestry history located just two hours from Melbourne on the lands of the Eastern Maar People. Set on the shores of Colac Lake and 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.
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.