There is heaps to see and do in the Otways and along the Great Ocean Road. Barramunga Cabins locates you in a beautiful rainforest setting that is an easy drive to all of the best inland and coastal attractions.
Many customers find themselves unable to leave the cabins. They are clean, comfortable and cosy! If it’s a wintry Otway day, sit in with the fire and a cup of tea, listen to the radio, watch TV or a DVD, play boardgames or enjoy the chatter of Kookaburras, King Parrots, Rosellas, Magpies and Satin Bower birds! If it’s sunny take a picnic rug outside, kick a ball around and have a BBQ. Perhaps you’ll hear the eerie call of a Wedgetail Eagle gliding over, or a Koala growling near by. Go for a short walk along the Tramway Track and Heinz’s Highway which edge the property: you can get up close to beautiful gums and ferns, you’ll see a tree stump left from the old growth loggers and you may see wallabies and echidnas! At night you can have a campfire outside and perhaps wander down to Roadknight Rd to see if there are any glow worms!
Stevenson’s Falls are beautiful. It’s a 5 minute drive from the cabins to the Falls’ campsite and carpark. From there, it’s an easy twenty minute walk to the falls, and you can drive closer if need be. If you’re a keen walker, it’s a very pleasant walk through forest from the cabins along the road to the falls: it’s about 4km each way, but don’t forget that it’s up hill all the way back! Though set in Tasmania, these falls and the Otways featured in the film ‘Van Dieman’s Land’. The crew stayed at Barramunga Cabins while they filmed!
Lake Elizabeth is a hidden gem. It is about 12km from the cabins. There is a short walk through lush ferns from the car park to the water’s edge, which you can follow until you find the ‘beach’. Here, you can go for a swim and then carry on walking a loop around the entire lake. This loop takes about 1 hour for a brisk walker. Visit at dawn or dusk and you might spot platypus! Eco Tours, which run out of Forrest, take people out on kayaks to see these shy critters. Our guests have also seen thousands of glow worms on the path from the lake back to the car park when walking at night. If you like bushwalking there are loads of walks to do in the Otways and along the coast: see the waterfall walks noted below.
Go Mountain Biking in Forrest. There are loads of trails, catering for everyone from the novice to the hardcore kamikaze! These tracks are world class and races such as the Odyssey and Forrest 6 Hour are bringing professional bikers from all corners of the globe. If you’ve exhausted the tracks, take the scenic backroads from the cabins to Stevenson’s Falls, Gellibrand, Sabine Falls, and along Turtons Track: you can cycle from the cabins to the Old Beechy Rail Trail, which winds through pine forests, bushland, farmland and rolling hills between Colac and Beech Forest. And for road cyclists? Attempt the 70km return ride from the cabins to Skenes Creek, slogging uphill all the way home! Or cycle along the Great Ocean Rd to Lorne or Wye River: Wye not?! After your cycle, make your way to one of Forrest’s great cafes or restaurants to refeul for another ride or to relax and drink the night away.
Visit the Forrest Brewery, the Guest House (both on the main road), the Corner Store and The Wonky Donkey pub and bistro (both on Station Street, parallel to the main road). These places are great for coffee, locally brewed beers and ales, a glass of wine and something to eat. The Corner Store caters specifically to cyclists with bikes for hire, bike servicing, and other bike-friendly info and products. Pop in to the snazzily revamped General Store on the main road for supplies, homemade food, newspapers, mags, and Australia Post services.
If you’re a wine lover, drive out to the Deans Marsh region to sample Dinny Goonan, Blakes Estate and Gosling Creek. If fruit is more your style, pick your own berries and have lunch and coffee at the Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm or its neighbour Gentle Annie’s. On the way home stop in at the local music hub, the Martians Cafe in Deans Marsh. For another day trip, head off to Gellibrand for delicious self-picked blueberries and join in Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival.
Visit the popular Otway Fly. Drive there from the cabins via Turtons Track. This is a beautiful drive winding through untouched rainforest. As you approach Beech Forest, you can turn off the main road to visit the exquisite Beauchamp and Hopetown waterfalls.
Once you enter Beech Forest, keep an eye out for scrumptious organic produce and truly free range eggs from Lyn Thom’s small farm. Drive on for five minutes and visit Nourished in Ferguson for a coffee, delicious food and local produce. Drive further and you will be on your way to the Otway fly, Triplet Falls and Aire Valley .
Drive from the cabins, through glorious farmland to Colac where you can get affordable groceries and relax in its many pubs and cafes. Make sure you have a coffee at the Botanic Gardens Cafe which overlooks Lake Colac. If you have time, drive through Colac to visit Red Rock where you can look out across stark and stunning volcanic plains to the massive, hypersaline Lake Corangamite.
It’s only a 25 minute drive from the cabins to the most spectacular coastline in the world: The Great Ocean Road. As you drive to Skenes Creek you will see an unforgettable view of the mountains meeting the ocean. Once you reach the water, you can turn left for Lorne or right for Apollo Bay. Both of these seaside towns have great swim and surf beaches, lots of shops, and plenty of pubs and restaurants for a night out. If you carry on through Apollo Bay to Cape Otway, you can visit the historic Lighthouse – look out for the dozens of Koalas that are decimating the gum trees on the way! Alternatively, you can drive ten minutes from the cabins to the beautiful Sabine Falls. From there, drive inland to the short but lovely Grey River walk, then drive on to Kennett River for a swim, a coffee, and a chance to get up close to native birds and koalas.
For a spectacular day trip, visit the world renown Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. Stop by G.O.R.G.E’s Chocolates and the Apostle Whey Cheese factory on your way home!
And finally, don’t forget the Local Markets! Every Saturday: Apollo Bay Community Market@Apollo Bay Foreshore. Third Sunday of each month: Apollo Bay Farmer’s Market@Apollo Bay Youth Club. Second Sunday of Each Month, Dec – April: Birregurra Sunday Markets@Birregurra Park. Third Sunday of the Month: Colac Lions Club Market@Colac Memorial Square.