An introduction to the Otway Ranges
Located in South Western Victoria and stretching from
Anglesea in the east to Princetown in the west, the Otway Ranges,
encompassing the Great Otway National Park, is a diverse and special
Rising from the flat agricultural plains of the Western district,
the Otways reach a height of 600m, cascading south through rolling
green hills down to the ocean, framing a large portion of Victoria's
world famous Great Ocean Road.
In the lush hinterland of deep, dark myrtle glooms, over half of all
Victoria's pristine waterfalls exist here, as well as remnant patches
of cool temperate rainforest. Stands of tall, old-growth forest,
waterfalls, fern-lined rivers, cool rainforest and occasional sweeping
views over the hills to the ocean make the Otways a walker's paradise.
Here, too, exists the heritage-listed Aire River and the Otways last
truly wild river, the Cumberland.
The Otway Ranges Walking Track Association (ORWTA Inc) was
set up in 1996 to promote bushwalking in the Otways and to map out and
create a new, long distance walking track from Lorne to Apollo Bay.
ORWTA hopes that the Trans-Otway Waterfall Walk will form part
of a long distance track stretching from Torquay to Port Campbell. Please join us exploring the Otways through this website and
on foot, but first a few warnings.
We at ORWTA have endeavoured to make information on the site
as accurate as possible, but we often rely on third party descriptions
of routes and conditions. Very few of the tracks are actively
maintained or well-marked. Vigorous growth, fallen trees and natural
track deterioration can often make the tracks difficult, if not
impossible, to navigate. Walkers must make their own assessment of
their abilities and track conditions before undertaking any of the
walks published on the ORWTA Inc. site. You must read and understand
the ORWTA Inc. Disclaimer published on
If you would like to explore the Otways but lack the experience, ORWTA
conducts guided social walks on the first Sunday of each month. Join us
for the cost of a gold coin donation. See the Contacts page for more