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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 place.

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 this site.

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 information.

    • See also the Member resources page »    

About life in the Otways rainforests
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Click for full sized photograph © 2008 Gary Rowan Higgins/Silent Street Photography.
Trans-Otway Waterfall Walk DVD of routes, maps and info
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