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Otway Ranges

The Otway Ranges is a beautiful area of Victoria, Australia, which features some of the country’s best rainforest scenery, with an abundance of flora and fauna, giant tree ferns and dramatic coastal views. High waterfalls, narrow valleys and secluded beaches only add to the appeal of this stunning Victoria gem.Among the highlights of the area is the Great Otway National Park, which boasts sandy beaches, rugged coastlines, awesome waterfalls and tranquil lakes.

Stretching from Torquay to Princetown and as far north as Colac, this national park should not be passed by while on a tour in the Otway Ranges.Another way to enjoy Otway Ranges tours is to do the Great Ocean Walk. This 90km route goes from Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead, where you can view the world renowned Twelve Apostles.

There are several places to camp along the route, while hikers who don’t want to do the full trail can choose shorter ones, including day treks.

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One of the biggest attractions in the area is the Tree Top Walk. This draw is the tallest and longest elevated walk of its type in the world, and offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the rainforest from high in the trees. The walk is 1.9kms long and takes roughly an hour to complete, while the highest viewpoint is 45m above the forest floor. Among the highlights is a stunning view of Young’s Creek, while interpretive panels keep you well informed about what you are viewing on the way round.

Close by the Tree Top Walk are the picturesque Triplet Falls, while other waterfalls worth checking out in the area are Marriners Falls in Apollo Bay and Erskine Falls in Lorne. Other activities available during an Otway Ranges tour include mountain biking in and around the village of Forrest, bushwalking and swimming with platypuses.

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