Great Otway National Park

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Great Otway National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Great Otway National Park
Great Otway National Park
Nearest town or city Apollo Bay
Coordinates 38°46′24″S 143°33′27″E / 38.77333°S 143.55750°E / -38.77333; 143.55750
Area 103 km²
Established 1981
Managing authorities Parks Victoria
Official site Great Otway National Park
Great Otway National Park

The Great Otway National Park, also called The Otways or the Otway Ranges, is a national park in Victoria (Australia), 162 km southwest of Melbourne. It contains a diverse range of landscapes and vegetation types.


Lake Elizabeth, formed from a landslide in August 1953, it broke its banks allowing the West Barwon River to flow.

The 103 km² park was declared in 2004 when Otway National Park, Angahook-Lorne State Park, Carlisle State Park, Melba Gully State Park, areas of the Otway State Forest and a number of Crown Land reserves were combined into one park.[1] The parks were combined after a campaign by the local community and the Otway Ranges Environment Network.


The park is a popular area for interstate and international tourists, with companies operating tours in the region. It contains three camping areas at Johanna, Aire River and Blanket Bay. The park is accessed from the east via Apollo Bay, from the north via Forrest or Beech Forest, or from the west via Princetown.[1] The park covers both coastline and hinterland in the Otway Ranges and so includes both beaches and forest, accessible via walking trails.[1] The park and the Aire River campground are home to a significant koala population.[1] The Cape Otway Lighthouse is adjacent to the park and is open to tourists throughout the week.[1] Migrating whales and dolphins such as Southern Right and Southern Humpback, and Bottlenose Dolphins can be observed from the coasts.

Important Bird Area[edit]

The park has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it supports populations of Rufous Bristlebirds, Striated Fieldwrens and Pink Robins, as well as numerous other species.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Parks Victoria - Great Otway National Park
  2. ^ "IBA: Otway Range". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 

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