Great Otway National Park

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Great Otway National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Lake elizabeth.jpg
Lake Elizabeth, formed from a landslide in August 1953, it broke its banks allowing the West Barwon River to flow.
Great Otway National Park is located in Victoria
Great Otway National Park
Great Otway National Park
State Victoria
Nearest town or city Apollo Bay
Coordinates 38°46′24″S 143°33′27″E / 38.77333°S 143.55750°E / -38.77333; 143.55750Coordinates: 38°46′24″S 143°33′27″E / 38.77333°S 143.55750°E / -38.77333; 143.55750
Area 103 km2 (39.8 sq mi)[1]
Established 11 December 2005 (2005-12-11)[1]
Managing authorities Parks Victoria
Website Great Otway National Park
Great Otway National Park

The Great Otway National Park, also called The Otways, is a national park located in the Barwon South West region of Victoria, Australia. The 103,185-hectare (254,980-acre) national park is situated approximately 162 kilometres (101 mi) southwest of Melbourne. It contains a diverse range of landscapes and vegetation types and is situated within the Otway Ranges.


The 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.[2] The parks were combined after a campaign by the local community and the Otway Ranges Environment Network and were officially gazetted on 11 December 2005 (2005-12-11).[1]


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.[2] The park covers both coastline and hinterland in the Otway Ranges and so includes both beaches and forest, accessible via walking trails.[2] The park and the Aire River campground are home to a significant koala population.[2] The Cape Otway Lighthouse is adjacent to the park and is open to tourists throughout the week.[2] 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.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Great Otway National Park Management Plan". Parks Victoria. Government of Victoria. December 2009. p. 1. ISBN 9-7807-3118-384-5. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Great Otway National Park". Parks Victoria. 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "IBA: Otway Range". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 

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