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The Otway Harvest Trail has a wealth of local hinterland information, itineraries, places to eat, drink, explore and market dates. https://www.otwayharvesttrail.org.au/
If you looking for adventure the Otways has you covered. Here are some ideas.
We highly recommend booking any activities meal reservations well in advance to avoid disappointment. Not all places are open seven days a week and for breakfast, lunch and dinner due to staff shortages.
Within a 30-minute drive
Some activities within a 30-minute drive from King Parrot Cottages and Event Centre.
Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm and Café (open seasonally). Pick your own berries, enjoy a snack and drink in their café looking out to the vines – https://pennyroyalraspberry.com/
Lorne Tours – https://www.lornetours.com/ have an eight seater van and can arrange for winery tours in the region, Great Ocean Road tours, a four hour Lorne Day Trip tour going to waterfalls, lookouts, historical sites and Great Ocean Road. They can also custom design a tour to meet your needs.
Lorne Bowls Club with barefoot bowls – https://www.barefootbowls.com.au
HAH Lorne beach – Lorne, bikes and surfboard hire on the Lorne beach in front of the pool. They have a delicious waterfront Wholefoods cafe too! https://www.hahlornebeach.com.au/
Lorne Sea Baths has bumper boats, pool, aqua orb, gym facilities, massage and yoga, mini golf and more – https://lorneseabaths.com.au/
Lorne Country Club (golf, tennis, bistro) – https://www.lornecountryclub.com.au/
Lorne beach – surfing, stand up paddle boarding, swimming at patrolled beach, fishing from jetty
Lorne Waterfalls – Erskine Falls, Phantom Falls, Sheoak Falls, Kalimna Falls, Henderson Falls, Teddy’s look out Erskine Falls are some of the main ones but there are so many more. Please visit the Lorne Visitor Centre – 9am-5pm, information for maps and tips.
Lorne foreshore – mini golf and large outdoor children’s park, skate park, swimming pool (weekends and public holidays), surfing, cafes and restaurants
Swing Bridge Cafe and Boathouse – cafe and paddle boat hire.
P: 0423 814 770. Address 40 Great Ocean Road, Lorne
Birregurra is a beautiful country town to visit. The Birregurra Market is very popular and runs every second Sunday of the month from November to April.
Otway Remedial Massage is located in Birregurra if you can take time out for an amazing massage. Phone – 0407 975 999.
Planet Mud Outdoor Adventures – Paint Ball and Globe Riding (https://www.planetmudoutdooradventures.com.au/
Trees Adventure Yeodene Park – High Ropes course – https://treetopsadventure.com.au/location/yeodene/
Mountain Bike Riding Forrest Mountain Bike Trails (you will need your own mountain bikes).
Forrest Nature walks – Lake Elizabeth, Fern Gully Walk, Tiger Trail and Stevensons Falls.
West Barwon Reservoir is another nice walk with BBQ’s and history of the dam.
Otway Eco Tours – Paddle with the Platypus in Lake Elizabeth – https://platypustours.net.au/
We have some fabulous wineries in the Otway region and close to King Parrot Cottages. Please visit their website for cellar door opening hours and more information –
Heroes Vineyard – https://heroesvineyard.com/
Blakes Estate – https://blakewines.com.au/
Gosling Creek – http://www.goslingcreek.com.au/
Dinny Goonan – https://dinnygoonan.com.au/
Brown Magpie Wines – https://www.brownmagpiewines.com/
Please also visit the https://www.otwayharvesttrail.org.au/ for more information
Local restaurants –
The Store Deans Marsh
General Store, café, local produce, beer and wine. The Store Deans Marsh serves delicious breakfast and lunch as well as take away heat and eat meals, amazing slice and more. Your well behaved dog is welcome here too!
Birregurra Royal Mail Hotel for a delicious pub meal.
The Forrest Brewery for delicious meals and craft beer brewed on site.
Award winning Brae Restaurant Birregurra. World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021, No. 57. Good Food Guide 2020 Restaurant of the Year is located 20 minutes away. Bookings well in advance essential – https://braerestaurant.com/
Some more great options in Lorne
There are many great options in Lorne – Lorne Central, Ipsos, Pizza Pizza, Lorne Larder, Mestizo, Bottle of Milk, Pit Stop and many more. Lorne has lots of great Cafes and take away food.
A bit further away
A bit further away (up to approximately an hour and a half drive away)
GoRats Adventure Tours located in Anglesea however do tours throughout Geelong, Surf Coast and Otways – bike, canoe and adventure. Visit their website – https://www.gorats.com.au/
Horse Riding – Spring Creek Horse Rides, approximate 50 minute drive. Bookings essential – https://www.springcreekhorserides.com.au/
Split Point Lighthouse tours Aireys Inlet – https://splitpointlighthouse.com.au/
Anglesea – Golf Course, surfing, stand up paddleboard, paddle boats for hire, Jumpz outdoor trampoline park – https://www.jumpzanglesea.com.au/
Otway e bikes in Beech Forrest – e-bike tours – https://www.otwayebikes.com.au/
Apollo Bay – approx. 1 hour and 15 minute drive – Marina, cafés, large children’s park, Apollo Bay Fishermen’s Co-Op
Wildlife Wonders – https://wildlifewonders.org.au/ located in Apollo Bay
Gellibrand – The Old Beechy Rail Trail – https://www.railtrails.org.au/trails/old-beechy-rail-trail/?view=trail&id=81
Otway Blueberries (Blueberry picking open seasonally) Gellibrand – https://www.otwayblueberries.com.au/
The Otway Fly is 1 hour and 10 minute drive away. It has Zipline Tours and Treetop walks. If you love nature this place is absolutely stunning and a must visit. Bookings in advance required. https://www.otwayfly.com.au/
Whilst in this area you could go to a few other waterfalls as well as the Beechy Pub for lunch. There is also a few more waterfalls in this area – Triplet Falls, Hopetoun Falls, Beacuhamp Falls, Little Aire Falls. The Californian Redwoods Picnic ground is located in Beech Forest and is a beautiful place to visit.
The spectacular Twelve Apostles are located approximately 1.5 hour drive from King Parrot and are a must see! https://visit12apostles.com.au/ If you make the trip here we suggest a visit to Apostle Whey Cheese https://apostlewheycheese.com.au/
Timboon Distillery – restored railway shed whisky distillery – www.timboondistillery.com.au
Timboon Fine Ice Cream – https://www.timboonfineicecream.com.au/