Great Otway National Park, Hordern Vale

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The Great Otway National Park, located in the Barwon South West region of Victoria, Australia. The 103185ha national park is situated approximately southwest of Melbourne. It contains a diverse range of landscapes and vegetation types and is situated within the Otway Ranges. It was the location of the Gadubanud people before they were massacred in 1846.HistoryThe 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. The parks were combined after a campaign by the local community and the Otway Ranges Environment Network and were officially gazetted on.FeaturesThe 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. The park covers both coastline and hinterland in the Otway Ranges and so includes both beaches and forest, accessible via walking trails. The park and the Aire River campground are home to a significant koala population. The Cape Otway Lighthouse is adjacent to the park and is open to tourists throughout the week. Migrating whales and dolphins such as southern right and southern humpback, and bottlenose dolphins can be observed from the coasts.
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  • My love for nature is so great, that I will try to do most things in spite of having to use a walker these days. The tree walk in the Otway National Park is a wonderful, invigorating and renewing expe...  more »
  • One of my favourite Australia days was driving around Great Otway park (and surrounding areas). Amazing vegetation, and such a variety.  more »
  • Beautiful park, we were able to view Koala's in the wild. The Lighthouse area has incredible views. We did a nice long hike a long the coast.
  • Very beautiful- after going down a few fligjt of stairs you can look at waterfall from a lookout- but everyone jumped out and got better views from water 😂😂😂

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