In the heart of the Otways, you’ll find the small village of Forrest. Here you’ll find outdoor adventures such as wonderful waterfall walks, wildlife spotting, mountain biking as well as excellent opportunities to sample local produce at a number of local foodie attractions.
Accommodation at The Forrest Guesthouse is available in beautifully restored suites alogn with breakfast provisions. Alternately, a short ten minute drive away you can enjoy your own safari style inspired cabin overlooking the Otways at Otway Fields in Gerangamete. Here you are treated to a gourmet breakfast basket filled with farm grown and locally sourced provisions. The Ratley Manor Farm-Stay Cottage is also just a few minutes from Forrest.
The Forrest General Store is your perfect stop to stock up on walking snacks and drinks for a day of adventure. Make sure you nab a slice of home made caramel slice or one of the delicious cakes made in the store. The store-made pies and sausage rolls are worth driving miles for!
If you love an adrenalin rush, then zip line through the trees at Trees Adventure in Yeodene, 15 minutes North of Forrest, 5 minutes from Otway Fields. Visit www.treesadventure.com.au for further details.
Put your walking shoes on and explore Lake Elizabeth. Walk to the lake at your own pace. A return trip will take around an hour, a circuit round the lake will add many more hours. If you prefer to experience your adventures from a seated position, then hire a bike from Forrest Hire Bikes and head onto one of the many bush trails around the village. Visit www.rideforrest.com.au for more trail info.
Enjoy lunch or afternoon tea at Platypi Chocolate, open 10 – 5, 7 days a week. Indulge in a signature hot chocolate. Take home beautifully crafted hand made chocolates. An afternoon walk to Stephenson’s Falls is easy going after the morning excursion to the lake.
Finish up your action packed day at the Forrest Brewery open 7 days 9-5, and also open later for dinner Thursday to Saturday. Sample beers on a paddle and enjoy a hearty meal from the seasonal menu.