The Otways National Park covers 103,000 hectares and is one of the must sees for many international. With many taking organised day trip bus tours from their hotels in Melbourne taking in the Otways, Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles sandstone outcrops of the coast near Port Fairy.
Some of the magnificent camping areas include Johanna, Aire River and Blanket Bay, all with amazing walking tracks, access to the pristine beaches and seclusion. Many interesting townships are dotted throughout the Otways region including Birragurra, Beech Forest, and Forrest. These towns are small farming communities with dairy cattle the major focus, but in recent years many have tried their hand at organic and specialty meat and vegetables.
Some of the state's most spectacular waterfalls are found in the Otways including Triplet Falls, Stevenson's Falls, Beauchamp and Hopetown Falls, all offering incredible displays of water after rains. The Otways is a major water catchments area for much of the Geelong area and the starting point to the Barwon River which snakes its way through Geelong to Barwon Heads.
For one of the most spectacular and different experiences the Otways Fly is the latest major tourist attraction in the area. The 600 metre long tree top walkway takes visitors 25 metres above the ground offering breathtaking views amongst the tree canopy.
Like much of the bush land along the Great Ocean Road fires are a major threat and the Otways have suffered badly from devastating wild fires. The worst in recent times was the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires; Regular controlled burns of the Otways take place to help safe guard against major catastrophes.