Discovering the Wildlife and Walks of Maits Rest

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Exploring the Great Ocean Road is top of many visitor’s to-do lists while they’re in Australia – and for good reason. This popular coastal route takes in stunning cliff scenery, wild rainforests, and an abundance of natural landmarks.


Set just 15-minutes from the bustling town of Apollo Bay, Maits Rest offers visitors the chance to explore all the natural scenery the area has on offer. The boardwalk unfolds through the rainforest, providing you with a stunning 30-minute walk that takes in ancient trees and colourful plant life. As you wander along the valley floor, you can discover unique scenes, native wildlife, and learn more about the natural history of this part of Australia. maits rest michael


All around you, impressive Myrtle beeches jut upwards, while bouncy moss carpets the floor and gives a surreal atmosphere to the surroundings, not unlike a majestic scene from a fairytale.
Maits Rest is part of the Great Otway National Park, which is a haven of unique bird life – there are around 43 native species alone that live in the region. It’s not just birds that’ll keep you busy, though, there are larger critters that roam the landscape, including swamp wallabies, koalas, ring-tailed possums, and kangaroos.


Perhaps the best time to visit is when darkness is just about to fall. As the rainforest changes from day to night, you can get out your torch and discover the magical glow worms that light up the majestic scenery.


Things to Do at Maits Rest


There are plenty of ways you can enjoy the stunning scenery of Maits Rest.  glow worm Michael

Take a Walk

The self-guided boardwalk provides the perfect route to explore everything on offer. Hovering just above the valley floor, you can gaze out at sprawling views and keep your eyes peeled for native creatures as you go. The way the boardwalk has been built means it protects the ecosystem, meaning you can discover the region without feeling guilty about leaving your footprint.

Wildlife Watching

The lush valleys and ancient trees provide the perfect habitat for many of Australia’s native creatures, meaning there’s a high chance you’ll be able to spot some of the local residents while you’re exploring. If you’re lucky enough, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the rare yellow-bellied gliders that float from tree to tree – they’re not often see by day, but they can be heard at night.