Top 5 Short Walks in the Great Otway National Park

Top 5 Short Walks in the Great Otway National Park

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 04/22/2024

Reading time: 3 mins

Located along the iconic Great Ocean Road, the Great Otway National Park is a treasure trove of cascading waterfalls, lush rainforests and striking coastal lookouts.

1. Triplet Falls Loop

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.8km
Time: 33 mins

Take a leisurely stroll around the cascading Triplet Falls on this well-signposted trail. Along the way, check out the informative signposts that delve into the fascinating history of the beautiful rainforest. Keep an eye out for the giant Mountain Ash trees, some of which are over 200 years old – pretty impressive stuff!

Remember to wear sturdy footwear as the trail can get quite muddy, especially after a downpour.

This trail has around 170 steps leading up to it. If that sounds like a challenge, you might want to try one of the other hikes. Unfortunately, swimming isn’t allowed at Triplet Falls.

2. Hopetoun Falls Walk

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.8km
Time: 16 mins

Nestled amidst tree ferns, this out-and-back trail is a stone’s throw from Apollo Bay. It kicks off from the parking area at the end of Aire Valley Road and takes a mere 16 minutes. The trail features two main viewing platforms – one at the top and another at the base of the waterfall.

To reach the falls, you’ll have to tackle 200 steep stairs. But as long as you’re reasonably fit, you’re in for a treat on this enchanting trail!

3. Maits Rest

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.8km
Time: 14 mins

From ferns to hollows, fungi, and 300-year-old trees, this short boardwalk loop through the rainforest showcases an array of lush flora. It’s a pretty popular spot, so if you’re seeking solitude, aim to visit during off-peak hours. With only 19 meters in elevation, this trail is perfect for families!

4. Currawong Falls

Difficulty: Medium
Length: 11.6km
Time: 3h 1min

Wander through dry woodlands, passing tall ironbark trees and striking Australian flora. Keep an eye out for native wildlife, as this area boasts a thriving ecosystem teeming with biodiversity. The best time to visit is after heavy rain when there’s plenty of water flowing. Enjoy picturesque views of Aireys Inlet along the way, and why not wrap up your hike with a nice lunch at the picnic benches and taps available at the car park?

5. Blanket Bay – Cape Otway (part of the Great Ocean Walk)

Difficulty: Medium
Length: 10.1km
Time: 2h 41mins

The fourth and final section of the Great Ocean Walk connects Blanket Bay to Cape Otway. Whether you opt for a point-to-point or return trip, you’re in for a full day of scenic walking. Marvel at stunning cliff-top views, sandy beaches, and tranquil inlets, and keep your eyes peeled for koalas, kangaroos, and echidnas along the way.

Remember to book ahead if you plan to stay at the Blanket Bay Campground. And don’t forget to pack plenty of water and food, as there’s no treated drinking water available on the track – better safe than thirsty!

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.