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Guidebook for Gellibrand

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Guidebook for Gellibrand

Food Scene
Your classic country general store with everything including kerbside petrol bowser, post office, gifts, news-agency, "milk bar" and cafe. For an all in one store, the food and coffee is great with seating inside and out. Food includes typical bain-marie take-away (chips, pies, sausage rolls, etc), homemade quiches, pies, rolls and pizzas as well as too many tempting cakes.
16 Main Rd
16 Main Rd
Your classic country general store with everything including kerbside petrol bowser, post office, gifts, news-agency, "milk bar" and cafe. For an all in one store, the food and coffee is great with seating inside and out. Food includes typical bain-marie take-away (chips, pies, sausage rolls, etc), homemade quiches, pies, rolls and pizzas as well as too many tempting cakes.
A unique country store loaded with character and rustic charm providing: groceries, fresh fruit and veg, local gourmet foods, light lunches, great organic coffee, arts and crafts. Our museum depicts 150 years of history on "the ridge", with fascinating photos of the old Beechy Rail and logging industry
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Otway NouriShed
3810 Colac-Lavers Hill Road
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A unique country store loaded with character and rustic charm providing: groceries, fresh fruit and veg, local gourmet foods, light lunches, great organic coffee, arts and crafts. Our museum depicts 150 years of history on "the ridge", with fascinating photos of the old Beechy Rail and logging industry
Yatzies Licensed Café, Gardens and Devonshire Teas * Open Daily * Dine in or Takeaway * Licensed Cage * Petrol * Visitor Information * Garden setting – with visiting King Parrots and other native birds Yatzies is located in Lavers Hill, a small township between Apollo Bay and the 12 Apostles. This is an ideal location to take a break from your journey. Open daily there is a broad selection of fresh food and pastries available. Dine in and enjoy the warmth of the fire or in finer weather enjoy the beautiful garden setting and the spectacular King Parrots and other native Australian birds that come to visit. Locals Tip: Nearby Melba Gully is a superb rainforest walk.
Yatzies
5225 Colac-Lavers Hill Rd
Yatzies Licensed Café, Gardens and Devonshire Teas * Open Daily * Dine in or Takeaway * Licensed Cage * Petrol * Visitor Information * Garden setting – with visiting King Parrots and other native birds Yatzies is located in Lavers Hill, a small township between Apollo Bay and the 12 Apostles. This is an ideal location to take a break from your journey. Open daily there is a broad selection of fresh food and pastries available. Dine in and enjoy the warmth of the fire or in finer weather enjoy the beautiful garden setting and the spectacular King Parrots and other native Australian birds that come to visit. Locals Tip: Nearby Melba Gully is a superb rainforest walk.
Shoppe
30-32 Great Ocean Rd
Drinks & Nightlife
Great "country feel/style pub" with all the warm atmosphere you would expect from same, plenty of outdoor space and tables and room for the kids to "belt around"!
The Gellibrand River Hotel
20 Old Main Rd
Great "country feel/style pub" with all the warm atmosphere you would expect from same, plenty of outdoor space and tables and room for the kids to "belt around"!
A great place to stop for good beer, good food or stay for a while and see more of the Otways.
The Beechy Hotel
35 Main Street
A great place to stop for good beer, good food or stay for a while and see more of the Otways.
Lavers Hill Roadhouse & Tavern
Arts & Culture
Just two hours from Melbourne and only 20 minutes from Colac, the Gellibrand River Gallery is nestled in the heart of the Otways, in the charming village atmosphere of Gellibrand River. Supporting local artists, the Gallery has a large range of items for sale. Artworks vary from photography, jewellery & cards to glassware, textiles & woodwork. The Gallery’s dynamic Exhibition Space changes regularly & provides local artists with solo & group opportunities to display their work. While in the Otways, be sure to visit the Gellibrand River Gallery & take home your own unique piece of locally handcrafted artwork.
Gellibrand River Gallery
14 Main Rd
Just two hours from Melbourne and only 20 minutes from Colac, the Gellibrand River Gallery is nestled in the heart of the Otways, in the charming village atmosphere of Gellibrand River. Supporting local artists, the Gallery has a large range of items for sale. Artworks vary from photography, jewellery & cards to glassware, textiles & woodwork. The Gallery’s dynamic Exhibition Space changes regularly & provides local artists with solo & group opportunities to display their work. While in the Otways, be sure to visit the Gellibrand River Gallery & take home your own unique piece of locally handcrafted artwork.
Parks & Nature
Rex Norman Park in Gellibrand River * Accessible * BBQ * Picnic Tables * Playground * Shade Areas * Public Toilets * Walking Trails Unpaved * Water Fountains * Off Leash Areas
5 Main Rd
5 Main Rd
Rex Norman Park in Gellibrand River * Accessible * BBQ * Picnic Tables * Playground * Shade Areas * Public Toilets * Walking Trails Unpaved * Water Fountains * Off Leash Areas
Walk through magnificent mountain ash forests with large myrtle beech, blackwood and thick ferns to arrive at the spectacle of the Beauchamp Falls crashing over a ledge into a large pool. One of several waterfalls in the Great Otway National Park, this 20-metre waterfall rewards a somewhat strenuous walk. To get to the falls, take the walking path from the picnic area, located off the Aire Valley Road from Beech Forest Road. The three-kilometre path is an hour's walk return, and requires reasonable fitness. The descent to the falls leads to a viewing platform (there is no access to the falls). The path back is steep and has steps that can be slippery when wet.
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Beauchamp Falls
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Walk through magnificent mountain ash forests with large myrtle beech, blackwood and thick ferns to arrive at the spectacle of the Beauchamp Falls crashing over a ledge into a large pool. One of several waterfalls in the Great Otway National Park, this 20-metre waterfall rewards a somewhat strenuous walk. To get to the falls, take the walking path from the picnic area, located off the Aire Valley Road from Beech Forest Road. The three-kilometre path is an hour's walk return, and requires reasonable fitness. The descent to the falls leads to a viewing platform (there is no access to the falls). The path back is steep and has steps that can be slippery when wet.
Soak up the spray as the Hopetoun Falls plummet 30 metres into the Aire River in the Great Otway National Park. Take in the view from the upper platform, or descend some 200 stairs leading through glades of tree ferns to the base of the falls. The platform here has a bench perfect for taking in the views and resting the knees. To get to the platforms, follow the path from the car park. The upper platform is an easy 20-metre walk from the car park. The lower platform is a one-kilometre return trip – allow half an hour.
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Hopetoun Falls
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Soak up the spray as the Hopetoun Falls plummet 30 metres into the Aire River in the Great Otway National Park. Take in the view from the upper platform, or descend some 200 stairs leading through glades of tree ferns to the base of the falls. The platform here has a bench perfect for taking in the views and resting the knees. To get to the platforms, follow the path from the car park. The upper platform is an easy 20-metre walk from the car park. The lower platform is a one-kilometre return trip – allow half an hour.
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Lake Elizabeth Campground
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Sightseeing
The Old Beechy Rail Trail is a 45–kilometre rail trail running from Colac to Beech Forest. The trail includes approximately 30 kilometres of dedicated rail trail, with the rest being on-road. The historic "Beechy" train ran on this line from 1902 to 1962.[citation needed] The trail has 21 seats installed along the route for walkers to rest on, with shelters having been erected at Banool, Wimba, McDevitt and Dinmont. These were the old stopping points where the train would have collected travellers or produce. The original station signs have been replicated and painted in the Victorian railways colours.
Old Beechy Rail Trail
The Old Beechy Rail Trail is a 45–kilometre rail trail running from Colac to Beech Forest. The trail includes approximately 30 kilometres of dedicated rail trail, with the rest being on-road. The historic "Beechy" train ran on this line from 1902 to 1962.[citation needed] The trail has 21 seats installed along the route for walkers to rest on, with shelters having been erected at Banool, Wimba, McDevitt and Dinmont. These were the old stopping points where the train would have collected travellers or produce. The original station signs have been replicated and painted in the Victorian railways colours.
Beech Forest, located 43 km south of Colac on the northern edge of the Otway Ranges, is a tiny township which achieved its moment of national fame in 1983 when a 61-year-old local potato farmer, Cliff Young, won the Sydney to Melbourne Ultra Marathon. In 1902, the railway from Colac arrived. It was a narrow gauge railway and when it was extended to Crowes it became the longest narrow gauge railway in Victoria. The railway provided transport for local timber and huge stands of beech, blackwood and ash were cut down. This historic route is now home to the popular Old Beechy Rail Trail, where walkers or cyclists can experience picturesque forests, farmland and abundant wildlife.
Beech Forest
Beech Forest, located 43 km south of Colac on the northern edge of the Otway Ranges, is a tiny township which achieved its moment of national fame in 1983 when a 61-year-old local potato farmer, Cliff Young, won the Sydney to Melbourne Ultra Marathon. In 1902, the railway from Colac arrived. It was a narrow gauge railway and when it was extended to Crowes it became the longest narrow gauge railway in Victoria. The railway provided transport for local timber and huge stands of beech, blackwood and ash were cut down. This historic route is now home to the popular Old Beechy Rail Trail, where walkers or cyclists can experience picturesque forests, farmland and abundant wildlife.
Lavers Hill is situated on the Great Ocean Road between Port Campbell and Apollo Bay, on the inland section of the road, north-west of Cape Otway, and at the junction of the roads to Cobden and Colac. The town centre caters well for tourists, featuring a number of cafes, a pub with a bistro, and tourist information. The landmark wood sculpture at the junction of the Great Ocean Road and Colac Road is the "Drift", which is a tribute to the marine environment, prehistoric skeletal finds, shipwrecks and the agricultural machinery of the area, designed by artist James Catell.
Lavers Hill
Lavers Hill is situated on the Great Ocean Road between Port Campbell and Apollo Bay, on the inland section of the road, north-west of Cape Otway, and at the junction of the roads to Cobden and Colac. The town centre caters well for tourists, featuring a number of cafes, a pub with a bistro, and tourist information. The landmark wood sculpture at the junction of the Great Ocean Road and Colac Road is the "Drift", which is a tribute to the marine environment, prehistoric skeletal finds, shipwrecks and the agricultural machinery of the area, designed by artist James Catell.
Cape Otway is at the southern tip of Victoria's western coast where the Southern Ocean collides with Bass Strait. Encompassed by the Great Otway National Park, the ever-changing landscape sees rainforests and streams tumble to the coast, where they meet rugged rocky cliffs dotted with pockets of sandy beaches. Exploring Cape Otway on the numerous trails is a must for visitors of the area. Spot a koala sleeping amongst the gums, evidence of the indigenous Gadubanud people and Australia's longest servicing lighthouse. Walks range from short to long catering for varied leaves of fitness.
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Cape Otway Lightstation
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Cape Otway is at the southern tip of Victoria's western coast where the Southern Ocean collides with Bass Strait. Encompassed by the Great Otway National Park, the ever-changing landscape sees rainforests and streams tumble to the coast, where they meet rugged rocky cliffs dotted with pockets of sandy beaches. Exploring Cape Otway on the numerous trails is a must for visitors of the area. Spot a koala sleeping amongst the gums, evidence of the indigenous Gadubanud people and Australia's longest servicing lighthouse. Walks range from short to long catering for varied leaves of fitness.
A seafood village embraced by tranquil beaches, rolling green hills and the Great Otway National Park. Life is an adventure in Apollo Bay with protected bays to swim, endless Great Otway National Park trails to blaze and a hearty meal of local food and wine waiting for you upon return. Base your Great Ocean Road holiday in Apollo Bay and explore nature’s big backyard.
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Apollo Bay
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A seafood village embraced by tranquil beaches, rolling green hills and the Great Otway National Park. Life is an adventure in Apollo Bay with protected bays to swim, endless Great Otway National Park trails to blaze and a hearty meal of local food and wine waiting for you upon return. Base your Great Ocean Road holiday in Apollo Bay and explore nature’s big backyard.
Essentials
Colac has a rich farming and forestry history and is the perfect central location to explore the Otways. The town is built alongside the huge Lake Colac and on the doorstep of the Great Otway National Park. Its busy town centre services the surrounding villages and rural areas. The local botanic gardens are magnificent with pretty seasonal blooms and the lake area boasts a great range of local wildlife. It's less than a 2 hour drive from Melbourne and central to spectacular elements of the Great Ocean Road.
Colac
Colac has a rich farming and forestry history and is the perfect central location to explore the Otways. The town is built alongside the huge Lake Colac and on the doorstep of the Great Otway National Park. Its busy town centre services the surrounding villages and rural areas. The local botanic gardens are magnificent with pretty seasonal blooms and the lake area boasts a great range of local wildlife. It's less than a 2 hour drive from Melbourne and central to spectacular elements of the Great Ocean Road.
Everything Else
Johanna is a rural farming settlement stretching along the coast between Glenaire and Lavers Hill. Rolling hills and lush rain forest meet at the foot of the wild Southern Ocean. Johanna is named after the schooner "Joanna" that was wrecked at the mouth of the Johanna River on 22 September 1843. The area is steeped in history, from the discovery of dinosaur fossils in the Glenaire Valley to the Cape Otway Lightstation, the oldest of its type on mainland Australia. The surf beach at Johanna is a stretch of beach breaks, or beach and reef, noted for its power and reputation for rapid jumps in size.
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Johanna Beach
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Johanna is a rural farming settlement stretching along the coast between Glenaire and Lavers Hill. Rolling hills and lush rain forest meet at the foot of the wild Southern Ocean. Johanna is named after the schooner "Joanna" that was wrecked at the mouth of the Johanna River on 22 September 1843. The area is steeped in history, from the discovery of dinosaur fossils in the Glenaire Valley to the Cape Otway Lightstation, the oldest of its type on mainland Australia. The surf beach at Johanna is a stretch of beach breaks, or beach and reef, noted for its power and reputation for rapid jumps in size.