Day Hike / Bushwalk

The Otway’s – Spoilt For Choice!

Standard, June 13, 2016, samlcook, 0 Views 0 Comments

The Otway’s and the Great Ocean Road are well known (and loved) the world over – and for good reason.   From the stunning coastal towns of Lorne, Anglesea, and Apollo Bay, to the inland delights of Forrest, Birregurra and Pennyroyal – there’s something to keep everyone happy.

As easy drive from Melbourne or Geelong, this is an area that I keep coming back to. I’ve written here and here about walks I’ve enjoyed previously.

Last week we headed off to check out another hike in the area – Kalimna Falls.

Leaving from the Sheoak Falls picnic area, this 8km moderate hike sounded great – and after the recent rainfall we’d had, I knew it would be the perfect time to visit.

What I didn’t know, is that there is an area called Sheoak Falls, and also one called Sheoak Falls picnic area.


Along the trail from Sheoak Falls carpark to the falls

We parked at Sheoak Falls (not far out of Lorne on the Great Ocean Road), and went for an easy bushwalk to the falls – firstly we went down close to the actual falls (which were pumping after the recent rainfall), then up and around the back of the falls on a trail (and lots of stairs!).  There was also a side track to a cool lookout over to a cove.


Sheoak Falls

IMG_0895 Otways

After Sheoak Falls we kept walking along the most beautiful trail (typical of so many hiking trails in the Otway’s) – think ferns, towering gums, streams and valley’s – and eventually ended up at Sheoak Falls picnic area.


As you can see from the above sign, when you are at Sheoak Falls picnic area there are so many different walks to choose from!

We chose Won Wondah Falls (quite small, and a beautiful peaceful spot) and Henderson Falls (a secluded spot where you get so close you can almost touch the waterfall), before heading back to Sheoak Falls the way we came. All up it was around the 10/11km mark.


Up Close and Personal with Henderson Falls

So, if you’re looking for stunning scenery, including towering waterfalls and lush forests – and some of the best hiking in Victoria – look no further than the Otway’s!

We’ll definitely be back to check out the other walks – even Kalimna Falls 🙂

Walk Details: Park at either Sheoak Falls or Sheoak Falls picnic area for a big variety of walks

Notes: These hiking trails are slippery – take care and wear hiking shoes or hiking boots rather than runners. Also – the weather along the Great Ocean Road is changeable (and cooler than Geelong or Melbourne), so rug up and take wet weather gear.

What about you – do you have a favourite walk in the Otway’s or along the Great Ocean Road?


Bio: Sam is a daydreamer, storyteller, and hiker.  She loves getting outside, and you’ll often find her on the bushwalking trails close to her hometown of Geelong.  You can follow along with her on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.  If you have any questions that she can help with, or would like to chat about possible sponsored opportunities, advertising, or affiliations (that will benefit her audience) please drop her an email at



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