Things to do – Explore

Guided Dusk Walk

The Great Ocean Ecolodge lies within the grounds of the Conservation Ecology Centre, a dedicated wildlife rehabilitation and ecological research centre. Join the Guided Dusk Walk to observe the wild kangaroos, koalas and other wildlife and learn about our conservation projects.

Self-guided Walks

Explore the grounds of the Conservation Ecology Centre yourself – there are lots of very special spots which aren’t included in the Dusk Walk including the messmate forest, springs and manna gum woodlands. Take some time out in one of the hides to secretly observe the little bush birds.

Otway Lighthouse

At the tip of Cape Otway is the oldest Lighthouse on the Australian mainland, perched on the towering sea cliffs above the waves where Bass Strait and the Great Southern Ocean collide. Climb the winding staircase in the footsteps of the many Lightkeepers and step out onto the balcony for unforgettable views.

*Bookings are advised and admission fees apply. However, admission is complimentary for guests staying at the Great Ocean Ecolodge for multiple nights.

Otway Fly

A unique walk high above the forest floor through the canopy of the eucalypts. The Otway Fly is a 45 minute drive from the Ecolodge, and the canopy walk is an easy 2.5km.

*Bookings are essential and additional charges may apply.

Apollo Bay

A long crescent-shaped bay sheltered by the Otway Ranges, Apollo Bay has wonderful shops to browse, cafes on the front, Saturday morning market and a beautiful beach. 25mins drive.


The pure rain falling on the Otways cleanses, sustains and invigorates. Dripping from the foliage, flowing along the creeks, into the rivers and thundering down the waterfalls, a very special day’s outing.

Glow Worms

On deep dark velvety nights, sheltered beneath the rainforest canopy, you can see glow worms in their natural environment. It feels like you are floating, surrounded as you are by thousands of little stars. Maits Rest (10mins drive) and Melba Gully (40mins drive).

Scenic Flights

Soar above the Great Ocean Road for incredible views of this spectacular coastline with 12 Apostles Helicopters. Fly over old growth rainforest and along the rugged shipwreck coast to the Twelve Apostles and Bay of Islands.

*Bookings are essential and additional charges may apply.

Seal Spotting

Australian Fur Seals come into Bass Strait to rest after long foraging trips in the wild Great Southern Ocean. Watch them from the deck of a boat* as they dive and play or paddle out to observe them in sea kayaks* accompanied by qualified kayaking guides to observe them more closely.

*Bookings are essential for Boat and Sea Kayak Tours, additional charges may apply.