Nature and Surrounds

Ecolodge > Nature and Surrounds

From gentle strolls to long, challenging hikes; kayaking with the seals or indulging in a relaxing massage; learning about the incredible history of the region or just curling up with a good book – there are so many things to do at Cape Otway.

You will have plenty of time to explore the area, please have a look at the things to do in the area to find the activity that suits your needs. Whether you’re looking to indulge, energise, explore, relax or reflect, the Great Ocean Ecolodge will provide the perfect escape.

While the regions has much on offer, guests are always welcome to slow down and catch up with themselves in the Ecolodge. Sit down in our courtyard and watch the clouds high in the blue sky above you and forget the buzz and hubbub of daily life. De-stress deep in the bush, concentrate on the bird song and the koalas snoozing in the treetops above you, close your eyes…

Cape Otway Lightstation

Included in your Exploring the grounds of the Conservation Ecology Centre package are tickets to the Cape Otway Lighthouse.

The Cape Otway Lightstation established in 1848 is Australia’s most significant lighthouse. The light sits on top of impressive sea cliffs some 90 meters above sea level where the Bass Straight and the Southern Ocean collide. You are bound to be rewarded with some impressive views and if you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of some Whales in the right season!

For thousands of immigrants, Cape Otway was the first sight of land after many months of sea travel from Europe or North America. Hundreds of ships were wrecked along the treacherous coastline before reaching the safety of the Bass Strait. Join the son of one of the last Lightkeepers at Cape Otway on a personalised tour* and visit the Cape Otway Light station to gain an insight into the romance, ruin and captivating history of Cape Otway.

*Bookings are essential and additional charges may apply.

Great Ocean Walk and walks in Great Otway National Park

The Ecolodge is perfectly located, adjoining the Great Otway National Park and within the grounds of a conservation research centre.With hundreds of kilometres of incredible bushwalking tracks there is no end to the exploring that awaits you. Discover the special places which are only accessible on foot – the beautifully designed tracks, spectacular ocean vistas and carefully sited lookouts ensure a memorable walking experience.

There are some beautiful short loop walks to enjoy in this region. Short walks are great when you have limited time, have some little legs in your party or simply want to take it slowly.

We are pleased to assist you in compiling walking itineraries, provide you with picnic lunches and assist with transfers*.

*Bookings are essential for Picnic Lunches and Assistance with Transfers, additional charges may apply.

For more information Visit the Apollo Bay Visitor Information Centre