Small Towns

There are a range of delightful small towns in close proximity to Colac.  Whether you’re planning to visit as a tourist or researching a long-term move to the Colac Otway Shire – here are a few on the ‘must visit’ list. Contact us if you need more information.

Apollo Bay

One of the most beautiful towns on the Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay mixes rolling hills with stunning expanses of ocean. With a permanent population of just 1095 Apollo Bay maintains a village feel and is the most southern point of the Colac Otway Shire. If you like breathtaking horizons, extreme sports like paragliding, or...

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Beeac

In the tiny hamlet of Beeac – 20 kilometres north east of Colac, you get a broad view of the Volcanic lake country that the region is famous for. Lake Beeac is a salt-water lake that provides a stunning visual as you look across to the Warrion hills…in decades past the farmers used to bag...

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Beech Forest

Nestled in the heart of the Otway Ranges, the tiny timber town of Beech Forest was first settled by Europeans in 1883.  It’s rumoured that the first hotel was built  using the timber of just one mountain ash tree. Later it was made famous by a shuffling marathon runner by the name of Cliff Young....

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Birregurra

The delightful village feel of Birregurra has been drawing city dwellers seeking escape for decades. The town now holds monthly markets and has a gourmet farmer feel…think Daylesford without the size. With a population of 741 and a breadth of dining and accommodation options including nearby award-winning Brae restaurant, “Birre”  provides a great option for...

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Forrest

As with many towns in the Otways – what sprang from the timber industry has evolved into a thriving tourist destination. These days Forrest is a feast for the senses in the culinary scene, unique environment and more recently amongst the mountain biking fraternity.  It holds several world class annual competitions that draw riders from...

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Gellibrand

Set in a valley in the heart of the Otways, Gellibrand has long been a drawcard for those wanting to get amongst the delights of nature. Set on the Gellibrand River, it is slow living “bush charm” personified. There’s no better place than beside the fire on a winters day at the “Gelli-Pub”…or camped in...

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Lavers Hill

Lavers Hill is another town renowned for its natural beauty. Situated on the Great Ocean Road inland between Port Campbell and Apollo Bay, Lavers Hill is the highest point on the iconic road and provides breathtaking views of both the Southern Ocean, the bush and the rolling farmland below. The town is a fully serviced...

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