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Maits Rest named after the district's first forestry officer, Maitland Bryan. This rainforest has evolved over millions of years. The rainforest walk was opened in March 1993.

If travelling the Great Ocean Road, don't miss this little jewel. Maits Rest is always worth to visit even in the rain. During summer expect more tourists around midday. Nowadays bus groups make a stop here as well. Most visitors take a break here when driving the Great Ocean Road due to the close proximity.The busiest time is the summer, but mostly bearable, best visited in the morning or late afternoon.

Top Tip: Visit the the rainforest in the evening. Bring a torch for the walk and watch the glow worms shining in the forest. That's like being in a fairytale. 

Update December 2019: The rainforest walk should be reopened. It was closed for months for boardwalk improvements and to raise and widen the trail because of increasing visitors. 

Weather

High rainfall throughout the year deep in the heart of the Great Otway National Park. Warmer and "drier" conditions from November to April, however, shower can always occur. Winter is the wettest and coldest season from June to August.

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The return walk to the Rainbow Falls is eight km long and takes roughly 3 hours.

The Rainbow Falls located at Station Beach close to the Great Ocean Walk is easy to reach on a half-day hike. The Fall more a spring-fed trickle can be seen throughout the year. Depending on the high tide level it may be difficult to get close. Therefore it's safest if you consider the tides. High tide can be quite dangerous with the surf. The best sunlight for a good shot is during the afternoon for the rainbow coloured waterfall. Tide times

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The Southern Ocean has a strong influence on the climate. It keeps the winter warmer and the summer cooler. During summer the sun is intense, but it is not too hot; there is always a fresh breeze, and temps are above 20°C. Take precautions and use sunscreen. Lots of precipitation throughout the year in the Great Otway National Park. Warmer and "drier" conditions from November to April, however, rain can always occur. Winter is the wettest and coldest season; rain every second day. Day temps in winter around 12°C and nights are chilly around 8°C, pretty cold for camping.  

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It's a gravel road to the parking lot but it is accessible by 2 WD with careful driving, better with 4 WD.

You will fall in love with this beautiful landscape and beach hike. Don't miss this exceptional place and feel the power of mother nature and the sea when traveling along the Great Ocean Road. Best visited around low tide. it's usually possible to walk along the beach to the rusty anchors except high tide. However, beach walking is safer during low tide. In former days the Marie Gabrielle anchor was accessible around low tide only. Due to the strong power of the sea, the Marie Gabriel Anchor is changing the position. The anchor was better accessible end of 2019 than four years before. It is not any longer so much-effected by the tides. However, always watch the sea. Nevertheless, it also depends on the level of the tide and the wind that builds up the waves. The Fiji anchor stands sentinel near Moonlight Head and is not affected by the tides. Tide times

The beach and wrecks are poorly signposted and due to the remote location not busy. The gravel road is not suitable for tour buses, therefore, our top tip along the Great Ocean Road. Google Maps Location Car Park

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Wreck Beach Great Ocean Road - Fiji Anchor

The Southern Ocean has a strong influence on the climate. It keeps the winter warmer and the summer cooler. During summer the sun is very intense, but it is not too hot; there is always a fresh breeze and temps are around 20°C only. Lots of precipitation throughout the year in the Great Otway National Park. Warmer and "drier" conditions from November to April however, rain can always occur. Winter is the wettest and coldest season; rainy every second day. Day temps in winter around 12°C and nights are chilly around 8°C pretty cold for camping.

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A koala bear sighting at Cape Otway is almost guaranteed if you stay here. If you just pass by you may spot one or two with a little luck.

Koalas are in abundance in the Great Otway National Park. They are often spotted along the Lighthouse Road. Another good spot is along the Great Ocean Road. Koalas start being active from the afternoon onwards. During the day, you may see them resting on a branch in the tree. However, they sleep around 20 hours each day. To increase your chance for an unforgettable sighting stay at least one night in the National Park or along the Great Ocean Road. Do you like to know the exact spots for koala watching? Continue reading and follow the Google Maps Links for an awesome experience.

Sleeping koala in the Great Otway National Park

Weather

Lots of precipitation throughout the year deep in the heart of the Great Otway National Park. Warmer and "drier" conditions from November to April; however, rain can always occur. Winter is the wettest season.

Where to Stay in the Cape Otway National Park

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Bimbi Park - Standard Cabin with shared bathroom

There are not many opportunities to chose from if you plan to stay in the Cape Otway National Park. Check out the link for the best prices with booking.com for the four different types of accommodations in the Otway. We'd chosen a Standard Cabin with shared bathroom at Bimbi Park all others were fully booked already.

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Our campground was nearby and even after 6 and 7 p.m. we saw several people driving to the lighthouse and mostly from far away. The entrance fee is expensive; almost 20 AUD per adult.

Lighthouse and area are open until 5 p.m. Afterwards the whole area is closed. There isn't any chance to watch the sunrise or sunset at this remote and dramatically located lighthouse.

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