Exploring Quiet Retreats and Low Sensory Escapes

Exploring Quiet Retreats and Low Sensory Escapes

Finding serene and low-sensory escapes is not just a luxury but a vital need for many. Join us on a journey tailor-made for those who require or prefer the quieter experiences of the Great Ocean Road region.

Stevensons Falls, Otways

Nestled in the scenic Otways, the Stevensons Falls precinct has been redeveloped with all abilities in mind including those with wheelchair access needs, those with sensory issues, intellectual impairment, and other mobility issues such as the elderly.

A brief stroll from a fully equipped campground and picnic spot, the falls boast an access path and facilities designed for all abilities. Wander along a charming walking trail from the picnic area, crossing the Gellibrand River to reach a viewing platform at the falls’ base. This enchanting destination offers a seamless blend of natural wonder and inclusivity.

NB: Stevensons Fall is due to re-open on December 15th, 2023. 

The Redwoods, Otways

Amidst the towering Redwoods, discover a realm where stillness knows no barriers. The scent of pine, the soft carpet of needles beneath your feet, and the presence of these towering trees create an atmosphere of calm, offering a chance to immerse yourself in the quiet majesty of the Redwoods, where time slows. The entrance can be slippery when wet, but there is a footpath into the entrance of the Redwoods.

NB: the trail is undulating and may not be suitable for all with accessibility needs. From a walking frame, most of it will be accessible within your own abilities. In a wheelchair, the start of the redwoods and around the edges will be accessible but there is no designated path. 

Maits Rest Rainforest Walk

Nestled within the Otway Ranges National Park, Maits Rest is conveniently located 15 minutes away from Apollo Bay. Visitor parking is available, providing access to a variety of boardwalks and gravel paths that guide you through a scenic 30-minute walking circuit. Along the way, immerse yourself in nature, gaze at the majestic ancient trees reaching towards the sky.

NB: Maits Rest has a relatively level surface and small gradients make this trail generally accessible for prams and wheelchairs.

Equine Therapy

While on the land, with horses in view or nearby, partake in mindfulness practices. Equine therapy opens a gateway where the presence of horses and nature fosters calmness and connection. The rhythmic sounds of hooves, the soft touch of hair, and the mutual understanding between human and horse create an inclusive, soothing, and transformative mindfulness journey. Accessible facilities available, with sessions held in Nature, on land or alternatively, within the purpose built Indoor or Outdoor arenas, depending on requirements.

All Accommodation

All Things To Do

Places To Eat & Drink

Let us inspire you

Sign up to get the latest deals, tours & events along the Great Ocean Road

Thank you for subscribing!

Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.