Along the stretch of coastline between Lorne and Apollo Bay, the Great Ocean Road clings to the cliff-face as it winds through the Great Otway National Park and glides by rolling farmland. Wye River, just 20 minutes from Lorne and 35 minutes from Apollo Bay, gives visitors a taste of the Otways and beach culture in a lovely, laid-back package. Stroll on the nearby beaches where often you are the lone guest walking on the white sand as the waves roll in.
There is an abundance of native wildlife to be spotted, including swamp wallabies, possums, grey kangaroos and koalas.
Wye River offers easy access to the other destinations and nearby attractions, situated just 20 minutes from Lorne, or 35 minutes from Apollo Bay. The area is known for scenic coastal views, beautiful beaches, Otway Forest walks, wildlife including koalas and birds as well as the Great Otway National Park.
The stretch of coastline between Lorne and Apollo Bay is some of the most picturesque in the region. The Great Ocean Road hugs the cliff-face as it winds through the Great Otway National Park and rolling farmland.
Wye River is an all season tourist destination with many self-contained holiday rental houses available. Visitors are able to enjoy beaches in summer and drives, food trails and water falls in winter. Tourists travelling with dogs are encouraged in many places.
Don’t forget to call into the Wye General Store you will find a cross between a convenience store, gourmet deli and quality fresh produce all under one roof, there is also a wide range of essential grocery items, quality meats and small goods, and freshly baked bread & pastry.
Wye River, offers visitors the full experience – soak up the atmosphere, you can “feel the serenity”.
Take the easy 20 minute walk between Wye River and Separation Creek know as Paddy’s Path.
Starting at the Wye River CFA, after a steep start, it turns into a flat gravel track with so many beautiful vantage points along the way. You may even spot a whale in whale season!
The path follows the route of a timber tramway that was transporting timber from Separation Creek to the original jetty at Wye River 1905.
An abundance of wildlife can be spotted in the surrounding Great Otway National Park, including swamp wallabies, possums, grey kangaroos and koalas. Of course bird watching is also a spectacular past time in Wye River, with varieties such as the Gang Gang, Rosellas, Yellow-tailed black cockatoo, king parrots and many more.
If adventure is more your thing, bring your bikes and explore the endless tracks in the Otways – or get your toes wet with a surf lesson!
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