Maits Rest Walking Track, Cape Otway

Cool Temperate Rainforest walking track on the Great Ocean Road, Maits Rest is one of the most stunning short walks in Victoria. Easily accessible from the Ocean Road, about 20 minutes drive west of Apollo Bay.

The walk only takes about 30 minutes, captivating from beginning to end, not to be missed on a self-drive tour of the Great Ocean Road.


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Maits Rest Rainforest Walk

The boardwalk meanders through the gully…

 

The boardwalk and gravel path pass through ancient Cool Temperate Rainforest of Myrtle Beech and Tree Ferns. Exposed tree roots and hollow tree trunks add to the atmosphere. Take your time on the walk.

From the car park, the path leads down into the gully, very simple to follow as it is a circuit walk.  Having walked through this rainforest a couple of hundred times, as I used to run backpacker tours along the Great Ocean Road, never have I failed to be enthralled with the beauty of this special place.

This is a super popular walk as it is on the main Great Ocean Road but is well worth doing, maybe try to be there early in the day or later in the afternoon when it is not usually as busy.

Maits Rest Rainforest Walk Great Ocean Road

The roots of this Myrtle Beech tree have grown over a fallen tree, which has since rotted away, leaving the roots ‘suspended’ in the air…

Maits Rest Rainforest Walk, Australia

A lesson in life… whenever you fall over, pick yourself up and keep growing.

Maits Rest Rainforest Walk, Great Ocean Road.

Roots enveloping a fallen tree…

Maits Rest Rainforest Walk, Australia

Sitting inside a tree trunk, a magical hideaway for children of all ages…

Maits Rest Rainforest Walk, Australia

Triplet Falls is another superb walk if there is time on your Great Ocean Road journey. It does mean a deviation from the main touring route but is also well worth the effort.

Maits Rest Rainforest Walk