Beech Forest

Beech Forest is a tiny hamlet deep in the Otways rainforest about mid-way between Lavers Hill and Tanybryn.  Named for the myrtle beech trees in this area, Beech Forest was established about 1890.  The surrounding rainforest is a place of tranquility and great beauty.  There are a number of waterfalls nearby, along the Great Ocean Road, and stands of mature exotic trees near the Aire River about 10 minutes drive into the forest. A narrow gauge railway line served Beech Forest from Colac for about 60 years until 1962, mainly carrying timbers cut from the huge eucalypts of the rainforest.  This is now the Old Beechy Rail Trail, about 45 kms of walking trails. Many of our guests drive a day circuit from Apollo Bay through Lavers Hill, Beech Forest, Turtons Track, Tanybryn and back to Apollo Bay.  This is  full day of rainforest sightseeing, walks, waterfalls, river crossings, villages and the Otway Fly Treetop Walk.  The finale is a series of stunning ocean outlooks on the drive down to Apollo Bay.

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