Tucked away in the Otways not far from Forrest, Lake Elizabeth is a beautiful mountain lake. There is a free camping ground and walking trails. The Trail (#2 track on the Forrest MTB trail network), is a shared path, and allows cyclists to ride from Forrest all the way to Lake Elizabeth.
Created more than 50 years ago but record rainfall that sent thousands of tonnes of rock and earth into the East Barwon River, creating a dam that went on to form the lake. This lake is now the home and habitat for wild Platypus, and other wildlife.
A 2 kilometre loops allows walkers to take in the magestic beauty that is Lake Elizabeth. The walk follows the edge of the lake, and is best suited to those of a moderate walking ability. With a backdrop of Giant Ferns the walk passes by a billabong and is sign posted along the way with information.
Forrest local Bruce Jackson conducts regular Platypus canoe tours.
More information can be found at www.platypustours.net.au
Lake Elizabeth allows for free camping, with limited bush facilities including compost toilets. This camp ground is very popular and works on a first come best dressed system.
How to get there
From the Forrest township, follow the signs to Lake Elizabeth, which takes you via Kaanglang Road. The Lake Elizabeth turn off is approximately 6km's from the town, and follow the dirt road down to the carpark. Cyclists can follow track #2 all the way to the Lake from Forrest
Ride to Lake Elizabeth
There is an easy trail that leads from forrest out to the Lake.
Mountain Bike Hire is available if you need a bike.