Things to do in Forrest
Mountain bike trails, Forrest
Forrest and its picturesque surrounds are bursting at the seams with things to do. The world class Forrest mountain bike trails have become the region’s signature activity, but the surrounding Otways rainforest is a pristine playground for nature-based, environmentally friendly and adventurous things to do.
The mountain bike trails in Forrest are rated as some of the best in Australia, meaning the town has become a must-visit location for mountain biking enthusiasts. With over 60 kilometres of sign-posted single track, there is way too much for just one day. Mountain bike trails literally surround the town, so visitors can stay in town and experience genuine ride-in, ride-out, accommodation in Forrest. Mountain bike hire, lessons and tours are also available at businesses in Forrest, while road cycling is also a popular visitor activity, with a range of challenging and enjoyable routes in the region.
Forrest walking tracks & hiking trails
Whether it is an afternoon stroll with the whole family, or a challenging hike, Forrest’s nature walks, walking tracks and hiking trails have something to suit everyone. Brochures with details on the variety of walks, and general Forrest tourist information are available from local visitor information centres.
Forrest also has several shared walking and hiking trails, including a seven-kilometre path leading from the town all the way to Lake Elizabeth. This is a demanding yet rewarding walk that can be done over the course of a day.
The idyllic Stevensons Falls, just south of the township, is also among the more popular things to do in Forrest. There is an enjoyable walking track from the campground to a viewing platform at the base of the waterfalls. Other iconic Forrest nature walks, picnic destinations and lookouts include Little Aire Falls, Triplet Falls and the West Barwon Reservoir.
If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, Forrest has platypus tours and bird watching in spades, while you are also a good chance for a koala, kangaroo or echidna sighting on any of the trails. And to ensure you capture your picturesque surroundings and encapsulate your stay, Forrest photography tours are also available. At the end of a memorable day taking in what Forrest and the ancient rainforest have to offer, be sure to wind down by checking out the range of quality dining options at Forrest restaurants and cafes – you won’t be disappointed.