A variety of lush rainforest and coastal landscapes is waiting to be explored in Victoria's stunning Otway region, which is centred on a burgeoning system of national parks.

Story and photos Margrit Beemster

Ranger-in-charge of the Great Otway National Park Will Cox leans against the safety rails of the viewing platform in Victoria’s newest national park. Behind him, the waters of Young’s Creek cascade down a 30-metre basalt rock face to create the spectacular Triplet Falls. “I envisage this becoming one of the iconic experiences of the Otways,” Will says.
On the two-kilometre moderate-grade loop to Triplet Falls, walkers travel through cool, temperate rainforest, passing the trees for which the region is renowned. There is mountain ash (the tallest flowering plant in the world), myrtle beech (a species that is
60 million years old), blackwoods (a wattle species in demand for quality furniture), satin box (popular with hobbyists and wood-turners) and soft tree ferns (an ancient species that is 150 million years old).

This story excerpt is from Issue #51

Outback Magazine: Feb/Mar 2007