Kickin’ back in Beech Forest (VIC)

Highlights:

    • Camping in the middle of a forest
    • 45m waterfalls
    • Feeling lost amongst the rainforest

The Great Ocean Road; it’s one of Australia’s most iconic road trips and although famous for it’s incredible coastline, dotted with world-renowned surf spots and small coastal towns, nestled away from the water is mountain ranges, covered in forests.

Beech Forest lies between Lorne and Apollo Bay and is home to the Californian Redwoods and majestic waterfalls. For us, as soon as the uni holidays rolled around we were in the car and off. Spending a week to travel from Adelaide and adventure the Great Ocean Road and in particular Beech Forest. Camping in the Beauchamp Falls campground we were able to spend the night fireside nestled at the bottom of the towering forest. In the morning we were a short walk away from the falls and able to take in its beauty at sunrise.

From there a short drive away is Hopetoun Falls which is larger, equally incredible and only a 10 minute walk from the carpark. Driving through the forest is a windy, track but rolling slow, taking in the scenes and listening to some good tracks is unreal. From Hopetoun Falls we began the drive towards Apollo Bay stopping off at the Californian Redwoods. These bad boys have been heading skyward since 1930 and a walk through the peaceful forest makes you feel like you are miles away from civilisation, not 100 metres from the carpark. The peaceful setting is insane to photograph, kick back and enjoy nature at it’s best.

Essential gear required

  • Swags
  • Camera gear
  • Food and water
  • Car
  • Paper and lighter to start campfire

How to get there

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Activities

      • Bushwalking
      • Camping
      • Photography

Skill level

Beginner