Explore the Mystical Waters of Lake Elizabeth – with Otway Eco Tours

Otway Eco Tours


What better way is there to see the land than with a local?

Otway Eco Tours is owned and operated by Bruce Jackson who is a tour guide in The Otway Ranges with over a decade in experience. Bruce has a degree in Zoology and Botany and has an intimate knowledge of the beautiful, and for some elusive, local environment. Bruce can show you the hidden secrets of the Otway’s.

Bruce’s philosophy is conservation of the environment through experience and education. By choosing one of his tours you discover more about your environment and help donate towards Platypus disease research. 

The best way to meet the Platypus in the wild and find out why they are so special is to take a tour with Bruce on Lake Elizabeth. His ‘Paddle with the Platypus’ tour is a surreal experience.


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Leaving from the little town of Forrest, you can take either a Dawn or Dusk canoe tour to discover Australia’s most elusive animal.

It is a profound and memorable way to spend some time with our unique 100 million year old egg laying mammal in its natural habitat.

This is truly a rare chance to see Platypus in the wild.

Other Tours

Take a Walk on the Wild side on the Great Ocean Walk to experience the beauty of our rugged coastline.

For the more adventurous customer, allow us to show you some of our fantastic new Mountain bike trails right here in Forrest, catering to riders of all levels and abilities.

Otway Eco Tours offers fully guided tours in the Great Otway National Park and along the Great Ocean Walk. We have tailored tours to let you discover the Otway’s by canoe, walking or mountain bike.
We guide small groups at a relaxed pace to let you experience the beauty of this area and minimise our impact on the environment.

Ask about our Winter Specials or for a unique present arrange a personalised Gift Voucher.


With its stand of dead trees and surrounding forest, Lake Elizabeth has a beguiling and eerie attraction. Now a mecca for photographers, walkers, bikers and campers, the lake is easily accessible from the township of Forrest.

On the 17 June 1952 a landslide, that was most probably caused by a combination of the effects of extreme rainfall and land clearing practices, occurred in the headwaters of the East Barwon River that resulted in the blocking the river and the creation Lake Elizabeth. The original lake extended 1.6 km above the landslip. By the 8th August 1952 water began to spill over the landslip back down the river again. However on the 5th August 1953, following heavy rain, the top 26 metres of the landslide broke and sent a wall of water down the East Barwon Valley carrying boulders and gravel. It was thought at the time that the town of Birregurra could be threatened by flooding. Today the remaining lake is what was left over after the top part of the landslide broke.




More info on how to get there and what to do can be found here : http://www.forrestvictoria.com/lake-elizabeth

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