Do not rely 100% on GPS - Our directions are the most direct and follow the best roads. The instructions to reach OTWAY COTTAGE are as follows:
The quickest way, (2 1/2 hours) from Melbourne is via The Princes Hwy (A1) ~ to the township of COLAC. The road to Colac is signposted at Geelong and takes about 45 minutes drive. In Colac there is a left turn at traffic lights in the main street signposted to Lavers Hill and Gellibrand. (C155) Continue driving until you come to a T Intersection. Turn LEFT at the T-junction ~ signposted to BEECH FOREST – travel for approx 8kms. The house is on the RIGHT – 200 mtrs past the BEECH FOREST HOTEL on the opposite side of the road.
If you are going to ‘self cater’ - we recommend you grocery shop before you arrive in the area. For grocery items, Apollo Bay has a selection of shops with supermarkets, etc. Or Colac has a Safeway supermarket- open ‘til 10pm and a range of other shops. Beech Forest is a very small town & has a cafe and hotel - you can walk to the Beechy Pub (dinner). “Otway NouriShed” (on the corner of Colac Lavers Hill Road 5 min from Otway Cottage) has a café - some grocery items & locally grown fresh produce. Shops close early. Lavers Hill (next town 18kms) has petrol, general store, tearooms, cafes, & tavern.
If you want to take the scenic route:
Follow the Great Ocean Road from Geelong through Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Lorne and Apollo Bay and head towards 12 Apostles.
You will see a sign at BINNS ROAD directing you to BEECH FOREST – This is a gravel road and not very pleasant to drive on. We recommend you continue on the Great Ocean Road.
Once you arrive in the township of LAVERS HILL, turn RIGHT and follow the road for 18kms – into the town of BEECH FOREST
We hope you enjoy your stay. Beech Forest has good mobile phone reception (Telstra & Optus).
Cecilia and Ed