How long does it take to drive to Forrest?

Forrest is located just a two-hour drive from Melbourne, and only one hour if you are coming from Geelong. Known as the gateway to the Otway Ranges, Forrest is only 30 minutes’ drive from the Great Ocean Road.

Where is the closest petrol station?

There is no petrol for sale in Forrest. The closest petrol stations are located in Colac, Apollo Bay and Winchelsea.

Where can I find tourist information about Forrest and the Otway Ranges?

The Forrest General Store is your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the local area! Our friendly staff are full of useful tips and tourist information for Forrest and the Otway Ranges.

Ask us about things to do in Forrest, including:

  • fungi tours
  • bird-watching walks
  • bike trails – bikes are available for hire at the corner store
  • art classes
  • horse riding
  • tennis
  • history, nature and wildlife walks, where you can see rosellas, cockatoos, echidnas, possums, kangaroos, wallabies and king parrots.

What are the best places to eat in Forrest?

Famous for local delicacies, including meats, cheeses, mushrooms and ice-cream, our café in Forrest is a popular stop for locals and tourists alike. Enjoy a tasty and satisfying meal with country-style hospitality.

We can also provide recommendations about other breakfast, lunch and dinner stops in the area, including the Forrest Brewery. The tasting paddle of beer paired with chips and garlic aioli is a must-try!

Does the Forrest General Store provide catering?

Yes! We are happy to provide catering services in Forrest and the surrounding areas. Whether you’re planning a surprise birthday party, a corporate function or a social event, our experienced chef can cook up a delicious, homemade feast.

Catering is available for pick up or delivery. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Where can I find accommodation in Forrest?

There is a variety of accommodation in Forrest, ranging from bed and breakfast to self-catering. Please see the Forrest Victoria website for more information.

Where can I buy souvenirs in Forrest?

Forrest General Store has a wide selection of artisan crafts and homemade gifts to take home to friends and family as souvenirs. From skin and body care to candles, tea towels, toys, ceramics and artworks, we’re proud to support our local talent.

Can I hire a canoe in Forrest?

No, there is no canoe hire available in Forrest.