Located just 30 minutes from the Great Ocean Road, Forrest is famous as the gateway to the Otway Ranges – and our town is proud to live up to its name.

The Forrest General Store is proud to be your one-stop-shop for tourism information about Forrest and the Otway Ranges. If you’re looking for things to do in Forrest, whether alone, with a partner, with the kids or in a group, we can recommend the best activities and unmissable stops in the local area.

Our café in Forrest is the perfect first stop on your trip. We’ll sort you out with our huge range of free brochures and maps of the area, ensuring you don’t miss out on any of the popular local attractions.

Whether you’re looking for the best food, drink or places to see, our friendly local staff are here to help!

Things to do in Forrest

Located just 30 minutes from the Great Ocean Road, Forrest is famous as the gateway to the Otway Ranges – and our town is proud to live up to its name. Take in stunning scenery with a huge range of hiking and bush walking trails through gorgeous natural landscapes – and many trails are also dog-friendly, so you can bring your best friend along with you.

Kids and adults alike will love the chance to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife – you might see koalas, rosellas, king parrots, cockatoos, echidnas, platypus, possums, kangaroos and wallabies!

As well as self-guided rail trail walking tours, special fungi tours and bird-watching walks are a great way to see Forrest. Afterwards you can stop in at the Forrest General Store to sample outstanding seasonal produce and take home your own Forrest and Otways souvenirs.

See the Forrest Community Group website for more information about things to do in Forrest, including:

  • local farmers markets, packed with specialty artisan produce and handmade arts and crafts
  • Forrest brewery
  • bike trails
  • horse riding
  • tennis
  • eco tours
  • local festivals.

Forrest General Store is also proud to be involved with the Women of the Otways social group. We hold a get together at the store the first Friday of every new season, where everyone brings a plate of food and enjoys a chance to meet new people and catch up with old friends.

Please contact us, or take a look at our Forrest tourism information news for details about upcoming events. We also provide catering for Forrest events.