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Forrest Facilities

Fuel is not available in Forrest – the closest petrol station is 35 minute away in Colac

Cash out is not available in Forrest – the closest ATM is 35 minute away in Colac

Forrest General Store has some basic/specialty provisions – Do the bulk of your camp shopping before you come as limits stock is avail (tinned food, bread, milk, pasta etc no fresh produce)

Cafe’s, Breweries, Coffee Dens and more……..

Forrest and surrounds has a reputation for quality in every way…..  So be sure to check out Forrest’s foodie attractions… meander along the streets and enjoy  boutique beer at the Forrest Brewing Company, a sublime Palestinian feast at De Teta, for a wonderful sweet treat visit the new Platypi Choclate or grab a latte, homemade pastry, salad rolls & groceries at Forrest General Store.

Then head for the hills and experience the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Elizabeth

With the iconic Great Ocean Road and Great Otway National Park just a short distance away, there’s plenty to enjoy.

For more information on Forrest, the Otway Ranges and the Great Ocean Road region visit:

Forrest Brewing Company, Grant St Forrest – offers cafe style relaxed meals and great beer – bookings essential

Forrest General Store, Grant St Forrest –  fresh and delcious pantry provisions, coffee, cake and lunch

The Terminus HotelStation St Forrest – great pub grub, bar & bottle shop – bookings essential

De Teta (authentic Palestinian), Grant Street Forrest

Platypi Chocolate, Grant Street Forrest


A wide range of accommodation surrounds Forrest and we recommend you stay in Forrest and surrounds for easy access to the start, and to enjoy the wonderful Otway hospitality.

As the Run Forrest coincides with the Forrest Lovely & Local Market  we suggest you book early.

Cabin and camping options Forrest Holiday Park

Forrest Guest House –

And the I am Otways website lists plenty of  accommodation from Forrest, The Otways, Apollo Bay to Colac plus more of  What to See & What to do….While in the area

Forrest Lovely & Local Market

The Forrest Lovely and Local Market will take the place of the famous SoupFest just for this year, with a variety of hot food, local produce, art and crafts on offer.

It will be smaller than the SoupFest, and back at the old venue in Forrest at the Public Hall, catering for runners in the RunForrest event and their supporters as well as locals and visitors making the most of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Funds raised will go towards maintenance of the Forrest Public Hall and other community groups.


Beautiful Lake Elizabeth Walk – approx 10km from Forrest

Stevenson’s Falls – approx 15km from Forrest

Forrest Mountain Bike Park-

Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

Run Forrest Trail Run & Southern Exposure proudly acknowledge the Gulidjan and Gadubanud peoples as the traditional custodians of the Colac Otway Region. We acknowledge that the Run Forrest Trail Run is located and conducts business upon lands of the Gulidjan and Gadubanud people.

We pay our respects to their Ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship to their traditional lands, which continue to be important to them today and into the future.