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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 degustation at Bespoke Harvest, for a wonderful sweet treat visit the new Platypi Choclate or grab a latte and homemade pie at Sallys 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

Forrest Guest HouseGrant 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 Soup Fest we suggest you book early.

Cabin and camping options Forrest Caravan Park– 5236 6275

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

The Forrest Soup Fest

Due to Covid 19 this event has been cancelled

Run Forrest coincides with the Forrest Soup Fest which will also be held on Sunday 13th June from 10am at the Forrest Town Hall. The festival features beautiful beautiful Otway fare including homemade soups, conserves, pickles, cheese, relish, homebrew beers and wines, market stalls, bric a brac and a wide range of free family entertainment including a jumping castle and an animal nursery.


Beautiful Lake Elizabeth Walk – approx 10km from Forrest

Stevenson’s Falls – approx 15km from Forrest

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.