The hinterland areas of the Otways, including the towns of Forrest and Birregurra, are the third largest volcanic plain in the world. This geology gives the whole area a fertility, lushness and undulating hills that make it pretty as a picture.
Birregurra is a central point for the produce being grown in the surrounding Otway districts. Food produced in these hills has a freshness and honesty rarely found in modern products. The town itself is charming, with wonderfully restored facades on buildings giving it a historic and reminiscent feeling.
Forrest has become a hub for mountain bike activity in the region, with purpose built mountain bike trails and a series of associated events throughout the year. It also has a boutique brewery, quirky local cafe and a diverse and eclectic calendar of events.
The nearby West Barwon Reservior is popular with walkers and fishermen. A local tour operator conducts canoe tours on Lake Elizabeth that consistently spot the shy and elusive platypus. Walks, waterfalls and scenic drives extend in every direction from this wonderfully positioned piece of the Otways.
Gellibrand is picturesquely located close to the Gellibrand River. It is central to many of the walks and waterfalls in the Otways, has great fishing in the river and is on the Old Beechy Trail for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders.