A Perfect Spot to Relax.
The small township of Lavers Hill is the highest point on the Great Ocean Road. We often 'take the back way' from Melbourne and travel through here on our way to 'Glenaire'; our favourite camping spot, which is on the Aire river near Castle Cove. It is also the farthest inland point on the road and there is no shortage of things to see in the town and surrounding areas. 'Lavers' is the perfect spot to break for refreshments, and offers a unique change of scenery in which to enjoy them.
The ever popular Rest Stop.
Actually the area has been a popular place to rest and relax since the 1930's. On the outskirts of town is 'Melba Gully'; a beautiful picnic area surrounded by old growth rainforest. It was frequented by bus tourists who enjoyed refreshments before continuing on the journey from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell. The Tea House is long gone, but the area is as magnificent as ever. While you're here, take a short walk to Big Tree, one of the largest trees still remaining in the region, being over 25m in circumference and over 300 years old.
As you enter the town from the south east, you are greeted by the General Store dead ahead, and Blackwood Gully Tea Rooms to your left. They are both situated on the junction of the Great Ocean Road and Colac-Lavers Hill Road, and offer great food and service. Blackwood Gully has the added attraction of a private rainforest walk to enjoy after your meal.
An Inland Detour
It's at Lavers Hill that you may choose to leave the Great Ocean Road and head inland to experience the Famous Triplet, Hopetoun & Beauchamp waterfalls, near the town of Beech Forest, which is about a 20 minute drive away.
On the way to Triplet Falls, you will pass another popular attraction; Otway Fly. Otway Fly is a Treetop walk through the canopy of a pristine section of rainforest near the falls. The Tree Top Walk is the world's longest and highest. It is 600 metres long and 45 breathtaking metres high at the lookout, and is 500m above sea level. Well worth a visit.
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