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    Day Trips Around Cape Otway / Aire Valley / Hordon Vale

    Hi All,

    The beloved and I are having a week of Christmas cheer and staying in Hordon Vale.

    Too much cheer makes me a fat boy so I'd love to do a couple of day trips in the Defender. We don't want anything too extreme as it will be just the two of us. We will have a Hema with us, max tracks, compressor etc but no winch.

    Any advice on some good tracks?
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    Are you camping at Glenaire? It can be pretty crowded in the peak season.

    A couple of suggestions for day trips.......

    Head up to the Beech Forest area, thereís a few good walks to waterfalls if thatís your thing. You can head back to the coast via bush tracks. Thereís a small plantation of giant Redwoods next to the bridge over the Aire River, near Hopetoun Falls.

    From Lavers Hill, head west on the Great Ocean Road and turn off to Moonlight Head. Along this gravel road you can turn right onto Old Coach Road. This will take you right through to Princetown, then itís not far if you want to go through to Port Campbell.
    Old Coach Road is a good fun track, nothing too hard, unless itís very wet. Any track in the Otway area can become difficult when wet.

    Cheers Murray
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    Quote Originally Posted by rijidij View Post
    Are you camping at Glenaire? It can be pretty crowded in the peak season.

    Any track in the Otway area can become difficult when wet.

    Cheers Murray
    Awesome. Thanks Murray.

    We're staying in an AirBnB about 5km out from Glenaire. Its a bit further up the river from the campground. Where we are has a couple of kayaks so I will paddle down the river and have a look around. I'll take a spinning and fly rod too. Plan isn't really to catch anything - just stand by a river doing something (other than drink beer!)

    I'll take the wet conditions on notice. I'll also take the Max Tracks just in case.

    Cheers,

    Andrew
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    Yeah, we've paddled the Aire River in both directions from the campground. I highly recommend paddling right to the beach, it's pretty spectacular down there, not a swimming beach though, it's pretty treacherous.

    If you've never been to Port Campbell, there's a lot more to it than just the Twelve Apostles you see on TV all the time. Lochard Gorge is my favorite, and there's plenty of other sites to see.

    Cheers, Murray
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