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Maits Rest Rainforest Walk, Apollo Bay

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published November 24th 2012
A must stop on any drive down the Great Ocean Road
maits rest rainforest walk apollo bay
Don't drive on by


I heard that locals take their overseas visitors on this particular walk so I figured it must be something special.

So I drove the 15km out of Apollo Bay, along the Great Ocean Road to find it.

maits rest rainforest walk apollo bay
Fronds unfurl


It is definitely another world. It is an Eden, like some prehistoric forest, any moment you expect dinosaurs to come thumping out of the undergrowth.

The fact that some of the growth looked like unicorns and prehistoric plumed birds did nothing to dispel this image.

maits rest rainforest walk apollo bay
What is lurking in the tree? It seems to have claws



maits rest rainforest walk apollo bay
Beauty and wonder


It is a glade covered in enormous Jurassic-type tree ferns. Then lying lying like sleeping giants on the ground or towering above you are gigantic trees. They are so large that some you can even walk through the cavities in their trunks.

maits rest rainforest walk apollo bay
The variety of foliage


Some are over 300 years old. Many tower like skyscrapers but as your eyes continue following the trunk you find that the top of the tree itself has broken off in a storm. When you consider that you are looking up at half a tree it makes their size even more amazing.



The whole walk takes about 30 to 40 minutes depending on your level of fitness. The track can be reasonably steep but because of the short duration of this steepness, and because the path is so well kept most people would not have any trouble using it including children. The track is also stroller friendly and would be possible (but more difficult) with wheelchairs.


maits rest rainforest walk apollo bay
The path




Children would also love all the hidey-hole nooks and crannies in the tree trunks and using their imaginations to make up creatures out of the fallen logs as they walk along.

maits rest rainforest walk apollo bay
A hole in one tree


An attractive meandering board walk protects the moss covered roots and delicate ecosystem but you can still see all this beauty off to the side. But wisely you are prevented from stamping on this delicate almost sacred place.

maits rest rainforest walk apollo bay
The board walk


Dusk is a lovely time to venture out on this walk because of the chorusing birds and sometimes you can even see the swamp wallabies, koalas, ring-tailed possums and grey kangaroos or even the yellow-bellied gliders screaming out as they glide from tree to tree.

maits rest rainforest walk apollo bay
This one reminds me of a prehistoric bird with plumes


Maits rest rainforest walk apollo bay
Giants of the deep forest
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Why? To see the magnificence of nature
When: Dusk is a good time to go
Where: Maits Rest is located 15 minutes west of Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
wonderful pics Nadine ;)
by Joy (score: 3|1904) 2163 days ago
yes, bit of a bummer.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5360) 2208 days ago
It is a fantastic place however there are no toilets.
by j.gru (score: 0|2) 2210 days ago
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