Forrest is a small town of around 200 residents. Originally established around the hard wood logging industry, there are many old disused mill sites the show the heritage of the area.
There is a pub with everything you would expect to find in a pub. For a really great meal you can't go past the Forrest Country Guest House, which has an ever changing menu that incorporates local produce as much as they can.
Many accomodation options including a the caravan park, which caters to families with unpowered camping sites. A milk bar/post office, and a soon to open Micro Brewery and cafe (late 2010)..
The town also plays host to many festivals year round with the focal point being the Forrest Community House.
The Otway Odysseyand Kona 24 hour MTB races are held here each year as well.
Once you are here, there are plenty of activities to get into.
- Mountain biking
- Road cyling - great for hill training
- Lake Elizabeth for bush walking and platypus sightings
- Drives around the surrounding area - Lorne, Apollo Bay, Gellibrand
- Beechy Rail trail that leaves from Colac to Beech Forrest
- Otway Fly
- Fishing and surfing
- Great family picnic/BBQ set up at the West Barwon Dam in Forrest
- Berry farms and wineries in Deans Marsh area
There is limited grocery shopping in Forrest, the nearest supermarket is in Winchelsea, Colac or Apollo Bay, however the Forrest General Store stocks a good range of essentials. There is also a great little town called Birregurra just 20 minutes drive north, which also has a good strip shopping precinct.
Closest fuel is available in Barwon Downs - 7km away.
Cafes & Restaurants: The Forrest Country Guest House has become known as one of the best restaurants in the Otways. Apollo Bay is a 40 minute drive and also offers a good range of alternatives.
Mobile coverage is extremely limited in the Otway region, even with Telstra Next G service.