Grade 3

Cape Otway to Aire River Hike (10km)

Great Otway National Park



4 hrs

Grade 3

One Way





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Cape Otway to Aire River Hike (10km)

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Cape Otway to Aire River Hike (10km)

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Cape Otway to Aire River Hike (10km)

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Cape Otway to Aire River Hike (10km)

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  • Avatar of Darren Edwards Darren Edwards Trail Author

    It was a beautiful 10km hike with some lovely choices along the way. I definitely recommend a pre-hike lighthouse tour. The beach route towards Rainbow Falls sounded tempting, but I opted for the cliff-top walk for the panoramic views – and they were incredible, especially from Escarpment Lookout. The final descent to the Aire River was easy to follow, and the campground facilities were a welcome sight after a few hours on the trail. This is a great grade 3 hike – perfect for anyone looking for a scenic coastal walk with some variety.

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