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Lake Elizabeth is a picturesque lake near Forrest. The Lake Elizabeth Circuit is short but is a really beautiful hike and well worth the visit. The lake was formed due to a landslide, giving it a unique character.
The hike is approx 1km to the first viewpoint of the lake. Many people turn back here, but the circuit around the lake is well worth doing. You will see the route to your right once arriving at the lake. It is roughly 2km around the lake. Once you have completed the circuit return back along the original track to return to the car park.
Lake Elizabeth is hidden deep in the Otways. Discover its inspiring beauty with heavily timbered flanks and calm waters punctuated by the trunks of dead trees, drowned when the valley was flooded more than 50 years ago to form this "perched lake". The elusive platypus can be found in the waters of the lake - wake up early or head to Lake Elizabeth at dusk to catch a glimpse of these shy Australian natives.
There is a campground situated on the bank of the east branch of the Barwon River sheltered by tall Eucalyptus trees. A scenic 20 minute walk takes you to Lake Elizabeth.
About the region
Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay, along the world-famous Great Ocean Road and up through the Otways hinterland. Discover windswept coastlines and breathtaking waterfalls in tall mountain forests, walk the iconic Great Ocean Walk, immerse yourself in the Otway Lightstation's history, or surf some of the best breaks in Australia. Enjoy the great outdoors and explore the wonders of the Great Otway National Park. Great Otway National Park is in southern Victoria, Australia. It covers rugged coastland, beaches and the mountains of the Otway Ranges. Waterfalls dot the park, including the 3 cascades of Triplet Falls. Boardwalks lead through temperate rainforest at Maits Rest. The 1848 Cape Otway Lightstation perches on cliffs overlooking Bass Strait. Great Ocean Walk leads through the park to the Twelve Apostles rock formations.
From Melbourne head to the village of Forrest via M1, C135 and C119. Once at Forrest follow the signs to Lake Elizabeth via Kaanlang Rd (it is well signposted).
The circuit can be done either way, but it best done anti clockwise (head right when arriving at the lake) as this has the nest approach to views of the lake.
Max elevation: 279 m
Min elevation: 226 m
Total climbing: 270 m
Total descent: -274 m