Maits Rest Rainforest Trail – The Great Ocean Road

Maits Rest Rainforest Trail – The Great Ocean Road

May 2022

Maits Rest Rainforest Trail – The Great Ocean Road

Maits Rest Rainforest Trail is a stop of the Great Ocean Road located in the Great Otway National Park. Since we did not have multiple days to explore Great Otway National Park and the longer tails offered, we decided to include this rainforest walk on our drive. Maits Rest Rain forest is a relaxing and easy 800m loop through the rainforest.

Not a bad theme for this drive, we found our car as the only car in the lot and enjoyed a private stroll through the rainforest. The trees here are enormous – giant trees over 300 years old and wildlife dating back to the dinosaurs!

With all the rain, the rainforest really glowed and it was a great time to admire all the plant life. Giant trees both in height and in width, some with holes that could fit an entire family in them. While it is possible to spot wild life on the walk such as wallabies, koalas, and grey kangaroos, I think they were all hiding from the crazy weather.

About half way through the walk, the hail returned and it felt like it came back with a vengeance – we hurried out speed to a run to make it back to the car as we were pelted with hail. When it stopped, we noticed the rain forest was covered in hail – the most interesting spot being collected on top of the ferns – like the hail is waiting to cover the rim of a margarita glass.

We certainly finished the loop in record time given the portion of running we did and were back to the car in just over 20 minutes.

Enjoy our pictures from the Maits Rest Rainforest Trail!

Continue reading about our journey on the Great Ocean Road – here!


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