Johanna Beach (left) and the Johanna River valley from the Great Ocean Walk, just west of Johanna Beach (right).

Local attractions

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Blue Johanna Cottages is an ideal spot to just kick back and relax, enjoying our comfortable accommodation, lush gardens and wildlife. Or you can use it as a base to explore our rugged coastline and the attractions of the Otway Ranges.

Johanna Beach

Johanna was named after a schooner which was wrecked here in 1843. The spectacular beach has a broad expanse of sand, perfect for long walks with the dog or exploring rock pools at low tide. The powerful surf has long attracted experienced surfers but unfortunately means that the beach is unsafe for inexperienced swimmers.

Great Ocean Walk

Great Ocean Walk website

The Great Ocean Walk starts at Apollo Bay and follows the coastline to Glenample Homestead, near the Twelve Apostles. With seven campsites at regular intervals, the Walk offers 104 km of unparalleled hiking experience, providing access to parts of the coast not seen from the Great Ocean Road. We can offer our guests transport to and from the walk. Please discuss your requirements when making your booking.

The Otway Ranges

The highest rainfall in Victoria and rugged terrain have combined to deliver a pocket of temperate rainforest which is rich in wildlife and lush scenery. The small townships of Lavers Hill and Beech Forest offer a choice of dining options from take-aways to cafés, restaurants or pub meals.

Walking tracks lead through fern gullies to splendid waterfalls, such as Hopetoun and Beauchamp Falls near Beech Forest, while Triplet Falls are close by the Otway Fly Treetop Adventures at Ferguson. Melba Gully, just to the west of Lavers Hill on the Great Ocean Road, is a unique fern gully forest experience.

Waterfalls in the Otway Ranges ... Hopetoun, Triplet and Beauchamp Falls.

Otway Fly Treetop Adventures

Otway Fly website

Located near Triplet Falls on Phillips Track at Ferguson, the Otway Fly Treetop Walk is a one-hour rainforest walk experience which features a 600 m long steel walkway that takes you right into the treetops, the longest and tallest of its type in the world. Unique in Victoria, the Otway Fly Zip Line Tour is a 3.5 hour experience and includes 2.5 hours of Zip Line activity (including training and simulation), 8 cloud stations, 6 flights and 2 suspension bridges and 1 hour for the Treetop Walk.

Cape Otway Lightstation

Cape Otway Lightstation website

Cape Otway Lightstation is the oldest surviving lighthouse in mainland Australia. Perched on the towering cliffs of Cape Otway, it has been in continuous operation since 1848. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse for a spectacular view and explore the Lightstation at your own pace or take a guided tour.

The Otway Fly treetop experience, the Twelve Apostles and the Cape Otway Lightstation.

The Twelve Apostles

Parks Victoria Twelve Apostles website

About an hour west from Johanna on the Great Ocean Road is the Port Campbell National Park, home of a seascape of steep limestone cliffs and rock stacks eroded over many millions of years. The best known are the world-famous Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge, named after a dramatic clipper shipwreck and rescue in 1878.