Artillery Rocks Lookout (Great Otway National Park)

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Artillery Rocks Lookout (Great Otway National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed

Restrictions

  • No fires permitted
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • No camping
  • No firearms allowed
  • No drones without a permit

Warnings

  • Water hazards
    • Rough Surf
    • Strong currents
  • Terrain hazards
    • Uneven ground
    • Unstable cliffs
  • Other warnings
    • Unpatrolled area
    • Vehicles

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

Seasonal road closures 2022

Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate from after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

Aire River West campground- winter site closures

Due to wet conditions sites 17 to 40 (known as "the flats") at the Aire river West campground will be closed until November 1st 2022. 

Aire River East Campground - winter closure

Due to unseasonably wet weather the Aire River East campground will be closed until November 1st 2022. Site are available at the Aire west campground

Kalimna Tramline Trail Closed

This walking track is closed due to damage to a pedestrian bridge. Walkers can still access the Lower Kalimna Waterfall via the Kalimna Falls Walking Track, which starts at Sheoak Picnic Area.

Upper Kalimna Walking Trail Closed

Walking trail to Upper Kalimna Falls closed until further notice due to storm damage. Lower Falls remain open.

Upper Kalimna Walking Trail Closed

Walking trail to Upper Kalimna Falls closed until further notice due to storm damage. Lower Falls remain open.

Upper Kalimna Walking Trail Closed

Walking trail to Upper Kalimna Falls closed until further notice due to storm damage. Lower Falls remain open.

Upper Kalimna Walking Trail Closed

Walking trail to Upper Kalimna Falls closed until further notice due to storm damage. Lower Falls remain open.

Cora Lynn Campground Closure

This campground is closed until further notice due to hazardous trees.

Cora Lynn Campground Closure

This campground is closed until further notice due to hazardous trees.

Cora Lynn Campground Closure

This campground is closed until further notice due to hazardous trees.

Cora Lynn Campground Closure

This campground is closed until further notice due to hazardous trees.

Lifejackets Required For Rock Fishers from March 1, 2022

A two-year trial of new laws that require rock fishers to wear a lifejacket at high-risk locations will commence on 1 March 2022.
 
For Great Otway National Park this includes:
  • Artillery Rocks, west of Lorne
  • The rock platform opposite Sheoak Falls, south of Lorne

This factsheet includes maps of the affected areas.
 
Fines apply if you don’t wear a lifejacket at these sites.
 
To find out more, visit Victorian Fisheries Authority 

Maits Rest Carpark- bus access

Maits Rest Carpark is suitable for small coaster buses only. Large buses or coaches are advised to use Melba Gully walk track near Lavers Hill.

Melba Gully - Large bus access

Melba Gully Walk Track and picnic area is accessible for large coaches. Toilet facilities are available on site

Melba Gully - Large bus access

Melba Gully Walk Track and picnic area is accessible for large coaches. Toilet facilities are available on site

Slippery wet conditions & Hooded Plover breeding season

Please be aware that due to above average rainfall over successive seasons (due to La nina), conditions on some sections of the Great Ocean Walk are wetter, muddier & more slippery than usual (particularly under closed canopy within rainforest, areas vulnerable to run off & subject to waterlogged soils). 

Walkers are advised to wear footwear appropriate for the anticipated conditions, note weather & tidal variations, take care when hiking and allow additional time to reach their destinations.
 
Upgrading sections of the walk is ongoing (raised boardwalks, track and drainage works), with areas of planned works having been completed, others are ongoing and some have been post-poned due to the wet conditions. 
 
Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Additionally, with the commencement of the breeding season of the critically endangered Hooded Plover, walkers may encounter individuals or pairs of these small ground nesting birds, chicks & eggs on beaches along the Great Ocean Walk.

Please take care to avoid disturbing or harming Hooded Plovers by being observant, walking below the previous high tide line and noting relevant signage & temporary fencing when encountered.

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