Lake Elizabeth

Lake Elizabeth, Forrest: Hours, Address, Lake Elizabeth Reviews: 4.5/5

Lake Elizabeth
4.5
Bodies of Water • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Ray
Adelaide, Australia15 contributions
Feb. 2022 • Friends
We came to the Otways for bushwalking and birdwatching and saw Lake Elizabeth on the recommended list. At the end of the day it was worth the visit but only because we had those specific goals. If you're going for the purpose of seeing nice scenery you may be disappointed. The lake is pretty but not mindblowingly so.

The road in from Forrest is unsealed and an uncomfortable drive in a 2WD, but more than doable as evidenced by the large number of normal cars in the car park (including ours). Be prepared to get bumped around.
The car park was chockers at lunchtime so try to get in early.

There are 3 walks you can do - the main walk from the car park to the lake takes about 30 minutes and is quite busy, there is also a steep section so you need to be reasonably fit.
The beach walk is a part of the loop around the lake, and I would recommend both if you're into immersing yourself in nature. The path winds through the forest surrounded by tall ferns, the air smells great and fresh! It takes an extra 30 minutes to get to the "beach" (don't expect a beach like you would get by the sea), and the whole loop takes about an hour.
We spent a day there as we were looking for birds, you could knock it over in half a day easy.

As a birdwatching spot it was a little disappointing, lots of brown thornbills and not much else. Did see a satin bowerbird in the carpark on the way back.
Written 20 February 2022
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Simon B
City of Greater Geelong, Australia2,363 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Family
My Dad turned 80 recently and told him about this beauty of a walk.
“Just a little hill in the middle” he teasingly echoed my earlier introduction as we stopped to catch breath.
Worth the mild/moderate effort. Beautiful fern glades shade most of the track - perfect in summer.
The opening “Narnia”-like view of Lake Elizabeth did wow my Dad. Quite the nature vista.
Returning to car, he acknowledged “that was a great walk”.
Written 23 January 2022
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dk060
Melbourne, Australia24 contributions
Nov. 2021
Very beautiful place. Appears that canoe trips not currently operating. Well worth the walk in to see the lake.
Written 24 December 2021
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AzandKiks
Footscray, Australia97 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Beautiful bush walk. We did the loop and would recommend doing it over the out and back to the “beach”.

The path was muddy after a lot of local rain but still very enjoyable.
Written 21 June 2021
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NorthStar683198
Tasmania, Australia2 contributions
Apr. 2021
Over priced, per adult - no arranged transport available.
Not guaranteed to see a platypus over Easter period so do not book then.
To early for seeing glow worms at dusk till winter.
No dawn tours which are the best time to see platypus as the rest of the day they hunt for food and guaranteed some of your own sightings .
Guides requirements come first and never available during the day to answer questions.
Online booking and payments by credit card may not get your money back if disappointed, 24hr cancellation before the tour and your money back.
Really bad coffee.
Lake Cara is more spectacular than this lake and lots of trout and platypus sightings. dead trees also in this lake but easy access for your own canoe without using an awkward guide.
Written 19 April 2021
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Avi_Shaul
Melbourne, Australia517 contributions
Jan. 2021
If tent camping with drop toilets and no drinking water is your theme than do not miss this one. Located within 10 min unsealed drive from Forest, this campground offer about 20 well maintained sites, fire pits and benches among surrounding by trees and ferns. About 1km walk will take you to the breathtaking lake Elizabeth (about 3 km to walk around it) with birds and platypus! The whole experience was extremely positive and highly recommend. A few notes about the logistics. Cars can not be parked next to the sites and we used the bottom 15 min unloading parking to get our stuff from the car. It is not a big deal and you can use a dolly if you have one.
Written 8 January 2021
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Barb C
Geelong, Australia513 contributions
Nov. 2020
We loved bush walking to this unique lake. Try and be quiet and still when you arrive and you may see platypus feeding late in the afternoon. The track is quite irregular and has many uneven sections, so proper footwear and an ability to manage various gradients is essential. The story of how the lake came about is interesting and the whole return walk is well worth the effort. Highly recommended.
Written 30 December 2020
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Simon B
City of Greater Geelong, Australia2,363 contributions
Nov. 2020 • Family
A beautiful short walk (but decent hill climbs on way) to a lake view
almost like a children’s story scene. Dead trees rising out of calm waters.
Forest bound, gentle and calming, the lake is a magic place of peace.
Written 25 November 2020
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rahoo
11 contributions
Sep. 2020 • Family
Was a little slippery and takes about an hour (if you stop and look at the lake for a fair while) hilly but beautiful! The new growth from the recent sun and rain was speccy
Written 27 September 2020
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Barry D
Melbourne, Australia169 contributions
Nov. 2019
Great spot for a break or a picnic lunch after your walk from the car park. You can continue through the surrounding forest to the coast from this spot
Written 4 February 2020
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