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Located on the shores of Colac Lake and the gateway to the Great Otway National Park, Colac is a lively regional centre close to some of Victoria's most-loved natural attractions. Spend summer months around Lake Colac, canoeing, kayaking and waterskiing. For adventure pursuits on dry land, bring your mountain bike and tackle the purpose-built single track in Forrest, offering more than three days of riding. Enjoy a little retail therapy on the streets of Colac. Browse country gift boutiques and specialty stores, stock up at community markets and cool off in the beautiful botanic gardens. Lose yourself in the natural beauty of the Otways, with its towering trees and dense fern glades. Camp out under the stars, bushwalk to cascading waterfalls, and explore stunning beaches and rainforest. Make your way to inspiring Lake Elizabeth hidden deep in the forest. Look out for the elusive platypus and paddle across the calm waters, punctuated by the trunks of dead trees, drowned when the valley was flooded more than 50 years ago. The Otways hinterland boasts a unique combination of aspect, soils, climate and farming practices that produce distinctive and exceptional flavours. Sample the tantalising local produce, wines and beers along the Otways Harvest Trail all the way to Apollo Bay and the 12 Apostles.