Colac Otway Web

Kennett River

Kennett River nestled in the Otway Ranges
In 1882, Alex and Donald MacRae of Birregurra, with their cousin Alex MacLennan of Barwon Downs, Rode from Lorne along the coast looking for a suitable place for farming and fishing. The MacRae brothers settled in Wye, and McLennan went on 5km to Kennet River. The second 't' in Kennett was added in the 1960's when the towns sign was miss-spelt. They cut tracks from their holdings through the Otway ranges to Forrest but the difficulty of access led them to abandon the settlements after a few years.
Where the Otways meet the ocean on the Great Ocean the Kennett River Caravan Park is located right across the road from the beach nestled amid the gums at the foot of the Otways. A peaceful family park with shaded, sheltered grassy sites. Koalas, parrots, kookaburras and other wildlife abound. A walk up the river reveals the most spectacular rain forrest, small waterfalls and fishing spots popular with trout fisherman. Overhead view of the beach.
Bridge over the Kennett River.

PLACES OF INTEREST:
Scully Mill Farm: Open daily. Studio, gallery, etc. - Harrington Memorial Park - Old Grave 5km. east of town between the Great Ocean Road and the Southern Ocean

Several interesting walks. - Artillery Rocks - Point Sturt - Macrocystis Kelp Forest and the Historic photographs in the Rookery Nook Pub are worth seeing.

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