Friends of Eastern Otways (Great Otway National Park) is a local group auspiced by Parks Victoria

The Friends of Eastern Otways are people who share an interest in the natural environment and who would like to learn more about the Great Otway National Park and its flora and fauna. The Friends are committed to protecting the Park for all to appreciate and enjoy, working in partnership with the Department of Sustainability and Environment, and Parks Victoria. The Friends are involved in a variety of environmental projects each year:

  • Protection of flora and fauna biodiversity through removal of environmental weeds and planting indigenous species where appropriate.
  • Monitoring flora and fauna within the Park through surveys, spotlighting activities and the use of remote cameras.
  • Developing community awareness of values of the Great Otway National Park through walks in various areas.
  • Developing community awareness of the national park system through visiting other nearby parks.

Margaret MacDonald
PO Box 160 Aireys Inlet 3231
Phone 5289 6326, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Newsletter: Quarterly
November 2016 Newsletter
August 2016 Newsletter
May 2016 Newsletter
February 2016 Newsletter pages 1-5, pages 6-10 (except p. 7)
November 2015 Newsletter pages 1-4, pages 5-6
August 2015 Newsletter
May 2015 Newsletter
February 2015 Newsletter
November 2014 Newsletter and Anglesea Heathlands brochure
August 2014 Newsletter
May 2014 Newsletter
February 2014 Newsletter
November 2013 Newsletter
August 2013 Newsletter
May 2013 Newsletter
February 2013 Newsletter
November 2012 Newsletter
August 2012 Newsletter
May 2012 Newsletter


End of Year Celebrations at Moggs Creek Picnic Ground 10 December 2016
Pt Addis Excursion 19 November 2016
Grassland Exploration Day 30 October 2016

Visit to Werribee Zoo 19 August 2016
Fungi excursion at Grey River 16 July 2016
Annual Koala Survey 16 June 2016
Great Otway walk (Shelly Beach to Marengo) 21 May 2016
Little Aire & Triplet Falls walk Saturday 16 April 2016
Ironbark Gorge walk 19 March 2016
End of Year Celebration 12 December 2015

Mammal Survey at Reedy Creek Track and walk to Kelsall’s Rock 21 November 2015
Wildflower walk 17 October 2015
Annual Koala count 18 July 2015

Sabine Falls walk 15 August 2015

Ironbark Drive and Zig-Zag Track through heathlands 20 June 2015
Visit to Mt Rothwell Conservation and Research Centre 16 May 2015
Currawong Falls Track/Commemorative Ceremony for Claire Roberts’ Seat Saturday April 18

Lemonade Creek walk 21 March 2015
End of Year Celebration 13 December 2014
Mammal Survey and Walk at Forrest November 15 2014
Wildflower Walk in Anglesea Heath October 18 2014
Loves Track, Trig Point, Currawong Falls Track to Distillery Creek Picnic Ground walk August 16 2014
2014 Koala Count July 19 2014
Excursion to Melbourne Museum June 21 2014
Big Hill and Reedy Creek Track Walk and Mammal Survey May 17 2014
Visit to Bat Cave near Cumberland River and walk in Kennett River area April 9 2014
Visit to Cape Otway Ecological Centre and Walk from Bimbi Park to Cape Otway Lighthouse March 15 2014
President's Report 2013
End of Year Celebration 14 December 2013
Mammal Survey & Walk to Kelsall’s Rock 16 November 2013
Wildflower walk in Brisbane Ranges 19 October 2013
Friends' Display at ANGAIR WILDFLOWER SHOW September 21 & 22 2013
Kalimna Falls Walk 17 August 2013
Koala Count Grey River June 15 2013
The intrepid seven get to the Cumberland Cascades  May 18 2013
Visit to Lake Elizabeth April 21 2013
Surf Coast Walk  Point Roadknight to Aireys Inlet  March 16 2013
AGM February 2013
President's Report
End of Year Celebration Friends of Eastern Otways/ANGAIR
Mammal Survey and walk in Ironbark Gorge November 17
Wildflower Walk October 20
Currawong Falls Walk August 18
National Tree Day 27 July 2012
Helping Out 24 July 2012
Visit to Friends of Buckley Falls 15 July 2012
Annual Koala Survey 16 June 2012
World Environment Day 5 June 2012
Distillery Creek to Moggs Creek Walk 19 May 2012
Visit to Cape Otway Centre for Conservation Ecology 21 April 2012
Secondary School Students help out at Moggs Creek
Weeding on Anglesea Heathlands
Grassy Creek Walk
New Distillery Creek Interpretive Signage
End of Year Celebration 2011
Wildflower Walk 15 October 2011
Mammal Survey

Proposed Program of Events 2016
(further details can be found in Events section of website)

Mammal survey and walk
Saturday November 19 at 9.30am
Contact: Alison 0400 570 229
Meet at Ironbark Basin Carpark, Pt Addis Road, Pt Addis. Bring morning tea and lunch.

We will place the cameras near the carpark before a walk through the Ironbark Basin. No recent surveys have been conducted in the area and it will be interesting to see what is there.


December 10 – End of year BBQ – Moggs Creek 

Combined activity with Angair and Parks Vic.
Meet at the Moggs Creek Picnic Ground at 10am.
Enjoy a guided short walk around the Moggs Creek circuit track where there is always a wealth of flora and many birds to observe or hear. Or just come to the Picnic Ground to join us for lunch at 12 noon.
Meat, sauce and bread provided. BYO salads, sweets, drinks, plates, glasses, cutlery and chair.


Friday January 6 at 8.30pm
Contact Margaret on 0412 652 419 if you are interested in joining us for this walk.
Meet at Moggs Creek Picnic Ground.


Sunday, February 12, at 2pm
Angair Natural History Centre, McMillan St Anglesea.

Environmental Weeding

Tuesdays 9.30am–11.00am
Contact: Margaret 0412 652 419
December 13 & February 14 at 9.30am
Meet at carpark on Great Ocean Road where road leads down to beach carpark at Urquhart Bluff. We will continue to work on infestation of Flax-leaf Broom (a weed of National Significance). A visit to a local coffee shop in Anglesea will follow the weeding activities.

Mammal Surveys

Mammal surveys are usually carried out on the first Tuesday of each month following our Committee meetings.  
We are always pleased to welcome any people interested in our indigenous fauna to participate in these activities. Naturally we are keen to photograph rare and threatened species and a minimum of feral animals, but whatever animals we do locate are adding to the overall picture of the fauna population in the Park. Please make contact to find meeting place and approximate meeting time.  
Contact: Patrick Flanagan 0437 561 702

Please note that this is a proposed program and is subject to change.  Make sure you read Forthcoming Events in current Newsletters.  Additional activities may also be advertised through the Newsletters.


Events Calendar


Tue 9:00am - 12:00pm


Thu 9:00am - 12:00pm


Fri 7:30pm - 9:30pm


Sat 9:30am - 1:30pm


Sun 9:30am - 11:00am

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