If you want to get an inexperienced friend addicted to mountain biking, introduce them to this little beauty. It is also ideal to ride with the family. Starting at the Yaugher Trailhead also makes it possible for more experienced people to do a loop with others before heading onto the more challenging trails.
The ride has a good smooth dirt surface and it twists and turns through very beautiful grass trees and ferns. There are just enough small climbs and descents, narrow passages and turns to give a real flavor of mountain biking. Local guide maps describe ‘Barre Warre’, meaning ‘from hills to sea’, as the indigenous source of the name ‘Barwon’. Barwon Heads is today more likely associated with the name Cadel Evans, Australia’s first winner of the Tour de France. An added bonus with this Barre Warre ride is the view down to Forrest and the Barwon River valley beyond.
The ride starts at the Yaugher Trailhead. Look for the sign marked Trail 14 just to the left of the main trailhead area.
Food and Drink
You can get coffee, breakfast, lunch, a range of snacks, gourmet meats and cheeses and ice cream from the Forrest General Store in the main street between 8am - 5pm everyday. Playpi Chocolate, situated across the road from the Forrest trailhead, is the place to try a hot chocolate, fabulous coffee, a tasty cafe-style lunch or jump straight into a delicious dessert or chocolate open 10am -5pm daily. For dinner check out The Forrest Brewery in the main st for great beer and informal, locally sourced food paired with their craft beer, local wines and freshly roasted coffee, open Sunday- Wednesday 9am-5pm, Thursday 9am-9pm and Friday- Saturday 9am- 10pm. The Terminus Hotel in Station Street for a good pub feed and friendly atmosphere, open daily for lunch and dinner. Grocery shopping in the town of Forrest is limited so it pays to stock up before you come. The Forrest general store has a range of essentials but for super-
market shopping stop at Colac or Winchelsea on the way.
Plenty of cycle-friendly accommodation right in Forrest catering for campers, families, singles, and groups. Check out Airb&b or Stayz. Camping available at The Wonly Stables Caravan Park.
Visit Forrest Hire Bikes in the main street next to The General Store for maps of the trail network, along with information on local tourist attractions.
Suggested side trips include:
* Join a Paddle with the Platypus tour with Otway Eco Tours at Lake Elizabeth
• Drive down to the coast to Apollo Bay
• Ride or drive to Lake Elizabeth car park, then enjoy a 20-30 minute walk down to the lake
• Try the local beers at the brewery
• Check out West Barwon Reservoir
* Tree Tops Adventure
* Stevensons Falls located at the end of a gravel rd approx 6km from Barramunga which is about 15 minutes drive from Forrest towards the coast.
• Great road cycling opportunities. The annual Amy’s Gran Fondo ride travels through this area.
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