In search of a fearsome beast in the Otway Ranges!

A carnivorous loathsome beast hides in the rainforest in the Otway Ranges. It uses stealth and cunning to find its prey then devours them slowly. That’s what convinced Fifty Toes that they had to track one down and capture it. Using local knowledge we found out what areas it could be found. Driving out of Apollo Bay we found Koalas first at Kennet River. A quick stop for a photograph was required for our top 25 list (more on that later)


After the brief distraction we headed for Maits Rest rainforest walk. We walked as silently as a troop of baboons through the forest, looking everywhere, and just as the kids interest started waning, Oscar let out a cry “I’ve found one!”. Well not quite, but a very small part of one.

We chose a dirt track to take us to another likely site and 20km later we set out on the walk to Beauchamp falls

Beauchamp Falls

Beauchamp Falls

Within minutes our enthusiasm was raised as we started finding evidence of Victaphanta compacta. We laid a bounty down of 2 sweets for the first person to find a live one, and just as we arrived at the falls the cry went up – Amanda found it and with Oscar’s help he emerged with the famous Otway Black Snail in his hands, a species of carnivorous land snail that eats meat. Maybe not such a fearsome beast but a very unusual critter nonetheless. Mission accomplished!

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Categories: Animal Action, Australian Outback, Big Lap, Discover Australia, Explore Australia, Great Ocean Road, Journey Narrative, Kids Travel, National Park, Natural World, Photography | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments

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3 thoughts on “In search of a fearsome beast in the Otway Ranges!

  1. leonie morris

    good spotting 99!!!!


  2. Nicholas Ryan

    John, A mate Andrew Jarvis (1000 drinks owner… You have met home years ago) and also Justine Parents are in and around Apollo Bay. Let me know if you feel like catching up with them…. I’m sure it’s been a while since you’ve seen a house! Nick

    Sent from my iPad



    • Hi Nick
      I remember Andrew and 1000 drinks! Unfortunately we were heading the opposite direction and had already stayed there – lovely place and infested with Koalas which the kids loved
      Hope all is well and Merry Christmas to the family


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