Wildlife Land Trust / Sanctuaries / VIC / The Source, Otways

The Source is a must-see stop on the Great Ocean Road for anyone interested in nature or spirituality: a place to rest, explore and connect with yourself, loved ones and the pristine wilderness. Set amongst the towering giant redwoods and ferns of Otways, The Source offers a spectacular rainforest adventure complete with all the luxuries and comforts you’ll need.

Hosts Vita and Fabian offer revitalising nature immersion experiences such as Shinrin-Yoku (forest bathing), rewilding, walking meditation, bushcraft skills and Shamanic Drum Journeys as well as sacred ceremonies such as Vision Quest facilitation and women’s circles. Those interested in conservation will love getting their hands dirty with bush regeneration and community gardening opportunities.

Victoria and Fabian Plaksins are the owners of The Source, Otways; a property situated in Tanybryn, approximately 15km northeast of Apollo Bay, Victoria. The property is a wildlife-friendly accommodation surrounded by pristine rainforest, and the owners offer guided wildlife tours and experiences for guests. Victoria and Fabian intend to continue encouraging guests to reconnect with nature through wilderness immersion experiences such as forest therapy and wilderness rites.

The property covers approximately 60 hectares of old-growth temperate rainforest intersected by Skenes Creek. Vegetation is largely dominated by giant redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), ferns and eucalypts.

The property provides habitat for an abundance of wildlife including wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax), koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), snakes and a variety of birds. The endangered Otways black snails (Victaphanta compacta) are also found on the property. Non-native species such as red foxes (Vulpes vulpes), wild pigs (Sus scrofa), fallow deer (Dama dama) and rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) are also present.

Contact the owner

This sanctuary has been listed by Victoria and Fabian Plaksins who can be contacted by phone on +61 416 877 994 or hello@vitaya.com.au