Aire & Hordern Vale Settled in the late
1800s, the small community of Horden Vale lies close
to Cape Otway, above the Aire River valley. Flanked
on the ocean side by the Otways National Park, the community
consists of farmhouses, holiday cottages and a local
Three kilometres south lies the Aire River mouth.
This estuary, emanating from one of the oldest rivers
in the world, was home to the Katabanut (King Parrot)
Koori people, until their massacre in 1848. The estuary
is one of the most intact in Australia, with vast
tracts of water reeds and incredible ocean and forest
Swimming is safe, fishing is fruitful, while canoeing
is an excellent way to experience the sheer tranquillity
and beauty of the river and estuary wetlands.
There are a number of walking tracks in the area,
including the Great Ocean Walk along the spectacular