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3 Day Great Ocean walk

Great Ocean walk

Pack Free 3 day walk

The Great Ocean walk is one of Australia's most popular Bucket List walks. Whilst the famous Great Ocean Road doesn’t always follow the coastline, this walk allows you to go where the road doesn’t. To walk the entire Great Ocean Walk from Apollo Bay to the impressive Twelve Apostles is a staggering 104kms, taking around 8 days. Our Great Ocean walking holiday has been carefully curated so that you experience walking the best sections in just 3 days, allowing you to discover its exceptional natural beauty over a long weekend.

On this fantastic 3 day walking holiday you will experience a diversity of natural landscapes from majestic tall forests and coastal heath-lands to a dramatic coastline like no other with the sandstone sea stacks of the Twelve Apostles its impressive finale. Along the way, you will be charmed by the abundant local wildlife you will encounter in this area. It is easy to spot koalas lazing in a gum tree, echidna and wallabies, as well as an array of birdlife.

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Pack Free Experience

Carry as little as your water and lunch

This walking holiday has been designed for those looking for a guided multi-day walking experience where everything is taken care of for you. Our guests won’t be asked to carry their clothes or overnight packs for the entire tour, as our tours are designed to be pack-free experiences. This is a big advantage for our guests, in that you will avoid carrying a heavy rucksack on your back every day. With Life’s An Adventure, you will carry as little as your water bottle,  camera and lunch.

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Alkina Lodge 

Closest luxury accommodation to the trail

Alkina Lodge is the closest luxury accommodation to the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road. This wonderful architecturally designed lodge is ideally set near the heart of the Great Ocean Road amongst the native forest. This contemporary private accommodation has been built with sensitivity to the local landscape and the stunning use of light and space brings a touch of the outdoors inside. Wake up to the sight of kangaroos feeding outside of your bedroom window. Designed by renowned architects, Glenn Murcutt and Wendy Lewin, the lodges were designed to ‘touch this earth ‘lightly’ and maintain a minimal carbon footprint. The lodges are fitted with only the most luxurious of features, including north-facing windows to allow light to pour in, Nespresso coffee machines, Bose entertainment systems, fine European furniture, and a magnificent Villeroy & Boch bathtub with views of the night sky.

It has been designed and built with sensitivity to the local landscape and compliments the surrounding natural environment. Heating is passively solar, supplemented by gas-fired Hydronics, underfloor heating in the bathrooms, as well as the bespoke fireplace.

Each lodge has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. All rooms have King Bed which can be split into twin beds.

Twelve Apostles Helicopter Experience

Wow Factor

Life’s An Adventure always include a wow factor so that you that your journey is a truly inspirational experience. On day 3 we end our walk with a spectacular helicopter flight over one of the most breathtaking coastlines in Australia. From the air, you will marvel at the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, the collapsed London Bridge, The Sentinel, Two Mile Bay and Point Hesse. Note: If you don’t like helicopters we will discount your walk when booking.

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Our personal chefs

preparing fabulous meals featuring local produce

Chef Cindy Leveillee-Goulet is a French Canadian, international chef, and studied the culinary art of haute cuisine in Kingston, Ontario. She and her partner Jordan invite you to sample the local flavours and to sit back as she creates a food experience just for you, or if you are so inclined, to join in on the kitchen fun! The stunning Great Ocean Road and the Otway region is quickly becoming a favourite foodie destination. Special dietary requirements can be catered for.

Personalised Tours

A maximum of 12 guests

Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 12 people. However, if you have a bigger group please contact us for details.

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Our CEO Guides

Chief Experience Officers

We refer to our guides as CEOs – Chief Experience Officers whose aim is to deliver you a world-class walk. We pride ourselves on employing a talented team of passionate CEOs with an enthusiasm for their homeland. They are committed to your safety and have a genuine desire to provide an enriching and memorable walking experience.

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21 Tourism Awards of Excellence

including Australia's best Adventure Tourism Company

Life’s an Adventure have won 21 Tourism Awards of Excellence including the Qantas Australian Tourism Award for Australia’s Best Adventure Company. Awards are great, but our biggest accolade which we value even more, is that our clients come back and travel with us time and time again.

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Genuinely all-inclusive

Nothing more to pay

Our walking tours are all genuinely all-inclusive and once you pay for your tour there are no hidden extras. During your evening meals, you won’t need to put your hand in your pocket to pay for wine as this is included in the price of the tour and on day 3 your stunning helicopter flight is part of your tour package. Even down to the smallest detail has been taken care of, we won’t ask you to pay additional credit card fees.

Flexiwalk

FlexiWalk

Cancel for any Reason Option

FlexiWalk is a new optional Add-On that allows passengers to cancel their tour last minute and not be penalised. Exclusively designed by Life’s An Adventure, this product gives our guests certainty in a time of uncertainty. Click here to find out more details

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Tour Itinerary

Tour Inclusions
3 Day Great Ocean walk

Your 3 day walking holiday includes:

  • Fully supported Pack-Free walk with no overnight packs to carry
  • Helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles
  • 2 nights at Alkina Lodge – architecturally designed accommodation with a touch of luxury
  • 3 delicious lunches to enjoy whilst walking
  • Superb dinners cooked by the resident chef featuring local produce and served with Australian wine
  • 2 x Hot and Cold breakfasts
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy while walking
  • Professionally guided by local guides – Our guides are locals who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
  • Transfers to and from Melbourne CBD
  • No Credit Card Fees
Day One: Melbourne - Parker River to Cape Otway Lighthouse
3 Day Great Ocean walk

SUGGESTED PRE NIGHT ACCOMMODATION: Grand Chancellor Melbourne

DEPARTURE TIME: 7.30am

TRAIL DETAILS: 6kms. 3 hours + additional 1km (1 hour) at Cape Otway. Easy Grade 2. This walk stays high and behind the sea cliff for its full duration except where we descend to beautiful Crayfish Bay for a short break. There are a couple of sets of steps but mostly the track is very gently undulating with a firm, sandy surface.

WALK ITINERARY: Meet your guides at 7.20am at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, 131 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. From here, we transfer to the Great Ocean Road with short stops along the way at Anglesea and Apollo Bay, before arriving at Parker River. Our first walk takes us through to the Cape Otway Lighthouse Precinct, via Point Franklin and Crayfish Bay. Crayfish Bay offers beautiful vistas and rock ledges hiding clear salt-water pools, and is often used for snorkelling and spear-fishing activities. The area used to house some beach shacks, occupied by local fishermen, but these were removed when the area became part of the National Park. This section of the Great Ocean Walk mostly follows the cliff line and affords superb views of the ocean where the foliage clears; we may also see koalas relaxing in the trees. The track is gently undulating, with a firm, sandy surface, interspersed with some sets of wooden steps/staircases. Cape Otway is home to Australia’s oldest continuously operating lighthouse, and we have time to climb to the top of this magnificent structure for spectacular ocean views, as well as the chance to visit the Aboriginal Talking Hut and World War II Bunker. Afterwards, we transfer further west along the coast to our accommodation at the stunning Alkina Lodge. Tonight, following an extensive range of pre-dinner snacks, enjoy dinner prepared by the Lodge’s personal chef, featuring high-quality local produce matched perfectly with wines sourced from the surrounding area. Sit back and enjoy the company of your fellow companions in this modern and stylish accommodation.

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Day Two: Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head. Optional walk: Gables Lookout and Wreck Beach
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TRAIL DETAILS: 13km.  6 hours plus breaks. Medium to Hard Grade. Grade 3 Terrain. This walk commences in a forest setting but becomes progressively steeper as we approach Milanesia Beach. After a short beach walk, there is some steady climbing on a firm track of compacted earth with several sets of steps. It remains undulating in a stable surface for the entire journey today giving the benefit of distant views ahead and behind us.

FLEXIBLE WALKING: Optional longer walk available: there may be an option to add an additional 6km to today’s walk, to finish at Wreck Beach. Please discuss doing this option with your guide on evening of day 1.

WALK ITINERARY: This morning, enjoy a delicious breakfast, before setting out on our day’s walk, which will be the most challenging of the tour. We will depart the lodge at 830am to enable an early start on the trail. You will see spectacular and isolated areas of the Great Ocean Walk, traversing from Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head on an undulating trail that is usually compact and stable. We begin surrounded by beautiful coastal forest as we trend downhill to the isolated tranquility of Milanesia Beach, where a short wander along the sand brings us to our first climb for the day – a steady ascent on a firm track with several sets of steps. The trail continues to undulate on a generally stable surface for the full journey, dissected by gullies, featuring Rough Tree Ferns and other lush flora, as well as drier sclerophyll forests. Our climbs regularly afford us spectacular views along the coast in both directions. An ascent of 138 steps and an additional small climb brings us to one of the official GOW campsites at Ryans Den. Typically our lunch spot, this high point provides an expansive outlook of our surrounds, and the chance to recharge our batteries for the 2nd half of today’s walk. We mostly follow the coastline from here, heading west toward Cape Volney and beyond, alternating between high points and shady gullies, with a final stepped climb to emerge onto Moonlight Head, where we can celebrate our achievements with incredible views once again. With our accommodation located nearby, we can take some time-out to freshen up and enjoy some afternoon tea. Later in the day, we can explore the area a little further, with a visit to nearby Wreck Beach to learn more of the local maritime history and view remnants of past shipwrecks, including well-preserved anchors. This involves approximately 1.5km of additional walking, as well as scaling a series of 300+ steps that lead to and from the beach. Tonight, we’ll again indulge in pre-dinner snacks, followed by another delicious meal prepared by the Lodge’s personal chef. Produce sourced locally will provide the basis for our dinner, and quality wines from the region will complement our dining experience. Relax and enjoy reflecting on your day, and the wonderful experience you shared with your fellow hikers.

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Day Three: Princetown to Gibson’s Steps. 12 Apostles & Helicopter Ride
3 Day Great Ocean walk

TRAIL DETAILS: 6km walk. 3 hours plus breaks. Easy Grade 2. Terrain: Very similar gradient to Day 1 through coastal bushland and the emergence of views from near halfway. Along this section of track, various surface treatments have been used to keep us on a firm footing. Otherwise, it is a firm compacted surface throughout as we approach the Twelve Apostles. Several sets of stone steps are encountered, and at Gibson’s Steps where we view the rock stacks Gog and Magog there are around 50 steps descending to the beach.

WALK ITINERARY: After another hearty breakfast, we depart Alkina Lodge at 830am and drive a short distance west for our final walking experience of the tour: Princetown to Gibson’s Steps/12 Apostles. This dramatically beautiful final section of the walk is a fitting finale to our 3-days, starting on boardwalk that crosses the pristine wetlands of the Gellibrand River, which supports extensive bird and aquatic life. The trail winds through coastal scrub and follows the cliff tops on varying surfaces of compacted earth or board-walked path, providing fabulous views. The spectacular vistas ultimately include the famous Apostles, rising majestically from the Southern Ocean. Created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs over millions of years, the rugged splendour of these ancient sea-stacks is striking to the eye. At Gibson’s Steps, we descend approximately 50 man-made steps to the beach to view the stunning limestone cliffs from below. We also experience a closer view of the impressive sea-stacks of Gog and Magog, not strictly included as Apostles, but worth a look, all the same. On completion of our morning walk, we enjoy a spectacular helicopter flight over the Apostles and surrounding coastline a fabulous way to gain a true perspective of the grandeur of this region. A short drive takes us to Loch Ard Gorge, where we enjoy our final lunch together on the beach, if conditions are suitable. We then return to Melbourne via the inland route, with a short break at the little hamlet of Winchelsea, usually arriving at the Hotel Grand Chancellor at approximately 5.30pm the end of a wonderful journey.

FINISH TIME: Arrive back at the Grand Chancellor Melbourne at approximately 5.30pm

More information on this area: For more information on this area you can visit this local Great Ocean Walk website.

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Tour Availability

We run regular weekly tours from September to mid-May every year. Dates are listed below however availability changes by the hour – to see real-time availability click on the monthly calendar at the bottom of the page and select the month you require. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

SPECIALS
Check below to see if your preferred departure has a specials saving. Conditions apply see pricing page.

PRIVATE GROUPS:
Date of your choice is available for groups of 10 -12 people. Subject to availability. Free Group T’shirts also available – see details.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

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30 Oct 2020AvailableSuper Earlybird Savings
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4 Dec 2020AvailableSuper Earlybird Savings
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$0 Deposit - Book now and pay later + COVID Booking Guarantee

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Looking forward to your next walking holiday? Why just dream when you can start planning now. With some uncertainty when border restrictions and other social restrictions will be eased, our ‘book now, pay later’ offer is designed to ensure you can book your next holiday now without the financial risk + our COVID Booking Guarantee see details below. With a $0 deposit there's never been a better time to book a holiday!

All you need to do is press the 'book now' button below and then select your preferred departure date. Fill in your details and then press submit. When everything opens up and restrictions are eased we will contact you to confirm your tour. For new bookings only. See full conditions on link below.
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PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 10 -12 people can choose the date of their choice subject to availability. Free Group T'shirts also available enquire for details.


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Prices for those doing their first walk with us

DEPARTURES
Oct 2020 to Apr 2021

Super Earlybird Price*…..$1799
Normal Price………………. $2099

*See conditions on our special book now and pay later offer below.
Super Earlybird savings available on all departures only when you pay in full by 10 November 2020. If travelling October & November 2020 full payment is due 5 weeks prior to departure or at time of booking if booking under 5 weeks. Normal Price requires deposit then final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure. 

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DEPARTURES
Oct 2020 to Apr 2021

Super Earlybird Price*…..$1699
Normal Price………………. $1999

*See conditions on our special book now and pay later offer below.
Super Earlybird savings available on all departures only when you pay in full by 10 November 2020. If travelling October & November 2020 full payment is due 5 weeks prior to departure or at time of booking if booking under 5 weeks. Normal Price requires deposit then final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure. 

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Your own Private Group of 10-12 guests

PRIVATE GROUPS
10-12 participants
Departure of your choice subject to availability.


Oct 2020 to Apr 2021
Super Earlybird Price*…..$1699
Normal Price………………. $1999

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Additional Past Passenger discount not available.

*See conditions on our special book now and pay later offer below.
Super Earlybird savings available on all departures only when you pay in full by 10 November 2020. If travelling October & November 2020 full payment is due 5 weeks prior to departure or at time of booking if booking under 5 weeks. Normal Price requires deposit then final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure. 

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The following extras can be purchased with your tour:

FLEXI-WALK ADD-ON
Cancel for Any Reason:

Purchase a FlexiWalk Add-On for normal price tickets and cancel 96 hours prior to departure for any reason. See conditions below for full details.
Price: $209 per person.
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SOLO TRAVELLERS
Solo travellers willing to share a room with someone of the same gender will pay no extra.

Those wanting their own room will need to pay a single supplement cost. Only one room available per tour.
Single Supplement Price: Add $384 for the entire 3 days.

Book Now Pay Later Offer + COVID Booking Guarantee

For terms and conditions on our special COVID-19 Book Now and Pay Later offer click here.

FlexiWalk Option – Cancel for any Reason

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Discount Information

PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. In order to receive this discount please email us for your special “promo code” to use when booking. In your email, you should outline what Life’s An Adventure tour you have done with us in the past so we can cross-check.

EARLYBIRD & SPOT SPECIAL CANCELLATIONS: Refunds and cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking.

Travel Insurance

We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have organised through NIB Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click here for details.

Additional Information

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $300 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 90 days of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • NO Credit Card fee applies.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.

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  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: 4/23 Narabang Way,
    Belrose NSW 2085.

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