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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.

Explore the best of the Great Ocean walk

Pack Free Experience
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.

2 nights at Alkina Lodge – A touch of luxury
This wonderful architecturally designed lodge is ideally set near the heart of the Great Ocean Road. 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.

Amazing Helicopter Experience to see the Twelve Apostles
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.

Personalised Tours
Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 10 people. However, if you have a bigger group please contact us for details.

Our CEO’s – 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.

Fabulous meals featuring local produce
You’ll be delighted with the meals on this tour. All meals are prepared by our personal Chef Cindy Leveille-Goulet who will create a menu featuring premium ingredients sourced locally served with wonderful Australian wines.

Genuinely all-inclusive
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. Even down to the smallest detail has been taken care of, we won’t even ask you to pay additional credit card fees.

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of Mark Watson, Roberto Seba & Tourism Victoria

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Why Choose Us

3 Day Great Ocean walk Inclusions

Your 3 day walking holiday includes:

  • Fully supported walk with no overnight packs to carry
  • Helicopter flight over the Twelve Apostles
  • 2 nights at Alkina Lodge – architecturally designed accommodaiton 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

 

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Tour Itinerary

Day One: Melbourne - Parkers Inlet - Cape Otway
3 Day Great Ocean walk

Parkers Inlet to Cape Otway

Terrain: 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. 

Be met by your guides at our central hotel in the Melbourne CBD. From here we transfer to the Great Ocean Road with a short stop along the way at Apollo Bay. Today our walk takes us from picture perfect Parker River Inlet to Cape Otway Lighthouse including Point Franklin and Crayfish Bay. This section of the walk follows a cliff line that, when the foliage clears, affords superb views of the ocean. This is a delightful section of the walk offering the chance to see koalas relaxing in the trees in the eucalyptus forest.
We arrive at this historic Cape Otway Lighthouse, Australia’s oldest continuously operating lighthouse. We have time here to climb the lighthouse for views down the coast, as well as exploring the aboriginal talking hut and World War II bunker. After our walk, we transfer along the coast to our accommodation at stunning Alkina Lodge offering a touch of luxury. Tonight enjoy dinner prepared by the lodge’s personal chef featuring high-quality local produce matched perfectly with local Victorian wines. Sit back and enjoy the company of your fellow companions in this modern and stylish accommodation.

Day Two: Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head. Optional walk: Gables Lookout and Wreck Beach
3 Day Great Ocean walk

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.

This morning enjoy a wonderful breakfast with hot and cold options before setting out on our day’s walk. Today will be the most challenging day of the tour. You will see the most spectacular and isolated areas of the Great Ocean Walk. From Milanesia Gate, you will walk through the forest to Milanesia Beach. After wandering along the beach, we will start climbing. The trail is dissected by gullies before the climb, which has a great view over Melanesia. Rough tree ferns and stands of remnant Eucalyptus dot the path before an ascent of 138 steps. After this, the track will go on to another small climb, leading out of the forest to Ryans Den Campsite. Follow the coastal line from here and you will be led to Cape Volney. We head to our accommodation nearby for some relaxation. Late this afternoon our guests can enjoy an additional walk to Gables Lookout and a visit to Wreck Beach to discover the shipwreck anchors found there.

Note: Fit groups can choose to do a longer 20km day from Johanna Beach and walk through the green hills of Johanna Valley, populated with a lot of kangaroos. Stretch out on a country lane to the highest point of the Great Ocean Walk.

Day Three - Princetown - Twelve Apostles - Helicopter Ride
3 Day Great Ocean walk

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. 

After a hearty breakfast, we head out for our last walking experience day’s walk from Princetown to the coast. This dramatically beautiful final section of the walk is a fitting finale to our 3-day walk. We start our walk across a boardwalk that crosses wetlands and a pretty creek that flows into a river. Our trail winds through coastal scrub greening the hills between the river and the ocean. We follow the cliff tops and from every rise, there are fabulous views. We head to Gibson’s steps where we descend to the beach to views the cliffs from below and visit the impressive limestone sea stacks of Gog and Magog. We continue on our final destination and admire the rugged splendour of the famous 12 Apostles rising majestically from the Southern Ocean. Created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs over 10–20 million years. At the end of our walk, we join a helicopter for a spectacular flight over the Twelve Apostles and coastline, a great way to gain a perspective of the grandeur of this region. After lunch, we head back to Melbourne. The end of a wonderful journey.

 

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

Tour Accommodation

3 Day Great Ocean walk
3 Day Great Ocean walk
3 Day Great Ocean walk
3 Day Great Ocean walk
3 Day Great Ocean walk

2 Nights Accommodation with a touch of luxury

Alkina Lodge

Set amongst the native forest, overlooking the Great Ocean Road, Alkina Lodge is superb modern accommodation with a touch of luxury. 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, a bespoke wood fireplace, Nespresso coffee machines, Bose entertainment systems, fine European furniture, and a magnificent Villeroy & Boch bathtub with views of the night sky.

Alkina Lodge is the closest luxury accommodation to the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road. 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.
Bedroom 1: King Bed  (Can be split into 2 x twin beds)
Bedroom 2: King Bed  (Can be split into 2 x twin beds)
Bedroom 3: King Bed  (Can be split into 2 x twin beds)
Bedroom 4: King Bed  (Can be split into 2 x twin beds)
Note: Bedroom 1 has expansive views over the property.
Bedrooms are booked on a first come first preference basis.

3 Day Great Ocean walk
3 Day Great Ocean walk

Superb meals featuring local produce

Prepared by our personal chef

Chef Cindy Leveillee-Goulet is a French Canadian, international chef, and studied the culinary art of haute cuisine in Kingston, Ontario. She invites 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.

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Tour Availability

We run regular monthly departures from September to the end of May every year. To check real-time availability on please see information below. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

NEXT SEASON: Sept 2019 to April 2020
Earlybirds Save $200 per person when you book and pay in full on any departure from September 2019 to May 2020. Life’s An Adventure Past Passenger save $300 per person.

Hurry Earlybirds book before 31 July 2019.

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PRIVATE GROUPS:
Date of your choice is available for groups of 10-12 people. Subject to availability.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au


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Tour Prices

Earlybirds Out Now. Book by 31 July 2019 and save up to $300 per person.

EARLYBIRDS ON NEXT SEASON: Sept 2019 to May 2020
Book now and save $200 per person off when you book and pay in full on any departure from September 2019 to May 2020. Life's An Adventure Past Passenger save $300 per person. (see conditions below).
Hurry Earlybirds end 31 July 2019.
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PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 10 or more people can save $250 per person off Normal Price when they book a departure. Choose the date of your choice - subject to availability. Book and pay in full at time of booking to receive these special offers.


Earlybird Price from
$ 1699 /p

Pack Free Walk
2 nights at Alkina Lodge with a touch of luxury
2 x wonderful dinners prepared by the lodge's personal chef
2 x hot and cold breakfasts
3 x lunches to enjoy whilst walking
Trail mix & fresh fruit
Australian wine during dinner
Professional Local Guides with a wealth of knowledge of the area
Transfers to and from Melbourne CBD
National Parks Fees
NO Credit card fees apply

EARLYBIRD PRICES
SAVE UP TO $300 per person

Book and pay in full
at the time of booking before 31 July 2019.
Super Earlybird Price
……$1799
Past Passenger Price ……$1699
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NORMAL PRICES
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure.

Normal Price
……………$1999
Past Passenger Price ..$1899
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PRIVATE GROUPS
10-12 participants
Departure of your choice subject to availability.
Group Earlybird Price…. $1749
Book & Pay in full at time of booking before 31 July 2019.

Group Normal Price…. $1949
Deposit of $250 per person.Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure.
$100 extra Past Passenger discount available for those in the group that have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously.

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Discount Information

PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: In order to receive the $100 Past Passenger Discount, you must state on your booking each tour you have been on with Life’s An Adventure and what year, so we can cross check these details for each client. Please note our Reservation staff will apply this discount manually, so select “Deposit Only”  at the booking checkout stage (even if choosing a Super Earlybird price) and will send you a payment link for the remaining payment once the discount is applied.

EARLYBIRD CANCELLATIONS: 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 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.

Booking Conditions

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $250 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 8 weeks of your departure date – we will require full payment at 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 on-line 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.
  • Where a tour is altered due to unsuitable weather conditions, our guides will provide the best alternative itinerary possible, no refunds are provided for cancelled activities on tour.

Cancellation Policy and Conditions of Travel

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    (Regional office: 6955 Arthur Hwy, Port Arthur Tasmania. All enquiries to be directed to Head Office).
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