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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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