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Self Guided Great Ocean 5 Day Walk

Self Guided Great Ocean Walk

A 5-day Highlights Pack-Free walk

The Great Ocean Walk, is a coastal walk through the Great Otway National Park between Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles. The vast skies and the wild beauty of this walk will astound and delight you! Discover the region’s diversity of plants, animals and scenery as you walk through tall forests, coastal heathland, beside wild sandy shores and along windswept cliff-tops to be presented with amazing views and wildlife. In the Eucalypt forests Koalas can be spotted along with an abundance of birds such as Ground Thrushes, Yellow Robins, Rufous Fantails and Superb Fairy Wrens. From beaches and cliff-tops watch for sea birds and whales migrating between June and October. Also, Australian Fur Seals can be observed off-shore at Marengo.

Indigenous people lived in harmony with the land and sea in the Otway’s coastal region till the mid 19th century. This was home to the Gadubanud (King Parrot) people who enjoyed a bountiful diet, recorded in the remains of middens scattered along the shore platforms. The Great Ocean Walk follows the coastline of both the Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. Bass Strait was discovered by George Bass and Matthew Flinders in 1798. This coastline subsequently became known as the Ship Wreck Coast as poor weather and navigational error caused many ships to come to a tragic end. Cape Otway Light Station, built to aid navigation into Bass Strait, is the oldest officially built light station on mainland Australia operating since 1848.

This iconic walk is world-renowned for its coastal scenery – a noteworthy addition to your ‘must do’ list.



Self-Guided Walking App

A Life's an Adventure exclusive

Designed by Life’s an Adventure to support your track notes, our Walking App provides you with the option to self -guide using your phone. This App provides real-time GPS tracking on a Google map platform with GPS located waypoints. The App also provides photos and descriptions for each waypoint and other places of interest. The features of this App provide you with reassurance of your location at all times.


Pack Free Self-Guided Walking

Keep it light, simply pack your camera, lunch, and water

All you need for your adventure will fit in your day pack. Transfers to and from the trail each day are organised for you, as is the relocation of your luggage between your lodgings.



To the trail

Our self-guided walks include the option of transfers from Melbourne. Alternatively, guests are welcome to drive to the Apollo Bay with transfers provided back to your car on the final day of the walk.


Personal Locator Beacons (PLB)

Enhanced safety and peace of mind

Life’s an Adventure want you to relax and enjoy your self-guided walking experience. To enhance this, we offer you the option of hiring a PLB (Emergency Beacon) to carry with you.


Flexibility and Freedom

Explore on your own

Take advantage of the preparation done for you and enjoy your self-guided walking experience. Walk independently at your own pace, relying on detailed track notes created by our guides who have a thorough knowledge of this region.


Local Accommodation

close to the trail

Our walking experience includes 4 nights in a range of great accommodation close to the trail. Each day you will move accommodation as you progress along the trail with your overnight bags transported for you each day whilst you walk. Enjoy 3-4 star accommodation with modern rooms featuring ensuites and your choice of queen or twin beds.


Meals included

During your walk enjoy breakfast at your accommodation. Dinner will either be at a local restaurant or at your accommodation.

Packed lunches will be prepared to carry with you.

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Tour Itinerary

Walk Inclusions
Self Guided Great Ocean 5 Day Walk

  • Pack Free walk – Keep it light, simply pack your rain jacket, camera, lunch, and water
  • Detailed track notes supported by access to Life’s an Adventure’s Walking App
  • Transfers to/from the trail each day and flexible walking options
  • Transfer of your luggage to your accommodation during the walk.
  • 4-nights’ accommodation at various establishments close to the trail
  • 4 x dinners
  • 5 x packed lunches and healthy snacks for walking days
  • 4 x breakfasts

Optional hire of an EPIRB/PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) is available if required at an additional cost.

Day 1: Arrive Apollo Bay. Walk to Shelley Beach
Self Guided Great Ocean 5 Day Walk

TRANSFERS: There are several options to get to this walk. Choose to drive to Apollo Bay or take public transport from Melbourne.

WALK GRADE: 9kms. 3 hours. Grade: easy.

TERRAIN: At several points you have the choice of walking along the beaches or rock platforms at low tide or following the inland trail which can be sandy but with sections of boardwalk. Expect some small hills, stiles to climb over and some boggy sections of track after rain.

FLEXIBLE WALKING: Shorter walking option today. 6km, 2 hours. Grade easy

ITINERARY: Arrive in Apollo Bay. We begin our walk at the official start of the Great Ocean Walk and follow the foreshore where seals can often be seen out on the reef. The trail emerges into rural landscape and coastal scrub to descend onto the beach occasionally. Finally, the trail ascends into the beautiful coastal forest to end at Shelley Beach, where you may spot koalas high in the trees. Our driver will transfer you back to accommodation for the night. Tonight enjoy dinner in this pretty bayside town enjoying dinner in the restaurant.

Day 2: Walk to Cape Otway
Self Guided Great Ocean 5 Day Walk

TRANSFERS: Morning 40-minute transfer to start of the trail. Afternoon: walk directly into your accommodation.

WALK GRADE: 10km. 4 hours. easy. Grade: easy to medium.

TERRAIN: You can walk along the waters edge, following rock shelves and beaches (at low tide only), or take the inland route on a compact, natural trail. The day’s walking is lightly undulating on good trails.

ITINERARY: Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel before you meet your driver for the transfer to the start of the walk. Today’s walk contours through moist forest gullies, grass tree thickets and wet heathland to Parker Inlet. The track crosses the river and climbs a steep hill to the plateau above before following the clifftops, a side-trip to Crayfish Bay being a highlight.  As you continue onwards, intermittent views of Cape Otway Lighthouse are revealed.  After traversing a number of sand-dunes, the track emerges from thick Tea-tree scrub at Cape Otway Lightstation. Enjoy time to explore the Lighthouse, Telegraph Station, and other interesting historical relics. Your bags will be waiting for you tonight at your accommodation, put your feet up and enjoy a relaxing dinner.

Day 3: Walk to Castle Cove
Self Guided Great Ocean 5 Day Walk

TRANSFER TIMES: Morning walk directly from your accommodation to the trail. Afternoon walk directly into your accommodation.

WALK GRADE: 16km. 6 hours. Grade: medium.

TERRAIN: A combination of walking through sand dunes, on beaches, grassy tracks and 4WD sand tracks. Lightly undulating, the odd short steep pinch.

FLEXIBLE WALKING: Shorter walking option available today. 10km. 4 hours Grade medium.

ITINERARY: After breakfast walk directly from your accommodation to the start of the trail. Today the walk continues westwards past Cape Otway through thick coastal vegetation. Enjoy a side trip to Rainbow Falls where a spring cascades down a cliff onto the beach. The landscapes today are quite varied from sand dunes to clifftops and estuaries to wetlands. The stunning coastal scenery enroute to Castle Cove is a highlight of the day. After your walk, you will be transferred to your accommodation where your overnight bags will be waiting. Tonight relax and enjoy dinner.

Day 4: Walk to Moonlight Head
Self Guided Great Ocean 5 Day Walk

TRANSFER TIMES: Morning 30 minute transfer to the start of your walk. Afternoon: short transfer from the end of the trail to your accommodation

WALK GRADE: 12km. 4 -5 hours. Grade medium to hard.

TERRAIN: Today is a roller coaster of ups and downs. Some are steep and others more graded. The track is compact and with few obstacles.

WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation before your driver drops you at the trail. Todays’ walk takes you to Milanesia Beach, a secret place seldom visited, as it is off the beaten track. Wonderful views and coastal forests lead you to Ryans Den where a viewpoint provides a stunning lunch break. More breathtaking views from the clifftops are revealed as you make your way to Moonlight Head, one of the highest sea cliffs in mainland Australia. Afterwards meet your driver for the short transfer to your accommodation where your bags are waiting. Tonight enjoy dinner.

Day 5: Walk to Twelve Apostles
Self Guided Great Ocean 5 Day Walk

TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 15 minute transfer to the start of the trail. Afternoon: Return transfer to your car at Apollo Bay or back to Melbourne.

WALK GRADE: 8km. 3hrs. easy.

TERRAIN: New, constructed track; well-formed and compact underfoot. Lightly undulating.

WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation before your driver transfers you to the start of the trail. Today’s walk explores a pristine wetland supporting rare and threatened fauna species, including six bird species and 24 native fish species. Wander through scrub-covered sand dunes and along the cliffs providing distant views towards the Twelve Apostles to finally arrive at this impressive group of limestone sea stacks. After your walk, your driver will take you for a short visit to Loch Ard Gorge before returning you to your car in Apollo Bay or alternatively transfers to Camperdown station to catch the train back to Melbourne.

Tour Prices

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With self-guided walks you are able to choose a date of your choice subject to availability.
This walk can be done anytime during the year

Once you make your booking, it will remain pending until we confirm availability at your accommodation, once this is done we will contact you to make your deposit/payment. Please do not book flights until your walk is confirmed.

$ 2999 /p

First time traveller with Life's An Adventure

Ex Apollo Bay………………$2999

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$ 2899 /p

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Ex Apollo Bay…………..$2899 per person

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$ Xtras /p

Unfortunately due to safety reasons, we require a minimum of 2 walkers on our self-guided walks.

Additional Information

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person is required to secure your 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.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • Your detailed self-guided kit will be sent to you in the post 6 weeks prior to your walk.
  • Use of a Personal Emergency Beacon (EPIRB) is complementary however a $250 holding deposit will be charged at the time of booking which will be refunded to you after your tour. This deposit will be forfeited if the EPIRB is lost or returned damaged.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, lost luggage, illness, etc.

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  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: Shop 7, 1306 Pittwater Road
    Narrabeen NSW 2101.

    Guests can meet this tour at our Life’s An Adventure Premises:
    29/6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur.
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
  • Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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