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.
Optional hire of an EPIRB/PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) is available if required at an additional cost.
TRANSFERS: There are several options to get to this walk. Choose to drive to Apollo Bay or enjoy private transfers 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.
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.
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 a superb dinner.
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 a superb dinner.
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 available back to Melbourne.
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This walk can be done anytime during the year
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