GREAT OCEAN WALK
A WALK ALONG A WILD AND WONDERFUL COAST
The Shipwreck coast of Victoria is a wild and untamed land once you step away from the Great Ocean road. This fantastic coastal walk will take you on journeys rich in history and unspoilt natural wonders. Each day on the Great Ocean Walk promises varied terrain and spectacular views. We have been operating this walk since it first opened in 2007 and though we now know it intimately it never ceases to thrill us with its many charms.
The Great Ocean walk takes in the breathtaking coastal scenery from the Cape Otway Light Station and the Gibson Steps all the way to the 12 Apostles. Deserted wild beaches, sheer cliffs, shipwrecks, giant mountain ash forests, pristine river estuaries, abundant wildlife, dunes and coastal heathlands all await you on this exciting adventure. Explore beyond the Great Ocean Walk to the wild craggy coastline of the Great South West Walk. Discover the walking highlights of both walks on our Great Ocean Walk & Beyond and immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture with guided visits to various places including UNESCO World Heritage listed Lake Condah.
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Great Ocean Walk
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The Self-Guided Highlights Trip – Great Ocean Walk
- Personalised locally based service
- Different accommodations booked along the route
- Briefing from our knowledgeable local driver
- Walk over half of the Great Ocean Walk
Great Ocean Walk
The Guided Highlights Trip – Great Ocean Walk
- Embark on some of the best trails of the Great Ocean Walk
- Conveniently located accommodation in Apollo Bay and Port Campbell
- Learn about indigenous culture as you take a walk with a local elder
- Discover the maritime history of the area with a resident shipwreck historian
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The End to End Self-Guided Trip – Great Ocean Walk
- Walk the full length of the Great Ocean Walk
- Entry to the Cape Otway Lightstation
- Emergency satellite messenger beacon
- A moderate challenge from Apollo Bay to Twelve Apostles
Locations on the Great Ocean Walk
Tucked away in the foothills of the incredible Otways, this popular and picturesque coastal town is the gateway to Victoria’s stunning Great Ocean Walk. With bohemian vibes, lively pubs, great beaches and arts & crafts stores it is a lovely place to explore.
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The secluded and postcard-worthy Parker Inlet on the Great Ocean Walk offers amazing geology and wildlife. Two lookouts along the way provide wonderful views into the estuary and over the ocean.
This is the southern tip of Victoria’s western coast, where the Southern Ocean collides with Bass Strait. To get here you’ll need to walk through the magical towering forests of mountain ash that characterise the Great Otway National Park. Perched on towering sea cliffs, the Cape Otway Lightstation is Australia’s oldest and most important lighthouse.
Aire River is a beautiful estuary, surrounded by wetlands with an array of birdlife making its home here. At the Aire River Lookout there are great views down to the estuary where the Aire River meets the Southern Ocean and Glenaire Beach.
After walking along the cliff tops through heathland and forests you’ll emerge onto the broad expanse of beautiful Johanna Beach – one of Australia’s best beaches for views and surf. The walk from here to Ryan’s Den is one of the wildest and most challenging sections of the Great Ocean Walk.
Secluded, rugged and hidden, Milanesia Beach is a 2km stretch of beautiful white sand that receives very few visitors. It makes an excellent spot for a picnic lunch.
From Ryans Den the track continues through coastal forests that lead over Cape Volney to the evocatively named Moonlight Head, a treasure of the Great Ocean Walk. Moonlight Head is believed to be the headland seen by Matthew Flinders on his circumnavigation of Australia on 20 April 1802. A shell midden in a rock shelter in the area indicates First Nations Peoples had been using the shelter a thousand years ago.
The challenging descent (more than 350 steps) to Wreck Beach brings you to the anchors of the shipwrecks Marie Gabrielle and Fiji, embedded in the reef and visible at low tide. These are a highlight of the Great Ocean Walk and a haunting reminder of the treacherous nature of the sea. Watch out for large waves!
This world-famous collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park rise up majestically from the Southern Ocean. They mark the end of the wild and wonderful Great Ocean Walk. Descend the stone staircase of the Gibson Steps for unique views of Gog and Magog.
Discover Australia’s best coastal walk! Our comprehensive destination guide is bursting with inspiration, travel essentials, practical advice and more to help you prepare for a memorable journey along this breathtaking trail.
Each day on the Great Ocean Walk brings varied terrain and spectacular views – deserted wild beaches, sheer cliffs, shipwrecks and a historic lighthouse, giant mountain ash forests, pristine river estuaries, abundant wildlife, dunes and coastal heathlands. This is a walk of great variety as you hike towards the finish at the iconic 12 Apostles.
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