Great Ocean Road Walks

The Great South West and Great Ocean Walks - operating again from July 2020

Two walks 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. Two fantastic coastal walks take you on journeys rich in history and unspoilt natural wonders. Each day on the Great Ocean Walk or Great South West walk promises varied terrain and spectacular views.

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 to the wild craggy coastline of the Great South West Walk. Discover the best 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. 

Our Great Ocean road group trips will operate again from September 2020 and self -guided Great Ocean Walks from July 2020. See trip pages for individual departure dates or call and talk to one of our specialists (03) 5976 3763

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Stress free & local support

We've operated trips along Victoria's Great Ocean Walk since 2007. Our guides who lead our Great Ocean Walk trips are highly experienced and mature individuals who deliver an authentic, environmentally responsible and professional experience for our clients. We offer safety and local support, with RAW's private transfer vehicle, EPIRBs and our own walking app for self-guided walkers, and a satellite phone when you're with a group.

Talks with local experts

Our group trips feature informative and fun 'walk n' talks' from a local shipwreck historian born in the Cape Otway lighthouse and a local Indigenous cultural guide who join us along the route. The unique insights and local knowledge they provide to our clients are a highlight of our trips along the Great Ocean Walk. You'll come away with a much greater understanding of this amazing area's history, traditions and ecology.

Flexible & tailor made

We offer flexibility with our trips; we listen to what you want and tailor the walking on the Great Ocean Walk to your ability and timeframes, giving you the experience you want, not what's easiest for us! All our guided trips include carefully planned itineraries and wonderful accommodation and meals that emphasize locally grown produce.

Highest standards

RAW Travel's Great Ocean Walks were advanced eco-certified from 2010 and in 2019 we became the only Australian walking company to attain the rigourous standard of  Benefit Corp accreditation. Our trips are high-quality nature-based tourism experiences that are also measured on our contribution back to the environment and local communities.

our customer experiences.

A walk of wild and wonderful discovery

A fantastic way to see the Great Ocean coastline. The route of the walk was mostly secluded resulting in getting the maximum exposure to the natural beauty of the place. Every logistical aspect of our walk was taken care of, ensuring we were able to simply enjoy the walk and the beautiful surroundings.

Colin Carruthers (NSW)
April 2018

A wonderful walk full of amazing scenery. Loved the pick-ups and drop-offs each day meaning we did not have to worry about logistics. Loved our meals and packed lunches. Would recommend RAW Travel.

Danielle Poynting (NSW)
April 2018

I loved it all. The arrangements worked really well, accommodation was great and food ideal. Special mention of our drivers and guides Peter and Lee. They were very friendly and informative and a great help. A great experience of a self-guided walk along with great detailed map and notes.

Jean Wilson (ACT)
March 2018

I loved everything about our walk. It far exceeded our expectations. Our guide Eric was fantastic. Everything was well planned and went like clockwork.

Linda Murray, Mornington (VIC)
October 2017

Highly recommend both the route & the itinerary. Trip is structured to allow all ages to complete with minimum preparation. Both Eric & Lee from RAW Travel provided expertise beyond our expectations. Excellent historic & cultural insights provided by local speakers Mark & Richard. A must do trip for all travellers seeking a little adventure.

Matthew Meredith (QLD)
April 2017

My sister and I loved the walk, the people who walked with us and the whole experience. Eric was the best guide, great pace, super well organised and attention to detail faultless.

Laurine Gaston (VIC)
April 2016

A fantastic experience from start to finish. Eric and Lee’s local knowledge and expertise ensured we saw the best the coast had to offer. I can highly recommend RAW travel and their guides Eric and Lee who made our trip a fun challenging experience with memories to last a lifetime.

Gillian Cook (QLD)
April 2018 


Click on each of the trail points to read about each destination.

Apollo Bay

This popular coastal town is the gateway to Victoria's stunning Great Ocean Walk. Get ready for a walk of ever-changing landscapes, from giant rainforests and deserted wild beaches to rocky cliffs and coastal heathlands.

Parker Inlet

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.

Cape Otway

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 Light Station is Australia's oldest and most important lighthouse.

Johanna 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.

Wreck Beach

The challenging descent to Wreck Beach brings you to the anchors of the shipwrecks Marie Gabrielle (1870) and Fiji (1890), embedded in the reef and visible at low tide. These are a real highlight of the Great Ocean Walk. Watch out for large waves!

Twelve Apostles

This famous collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park is 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.


great ocean walk DESTINATION GUIDE.

View our exclusive guide to everything you need to know about experiencing the Great Ocean Walk with RAW Travel's guided or self-guided trips.

Why are we your Great Ocean Walk experts?

Our stand-out advantage is our local staff who have led and supported countless walkers on the Great Ocean Walk, with 11 years' experience operating groups and supporting independent walkers.

  • Our local team’s passion for providing a great service and assisting our walkers can be seen in the hundreds of glowing testimonies from past walkers, which surpass any other operator.
  • Eric is our passionate and experienced trip leader. He loves this walk! Lee, our driver, is a long-term resident of Cape Otway and knows the area inside out.
  • Mark is a shipwreck historian who was born in the Cape Otway Light Station!
  • Richard is a custodian of the Aboriginal heritage of the walk. Stuart is the Destination Expert for our Great Ocean Walk trips and can give you lots of great advice.
  • We also hold an advanced eco-accreditation from Eco Tourism Australia for the quality of our Great Ocean Walk trips. We are the most experienced operator and know this walk inside out!
  • We have a dedicated information site for the walk at which has great resources such as daily walking profiles, videos, pictures of every section and other resources to help you plan.