Location

Departs Melbourne

Difficulty

3

Length

3

Trip Cost

$1255

Overview

  • Gain incredible insights into the local history and landscape with an exclusive talk by our shipwreck historian.
  • Be led by guides and drivers who are the most experienced local team in the region.
  • Delicious food – a highlight in itself.
  • Challenge yourself by walking three highlight treks of the iconic Great Ocean Walk.
  • Discuss your walk with our Great Ocean Walk expert who will help get you ready for your walk.
  • Travel in a small group with a maximum of just 10 people.

Walk the best sections of the Great Ocean Walk which showcase the wonderfully diverse scenery and habitats. This is a hike of real contrasts, from the secluded Parker Inlet to wild Station Beach and the magnificent sea cliffs and hills at remote Milanesia. The walk progresses from ‘mild’ to ‘wild’ as you head further west towards the Twelve Apostles where the coastline and hiking becomes more rugged. On the way you’ll see kangaroos, koalas and other wildlife, wild deserted beaches, waterfalls plunging gracefully to the Southern Ocean, a historical lighthouse and remains of several shipwrecks.

The beauty of the Great Ocean Walk is that the scenery and habitats change each day so there is a real variety of experiences. At times you’ll be hiking through river estuaries, other times following a path through grass tree forests or a cliff top walk. There are several beach walks including the remote Milanesia Beach, where tides and time permits. We call in at the end of the trip to The Twelve Apostles before returning to Melbourne.

What makes our Great Ocean Walk trip different?

  • Personalised locally based service, call us to discuss your travel plans
  • Experience – we have operated GOW trips since the track first opened
  • Experienced local leader, guides and driver
  • Advanced eco-accreditation
  • Accommodation booked along the route to reduce transfer times
  • Staff experts both operationally and on the ground
  • Local Shipwreck Historian talk

Update 27/09 – Our Shipwreck Historian is not available to join tours in the latter half of 2016 due a change in personal circumstances

Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Melbourne, Trek Blanket Bay to Parker Inlet/Cape Otway (7km)

Your day starts with a 7:15-7:30am pick up from the Melbourne Arts Centre, St Kilda Road in Melbourne. We drive from the very start of the Great Ocean Road near Bells Beach. This is the world renowned road route that all travellers come to see (3 hours drive with a stop for coffee near coastal town of Lorne). The Great Ocean Walk starts at Apollo Bay and explores what cannot be seen by vehicle. We will stop briefly at Apollo Bay to pick up last minute supplies.

Our beach side lunch stop and the start of this walk is a beautiful location at Blanket Bay.

Our first walking section then starts from Blanket Bay. The track meanders along the cliff tops and through coastal forests to the quiet haven of Parker Inlet. Expect to see black wallabies, echidnas, black cockatoos and rosellas along our route. At Parker Inlet we meet our Shipwreck Historian who will be pointing out some of the unique features of the Cape and illuminating us on the human and natural history of the area. We’ll slow the pace right down as we get to hear some fascinating stories and are shown various natural features that make the Cape and Otway Ranges unique. Leaving Parker Inlet we walk around the foreshore and along the beach (tide permitting) to see some of the shipwreck relics in this area.

Time permitting we continue walking along the coast to Crayfish Bay and then up on top of the sea cliffs and dunes through open terrain to the Cape Otway Lightstation. Built in 1848, it is Australia’s oldest continuously operating lighthouse and marks the entrance to Bass Strait. We will then be transferred by minibus to our accommodation at the edge of the Great Otway National Park. We stay in walker’s 4 star cabins surrounded by Manna gum forest and you’ll have frequent sightings of koalas, kookaburras and other native wildlife.

Meals: L D

Day 2: Trek Cape Otway to Aire River & Castle Cove to Johanna Beach (17km)

After a hearty local breakfast we will have an early start as we have a good day’s walk ahead of us along the magnificent stretch of coast from Cape Otway to Johanna Beach. Our walk starts from the Lighthouse entrance along a winding sandy track through low coastal heath, visiting the secluded pioneer cemetery and scaling some impressive sand dunes. If sea conditions allow we walk a few kilometres along a wild stretch of Station Beach before ascending back up to the escarpment to walk along a narrow coastal path overlooking Station Beach. The path winds along the cliff tops and wind-sculpted sand dunes before descending to the beautiful Aire River estuary and surrounding wetlands.

After stopping for lunch at Aire River we board the bus for a short 15 minute drive to the start of our afternoon walk at Castle Cove. Located on a spectacular bend of the Great Ocean Road at Glenaire, Castle Cove is a beautiful beach surrounded by towering cliffs which have high archaeological significance, as dinosaur fossils that pre-date T Rex have been found here recently.

Continuing on from Castle Cove we encounter some of the most spectacular coastal views of the entire walk. The track winds its way along the cliff tops, through heathland and forests, occasionally emerging to give breathtaking and extensive views along the coast. The forest here is an interesting mixture of grass trees and manna gums. Eventually we emerge onto the broad expanse of Johanna Beach. We finish the day’s walking along this beautiful beach which must rate as one of the best in Australia for its views and crashing surf.

We transfer back to the Cape Otway Lightstation near our accommodation. This is a wonderful time of the day to explore the historic precincts and climb the lighthouse which played such an important role in our early sailing ship history. Depending on the time of year and weather we will include a magnificent sunset from the cliff top at the lighthouse before a freshen up and relax prior to dinner.

Meals: B L D

Day 3: Trek Milanesia Beach to Ryans Den & Princetown to The Twelve Apostles (13km), Transfer to Melbourne

Our last day’s walk is one of the wildest and most challenging sections of the entire track. Depending on the weather and, tides we may vary the itinerary to suit. We descend into one of the coastlines hidden treasures walking into one of the weekend’s highlights: Milanesia Beach is an isolated and hidden beach that receives few visitors and is all the more special for it. From here the walk continues along the spectacular high sea cliffs to our exit point near Ryans Den with breathtaking views all the way back to Cape Otway. The scenery along this stretch of the Great Ocean Walk is stunning, the rocky cliffs, bays and caves are truly amazing.

We hike out to meet our transport and transfer along the Great Ocean Road for lunch at Princetown. After lunch we embark on the last section of the Great Ocean Walk, which although quite short, presents us with tantalising glimpses of The Twelve Apostles as we approach the walk end viewing platform near Gibson Steps. Time permitting we can descend the stone staircase down the cliff face. You will be at the water’s edge the crashing surf at your feet and towering cliffs behind you. This is a unique view of the amazing rock platforms of Gog and Mgog from the beach at Gibson Steps

After a brief stop at The Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre we commence our journey back to Melbourne, stopping for dinner (not included) en route at Colac arriving about 8:30pm.

Meals: B L

Dates

Start date
14 Oct 2016
End date
16 Oct 2016
Price
$1255
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04 Nov 2016
End date
06 Nov 2016
Price
$1255
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19 Mar 2017
End date
21 Mar 2017
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28 Apr 2017
End date
30 Apr 2017
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20 Oct 2017
End date
22 Oct 2017
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03 Nov 2017
End date
05 Nov 2017
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$1255
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17 Nov 2017
End date
19 Nov 2017
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Inclusions

  • 2 nights in deluxe en-suite cabins.
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3 – delicious food & a highlight in itself.
  • All transfers and return transport from Melbourne.
  • Refreshment stops during walks.
  • Experienced hiking guide.
  • Talk by local shipwreck historian.
  • Cape Otway Lightstation tour.
  • Driver & support vehicle throughout.
  • Web gallery of trip photos to download.
  • Resident wildlife at your accommodation.

Not Included

  • Travel insurance

Reviews

Nola Bailey – November 2015

Good use of time, guides rearranged walking schedule due to tides, & to avoid repeating areas where some members of the group had trekked before.

Jenna – March 2015

The guides were excellent. The accommodation was excellent and the food was excellent. All in all a 5* experience.

What our Clients Say

Good use of time, guides rearranged walking schedule due to tides, & to avoid repeating areas where some members of the group had trekked before.

Nola Bailey, VIC - Nov 2015

The guides were excellent. The accommodation was excellent and the food was excellent. All in all a 5* experience.

Jenna, Melbourne - March 2015

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