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Location

Departs Melbourne

Difficulty

3-4

Moderate

Length

3

Trip Cost

$1255 pp
twin share

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
  • 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 like minded 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 12 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 12 Apostles before returning to Melbourne.

Please note that this trip requires a minimum of 6 clients to depart.

What makes our Great Ocean Walk trip stand out from the rest?

  • Personalised locally based service, call us to discuss your travel plans
  •  Talk from a Shipwreck Historian to bring the incredible stories of the coast to life
  • Experience – we have operated walking trips for almost 20 years & GOW trips since the track first opened
  • Knowledgeable & highly experienced local leader and driver who live in the area
  • Advanced eco-accreditation
  • Accommodation booked along the route to reduce transfer times
  • Guides carry a satellite phone & first aid for emergencies

Are you a first-time or solo traveller?

We’ll support you all the way! View our preparation and training resources.

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 educating 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 ensuite 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 Aire River to Castle Cove and Milanesia Beach to Moonlight Head (25km)

After a hearty local breakfast we will have an early start as we have a challenging walk ahead of us along the magnificent stretch of coast between Aire River and Moonlight Head. 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.

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 which rates amongst the best in Australia for its views and crashing surf.

We descend into one of the coastlines hidden treasures and one of the weekend’s highlights; Milanesia Beach. It 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 Ryans den with breathtaking views all the way back to Cape Otway and west towards Cape Volney. We finish our day walking into the evocatively named Moonlight Head before heading back to our accommodation for a well earned rest.

Meals: B L D

Day 3: Trek Wreck Beach to Gibson Steps and the Twelve Apostles (16km), Transfer to Melbourne

We set off on our final day of the Great Ocean Walk from Wreck Beach, where at low tide we can descend and see the anchors of two of the many shipwrecks that lie submerged along this coast. Your guide will relate the stories of the shipwrecked Fiji and Marie Gabrielle.

Passing the Devils Kitchen we follow a track that hugs the wild coastal cliffs towards Princetown and the Twelve Apostle Marine Park. The wetlands of the Gellibrand River, near our lunch stop, support a wide variety of birdlife and is a significant wetland habitat.

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 viewing platform near Gibson Steps. Time permitting we can descend the stone staircase down the cliff face. From here you will have 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

The above itinerary may vary due to weather and tides.

Dates

Start date
16 Mar 2019
End date
18 Mar 2019
Price
$1300
Availability
Available
Start date
30 Mar 2019
End date
01 Apr 2019
Price
$1300
Availability
Available
Start date
12 Oct 2019
End date
14 Oct 2019
Price
$1300
Availability
Available
Start date
09 Nov 2019
End date
11 Nov 2019
Price
$1300
Availability
Available

Inclusions

  • 2 nights twin share in en-suite cabins in Cape Otway
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3
  • All transfers while on tour and return transport from Melbourne
  • Refreshment stops during walks
  • Experienced hiking guide
  • Talk by local shipwreck historian
  • Driver & support vehicle throughout
  • Web gallery of trip photos to download
  • Resident wildlife at your accommodation
  • Guide carries a satellite phone and first aid kit for emergencies

Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not listed above

Map & Guide

Reviews

Louise Jones, Kotara (NSW) – November 2017  
We had a girls weekend away and loved every minute of it. We thoroughly enjoyed being looked after by our guide Eric and driver Lee who fed and watered us at plentiful intervals with fresh, healthy food and occasional surprise treats. The scenery is spectacular and appreciating the Great Ocean flora and fauna is (in my opinion) best done on foot because of the details, immersion in nature and the exposure to the history of the area that we were fortunate enough to experience. Fantastic experience!

Linda Murray, Mornington (VIC) – October 2017
I loved everything about our walk. It far exceeded our expectations. Our guide Eric was fantastic. Everything was well planned and went like clockwork. Eric adjusted our walk to suit our group and always got our feedback. Lee was great, too, and Mark was very entertaining and interesting.

Germaine Cooper, March 2017
I loved the nature and absolute serenity of this walk. To experience beaches and picturesque nature that are not only off the beaten track but not known by many was fabulous. Mark, the local guide, who shared some of his amazing knowledge during this walk was fabulous to meet and learn both science and history and local information from. I also can’t speak highly enough of the amazing food at Bimbi park! Fabulous home-made dinners of whole fish and lamb chops – really good grub. Bimbi Park is a nice place to rest at the end of the day. Nice outlook of beautiful trees and greenery. Both guides were helpful and Lee added a few laughs with his regular photo bombs!

Lynette Langbein, March 2017
Everything ran smoothly and on time. Enjoyed chatting with the leaders over dinner. They were attentive to the minor first-aid requirements. Loved the beer at the end of the big walk day when we reached the top and the champagne at the end of our third day; wasn’t expecting that, good touch.

Kylie McGauley, October 2016
Eric was an experienced walker and fabulous guide. A great way to see and experience this amazing part of Australia.

Nola Bailey, November 2015
Good use of time, guides rearranged walking schedule due to tides and 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-start experience.

What our Clients Say

Mark shared his amazing knowledge...it was fabulous to meet him and learn both science and history and local information. I can't speak highly enough of the amazing food at Bimbi Park! Fabulous home-made dinners of whole fish and lamb chops - really good grub.

Germaine Cooper

Everything ran smoothly and punctually. Enjoyed chatting with the leaders over dinner. Loved the beer at the end of the big walk day when we reached the top, and the champagne at the end of our 3rd day. Wasn't expecting that - good touch.

Lynette Langbein, March 2017

Our walk was truly fabulous. Eric was an experienced walker and fabulous guide. The scenery was amazing. A great way to see and experience this amazing part of Australia.

Kylie McGauley, QLD - Oct 2016

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

We had a girls weekend away and loved every minute of it. The scenery is spectacular. Fantastic experience!

Louise Jones, Kotara (NSW) - November 2017  

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Trip Grading

This trip is rated as Moderate