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Location

Departs Melbourne

Difficulty

3-4

Moderate

Length

6

Trip Cost

From $2395
twin share

Overview

  • Gain incredible insights into the local history, culture, and landscape with exclusive talks by our shipwreck historian and a local Indigenous Elder
  • Be led by guides and drivers who are the most experienced local team in the region
  • Challenge yourself by walking the full length of the 104km 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 of like-minded walkers
  • Satellite phone or Satellite messenger emergency back-up

Experience one of Australia’s most stunning sections of coastline on a full week hike while enjoying great accommodation, incredible food and the company of new friends. Each day is different in terms of terrain and spectacular views. Breathtaking coastal scenery, deserted wild beaches, sheer cliffs, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks, giant mountain ash forests, pristine river estuaries, abundant wildlife, dunes and coastal heathlands all await the intrepid hiker on this exciting adventure.

This walk encompasses the full length of the hiking trail so you experience all of the most spectacular and remote sections of the trail, showcasing all the wonderful diversity of scenery and habitats.

A local Indigenous guide will join us on a section of the walk and present to us on the culture and traditions of the Aboriginal people who occupied this area for thousands of years. You will also gain incredible insights into the local history from a local shipwreck historian. Both presentations are fascinating and at the end of the week you will leave with a much richer understanding of the natural and man-made history that makes this area so unique.

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

What makes our Great Ocean Walk trip different?

RAW travel does not miss any of the ‘must do’ sections of the walk*. With us, you will experience all the spectacular, remote and hidden gems of this trail. We offer walking options on all days to accommodate the individual ability of our clients.

  • Personalised locally based service, call us to discuss your travel plans
  • Experience – we have operated GOW trips since the track first opened
  • 2 experienced and knowledgeable guides and local drivers on all tours
  • Advanced eco-accreditation
  • Fully cooked breakfast provided every morning
  • Accommodation booked along the route to reduce transfer times
  • Local shipwreck historian will walk and talk on a short section with you
  • Local Indigenous Elder will walk and talk on a short section with you

* Blanket Bay, Parker Inlet, Crayfish Bay, Otway Lighthouse, Aire River, Castle Cove, Johanna Beach, Milanesia Beach, Ryans Den, Moonlight Head, The Gables, Wreck Beach, Rivernook, Gibson Steps and The Twelve Apostles

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 Apollo Bay to Shelly Beach (9km)

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 the 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.

After lunch, we’ll head out that afternoon on the first section of the walk. The Great Ocean Walk starts from the Apollo Bay Visitor Centre and winds out through the town to the beach-side suburb of Marengo, named by French explorer Nicolas Baudin.

Marengo is home to a colony of fur seals who hang out on rocks at Marengo Reefs Marine Sanctuary in the bay. Leaving Marengo the walk follows the foreshore past Storm Point and over Bald Hill to Three Creeks Beach before entering the Otway forests, eventually emerging at Shelly Beach where we end for today and transfer to Cape Otway for the evening. Tonight we’ll enjoy a fabulous meal and prepare for a big walk the next day.

Meals: L D

Day 2: Trek Shelly Beach to Cape Otway (25km)

Crossing the Elliot River the first section of our walk today takes us away from the coast and into the towering forests of Mountain Ash that characterise this part of the Great Otway National Park. At up to 65m high these are some of the biggest trees in Australia and walking through the heart of the giant forest is a wonderful experience, though there are some hills to be negotiated.

We rejoin the coast at Blanket Bay, an isolated stretch of coast where we stop for a wonderful beachside lunch. Before rail transport, Blanket Bay was one of the safer location that allowed supplies to be brought ashore and then carried to the Cape Otway Light Station. The track meanders along the cliff tops and through coastal forests to the quiet haven of Parker Inlet, the original landing for light station supplies.

We then climb back up to the escarpment and follow the coast to Cape Otway, passing Seal Point and Crayfish Bay we get our first glimpses of the Cape Otway Lighthouse on the way. Expect to see black wallaby, echidna, koala, black cockatoo, rosella and other wildlife along our route.

Meals; B L D

Day 3: Trek Cape Otway to Castle Cove (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 Castle Cove. In the morning we tour the Cape Otway Light Station with a local shipwreck historian who will reveal some of the fascinating and often tragic histories of Cape Otway and its significance in Australia’s development. We take a pleasant stroll around this historic structure with its museum, Telegraph Station and Indigenous cultural centre. Climbing to the top of the lighthouse is an experience not to be missed. In wonderful sunshine or a screaming wind storm, the hardships and stories of the first families living at the light station will create lasting impressions. 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 start our afternoon walk to 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 has been found here recently.

Meals: B L D

Day 4: Trek Castle Cove to Milanesia Track (12km)

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 must rate as one of the best in Australia for its views and crashing surf. We are joined by an indigenous historian for an interpretive walk west along the old coach road which traces the route of the early explorers through the coastal valley. We finish the days walk at Milanesia Track. Today 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. This evening there is an opportunity to see the sunset at either Loch Ard Gorge or London Bridge.

Meals: B L D

Day 5: Trek Milanesia Beach to Wreck Beach (22km)

Today we descend into one of the coastline’s hidden treasures walking into one of the trip 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 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. The morning walk continues to the evocatively named Moonlight Head with more breathtaking views to Cape Otway. After Moonlight Head the track dips down into a valley and follows a newly cut section which will take us to The Gables, one of the highest sea cliffs in mainland Australia. Groups in September may be lucky enough to see one of the departing Southern Right Whales which frequent this coast in the winter months. We continue through a grove of casuarina trees to finish a challenging but rewarding days walk on the cliff tops of Wreck Beach.

Meals: B L D

Day 6: Trek Wreck Beach to The Twelve Apostles (18km), Transfer to Melbourne

Our final day on the Great Ocean Walk! We continue our 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 guides will explain the stories of the shipwrecked Fiji and Marie Gabrielle.

Passing across the Devils Kitchen we follow a new section of track that hugs the wild coastal cliffs towards Princetown and The Twelve Apostles Marine Park, with views of The Twelve Apostles coming ever-closer.

The wetlands of the Gellibrand River, near our lunch stop, support a wide variety of bird life 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 walk end viewing platform near Gibson Steps. Tide 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 Magog from the beach at Gibson Steps.

After a brief stop at the world famous Twelve Apostles, we commence our journey back to Melbourne, stopping for a bite to eat (included) en route at Colac and arriving in Melbourne around 8.30pm.

Meals: B L

Dates

Start date
02 Mar 2019
End date
07 Mar 2019
Price
$2395
Availability
Available
Start date
15 Mar 2019
End date
20 Mar 2019
Price
$2395
Availability
Available
Start date
04 Apr 2019
End date
09 Apr 2019
Price
$2395
Availability
Available
Start date
02 May 2019
End date
07 May 2019
Price
$2395
Availability
Available
Start date
15 Sep 2019
End date
20 Sep 2019
Price
$2395
Availability
Available
Start date
04 Oct 2019
End date
09 Oct 2019
Price
$2395
Availability
Available
Start date
30 Oct 2019
End date
04 Nov 2019
Price
$2395
Availability
Available

Inclusions

  • 3 nights in twin share accommodation in Cape Otway
  • 2 nights twin share accommodation in Port Campbell with private ensuite
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 6 plus take away dinner on the way back to Melbourne
  • All transfers while on tour and return transport from Melbourne
  • Refreshment and snack stops during walks
  • 2 Experienced guides
  • Talk by local shipwreck historian
  • Talk by local indigenous guide
  • Cape Otway light station tour
  • Driver & support vehicle throughout
  • Map of The Great Ocean Walk
  • Web gallery of trip photos to download
  • RAW Travel donation to local conservation project

Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not listed above
  • Single supplement $395 (limited single rooms available and conditions apply)

Map & Guide

Reviews

Nadia Baker, Hunters Hill (NSW) – October 2018
An extremely well-organised trek to a beautiful part of our country. Everything was laid on and so well planned. All we had to think about was walking! The guide (Eric) and support crew (Lee) were very experienced, helpful and very funny which added to the ambience of an already amazing group of travelling partners. Just a fabulous trip. Cannot speak more highly of RAW. Thank you.

Robyn Gallagher, Macgregor (ACT) – October 2017
We had five strong women on this trip and the two RAW lads dealt with us with great patience and good humour. The accommodation at Bimbi Park was fantastic. This was probably the best coastal walk I have done.

Janet Anderson, ACT – May 2017
The whole experience was great. We were well looked after by the RAW Travel team of Eric, Warren and Lee. The walk and the weather were challenging at times. It was good having a small group and we all got on very well. I would thoroughly recommend this guided walk to anyone who loves walking. What a beautiful part of Australia, so lucky to have walked it.

Gerald Vassallo, Canberra – March 2017
On my first ever long walk I was guided and supported by Eric and Lee from RAW Travel who made it into such an interesting and achievable walk. We were well looked after both physically and for catering. No request was too trivial or demanding to be considered. I didn’t want the walk to finish and am looking forward to my next walk with RAW Travel in Japan later this year. Very impressed.

Matthew Meredith, Gold Coast – March 2017
Just completed a 110km hike along the Great Ocean Road with Eric from RAW Travel. Highly recommend both the route and the itinerary. Both Eric and Lee from RAW Travel provided expertise beyond our expectations. Excellent historic and cultural insights provided by local speakers Mark and Richard. A must-do trip for all travellers seeking a little adventure.

Bronwyn Kosman, ACT – March 2017
We loved the fabulous scenery, the trees, the beaches, the birds and, in our case, the perfect weather! All complemented by super tasty food and wonderful hosts, especially Robyn and Deco.

Janice Baker, Perth – October 2016
Very comfortable and safe way to complete the Great Ocean Walk. No big packs to lug around! The Great Ocean Walk is a beautiful experience. I felt challenged by parts of the walk and felt good about my result – grateful that I trained prior!

Alison Millar Price, WA – October 2016
This was the second time I’ve used RAW Travel and it won’t be the last! I have found the organisation of my trips, the promptness to respond to enquiries, communication, care and attention to detail impeccable. I have recommended RAW Travel to friends who have taken up the suggestion, and would have no hesitation in recommending them again and again. They must daeal with hundreds of people at any one time, but they have the skill to make you feel as if you are their most important client at the time you are communicating with them. This makes one feel special and important. They bend over backwards to fit in with what you want and have fantastic advice when needed.

Michael Young, Perth – October 2016
The Great Ocean Walk was a unique opportunity to experience nature at its best along this ancient coastline. In addition to the magic flora and fauna were the stories and relics of shipwrecks and Indigenous culture. Accomodation at Bimbi Park was very comfortable and the food tasty and healthy. The Loch Ard in Pt Stephens was also very comfortable. Our guide Eric was fantastic: his skills and experience along with his easy going demeanour made him popular with the whole group. Our driver, Darren, on his first trip on the Great Ocean Walk, was excellent with his passion for nature and photography a nice extra.

Margaret Ryan, NSW – October 2016
The scenery and wildlife were spectacular and we were well supported in every way for our sometimes quite challenging 7 day walk. I felt we didn’t miss a thing due to our passionate and very experienced guide from RAW Travel. Eric, many thanks for showing us the best of everything this walk has to offer. Thanks for the informative talks and showing us the most scenic lookouts and beaches. Your organisation was exceptional with great food, enjoyable activities on our ‘day off’ and our great accommodation at Bimbi Park and Port Campbell. Frank’s (at Bimbi Park) cooking was another highlight. Thank you too to Darren who contributed so much more to the walk than just driving the van. What a terrific photographer who was happy to share many photographic tips as well as taking lots of amazing photos during the trip. Eric and Darren and our 7 other adventurers made the trip lots of fun.

Lile, NSW – November 2015
The RAW Travel Great Ocean Walk End to End was one of the best walking experiences I’ve had!

Kathy Austin, NSW – October 2014
Fabulous scenery, good accommodation, great food, great group of people, well organised, a once in a life time experience.

What our Clients Say

The whole experience was great. We were well looked after by the RAW Travel team of Eric, Warren and Lee. I would thoroughly recommend this guided walk to anyone who loves walking. What a beautiful part of Australia, so lucky to have walked it.

Janet Anderson, ACT - May 2017

My first ever long walk...very impressed. Guided and supported by Eric and Lee from RAW Travel who made it such an interesting and achievable walk. No request was too trivial or demanding. I am looking forward to my next walk with RAW Travel in Japan.

Gerald Vassallo, Canberra - March 2017

Highly recommend this route and itinerary. Eric and Lee provided expertise beyond our expectations. Excellent historic and cultural insights. A must-do trip for all travellers seeking a little adventure.

Matthew Meredith, Gold Coast - March 2017

We loved the fabulous scenery, the trees, the beaches, the birds and, in our case, the perfect weather! All complemented by super tasty food and wonderful hosts.

Bronwyn Kosman, March 2017

Very comfortable and safe way to complete the Great Ocean Walk. No big packs to lug around! GOW is a beautiful experience. I felt challenged by parts of the walk and felt good about my result - grateful that I trained prior!

Janice Baker, Perth - Oct 2016

The great ocean walk was a unique opportunity to experience nature at its best along this ancient coastline.

Michael Young, Perth - Oct 2016

The scenery and wildlife were spectacular and we were well supported in every way for our sometimes quite challenging 7 day walk!

Margaret Ryan, NSW - Oct 2016

The RAW Travel Great Ocean Walk End to End was one of the best walking experiences I've had!

Lile, NSW - Nov 2015

Fabulous scenery, good accommodation, great food, great group of people, well organised, a once in a life time experience.

Kathy Austin, NSW - Oct 2014

We had five strong women on this trip and the two RAW lads dealt with us with great patience and good humour. This was probably the best coastal walk I have done.

Robyn Gallagher, Macgregor (ACT) - October 2017

An extremely well-organised trek to a beautiful part of our country. All we had to think about was walking! The guide and crew were very experienced and helpful. Cannot speak more highly of RAW!

Nadia Baker, Hunters Hill (NSW) – October 2018

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Trip Grading

This trip is rated as Moderate