Location

Apollo Bay to Twelve Apostles

Difficulty

3-4

Moderate

Length

7

Trip Cost

from $2395 pp
twin share

Overview

 

  • Be supported by your dedicated driver who lives in the area and has been supporting walkers since the trail opened
  • Challenge yourself by walking the full length of the Great Ocean Walk

Want to walk the Great Ocean Walk on your own terms? Our self-guide itinerary allows you to travel on your preferred dates (subject to availability), with private transfers and advice from our locally based staff. You’ll be picked up each day with a private transfer at times arranged to suit your walking pace and abilities.

We’ll provide you with a briefing to get you started, the resources you’ll need to stay safe, two transfers each day and book great accommodation for you where you’ll have meals provided each days

What makes our Great Ocean Walk different?

  • Personalised locally based service, call us to discuss your travel plans
  • Experts in our field with 13 years of GOW operating experience
  • First day briefing from our driver – a knowledgeable local
  • Private transfers each day & advice on walk options
  • Flexibility around your travel plans
  • Only Australian walking company B Corp accredited
  • Different accommodations booked along the route to reduce transfer times
  • Detailed track notes,  a comprehensive map and a GPS device for use in 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: Walk Apollo Bay to Shelly Beach (9km)

You will be met by our driver today in Apollo Bay who will go over your itinerary for the next 7 days.

The afternoon begins with a short walk that starts from the Apollo Bay Visitor Centre and winds out through the town to the beach-side suburb of Marengo, named by a passing French explorer. Marengo is home to a colony of Australian fur seals who hang out on the rocks in the bay. The walk follows the foreshore as you leave Marengo and enters the Otway Forest, eventually coming out at Shelly Beach where you finish your walk and head back to settle in to your accommodation for the night.

Meals: None

Day 2: Walk Shelly Beach to Blanket Bay (14km)

Your walk today takes you away from the coast and through 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. The trail eventually wind its way to Blanket Bay, an isolated stretch of coast that was one of the original ports for unloading supplies for the Cape Otway Lightstation.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 3: Walk Blanket Bay to Cape Otway Lightstation (11km)

Today you rejoin the coast at Blanket Bay. The track meanders along the cliff tops and through coastal forests to the quiet haven of Parker Inlet. Expect to see black wallaby, echidna, black cockatoo, rosella and other wildlife along the route. The track leads you past beautiful Crayfish Bay where you may wish to wander along its beach before continuing on to Cape Otway Lightstation which was Australia’s oldest continuously operating lighthouse. You may wish to spend some time exploring the historic grounds of the lightstation. Built in 1848, the lighthouse is the oldest surviving on mainland Australia an offers amazing views across the bay.

Meals: B L D

Day 4: Walk Cape Otway Lightstation to Castle Cove (17km)

This morning you will set off from the Cape Otway Lightstation, passing the Cape Otway Cemetery, and travel along a coastal path overlooking Station Beach. The path winds along cliff tops and wind sculptured sand dunes before descending to the beautiful Aire River estuary and surrounding wetlands. The lookout at Castle Cove offers spectacular views, often of surfers navigating the crashing surf. You leave the track here and walk into your accommodation for the night.

Meals: B L D

Day 5: Walk Castle Cove to Milanesia Gate (15.5km)

Today’s walk traverses several vegetation zones, cliff tops, heathlands, forests and beaches. A feature of this section is the extensive xanthorrhoea (grass tree) forests on Rotten Point, between Castle Cove and Johanna Beach. Johanna Beach is one of the walk’s highlights and rates amongst Australia’s best. After leaving the beach you make your way up four wheel drive tracks through peaceful forest to Milanesia Gate.

Meals: B L D

Day 6: Walk Milanesia Gate to The Gables (16.5km)

Isolated, rugged and hidden, Milanesia Beach receives few visitors and is all the more special for it. From here the trail continues along the high sea cliffs to Ryan’s Den hiker’s campsite, which is an idyllic lunch stop, then over Cape Volney and on to Moonlight Head. The Twelve Apostles tempt you as you come ever closer to this iconic landmark and the route finishes at the lookout at The Gables, reputed to be the highest seacliffs on mainland Australia.  Meals: B L D

Day 7: Walk the Gables to the Twelve Apostles (18km)

Your final day on the great Ocean Walk! From The Gables, you begin your walk towards Wreck Beach, where if the tide conditions  allow, you can descend to the beach to view the anchors of two (Fiji and Marie Gabrielle) of the many shipwrecks that lie submerged along this coast. The trail gently undulates through sandy sections and coastline, until you finally reach the Twelve Apostles. You have time to savour the amazing views before your homeward journey.

Meals: B L

Dates

Self-guided trips offer flexibility, independence and choice. Set your own agenda while someone else worries about the logistics. Our self-guided walking holidays are fully flexible which means you can normally start your walk on any day during the season and customise by adding extra days for resting or sightseeing. As you’re walking independently, you’re free to follow the trail at your own pace. You set your own speed as you are not limited by the constraints of group travel.

Note that if booking for a trip that leaves in 30 days or less, please be aware we cannot guarantee that your departure will be possible unless we have confirmed this via email first.

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Note:  Peak Season surcharges apply if travelling over December/January and over public holidays.

From May 8th to October 1st 2020 our special offer of $1 deposit applies to new bookings made in this period for website trips*. $1 is all you will pay in 2020 for trips departing in 2021.

From January 1st 2021 we will invoice you the remainder of the standard deposit ($499*) and the remaining balance payment at the standard 2 months before departure. All your arrangements will be fully confirmed then, as per usual. The $1 deposit offer does not apply to private groups or significant tailormade trip requests, please speak to one of our consultants if you have any questions.

If Government restrictions don’t allow for any travel in your chosen destination at that time (when the balance is due at 60 days prior to departure) then we will either postpone your trip or allow you to transfer to another destination and trip that has availability instead.

*Note - the standard deposit for Peru Lodge trips is $1000.

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Inclusions

  • 6 nights accommodation on twin share basis:
  • 1 night in Apollo Bay
  • 2 nights near Great Otway National Park
  • 1 night in Castle Cove
  • 2 nights in Moonlight Head
  • All meals from breakfast on day 2 to lunch on day 7
  • Private, return transfers each day to the trailhead
  • Driver & support vehicle throughout
  • Briefing with experienced local RAW Travel guide
  • Full Great Ocean Walk map at 1:25:000 scale
  • Detailed track note
  • Entry ticket to the Cape Otway Lightstation
  • Descriptive notes on local plants and history
  • Emergency satellite messenger beacon
  • Complimentary parking

Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • lunch Day 1 and breakfast and lunch on Day 2
  • Single Supplement – (please enquire, limited single rooms available)
  • Solo traveller surcharge

Map & Guide

Reviews

Donna Koehler, Anchorage (Alaska) – March 2019
Everything on our trip went smoothly. The accommodations were wonderful and our drivers/hosts were just the best. Can’t say enough about Bimbi Park where the food was amazing and the people that operate the park were so friendly and helpful. The accommodations were very comfortable. Especially the king size bed at the end of a long day of hiking. And Frank is a first-rate chef. Peter, our driver, was very helpful and pleasant and even ran an errand for us which was much appreciated. Robyn at 12 Apostles B&B is an excellent cook and very fun and knowledgeable about the area. It was a great experience.

Colin Carruthers, The Ponds (NSW) – April 2018
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. The input from our guides and accommodation hosts was much appreciated.

Danielle Poynting, The Ponds (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. Lee and Peter did a great job as did Drew when we moved on to the next section of our accommodation. Their knowledge of the area was also very helpful. Loved our meals and packed lunches. Would recommend RAW Travel.

Jean Wilson, Crace (ACT) – March 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. The weather was just right for walking too. A great experience of a self-guided walk along with great detailed map and notes.

Albert Howe, Vincentia (NSW) – March 2018
Good management at the start, good support for the actual walk by the guides, good accommodation and great meals.

Earl Snijders, QLD – April 2015
Overall a powerful and unique experience which will remain with me for the rest of my life.

Doug Green, QLD – May 2015
Very well organised, fantastic places to stay and great food.

What our Clients Say

I loved it all. The arrangements worked really well, accommodation was great and food ideal. A great experience!

Jean Wilson, Crace (ACT) – March 2018

Good management at the start, good support for the actual walk by the guides, good accommodation and great meals.

Albert Howe, Vincentia (NSW) – March 2018

Overall a powerful and unique experience which will remain with me for the rest of my life.
April 2015

Earl Snijders, QLD

Very well organised, fantastic places to stay and great food.
May 2015

Doug Green, QLD

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. Recommend RAW Travel.

Danielle Poynting, The Ponds (NSW) – April 2018

A fantastic way to see the Great Ocean coastline. The route was mostly secluded resulting in getting the maximum exposure to the natural beauty of the place. Every logistical aspect was taken care of.

Colin Carruthers, The Ponds (NSW) – April 2018

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Trip Grading

This trip is rated as Moderate