- Be supported by our dedicated driver who lives in the area and has been supporting walkers since the trail first opened
- Challenge yourself by walking more than half the Great Ocean Walk on four highlight treks
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. This is a self-guided walk but with full support from your own driver.
We’ll provide you with a briefing to get you started, the resources you’ll need to stay safe, two transfers each day to/from the trailhead and book great accommodation for you where you’ll have meals provided each day.
What makes our GOW trip different?
- Personalised locally based service, call us to discuss your travel plans
- Experts with 9 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
- Advanced Eco – accreditation
- 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.
Day 1: Trek Parker Hill to Aire River (16.5km)
We advise that you arrive by 11am today to be able to complete the full walk. However it is possible to shorten it should you prefer less walking and more time to get comfortable in your accommodations. You will be met by our local representative and driver who will go over your itinerary for the next 4 days.
Your first walk takes you to along to beautiful Crayfish Bay and on to the Cape Otway Lightstation which was Australia’s oldest continuously operating lighthouse. You may wish to spend some time exploring this historical site with stunning views from the top of the lighthouse. Continuing on, you then ascend back up to the escarpment, passing the Cape Otway Cemetery, and along a coastal path overlooking Station Beach. The path winds along the cliff tops and then wind sculptured sand dunes before descending to the beautiful Aire River estuary and surrounding wetlands.
Day 2: Trek Aire River to 3 Ways (18km)
Today’s walk is the longest and 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. Eventually you emerge onto the broad expanse of Johanna Beach which rates amongst the best in Australia.
Meals: B L D
Day 3: Trek Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head (12.5km)
Milanesia Beach is one of the walk’s highlights and today’s walk is one of the wildest and most challenging sections of the entire track. Isolated, rugged and hidden, Milanesia 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.
Meals: B L D
Day 4: Trek Wreck Beach to The Twelve Apostles (16km)
Your final day on the Great Ocean Walk starts from Wreck Beach, where at low tide you can descend and see the anchors of two of the many shipwrecks that lie submerged along this coast (the Fiji and Marie Gabrielle).
Passing the Devils Kitchen you follow a 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, support a wide variety of bird life and is a significant wetland habitat.
The last section of the Great Ocean Walk presents you with tantalising glimpses of the Twelve Apostles as you approach the walk-end viewing platform. The Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre marks the end of your time along the Great Ocean Walk.
Meals: B L
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.
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.
- 3 nights accommodation on a twin share basis in ensuite accommodation
- All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 4
- Private, return transfers each day to the trailhead
- Driver & support vehicle throughout
- Briefing with experienced local RAW Travel staff
- Entry ticket to the Cape Otway Lightstation
- Full Great Ocean Walk map at 1:25,000 scale and comprehensive track notes and destination information
- Complimentary parking
- Transfers to and from the trailhead each day of the tour
- Emergency GPS rescue device
- Travel insurance
- Meals not listed above
- Single Supplement – ask for a quote if you would like a single room
Map & Guide
Kaye Kilsby, Richmond (VIC) – March 2018
Lee, our transfer coordinator, was an absolute gem. He gave us heaps of good advice on how to approach the walk (eg, on Day 3 Lee suggested reversing the walk direction, commencing at Moonlight Head and finishing at Melanesia Beach, which enabled us to avoid walking into the sun at the end of a very hot day, plus we enjoyed a fantastic swim at the beach). If he was unable to be precisely on time, he always communicated with us (roadworks on the Cape Otway road played havoc with timing). Day 3 itself was a wonderful walk, great views over the ocean and the track traversed pretty gullies with attractive fauna. We even came face to face with a small snake and a kangaroo on the track, both of which disappeared very quickly. We also learned plenty about the wildlife from the “koala whisperer”!
Jill & Willie Clark, Brechin (Scotland) – January 2018
Thank you for organising our Great Ocean Walk, which we completed at the end of a 4 week holiday in Australia. We loved the walk – very scenic and not too challenging. Our accommodation at Southern Anchorage Retreat was perfect and Drew & Maria looked after us very well. We would highly recommend it!
What our Clients Say
Thank you for organising our Great Ocean Walk. We loved it – very scenic and not too challenging. Our accommodation at Southern Anchorage Retreat was perfect and Drew & Maria looked after us very well. We highly recommend it!
Jill & Willie Clark, Scotland
Overall a powerful and unique experience which will remain with me for the rest of my life.
Earl Snijders, QLD
A wonderful walk, great views over the ocean and the track traversed pretty gullies with attractive fauna. We learned plenty about the wildlife from the "koala whisperer"!
Kaye Kilsby, Richmond (VIC) – March 2018