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Location

Departs Melbourne

Difficulty

3-4

Moderate

Length

4

Trip Cost

$1695 pp
twin share

Overview

  • Gain incredible insights into the local history, culture and landscape of the Great Ocean Walk with exclusive talks by our shipwreck historian and local Indigenous Elder.
  • Be led by guides and drivers who are the most experienced local team in the region.
  • Delicious food 
  • Challenge yourself by walking more than half the Great Ocean Walk on four highlight treks.
  • 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 16 people.

The Great Ocean Walk has deservedly become one of the Great Walks of Australia since it opened in 2006. The sheer variety of experiences along the walk make it quite unique: abundant wildlife, shipwrecks, tall forests, huge sea cliffs and a spectacularly eroded coastline backed by beautiful countryside. It truly is a hike that offers something for everyone.

Our 4 day hike will show you the very best sections of the Great Ocean Walk and showcases the amazingly diverse scenery it offers, from the Cape Otway forests and lighthouse to rugged sea cliffs and remote beaches littered with shipwreck artefacts. Not to mention the prolific wildlife and staggering variety of plants and trees. As well as being accompanied by our highly experienced eco-certified guide you’ll have talks from two local experts, a shipwreck historian born in the Cape Otway lighthouse and a local Koori guide who will give you both interesting and entertaining insights into the significance of this area.

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 Wreck Beach, where tides and times permit. We call in at the end of the trip to The Twelve 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 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
  • Local Indigenous elder talk

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 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 with the shipwreck historian 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.

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 transfer 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. 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 & Moonlight Head (15km)

This morning we return to Johanna Beach and join 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.

After a morning break and refreshments, we walk 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 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.

Time permitting, we continue on to the evocatively named Moonlight Head and are rewarded with more breathtaking views along the coastal cliffs. It is a great way to end a challenging but spectacular day’s walk. Groups in September may be lucky enough to see one of the departing Southern Right Whales which frequent this coast in the winter months.

Meals: B L D

Day 4: Trek Wreck Beach to The Twelve Apostles (16km), 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 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. 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 a bite to eat (included) en route at Colac arriving about 8.30pm.

Meals: B L

Dates

Start date
08 Mar 2019
End date
11 Mar 2019
Price
$1695
Availability
Available
Start date
22 Mar 2019
End date
25 Mar 2019
Price
$1695
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Start date
13 Apr 2019
End date
16 Apr 2019
Price
$1695
Availability
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Start date
19 Apr 2019
End date
22 Apr 2019
Price
$1695
Availability
Available
Start date
28 Sep 2019
End date
01 Oct 2019
Price
$1695
Availability
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Start date
17 Oct 2019
End date
20 Oct 2019
Price
$1695
Availability
Available

Inclusions

  • 2 nights accommodation in Cape Otway in twin share rooms with shared amenities
  • 1 night accommodation at the seaside town of Port Campbell in twin share rooms with private ensuite
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4 plus take away dinner on the way back to Melbourne
  • All transfers while on tour and return transport from Melbourne
  • Refreshment stops during walks
  • Experienced hiking guide
  • Talk by local shipwreck historian
  • Talk by local indigenous guide
  • Cape Otway lightstation tour
  • Driver & support vehicle throughout
  • Web gallery of trip photos to download
  • Resident wildlife at your accommodation
  • Satellite phone or Satellite messenger emergency back up

Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not listed above
  • Single supplement $95 (only available for 1 night out 0f 3, limited single rooms available)

Map & Guide

Reviews

Coral Ison, Leumeah (NSW) – October 2018
The trip was very well organised and I felt at all times that the people in charge, particularly Eric, were in tune with the needs of the group and committed to our wellbeing. The food was of a high standard and my dietary needs were well met. The inclusion of the local experts added knowledge and interest to the tour. The scenery and the place is stunning and our accommodation at the setting of the lighthouse was really beautiful. I would particularly like to thank Eric for his care of us. I would totally recommend this walk to anyone.

Rae Goth, Sydney – April 2017
I want to express my gratitude to your company for a memorable trip on the Great Ocean Walk. It was a holiday I will not forget. I write as an older person (age 77) who was a little concerned as to whether I would be able to keep up with other people who were very much younger and fitter, including my own Daughter, Linda. I need not have worried because the kind and helpful leaders extended every bit of encouragement I needed. My main challenge was traversing some area of the beach that had some patches of rocks where I needed some guidance. Our team leader, Eric, held out his hand and I was successful. Every aspect of the holiday was professionally conducted: delicious meals, comfy beds, timely transport in our van, interesting guides (I particularly appreciated the input from our Aboriginal expert) and optional withdrawal times when I needed a break. The ‘icing on the cake’ was the delightful company of my fellow travellers. Thank you, RAW Travel.

Lyndal, Mt Martha (VIC) – April 2017
The tour exceeded my expectations in every aspect. The organisation, staff, itinerary, local guides, food and accommodation.

Annabel Chalmers, UK – November 2016
Shipwreck beach walk was very special, as was paddling along the final one with the two stacks, just short of the Apostles. Thought Mark and Richard offered an insightful variety of local knowledge. Kangaroo and koala spotting is always fun for foreign visitors. An overall highlight – the company was great and our trek staff, Eric and Lee, were efficient, easy going and hugely personable. They were terrific.

Frances Shearman, Brisbane – October 2016
Fantastic, well organised, great food and exceptional guide – Eric.

Michelle Fritze, NSW – October 2016
I loved the scenery and care and support from the guide, and the accommodation.

Deleah Morawitz, NSW – October 2016
Eric, Lee, Mark and Richard made the experience. They were fun caring encouraging, all around lovely men who were a pleasure to get to know and became a part of our group.The food and accommodation was spot on. I loved every minute of the trip, thank you.

Yvonne Engelbrecht, QLD – October 2015
It was great from start to finish. RAW goes the extra mile. Thanks.

 

What our Clients Say

Every aspect of the holiday was professionally conducted: delicious meals, comfy beds, timely transport in our van, interesting guides, optional withdrawal times when I needed a break, and the delightful company of my fellow travellers.

Rae Goth, Sydney – April 2017

Shipwreck beach walk was very special, as was paddling along the final one with the two stacks, just short of the Apostles. An overall highlight - the company was great and our trek staff, Eric and Lee, were efficient, easy going and hugely personable.

Annabel Chalmers, UK - Nov 2016

The tour exceeded my expectations in every aspect. The organisation, staff, itinerary, local guides, food and accomodation.

Lyndal, Mt Martha (VIC) - April 2017

Eric, Lee, Mark and Richard made the experience. They were fun caring encouraging all around lovely men a pleasure to get to know and became a part of our group....I loved every minute of the trip....thank you .....oh and the food and accommodation was spot on....

Deleah Morawitz, NSW - Oct 2016

It was great from start to finish. RAW goes the extra mile. Thanks.

Yvonne Engelbrecht, QLD - Oct 2015

The trip was very well organised. Eric was in tune with the needs of the group and the food was of a high standard. The local experts added knowledge and interest. I would recommend this walk to anyone.

Coral Ison, Leumeah (NSW) – October 2018

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Trip Grading

This trip is rated as Moderate