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Location

Departs Melbourne

Difficulty

3-4

Moderate

Length

4

Trip Cost

From $2125 pp
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
  • Stay at the luxurious Alkina Lodge
  • Delicious food – organic, local produce, home made
  • The best hiking sections of the Great Ocean Walk
  • Great getaway for a group of your family or friends

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 and this private group journey offers an opportunity to enjoy it in style with a stay at the luxury Alkina Lodge.

Designed to create an exclusive and intimate experience, our accommodation offers the discerning traveller private luxury accommodation on the Great Ocean Road. Ideally located in Wattle Hill, just 20 minutes from the 12 Apostles, and less than 3 hours from Melbourne, you’ll find the lodge is the perfect base from which to explore the dramatic scenery, sweeping beaches and ancient rainforests the Great Ocean Road is renowned for.

Enjoy stunning ocean views from your lodge, wake up to the sight of kangaroos feeding just outside your bedroom window, and appreciate the abundance of native birdlife, from bold laughing Kookaburras and petit Blue Wrens, to Sulphur Crested Cockatoos and cheeky Magpies. On a clear night, the signature sky windows afford spectacular vision of the Milky Way; the celestial beauty is pristine as there is no ambient city light at your lodge. Our luxury lodge has a fully self-contained kitchen, Bose audio, bespoke wood fireplace, and fine European furniture.

Our 4 day hike will showcase the very best sections of the Great Ocean Walk and the amazingly diverse scenery; 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.

What makes our Great Ocean Walk trip different?

  • Personalised locally based service
  • Support form our Great Ocean Walk expert who will help you get ready for your walk.
  • Experience – we have operated Great Ocean Walk trips since the track first opened
  • Experienced local guides and driver
  • Advanced eco-accreditation
  • Luxurious accommodation
  • Local Shipwreck Historian talk
  • Local Indigenous Elder talk

*Minimum group size of 6 required

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 Parker Inlet to Cape Otway (5km)

Our day starts with an early pick up from Melbourne CBD. Our 3 hour journey takes us along the world-renowned Great Ocean Road towards the coastal town of Lorne where we enjoy a morning tea break. The Great Ocean Walk starts in Apollo Bay and is over 100 kilometres in it’s entirety and we’ll be exploring the highlights of the walk. We will stop briefly at Apollo Bay to pick up last minute supplies and find a nice spot to eat lunch before beginning our afternoon walk.

Our first walking section starts from the quiet haven of Parker Inlet. Expect to see black wallabies, echidnas, black cockatoos and rosellas along our route.  We’ll slow the pace right down as we get to view various natural features that make the Cape and Otway Ranges unique. We walk around the foreshore and along the beach (tide permitting) to see some of the shipwreck relics in this area.

We continue walking along the coast to beautiful 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. If time allows we may venture up to the secluded pioneer cemetery before meeting our driver who will transfer us approximately 1 hour to our luxurious lodge.

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 Aire River to Johanna Beach. From the Aire River campground we continue along the Great Ocean Walk coastal path with stunning views ahead, en route to Castle Cove. Located on a spectacular bend of the Great Ocean Road at Glenaire, Castle Cove is a beautiful beach surrounded with towering cliffs which have high archaeological significance, as dinosaur fossils have been found here.

Continuing 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 breath-taking 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. After lunch we join an Indigenous guide for an interpretive walk along the old coach road which traces the route of the early explorers through the coastal valley.

Meals: B L D

Day 3: Trek Milanesia Beach to Ryans Den to Moonlight Head (15 km)

Today we walk 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 and passed Ryans Den with breath-taking 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.

We then walk from Ryan’s Den back to our accommodations through gorgeous coastal forests via Moonlight Head.

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 see the anchors of two of the many shipwrecks that lie submerged along this coast. Your guide will explain the stories of the shipwrecked Fiji and Marie Gabrielle. Passing the Devil’s Kitchen, we follow a 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 presents us with tantalising glimpses of The Twelve Apostles as we approach the walk’s end 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 (not included) en route at Colac arriving mid evening.

Meals: B L

Dates

Inclusions

  • 3 nights accommodation at the luxurious Alkina Lodge
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4
  • All transfers 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

Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic beverages are not included in your package, but can be put on tab and settled with staff at the end of your stay
  • Single supplement – please enquire with your Great Ocean Walk Expert

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Reviews

Yvonne Engelbrecht, QLD – October 2015

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

My friend suggested we go RAW travel to prepare for our up and coming Camino walk. I didn’t like the idea of a group walk with people I had never met but said yes anyway. My girlfriend unfortunately came down with the flu 12 hours before we were due to go and could not make it (and I was nursing a broken heart from the loss of my beloved dog Mia, 24 hours previous). So now I was a sad solo female going for a group walk that I never really wanted to do in the first place! Guess what? I met some of the nicest people in the world, saw some of the most stunning scenery in the world and had the best 3 days. Eric and Lee (and Elise) from RAW Travel are passionate, professional, organised, warm and caring. A perfect balance of local knowledge and expertise – to find all the best spots which are off the beaten track. Everything is so well-coordinated and everyone is catered for but it didn’t feel formal or contrived – it felt relaxing, informal and friendly. I can’t wait to do the Camino and book more RAW adventures in the years to come. Can’t recommend enough – totally exceeded my expectations. Thank you so much for the experience and the chance to make new friends and see up close and personal some of the most spectacular sights

 

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

Yvonne Engelbrecht, QLD - Oct 2015

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Trip Grading

This trip is rated as Moderate