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Location

Melbourne

Difficulty

3-4

Moderate

Length

4

Trip Cost

$1990 pp
twin share

Overview

  • Delve into the sacred tradition of yoga while reconnecting with nature
  • Benefit from daily, rejuvenating yoga and meditation sessions led by a certified yoga teacher
  • Gain incredible insights into the local history, culture and landscape with an exclusive talk by a local Indigenous Elder
  • Be led by our guide and driver who are the most experienced local team in the region
  • Enjoy deluxe accommodation at Alkina Lodge
  • Savour delicious, homemade meals prepared by your own cook (using organic, free range, locally sourced produce from family owned companies, with a focus on environmental sustainability and ethical treatment of animals)
  • Challenge yourself by walking four treks highlighting the best the Great Ocean Walk has to offer
  • Support from our Great Ocean Walk expert who will help get you ready for your walk
  • Travel in a small group of like-minded 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.

To complement your daily wilderness explorations on foot, we offer energising and restorative yoga and meditation sessions. Surrounded by a tranquil sanctuary of bushland, ocean vistas and sounds of the local birdlife, our daily practice aims to grow a deeper sense of inner health, providing you with techniques to help you balance your mind and body. Led by an experienced, certified yoga teacher, we invite you to escape the chaotic schedules of life and find rejuvenation through these spiritually engaging sessions.

Your deluxe accommodation on the Great Ocean Road is like no other and is the perfect base  to explore the wonders of the Great Ocean Walk. 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. Alkina luxury lodge is fully self-contained and fitted with only the most luxurious of features, including a Gaggenau equipped kitchen, Bose audio, magnificent art and photography, bespoke wood fireplace, and fine European furniture.

Yoga and meditation sessions are suitable for people of all levels. Our day hikes require a good level of general fitness.

Please note that we require a minimum of 6 people on this trip to guarantee departure. 

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 (own expense) 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.

A therapeutic, sunset yoga session before dinner ensures we stretch and unwind into the evening, whilst soaking up the nature and surrounds. Our evening concludes with a group meditation session and time for reflection.

Meals: D

Day 2: Trek Aire River & Castle Cove to Johanna Beach (15km)

The day begins in the early morning with an energising yoga session amongst the fresh air and natural landscapes of our lodge. After a nutritious breakfast, we set off to walk 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.

After some time to relax at the lodge we will meet for some deep stretching and restorative sunset yoga. A wholesome dinner and evening meditation complete our day.

Meals: B L D

Day 3: Trek Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head (12.5 – 14.5km)

In the early morning, we meet for outdoor yoga to energise us before a delicious breakfast.

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.

We wrap up the day with a gentle yoga class to soothe us, before a healthy dinner and calming meditation.

Meals: B L D

Day 4: Trek to Wreck Beach, transfer to Princetown. Trek Princetown to The Twelve Apostles (9 km), Transfer to Melbourne

We wake early to make the most of our final yoga class whilst fully appreciating the beauty of our lodge and surrounds. Our walk begins from our lodge where we make our way along undulating forest gullies to The Gables Lookout for spectacular views. We continue on to 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. We meet up with our driver here and transfer to Princetown for lunch. 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 dinner (not included) en route at Colac arriving mid evening.

Meals: B L

Dates

Start date
08 Mar 2019
End date
11 Mar 2019
Price
$1990
Availability
Sold Out

Inclusions

  • Daily 1 hour morning yoga sessions
  • Daily half hour evening meditation sessions
  • RAW Travel Yoga mat bag
  • 3 nights accommodation at the luxurious Alkina Lodge
  • Organic, locally sourced, healthy meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 4
  • All transfers on tour and return transport from Melbourne
  • Experienced hiking guide
  • Talk by local Indigenous guide
  • Driver and support vehicle throughout

Not Included

  • Travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not included in your package, but can be purchased at the lodge. They will run a tab and you can pay at check out. Ask your guide to assist you or ask at reception upon check-in to pre-order from their menu.
  • Yoga mat (please bring your own).
  • Breakfast and lunch Day 1 and dinner Day 4.
  • Single supplement AUD$300. Please note there are a limited number of private rooms available.

Yoga class description

  • Sun salutations to warm the body
  • Asana (body movements)
  • Pranayama (breath awareness/exercises)
  • Meditation
  • Self-reflection

Every evening we will finish off the day with a deep stretch and guided meditation at a time suitable to the group.

About the teacher

Lorinda is a certified yoga teacher with further qualifications in pre-and post-natal and children’s yoga teaching. She currently teaches at Xtendbarre Bayside in Hampton (VIC) and undertook training in yoga and ayurvedic head massage in India in January 2018. Her classes focus on intentional movement to allow for deep release. Lorinda believes there is a style of yoga for everyone, and she encourages her students to be the best versions of themselves both on and off the mat.

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This trip is rated as Moderate