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3 Days

difficulty

Moderate

trip cost

$1350 pp twin share

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length

3 Days

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difficulty

Moderate

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trip cost

$1350 pp twin share

Guided Trip

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  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Map
  • Itinerary
  • On the Trail
  • Inclusions
  • Experience
  • Similar walks

Overview

Camino Training

Camino Training Trip will help prepare you for your Camino walk with 3 days walking one of Australia’s most iconic walks. There will be a distinctly Camino theme to the trip with Spanish wine, talks and movies as well as taking the spectacular Great Ocean Walk scenery. Get valuable experience and total access to RAW Travel’s Camino Specialists who can help you fully prepare for your Camino.

Whilst preparing for you Camino enjoy some of Australia with kangaroos, koalas and other wildlife, wild deserted beaches, waterfalls plunging gracefully to the Southern Ocean, a historical lighthouse and remains of several shipwrecks.

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Highlights

Camino Training

  • Preparing you for your Camino walk
  • Experience a variety of terrain
  • Take in the spectacular Great Ocean Walk scenery
  • Camino themed with Spanish wine, talks and movies
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Explore Great Ocean Walk

Apollo Bay

This popular coastal town is the gateway to Victoria’s stunning Great Ocean Walk. Get ready for a walk of ever-changing landscapes, from giant rainforests and deserted wild beaches to rocky cliffs and coastal heathlands.

Cape Otway

This is the southern tip of Victoria’s western coast, where the Southern Ocean collides with Bass Strait. To get here you’ll need to walk through the magical towering forests of mountain ash that characterise the Great Otway National Park. Perched on towering sea cliffs, the Cape Otway Light Station is Australia’s oldest and most important lighthouse.

Johanna Beach

After walking along the cliff tops through heathland and forests you’ll emerge onto the broad expanse of beautiful Johanna Beach – one of Australia’s best beaches for views and surf. The walk from here to Ryan’s Den is one of the wildest and most challenging sections of the Great Ocean Walk.

Moonlight Head

 

Twelve Apostles

This famous collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park is the end of the wild and wonderful Great Ocean Walk. Descend the stone staircase of the Gibson Steps for unique views of Gog and Magog.

Itinerary

Daily Details

Day 1

TRANSFER FROM MELBOURNE, TREK BLANKET BAY TO PARKER INLET/CAPE OTWAY (7KM)

Your day starts with a 7:15-7:30 am 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. 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 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. We will then be transferred by minibus to our accommodation at the edge of the Great Otway National Park. We stay in walker’s ensuite cabins surrounded by Manna gum forest and you’ll have frequent sightings of koalas, kookaburras and other native wildlife.

Meals: L D

Day 2
TREK AIRE RIVER TO CASTLE COVE AND MILANESIA BEACH TO MOONLIGHT HEAD (25KM)

After a hearty local breakfast we will have an early start as we have a challenging walk ahead of us along the magnificent stretch of coast between Aire River and Moonlight Head. 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.

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 which rates amongst the best in Australia for its views and crashing surf.

We descend into one of the coastlines hidden treasures and one of the weekend’s highlights; Milanesia Beach. It 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 and west towards Cape Volney. We finish our day walking into the evocatively named Moonlight Head before heading back to our accommodation for a well earned rest.

THE ABOVE ITINERARY MAY VARY DUE TO WEATHER AND TIDES.

Meals: B L D

Day 3
TREK WRECK BEACH TO GIBSON STEPS AND THE TWELVE APOSTLES (16KM), TRANSFER TO MELBOURNE

We set off on our final day of the Great Ocean 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 guide will relate the stories of the shipwrecked Fiji and Marie Gabrielle.

Passing the Devils Kitchen we follow a track that hugs the wild coastal cliffs towards Princetown and the Twelve Apostle Marine Park. The wetlands of the Gellibrand River, near our lunch stop, support a wide variety of birdlife 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 viewing platform near Gibson Steps. Time permitting we can descend the stone staircase down the cliff face. From here you will have 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 about 8:30pm.

Meals: B L

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On the Trail

Great Ocean Walk

The beauty of the Great Ocean Walk is that the scenery and habitats change each day so there is a real variety of experiences to help you prepare for you Camino. From hiking through river estuaries and through grass tree forests or a clifftop walk. The walk progresses from ‘mild’ to ‘wild’ as you head further towards the Twelve Apostles where the coastline and hiking become more rugged.

 

 

Inclusions

What's included?

Included
  • 2 nights in deluxe en-suite cabins
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3
  • All transfers while on tour and return transport from Melbourne
  • Refreshment stops during walks
  • Experienced hiking guide
  • Driver & support vehicle throughout
  • A web gallery of trip photos to download
  • Resident wildlife at your accommodation
  • First aid kit and satellite phone (carried by guides)
  • Additional Camino expert from RAW Travel to share tips and assist with your Camino preparation
Excluded
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not listed above
  • Single supplement (extra $230) – please enquire, limited single rooms available

Experience

The raw travel difference

Stuart Holland

Training and Preparation

This trip will give you valuable experience for your longer Camino walk not only physically but there will be a distinctly Camino theme to the trip with Spanish wine, talks and movies.

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Specialists

Benefit from the experience of a RAW Travel Camino Specialists to answer all your questions and talk more about your Camino adventure.

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The Scenery

The beauty of the Great Ocean Walk is that the scenery and habitats change each day so there is a real variety of experiences.

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Pilgrims

Join with other Camino pilgrims on this pre-travel training trip which is limited to 10 people.

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