length

7 Days

difficulty

Moderate

trip cost

From $2395 pp

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7 Days

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difficulty

Moderate

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trip cost

From $2395 pp

Self-Guided Trip

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  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
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Overview

End to End Self-Guided

Be supported by your dedicated driver who lives in the area and has been supporting walkers since the trail opened. Challenge yourself by walking the full length of the Great Ocean Walk.

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.

We’ll provide you with a briefing to get you started, the resources you’ll need to stay safe, two transfers each day and book great accommodation for you where you’ll have meals provided each days.

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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.

Shelly Beach

Follow low cliff tops overlooking the ocean and the exposed and aptly named Bald Hill. It traverses on and off the beach through sheltered forest to picturesque Shelly Beach. Coastal route at low tide and during calm seas.

Aire River

At the Aire River Lookout there are great views down to the estuary where the Aire River meets the Southern Ocean and Glenaire Beach. Aire River is a beautiful estuary, surrounded by wetlands with an array of birdlife making it’s home here.

Milanesia Gate

From Johanna Beach the track rises through rolling hills and farmland as it cuts inland up a four wheel drive track through peaceful forest to Milanesia Gate.

Moonlight Head

From Ryans Den the track continues through coastal forests that lead over Cape Volney to the evocatively named Moonlight Head.

Princetown

The wetlands around Princetown support a wide variety of bird life and you will cross the Gellibrand River on a trestle bridge.

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Highlights

Get Ready For

  • Walk the full length of the Great Ocean Walk
  • Personalised locally based service
  • Different accommodations booked along the route
  • Briefing from our knowledgeable local driver
  • Entry to the Cape Otway Lightstation
  • Emergency satellite messenger beacon
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On The trail

The experience

A winding track which follows the contours around the coastal headlands. You will walk down to isolated beaches and across soft sand and then walk up the other side over steps. A well-marked track that has been constructed and managed with your safety in mind. Walk through forested areas where the track is firm under foot, while others can be muddy depending on weather conditions. The track progresses from ‘mild to wild’ as you draw further to cliffs of the western section and more climbing on the latter sections of headlands. Expect to walk between 4 and 8 hours a day with regular stops to take in the natural beauty, and for snacks and lunch.

Itinerary

Daily details

Self-Guided Itinerary

Our self-guided 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.

We’ll provide you with a briefing to get you started, the resources you’ll need to stay safe, two transfers each day and book great accommodation for you where you’ll have meals provided each day.

Day 1
 WALK APOLLO BAY TO SHELLY BEACH (9KM)

You will be met by our driver today in Apollo Bay who will go over your itinerary for the next 7 days.

The afternoon begins with a short walk that starts from the Apollo Bay Visitor Centre and winds out through the town to the beach-side suburb of Marengo, named by a passing French explorer. Marengo is home to a colony of Australian fur seals who hang out on the rocks in the bay. The walk follows the foreshore as you leave Marengo and enters the Otway Forest, eventually coming out at Shelly Beach where you finish your walk and head back to settle in to your accommodation for the night.

Meals: None

Day 2
WALK SHELLY BEACH TO BLANKET BAY (14KM)

Your walk today takes you away from the coast and through the towering forests of mountain ash that characterise this part of the Great Otway National Park. At up to 65m high these are some of the biggest trees in Australia and walking through the heart of the giant forest is a wonderful experience, though there are some hills to be negotiated. The trail eventually wind its way to Blanket Bay, an isolated stretch of coast that was one of the original ports for unloading supplies for the Cape Otway Lightstation.

Meals: B,L,D

Day 3
WALK BLANKET BAY TO CAPE OTWAY LIGHTSTATION (11KM)

Today you rejoin the coast at Blanket Bay. The track meanders along the cliff tops and through coastal forests to the quiet haven of Parker Inlet. Expect to see black wallaby, echidna, black cockatoo, rosella and other wildlife along the route. The track leads you past beautiful Crayfish Bay where you may wish to wander along its beach before continuing on to Cape Otway Lightstation which was Australia’s oldest continuously operating lighthouse. You may wish to spend some time exploring the historic grounds of the light station. Built in 1848, the lighthouse is the oldest surviving on mainland Australia an offers amazing views across the bay.

Meals: B L D

Day 4
WALK CAPE OTWAY LIGHTSTATION TO CASTLE COVE (17KM)

This morning you will set off from the Cape Otway Lightstation, passing the Cape Otway Cemetery, and travel along a coastal path overlooking Station Beach. The path winds along cliff tops and wind sculptured sand dunes before descending to the beautiful Aire River estuary and surrounding wetlands. The lookout at Castle Cove offers spectacular views, often of surfers navigating the crashing surf. You leave the track here and walk into your accommodation for the night.

Meals: B L D

Day 5
WALK CASTLE COVE TO MILANESIA GATE (15.5KM)

Today’s walk 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. Johanna Beach is one of the walk’s highlights and rates amongst Australia’s best. After leaving the beach you make your way up four wheel drive tracks through peaceful forest to Milanesia Gate.

Meals: B L D

Day 6
WALK MILANESIA GATE TO THE GABLES (16.5KM)

Isolated, rugged and hidden, Milanesia Beach 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. The Twelve Apostles tempt you as you come ever closer to this iconic landmark and the route finishes at the lookout at The Gables, reputed to be the highest seacliffs on mainland Australia.

Meals: B L D

Day 7
WALK THE GABLES TO THE TWELVE APOSTLES (18KM)

Your final day on the Great Ocean Walk! From The Gables, you begin your walk towards Wreck Beach, where if the tide conditions allow, you can descend to the beach to view the anchors of two (Fiji and Marie Gabrielle) of the many shipwrecks that lie submerged along this coast. The trail gently undulates through sandy sections and coastline, until you finally reach the Twelve Apostles. You have time to savour the amazing views before your homeward journey.

Meals: B L

Customise your trip

Looking for more or less on your walk? We can customise and provide flexibility around your travel plans. Speak with us today to design your trip.

Inclusions

What's included?

Included
  • 6 nights accommodation on twin share basis:
  • 1 night in Apollo Bay
  • 2 nights near Great Otway National Park
  • 1 night in Castle Cove
  • 2 nights in Moonlight Head
  • All meals from breakfast on day 2 to lunch on day 7
  • Private, return transfers each day to the trailhead
  • Driver & support vehicle throughout
  • Briefing with experienced local RAW Travel guide
  • Full Great Ocean Walk map at 1:25:000 scale
  • Detailed track note
  • Entry ticket to the Cape Otway Lightstation
  • Descriptive notes on local plants and history
  • Emergency satellite messenger beacon
  • Complimentary parking
Excluded
  • Travel insurance
  • lunch Day 1 and breakfast and lunch on Day 2
  • Single Supplement – (please enquire, limited single rooms available)
  • Solo traveller surcharge
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