The Self-Guided Highlights Trip
Be supported by our dedicated driver who lives in the area and has been supporting walkers since the trail first opened. Challenge yourself by walking more than half the Great Ocean Walk on four highlight treks
Want to walk the Great Ocean Walk on your own terms? 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. This is a self-guided walk but with full support from your own driver.
We’ll provide you with a briefing to get you started, the resources you’ll need to stay safe, two transfers each day to/from the trailhead and book great accommodation for you where you’ll have meals provided each day.
Our trips in March and April 2021 are now fully booked, so unfortunately we cannot accept any more bookings for this period.
The secluded and postcard-worthy Parker Inlet on the Great Ocean Walk offers amazing geology and wildlife. Two lookouts along the way provide wonderful views into the estuary and over the ocean.
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.
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.
From Ryans Den the track continues through coastal forests that lead over Cape Volney to the evocatively named Moonlight Head.
The challenging descent to Wreck Beach brings you to the anchors of the shipwrecks Marie Gabrielle (1870) and Fiji (1890), embedded in the reef and visible at low tide. These are a real highlight of the Great Ocean Walk. Watch out for large waves!
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.
Get ready for
- Personalised locally based service & support
- Different quality accommodations booked along the route
- Briefing & daily advice from our knowledgeable local driver
- Walk over half of the Great Ocean Walk
- EPIRB Device & our Navigation app
On the trail
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.
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.
TREK PARKER HILL TO AIRE RIVER (16.5KM)
We advise that you arrive by 11am today to be able to complete the full walk. However it is possible to shorten it should you prefer less walking and more time to get comfortable in your accommodations. You will be met by our local representative and driver who will go over your itinerary for the next 4 days.
Your first walk takes you to along to beautiful Crayfish Bay and on to the Cape Otway Lightstation which was Australia’s oldest continuously operating lighthouse. You may wish to spend some time exploring this historical site with stunning views from the top of the lighthouse. Continuing on, you then ascend back up to the escarpment, passing the Cape Otway Cemetery, and along a coastal path overlooking Station Beach. The path winds along the cliff tops and then wind sculptured sand dunes before descending to the beautiful Aire River estuary and surrounding wetlands.
TREK AIRE RIVER TO 3 WAYS (18KM)
Today’s walk is the longest and 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. Eventually, you emerge onto the broad expanse of Johanna Beach which rates amongst the best in Australia.
Meals: B L D
TREK MILANESIA GATE TO MOONLIGHT HEAD (12.5KM)
Milanesia Beach is one of the walk’s highlights and today’s walk is one of the wildest and most challenging sections of the entire track. Isolated, rugged and hidden, Milanesia 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.
Meals: B L D
- 3 nights accommodation on a twin share basis in ensuite accommodation
- All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 4
- Private, return transfers each day to the trailhead
- Driver & support vehicle throughout
- Briefing with experienced local RAW Travel staff
- Entry ticket to the Cape Otway Lightstation
- Full Great Ocean Walk map at 1:25,000 scale and comprehensive track notes and destination information
- Complimentary parking
- Emergency GPS rescue device
- Travel insurance
- Meals not listed above
- Single Supplement – ask for a quote if you would like a single room
Discover Australia’s best coastal walk! Our comprehensive destination guide is bursting with inspiration, travel essentials, practical advice and more to help you prepare for a memorable journey along this breathtaking trail.
Australia – Guided walks
The End to End Self-Guided Trip – Great Ocean Walk
- Walk the full length of the Great Ocean Walk
- Entry to the Cape Otway Lightstation
- Emergency satellite messenger beacon
- A moderate challenge from Apollo Bay to Twelve Apostles
Cape to Cape Track
The Self Guided Trip – Cape to Cape Track
- Discover dramatic granite outcrops and pristine ocean sea-scapes
- Be wowed by an astounding variety of flora including seasonal spider-orchids
- Embrace the meditative rhythm of walking along pristine beaches
- Walk among towering Karri trees – some of the tallest trees in the world
The Highlights Trip – Mornington Peninsula Walk
- Stay in charming villages
- Taste the Peninsula’s many food offerings each day
- Explore the very best of the Mornington Peninsula’s varied trails
- Walk sections of the clifftop between Flinders and Cape Schanck
The Self-Guided Trip – 4 day – Mornington Peninsula
- Experience the 100km Mornington Peninsula Walk
- Be supported by our local office and local driver
- Take in the beautiful bay villages of Portsea and Sorrento
- Walk Arthur’s Seat, Mornington National Park, Cape Schanck Coast and Point Nepean National Park
TRIP date selection
when would you like to travel?
Please select your preferred dates for on-demand trips or select a scheduled date for group departures. If you have booked a self-guided trip please understand that because your trip date is on demand and we must check availability of all properties on your chosen dates before it can be fully confirmed