Great Ocean Walk Highlights:
We have crafted the highlights Great Ocean walk so that it takes in the best of the best of the walking. It finishes with the 12 Apostles on the last morning without the crowds, after visiting Loch Ard Gorge, one of the most beautiful and least visited part of the 12 Apostles.
The Great Otway National Park is one of Victoria’s is the largest coastal park in the state. The stunning coastal scenery, remote terrain, magnificent forests, abundant wildlife and colourful heathlands has led to this walk quickly becoming an iconic walk, both within Australia and internationally.
Our Highlights trip makes sure that you don’t miss any of these. There is never a dull moment along Great Ocean Walk. It has plenty of variety, following cliff tops, wide forest tracks through forests and sandy beaches. Highlights include the spectacular limestone sea-stacks of the Twelve Apostles, groves of Manna Gums inhabited by koalas and deserted beaches featuring some of the highest sea-cliffs in Australia.
Auswalk have been operating in the area for about 20 years and between us we have walked the track so many times that it had become part of us. Fauna sightings are common including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and koalas to sea eagles, wedge-tailed eagles, whales and dolphins.
We move you along the track, staying in two different accommodations on the route. This means greater variety and more time to relax at the end of the day, rather than travelling back to a base accommodation. Our priority is your comfort; walk with just a day pack , eat cooked breakfasts, hearty lunches and 2 course dinners with the confidence that a good night’s sleep will ready you for the next day’s walking.
We invite you take this amazing journey with Australia’s most experienced walking company, an experience that includes fabulous food, iconic lighthouse accommodation, knowledgeable guides and a immersive peaceful experience on the walk and at the 12 Apostles.
You will be picked up in Melbourne at 7:30am and driven to the start of the walk the first nights’ accommodation at Cape Otway Light station. The trip finishes in Melbourne at approximately 5pm
45% easy, 35% moderate, 20% more challenging. 15-21km (5-6.5 hours) walking each day. Bush tracks, short stretches of sandy beach, forests, undulating terrain and some long days.
First two nights are at the historic lighthouse keepers’ cottages at Cape Otway. Note that there are shared bathrooms and no single rooms on those two nights. Our last night is at a comfortable motel in Port Campbell.
Two Auswalk guides*, all transport from Melbourne, 3 nights accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, entry and tour at Cape Otway Lightstation, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps, map case & info pack.
Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).
December through February is usually warm to hot with excellent swimming weather. March through May is usually cooler, with long sunny days, perfect for walking. September and November are usually cool to warm and this is when most of the colourful wildflowers appear.
See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.
The area is noted for Great Ocean Road / Geelong wines, freshly caught seafood and fresh berries.
We will depart Melbourne at 7.30am to travel to the Great Ocean Walk. Setting out on foot from Cape Otway Lighthouse we will embark on our first walk. On to Station Beach there will be an optional short return hike to pretty Rainbow Falls where a spring cascades down to the rocky coastal platforms below. The track continues through the wind sculpted sand dunes and along the cliff tops to the Aire River estuary and wetlands. Stunning coastal scenery awaits you on the route to Castle Cove.
Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation
Milanesia Beach is one of those secret beaches not many people get to and what a special place it is! From here the track continues along the cliff tops and you can see all the way back to Cape Otway lighthouse. High sea cliffs, breathtaking views, coastal forests and native fauna in concert make this one of the most worthwhile days of walking you’ll find anywhere in the Australia.
Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation
The first highlight today is the Gables Lookout, perched on one of the highest sea cliffs in mainland Australia. This is a superb spot for whale watching between June and September. Continue through a grove of casuarinas to Wreck Beach where the remains of two shipwrecks can be inspected.
Today’s walk finishes at the 12 Apostles, the group of very famous limestone sea stacks that are constantly changing.
Accommodation: Port Campbell
We finish with the Loch Ard Gorge. You will have time to explore this area, to learn the story about the naming of the Gorge. Whilst you are on the beach in amongst the sand stone cliffs, it’s a perfect opportunity to take some time for yourself and to reflect. We revisit the 12 Apostles, because at this time they’re framed superbly by the light (at your back) coming from the East. Also the crowds have yet to arrive.
We then drive back to Melbourne arriving around 5:00pm.
(A $100 Early Bird Discount is applicable for all bookings made 6 months prior to the the selected departure date.)