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What can you expect from this walk?

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Self guided inn-to-inn Great Ocean Walk

Great Ocean Walk Highlights:

  • 5 day Great Ocean Walk itinerary (includes 3.5 days of walking)
  • Stay at the historic Cape Otway Lightstation
  • Walk along Wreck Beach – remote, beautiful, rarely visited
  • Twelve Apostles limestone sea stacks and wind-sculpted coastlines
  • Explore the stunning Loch Ard Gorge

Overview:

Auswalk’s Great Ocean Walk Highlights is another of our fully supported INN-to-INN accommodated walking holidays. Walk with a light pack along the track from one comfortable accommodation to the next, while we move your luggage. Travelling along the track in this manner means less time in a vehicle at the start or end of each day and more time to enjoy yourself.

The Highlights Great Ocean walk takes in the best of the best of the walking finishing with Loch Ard Gorge. Loch Ard is the most beautiful and least visited part of the 12 Apostles.

The Great Otway National Park is one of Victoria’s newest parks and 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.

Highlights include the spectacular limestone sea-stacks of the Twelve Apostles, groves of Manna Gums inhabited by koalas, pretty spring-fed Rainbow Falls cascading to the sea platforms below and deserted beaches featuring some of the highest sea-cliffs in Australia. 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, sandy beaches and even traversing short sections of private farmland.

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More on what you'll see

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. Our head guide has walked it over 60 times her self.

Fauna sightings are common including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and koalas to sea eagles, wedge-tailed eagles, whales and dolphins.

This Great Ocean Walk holiday is a self-guided trip. We also operate group guided trips on this track if you’d prefer to go with a guide.

We move you along the track, staying in 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 to have you walk in comfort, one of the ways we ensure this is by moving your luggage ahead for you to the next accommodation. All you need to carry is a day pack with what you need for the day.

We provide the most comprehensive Walk Notes for you. It’s easy to find the way on this track but with our notes you’ll also receive heaps of information about what you are experiencing along the route e.g. flora, fauna, geology, history etc.

We don’t expect you to turn up early in the morning on your first day. We include accommodation for you the night prior to your walk so that you can start the walking feeling refreshed, having had a great breakfast and a picnic lunch in your day pack, all ready to go.

We look after you at the end of the walk too by including a final night’s accommodation in Port Campbell plus the added Loch Ard experience in the morning. No rushing back to Melbourne but real time to savour what you have just achieved. We invite you take this amazing journey with us, a journey that will remain with you for the years to come.

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More Details

Location

You will be picked up from Apollo Bay, sea-side town about 3 hours SW of Melbourne, and transferred to your first nights accommodation at Cape Otway Lightstation. There are daily train/coach services from Melbourne. The holiday finishes with a transfer back to your car in Apollo Bay or to Camperdown for public transport connections back to Melbourne.

Grading

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.

For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please download our Fact Sheet below.

Accommodation

Two delightful B&Bs set in peaceful bushland settings, historic Cape Otway Lightstation and a comfortable motel.

What’s included

4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, luggage transfers, vehicle transfers required for the itinerary, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps, map case & info pack.

What’s not included

Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

The best time to go

December through February is usually warm to hot with excellent swimming weather. Book well in advance for January due to the summer school holidays.

March through May is usually cooler, with long sunny days, perfect for walking. The winter months (June to August) are cool and sometimes stormy, providing exhilarating walking along the beaches. In winter the hills are covered with pink heath, Victoria’s floral emblem. 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.

Regional food and wine

The area is noted for Great Ocean Road / Geelong wines, freshly caught seafood and fresh berries.

The itinerary

Let's Review

Day 1

Starts in Apollo Bay, on the Great Ocean Road, any time after 1pm. You will be met in Apollo Bay and transferred to your first nights accommodation at Cape Otway Lightstation. You will have plenty of time to explore the lighthouse and its historic lighthouse keepers cottages.

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation

Day 2

On to Station Beach and an optional short trek to pretty Rainbow Falls where a spring cascades down to the rocky coastal platforms below. The track then 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: Aire Valley

Day 3

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 and coastal forests lead you to Moonlight Head.

Accommodation: Princetown area

 

Day 4

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 impressive 12 Apostles, a group of limestone sea stacks that are constantly changing.

Accommodation: Port Campbell

Day 5

After breakfast you will be transferred to Loch Ard Gorge. You will have time to explore the area and it’s many tracks before being met again and transferred either back to Apollo Bay (if you arrived by car) or to Camperdown for public transport connections.

Enjoy a Flawless Experience

Traveller’s Tales

Julie McCarthy – November 2016, Great Ocean Walk (Privately guided)

We loved the Great Ocean walk. We walked through a lot of different terrains – wetlands, rainforest, Heath and coastal.
The scenery was unbelievable and we enjoyed every step.
Our guide Meryl couldn’t do enough to help us and to make our trip seamless.
She was a wealth of knowledge with a Ph.D. In whale research But seemed to know a lot about the history geography and botany of the area.
She made our trip and was good fun. I would highly recommend this walk.

Laura Wexler & Michael Perrotta – March 2016, Great Ocean Walk Highlights

As avid and regular year around hikers in New York, we were very pleased with your organization and coordination of our GOW.
It was a spectacular and exciting hiking challenge. The transfers were all prompt and reliable and the B&B’s were great.
The food was excellent, the operators were personable and after a full day of hiking the beds were extremely comfortable.
We slept like babies ready for the next day’s challenge!!
It was a wonderful experience that I would recommend to everyone looking for a special, memorable and exhilarating adventure.

Lyn Cox – October 2015, Great Ocean Walk Highlights

Your Great Ocean Walk was excellently planned.We couldn’t fault the accommodations and wonderful food.
We loved the variety of overnight stays and all hosts/hostesses couldn’t have been more helpful.
Your shuttle bus operators were also full of good tips and always punctual. You did a great job.

Anthony and Pela O’Reilly – January 2016, Great Ocean Walk Highlights

We were really happy with our Auswalk organised walk of the Great Ocean Walk, so much so they exceeded our expectations.
We noticed how professional and well organised Auswalk is compared to competitors.
In addition to being a trip that was value for money, we benefited by having key details arranged for us.
We are pleased to talk to our friends and recommended Auswalk and this trip.

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$ 1775 per person twin/double share
$ 515 Single Supplement (private room)

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