Group-guided

OVERVIEW

With its breathtaking coastal scenery, magnificent forests, abundant wildlife and sheer diversity of landscape, the Great Ocean Walk bears the mantle of being one of Australia’s most iconic walks.

Walk the 104km Great Ocean Walk track from end to end as it  meanders its way through manna gums with koalas only a few steps away, to traversing massive sea cliffs that have made this location famous. Step through giant Mountain Ash forest, beneath the tallest flowering plants in the world, and along some of the most pristine beaches in Australia.

Highlights of the Great Ocean Walk include the Twelve Apostles, plus more stunning views as you progress along the track at Castle Cove and at The Gables, as well as Wreck and Johanna beaches. The pristine nature and deafening surf makes Johanna Beach one of the ultimate beach walks.

A local indigenous guide will walk with us on a section of the walk to share stories and  information on the local culture and traditions . A local shipwreck historian will also give incredible insight into the local ship wreck history. One of the most fascinating stops along the Great Ocean Walk is the geological formations and shipwreck of Loch Ard Gorge.

We move you  along the coast shortening the travel time staying in excellent accommodation as we go. We take care of every last detail and with  2 expert and very experienced guides looking after you, you can pace yourself and if you feel like it shorten the walking if you prefer.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
6 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 2395

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 395

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6

DAY 1

MELBOURNE TO APOLLO BAY AND THE WALK TO SHELLEY BEACH

We will depart Melbourne at 7.15 -7.30am from pick up at Melbourne Arts Centre, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. Travel on the Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay with regular stops to other places like Lorne, taking in this magnificent area. In the afternoon, we’ll leave the tourists behind as we walk along the coast away from Apollo Bay. Observe the colony of fur seals that frequent Marengo Reef Marine Sanctuary. The track hugs the coast at first before heading inland through tall eucalypt forest and patches of rainforest to Shelly Beach.

Walking: Easy / 8.8 km / 3-3.5 hrs

Meals: Lunch and a two course dinner

Accommodation: Cape Otway

DAY 2

SHELLEY BEACH TO CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE

Walk down to Elliot river admiring the crashing waves as the river exits into the sea. Meander through delightful mountain ash forest to Blanket Bay, then through coastal forests and along the cliff tops to Parker Inlet – a postcard setting and one of our favourites and the original anchorage for dropping off supplies in this area. An optional side-trip to Crayfish Bay is an added highlight.  The Mountain Ash trees through here are some of the biggest trees in Australia, making for superb walking.

Continue through manna gum forests that are home to large numbers of koalas, emerging at Cape Otway Lightstation.

Walking: Moderate / 25 km / 4-7 hrs / a shorter option is available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, a walkers lunch and two course dinner

Accommodation: Cape Otway

DAY 3

CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE TO CASTLE COVE

In the morning we take a tour of the lighthouse with the local shipwreck historian. We then walk out of the lighthouse to Station Beach, and an optional short return hike to the scenic Rainbow Falls where a natural 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 surrounding wetlands. After stopping for lunch at Aire River we will continue on to Castle Cove where you will be treated to stunning coastal scenery on the route. The views at our final destination of Castle Cove are some of the best on the track.

Walking: Easy to moderate / 17.5 km / 4-6 hrs / a shorter 10.5km option is available

Meals: Your guides will be out to impress with this morning’s breakfast and lunch spread. A showcase of their culinary skills, as well as the option to build your own lunch for the day, will be the perfect start. two course dinner.

Accommodation: Cape Otway

DAY 4

CASTLE COVE TO JOHANNA BEACH 

Today’s section has some of the most spectacular coastal views of the entire track. It’s also a great day for wildflowers with colourful heathlands and extraordinary grass trees. Another highlight is the long, white, sandy expanse of Johanna Beach one of the best surf beaches in Australia and also one of the most beautiful. We are also joined by an indigenous historian for an interpretive walk through the day. At the end of the day, we’ll travel on to Port Campbell and settle in for a two-night stay. There is also an opportunity to see an amazing sunset at Loch Ard Gorge or London Bridge

Walking: Easy to moderate / 12 km / 5-6 hrs / a shorter walk is available

Meals: The same arrangements for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is a two course affair at the locally loved restaurant

Accommodation: Port Campbell in ensuite rooms

DAY 5

MILANESIA GATE TO WRECK BEACH

Today’s the hardest day of all the walks but the most satisfying as the views and diversity of terrain are outstanding. Walk steadily down from the gate to Milanesia Beach, a bit of a secret that not many people get to see, making it all the more special. From here, the track continues along the cliff tops looking all the way back to Cape Otway lighthouse. High sea cliffs, breathtaking views and coastal forests lead to Moonlight Head. Our next stop is Gables Lookout, perched on top one of the highest sea cliffs in mainland Australia. It’s then another beautiful gentle forest walk finishing atop the cliffs at Wreck Beach.

Walking: Moderate to challenging / 23 km / 8 hrs

Meals: An early breakfast will be served at a local cafe before collecting our lunches. A celebratory quintessential Australian two course meal at a locally loved restaurant for dinner.

Accommodation: Port Campbell in ensuited rooms

DAY 6

WRECK BEACH TO THE 12 APOSTLES

Start the day off strong at Wreck Beach where the remains of two shipwrecks can be inspected. Onwards to the Gellibrand River and wetlands. Next, we get our first impressive views of the Twelve Apostles, a group of limestone sea stacks that are constantly changing their composition. Descend Gibson’s Steps which have been cut into the limestone cliff by early settlers and explore the boardwalks and viewing platforms around the Apostles. Drive back to Melbourne arriving at about 8:30 pm

Walking: Moderate / 18 km / 5.5-6.5 hrs

Meals: Same arrangements for breakfast and lunch. A quick bite to eat in Colac on the way home.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Genuine all inclusive pack free Great Ocean Walk walking holiday
  • Two engaging, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • Five nights’ comfortable ensuite accommodation
  • We shift you along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • Daily meals including cooked breakfasts, walkers lunches, two-course dinners and track snacks
  • Luggage transport
  • Cameo local historians and indigenous guides/talks
  • Tour of lighthouse
  • National park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps & lunch bag

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

Comfortable ensuited rooms for three nights in cabins at Cape Otway. The last two nights are spent at Port Campbell in twin share private rooms with ensuites. Limited single rooms are available. Please speak to the office.

Healthy and delicious restaurant food will be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our guides take great care to ensure that our walkers are always well fed and hydrated throughout the day.

GENERAL INFO

The trip starts and finishes in Melbourne. Most walks range from 18-22 km on well-formed tracks with a few short beach sections. Whilst the walking is mainly easy to moderate, there are a few steep hills making it tiring in some places. Those that want to walk the whole track will be able to do so. This trip operates with two professional guides ensuring that you have both a safe and enjoyable walking holiday. Knowledgeable of the region and specific area, they can offer easier and harder walk options along the way. Please contact the office if you need further advice, or if you wish you can to speak with one of our guides.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

There are many good hotels in central Melbourne to choose from that are in  close proximity to our pick up location the Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd Melbourne. With an early departure of 7:30am (we request you be there by 7.15am) it would be beneficial to stay close to here. Hotels we can recommend are DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Melbourne, 270 Flinders St Melbourne and Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank, 9 Riverside Quay Southbank. We arrive back in Melbourne at around 8.30pm on the last day dropping off at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

For what to bring please refer to the Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

WEATHER

We only offer this holiday during the very best periods to walk, autumn and spring, when daily temperatures are usually mild. It can sometimes still be quite warm, too hot on occasions but, as mentioned before, there is usually opportunity for a refreshing swim. See the Bureau of Meteorology for information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure proper clothing.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet an instant quote and purchase online now.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 15 Sep 2019
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2395

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 4 Oct 2019
    FULL
    from

    $2395

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 30 Oct 2019
    FULL
    from

    $2395

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 1 Mar 2020
    FULL
    from

    $2470

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $445
  • 22 Mar 2020
    ALMOST FULL
    from

    $2470

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $445
  • 25 Apr 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2470

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $445
  • 2 May 2020 Private Group
    FULL
    from

    $2395

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 9 May 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2470

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $445
  • 13 Sep 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2470

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $445
  • 4 Oct 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2470

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $445
  • 25 Oct 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2470

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $445
  • 1 Mar 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2540

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $460
  • 19 Mar 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2540

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $460
  • 10 Apr 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2540

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $460
  • 24 Apr 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2540

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $460
  • 1 May 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2540

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $460
Overview

OVERVIEW

With its breathtaking coastal scenery, magnificent forests, abundant wildlife and sheer diversity of landscape, the Great Ocean Walk bears the mantle of being one of Australia’s most iconic walks.

Walk the 104km Great Ocean Walk track from end to end as it  meanders its way through manna gums with koalas only a few steps away, to traversing massive sea cliffs that have made this location famous. Step through giant Mountain Ash forest, beneath the tallest flowering plants in the world, and along some of the most pristine beaches in Australia.

Highlights of the Great Ocean Walk include the Twelve Apostles, plus more stunning views as you progress along the track at Castle Cove and at The Gables, as well as Wreck and Johanna beaches. The pristine nature and deafening surf makes Johanna Beach one of the ultimate beach walks.

A local indigenous guide will walk with us on a section of the walk to share stories and  information on the local culture and traditions . A local shipwreck historian will also give incredible insight into the local ship wreck history. One of the most fascinating stops along the Great Ocean Walk is the geological formations and shipwreck of Loch Ard Gorge.

We move you  along the coast shortening the travel time staying in excellent accommodation as we go. We take care of every last detail and with  2 expert and very experienced guides looking after you, you can pace yourself and if you feel like it shorten the walking if you prefer.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
6 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 2395

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 395

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6

DAY 1

MELBOURNE TO APOLLO BAY AND THE WALK TO SHELLEY BEACH

We will depart Melbourne at 7.15 -7.30am from pick up at Melbourne Arts Centre, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. Travel on the Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay with regular stops to other places like Lorne, taking in this magnificent area. In the afternoon, we’ll leave the tourists behind as we walk along the coast away from Apollo Bay. Observe the colony of fur seals that frequent Marengo Reef Marine Sanctuary. The track hugs the coast at first before heading inland through tall eucalypt forest and patches of rainforest to Shelly Beach.

Walking: Easy / 8.8 km / 3-3.5 hrs

Meals: Lunch and a two course dinner

Accommodation: Cape Otway

DAY 2

SHELLEY BEACH TO CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE

Walk down to Elliot river admiring the crashing waves as the river exits into the sea. Meander through delightful mountain ash forest to Blanket Bay, then through coastal forests and along the cliff tops to Parker Inlet – a postcard setting and one of our favourites and the original anchorage for dropping off supplies in this area. An optional side-trip to Crayfish Bay is an added highlight.  The Mountain Ash trees through here are some of the biggest trees in Australia, making for superb walking.

Continue through manna gum forests that are home to large numbers of koalas, emerging at Cape Otway Lightstation.

Walking: Moderate / 25 km / 4-7 hrs / a shorter option is available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, a walkers lunch and two course dinner

Accommodation: Cape Otway

DAY 3

CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE TO CASTLE COVE

In the morning we take a tour of the lighthouse with the local shipwreck historian. We then walk out of the lighthouse to Station Beach, and an optional short return hike to the scenic Rainbow Falls where a natural 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 surrounding wetlands. After stopping for lunch at Aire River we will continue on to Castle Cove where you will be treated to stunning coastal scenery on the route. The views at our final destination of Castle Cove are some of the best on the track.

Walking: Easy to moderate / 17.5 km / 4-6 hrs / a shorter 10.5km option is available

Meals: Your guides will be out to impress with this morning’s breakfast and lunch spread. A showcase of their culinary skills, as well as the option to build your own lunch for the day, will be the perfect start. two course dinner.

Accommodation: Cape Otway

DAY 4

CASTLE COVE TO JOHANNA BEACH 

Today’s section has some of the most spectacular coastal views of the entire track. It’s also a great day for wildflowers with colourful heathlands and extraordinary grass trees. Another highlight is the long, white, sandy expanse of Johanna Beach one of the best surf beaches in Australia and also one of the most beautiful. We are also joined by an indigenous historian for an interpretive walk through the day. At the end of the day, we’ll travel on to Port Campbell and settle in for a two-night stay. There is also an opportunity to see an amazing sunset at Loch Ard Gorge or London Bridge

Walking: Easy to moderate / 12 km / 5-6 hrs / a shorter walk is available

Meals: The same arrangements for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is a two course affair at the locally loved restaurant

Accommodation: Port Campbell in ensuite rooms

DAY 5

MILANESIA GATE TO WRECK BEACH

Today’s the hardest day of all the walks but the most satisfying as the views and diversity of terrain are outstanding. Walk steadily down from the gate to Milanesia Beach, a bit of a secret that not many people get to see, making it all the more special. From here, the track continues along the cliff tops looking all the way back to Cape Otway lighthouse. High sea cliffs, breathtaking views and coastal forests lead to Moonlight Head. Our next stop is Gables Lookout, perched on top one of the highest sea cliffs in mainland Australia. It’s then another beautiful gentle forest walk finishing atop the cliffs at Wreck Beach.

Walking: Moderate to challenging / 23 km / 8 hrs

Meals: An early breakfast will be served at a local cafe before collecting our lunches. A celebratory quintessential Australian two course meal at a locally loved restaurant for dinner.

Accommodation: Port Campbell in ensuited rooms

DAY 6

WRECK BEACH TO THE 12 APOSTLES

Start the day off strong at Wreck Beach where the remains of two shipwrecks can be inspected. Onwards to the Gellibrand River and wetlands. Next, we get our first impressive views of the Twelve Apostles, a group of limestone sea stacks that are constantly changing their composition. Descend Gibson’s Steps which have been cut into the limestone cliff by early settlers and explore the boardwalks and viewing platforms around the Apostles. Drive back to Melbourne arriving at about 8:30 pm

Walking: Moderate / 18 km / 5.5-6.5 hrs

Meals: Same arrangements for breakfast and lunch. A quick bite to eat in Colac on the way home.

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Genuine all inclusive pack free Great Ocean Walk walking holiday
  • Two engaging, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • Five nights’ comfortable ensuite accommodation
  • We shift you along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • Daily meals including cooked breakfasts, walkers lunches, two-course dinners and track snacks
  • Luggage transport
  • Cameo local historians and indigenous guides/talks
  • Tour of lighthouse
  • National park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps & lunch bag
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

Comfortable ensuited rooms for three nights in cabins at Cape Otway. The last two nights are spent at Port Campbell in twin share private rooms with ensuites. Limited single rooms are available. Please speak to the office.

Healthy and delicious restaurant food will be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our guides take great care to ensure that our walkers are always well fed and hydrated throughout the day.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

The trip starts and finishes in Melbourne. Most walks range from 18-22 km on well-formed tracks with a few short beach sections. Whilst the walking is mainly easy to moderate, there are a few steep hills making it tiring in some places. Those that want to walk the whole track will be able to do so. This trip operates with two professional guides ensuring that you have both a safe and enjoyable walking holiday. Knowledgeable of the region and specific area, they can offer easier and harder walk options along the way. Please contact the office if you need further advice, or if you wish you can to speak with one of our guides.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

There are many good hotels in central Melbourne to choose from that are in  close proximity to our pick up location the Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd Melbourne. With an early departure of 7:30am (we request you be there by 7.15am) it would be beneficial to stay close to here. Hotels we can recommend are DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Melbourne, 270 Flinders St Melbourne and Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank, 9 Riverside Quay Southbank. We arrive back in Melbourne at around 8.30pm on the last day dropping off at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

For what to bring please refer to the Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

WEATHER

We only offer this holiday during the very best periods to walk, autumn and spring, when daily temperatures are usually mild. It can sometimes still be quite warm, too hot on occasions but, as mentioned before, there is usually opportunity for a refreshing swim. See the Bureau of Meteorology for information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure proper clothing.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet an instant quote and purchase online now.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

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    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 15 Sep 2019
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2395

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 4 Oct 2019
    FULL
    Details
    from

    $2395

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 30 Oct 2019
    FULL
    Details
    from

    $2395

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 1 Mar 2020
    FULL
    Details
    from

    $2470

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $445
  • 22 Mar 2020
    ALMOST FULL
    Details
    from

    $2470

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $445
  • 25 Apr 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2470

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $445
  • 2 May 2020
    FULL
    Details
    from

    $2395

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $395
  • 9 May 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2470

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $445
  • 13 Sep 2020
    AVAILABLE
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    from

    $2470

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $445
  • 4 Oct 2020
    AVAILABLE
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    $2470

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $445
  • 25 Oct 2020
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    from

    $2470

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $445
  • 1 Mar 2021
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    $2540

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $460
  • 19 Mar 2021
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    $2540

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    $460
  • 10 Apr 2021
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