Group-guided

OVERVIEW

We’ve condensed the highlights of the Great Ocean Walk to take in all of the best walking on this iconic track. Breathtaking coastal scenery, magnificent forests, abundant wildlife and sheer diversity of landscape, this walk bears the mantle of being one of Australia’s most spectacular walks.

The highlights include stunning views as you progress along the track at Castle Cove and the Gables, then at the Wreck and Station Beaches. Prepare to be humbled by the sheer enormity of the limestone cliffs and the sea stacks. Imagine thunderous surf, pristine beach and getting right up close to two of the offshore sea stacks, Gog and Magog. The walk shows off the diversity of the region,  traversing inland and coastal forest with an abundance of native fauna. The trek ends at the Twelve Apostles, but not before taking a walk down Gibson’s Steps, a stunning perspective of the Apostles which not too many walkers get to experience.

Staying at the lighthouse earns you the right to enjoy these amazing grounds exclusively, maintaining a sense of splendid isolation both on and off the track. A pair of expert guides will lead the way, providing the flexibility to walk at a pace that suits you and with the opportunity to shorten the walking if preferred.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
4 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Easy to Moderate

Grade 2 - Easy to Moderate

Some hill sections and occasional steps. Walking experience not required.

PRICE FROM
$ 1695

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 110

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

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4

DAY 1
MELBOURNE TO BLANKET BAY WALK TO CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE

We will depart Melbourne at 7.15 -7.30am to embark on the Great Ocean Walk travelling on the world famous Great Ocean Road that starts near Bells Beach, stopping at Lorne on the way.  The walk begins from Blanket Bay hiking to Parker Inlet along cliff tops and through coastal forest. It’s here where we will meet our shipwreck historian to listen to the many stories about the hundreds of shipwrecks that have occurred along this coast. If the time permits we will walk to the lighthouse via Crayfish Bay. This lighthouse has been in operation continuously longer than any other lighthouse in Australia.

Walking: Moderate / 10 km / 5-6 hrs / 10 km shorter option available

Meals: Walkers lunch and two course dinner at the lighthouse

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation

DAY 2
CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE TO CASTLE COVE VIA STATION BEACH

Today’s walk is from Cape Otway Lighthouse via Station Beach and Castle Cove to Johanna 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. We opt to start the afternoons walk from Castle Cove where the views back to the lighthouse are some of the best on the walk, trekking across more cliff tops all the way to Johanna voted as one of the best beaches in Australia.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 17.5 km / 5-6 hrs / shorter option available

Meals:  Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course dinner at the lighthouse

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation

DAY 3
MILANESIA BEACH TO MOONLIGHT HEAD AND THE GABLES

We start this morning with a walk guided by an indigenous historian. We then walk down to Milanesia Beach, one of those secret beaches not many people get to. From here, the track continues along the cliff tops, with views all the way back to Cape Otway Lighthouse.

Time permitting  we continue to Moonlight Head and a visit to the Gables. The Gables Lookout is perched on one of the highest seacliffs in mainland Australia. This is a superb spot for whale watching between June and September. The high seacliffs, breathtaking views, coastal forests and native fauna all work in concert to make this one of the most worthwhile days of walking you’ll find anywhere in Australia.

Walking: Moderate / 17 km / 6-7 hrs / 10 km shorter option available

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

Accommodation: Port Campbell

DAY 4
GABLES TO THE 12 APOSTLES AND BACK TO MELBOURNE

Today we continue through a grove of casuarinas to Wreck Beach where the remains of two shipwrecks can be inspected. We pass Devils Kitchen on our way to Princetown and the wetlands of Gellibrand River. Our last walk finishes at the Twelve Apostles but not before a walk down Gibson’s steps and views of Gog and Magog, two of the 12 Apostles right up close. Afterwards, we drive back to Melbourne stopping for dinner arriving around 8:30pm.

Walking: Easy / 16 km / 5.5 – 6 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 walking holiday
  • 2 engaging, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • 3 nights’ comfortable 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
  • All transport from Melbourne, including luggage transport
  • Tour of lighthouse, indigenous and shipwreck historian talks and walks
  • National park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, map case & insulated lunch bag

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

We stay at the historic lighthouse keepers’ cottages at Cape Otway. Please note that there are shared bathrooms and no single rooms on these two nights. However the payoff is that we get to enjoy the lighthouse and its surrounds virtually to ourselves. The last night is spent at Port Campbell in a motel in private rooms with ensuites.

Healthy and delicious chef-prepared restaurant food will be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner, on day 3 and 4. When we are at the lighthouse our expert guides cook up a feast ensuring that you’re well looked after. A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a wrap, a muesli bar, cake or muffin of some kind  and a piece of fruit. We’ll lunch at beautiful locations on the track and each day is slightly different. Lunch is always augmented by Auswalk’s famous trail mix.

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

GENERAL INFO

The trip starts and finishes in Melbourne. Most walks range from 17-20 km on well formed and well graded tracks with a few short beach sections. Whilst the walking is mainly easy to moderate, there are a few hills making it tiring in some places. However, Auswalk operates with multiple guides offering easier and harder walk options along the way.

There are many good hotels in central Melbourne to choose from that are in  close proximity to our pick up location the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 180 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 Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

WEATHER

This trip is suitable at anytime in the year, but we depart at the very best time being autumn and spring. See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure proper clothing.

climate graph for the Great Ocean Walk

Source; BOM

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance for all of our trips. We absolutely require that you purchase a travel insurance policy for all travel overseas. We charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. It is also important in the event of an accident or loss of property.  See FAQ’s for more information.

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
  • 13 Mar 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1750

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $110
  • 3 Apr 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1750

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $110
  • 17 Apr 2020
    FULL
    from

    $1750

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $110
  • 25 September 2020 Private Group
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1750

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $110
  • 16 Oct 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1750

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $110
  • 12 Mar 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1800

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $120
  • 17 Apr 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1800

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $120

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Overview

OVERVIEW

We’ve condensed the highlights of the Great Ocean Walk to take in all of the best walking on this iconic track. Breathtaking coastal scenery, magnificent forests, abundant wildlife and sheer diversity of landscape, this walk bears the mantle of being one of Australia’s most spectacular walks.

The highlights include stunning views as you progress along the track at Castle Cove and the Gables, then at the Wreck and Station Beaches. Prepare to be humbled by the sheer enormity of the limestone cliffs and the sea stacks. Imagine thunderous surf, pristine beach and getting right up close to two of the offshore sea stacks, Gog and Magog. The walk shows off the diversity of the region,  traversing inland and coastal forest with an abundance of native fauna. The trek ends at the Twelve Apostles, but not before taking a walk down Gibson’s Steps, a stunning perspective of the Apostles which not too many walkers get to experience.

Staying at the lighthouse earns you the right to enjoy these amazing grounds exclusively, maintaining a sense of splendid isolation both on and off the track. A pair of expert guides will lead the way, providing the flexibility to walk at a pace that suits you and with the opportunity to shorten the walking if preferred.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
GROUP GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
4 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Easy to Moderate

Grade 2 - Easy to Moderate

Some hill sections and occasional steps. Walking experience not required.

PRICE FROM
$ 1695

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 110

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 1
MELBOURNE TO BLANKET BAY WALK TO CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE

We will depart Melbourne at 7.15 -7.30am to embark on the Great Ocean Walk travelling on the world famous Great Ocean Road that starts near Bells Beach, stopping at Lorne on the way.  The walk begins from Blanket Bay hiking to Parker Inlet along cliff tops and through coastal forest. It’s here where we will meet our shipwreck historian to listen to the many stories about the hundreds of shipwrecks that have occurred along this coast. If the time permits we will walk to the lighthouse via Crayfish Bay. This lighthouse has been in operation continuously longer than any other lighthouse in Australia.

Walking: Moderate / 10 km / 5-6 hrs / 10 km shorter option available

Meals: Walkers lunch and two course dinner at the lighthouse

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation

DAY 2
CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE TO CASTLE COVE VIA STATION BEACH

Today’s walk is from Cape Otway Lighthouse via Station Beach and Castle Cove to Johanna 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. We opt to start the afternoons walk from Castle Cove where the views back to the lighthouse are some of the best on the walk, trekking across more cliff tops all the way to Johanna voted as one of the best beaches in Australia.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 17.5 km / 5-6 hrs / shorter option available

Meals:  Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course dinner at the lighthouse

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation

DAY 3
MILANESIA BEACH TO MOONLIGHT HEAD AND THE GABLES

We start this morning with a walk guided by an indigenous historian. We then walk down to Milanesia Beach, one of those secret beaches not many people get to. From here, the track continues along the cliff tops, with views all the way back to Cape Otway Lighthouse.

Time permitting  we continue to Moonlight Head and a visit to the Gables. The Gables Lookout is perched on one of the highest seacliffs in mainland Australia. This is a superb spot for whale watching between June and September. The high seacliffs, breathtaking views, coastal forests and native fauna all work in concert to make this one of the most worthwhile days of walking you’ll find anywhere in Australia.

Walking: Moderate / 17 km / 6-7 hrs / 10 km shorter option available

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

Accommodation: Port Campbell

DAY 4
GABLES TO THE 12 APOSTLES AND BACK TO MELBOURNE

Today we continue through a grove of casuarinas to Wreck Beach where the remains of two shipwrecks can be inspected. We pass Devils Kitchen on our way to Princetown and the wetlands of Gellibrand River. Our last walk finishes at the Twelve Apostles but not before a walk down Gibson’s steps and views of Gog and Magog, two of the 12 Apostles right up close. Afterwards, we drive back to Melbourne stopping for dinner arriving around 8:30pm.

Walking: Easy / 16 km / 5.5 – 6 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 walking holiday
  • 2 engaging, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • 3 nights’ comfortable 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
  • All transport from Melbourne, including luggage transport
  • Tour of lighthouse, indigenous and shipwreck historian talks and walks
  • National park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, map case & insulated lunch bag
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

We stay at the historic lighthouse keepers’ cottages at Cape Otway. Please note that there are shared bathrooms and no single rooms on these two nights. However the payoff is that we get to enjoy the lighthouse and its surrounds virtually to ourselves. The last night is spent at Port Campbell in a motel in private rooms with ensuites.

Healthy and delicious chef-prepared restaurant food will be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner, on day 3 and 4. When we are at the lighthouse our expert guides cook up a feast ensuring that you’re well looked after. A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a wrap, a muesli bar, cake or muffin of some kind  and a piece of fruit. We’ll lunch at beautiful locations on the track and each day is slightly different. Lunch is always augmented by Auswalk’s famous trail mix.

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

General Info

GENERAL INFO

The trip starts and finishes in Melbourne. Most walks range from 17-20 km on well formed and well graded tracks with a few short beach sections. Whilst the walking is mainly easy to moderate, there are a few hills making it tiring in some places. However, Auswalk operates with multiple guides offering easier and harder walk options along the way.

There are many good hotels in central Melbourne to choose from that are in  close proximity to our pick up location the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 180 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 Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

WEATHER

This trip is suitable at anytime in the year, but we depart at the very best time being autumn and spring. See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about temperatures and rainfall ahead of time to ensure proper clothing.

climate graph for the Great Ocean Walk

Source; BOM

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance for all of our trips. We absolutely require that you purchase a travel insurance policy for all travel overseas. We charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it. It is also important in the event of an accident or loss of property.  See FAQ’s for more information.

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

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 13 Mar 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1750

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $110
  • 3 Apr 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1750

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $110
  • 17 Apr 2020
    FULL
    Details
    from

    $1750

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $110
  • 25 Sep 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1750

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $110
  • 16 Oct 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1750

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $110
  • 12 Mar 2021
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1800

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $120
  • 17 Apr 2021
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1800

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $120
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