Self-guided

OVERVIEW

This is your chance to walk the walk and unplug on Australia’s most iconic coastal walk. We’ve pieced together the best of the track, following the coast through the Great Otway National Park but also via mountain ash forest and over some of the grandest of sea cliffs in Australia. The brilliant diversity of landscapes work in concert with the fauna and flora to make this walk very special.  The energy and power of the massive swells are ever present as are the koalas and other fauna that populate this area. Walking into the 12 Apostles makes for a fine end to an amazing walk.

Highlights:

  • Private transfers along the track from our Auswalk van and driver
  • Traverse inaccessible pristine beaches and witness the awesome power of the Southern Ocean
  • Ample opportunities to spot wildlife in their natural habitat: kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, koalas, black cockatoos, sea eagles, wedge-tailed eagles and even whales and dolphins
  • Walk the: Twelve Apostles, Castle Cove, Shelly Beach and the Gables, as well as Wreck Beach and more
  • Enjoy a hot shower, 2 course dinners, cooked breakfasts and a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
6 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 2095

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 535

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
APOLLO BAY TO SHELLEY BEACH

The walk starts in Apollo Bay, on the Great Ocean Road in the morning. Leave the tourists behind as you meander along the coast. The track follows the coast before heading inland through the forest; be surprised if you don’t spot at least a couple of koalas around Shelly beach. This is also a great place to spot echidnas, wallabies, seabirds, dolphins and in season whales.

Walking: Easy to moderate / 10 km / 6.5 -8 hrs
We can add another 12 kms onto this day to shorten day 2, this will give you more time at the lighthouse if you wish

Meals: Walkers lunch and 2 course dinner

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lighthouse or Ecolodge in ensuite rooms

DAY 2
SHELLEY BEACH TO CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE

From Shelly Beach, you make your way up through magnificent Mountain Ash forest and then down to the delightful Blanket Bay, an ideal place for a swim. From Blanket Bay the track contours through coastal forests and along the cliff tops to Parker Inlet – a picture-postcard setting and definitely one of our favourite places! An optional side-trip to Crayfish Bay is also a highlight.

The track continues through Manna gum forests that are home to large numbers of koalas, eventually emerging at Cape Otway Lightstation.

Walking: Moderate to challenging / 23 kms / 6-8 hrs / plus optional 1 hr walk
This day can be split into two parts, 14kms and 10kms, if you wish which adds another nights’ accommodation to the trip, making it a 7 day trip.

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and 2 course dinner

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lighthouse or Ecolodge in ensuite rooms

DAY 3
CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE TO CASTLE COVE

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 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.

Walking: Moderate / 15.5 kms / 5 hrs / plus 2 kms (50 mins) optional walk

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and 2 course dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse or Retreat in ensuite rooms

DAY 4
CASTLE COVE TO MILANESIA GATE

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 numerous grass trees. In the winter months, there are native orchids and masses of pink heath – Victoria’s floral emblem. Another highlight is the long, white, sandy expanse of Johanna Beach.

Walking: Moderate / 15 kms / 5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and 2 course dinner

Accommodation: Aire Valley Guesthouse or Great Ocean Walk Retreat in ensuite rooms

DAY 5
MILANESIA GATE TO GABLES

Milanesia Beach is one of those secret beaches, not many people get to and one of the most special places on the walk. It is only accessible on foot. From here the track continues along the cliff tops, and you can see all the way back to Cape Otway lighthouse. The walk is characterised by high sea cliffs, breathtaking views and coastal forests which lead you to Moonlight Head. The last 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.

Walking: Moderate to challenging / 18.5 kms / 5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and 2 course dinner

Accommodation: Aire Valley Guesthouse or Great Ocean Walk Retreat in ensuite rooms

DAY 6
GABLES TO 12 APOSTLES

From the Gables, it is another walk through a grove of casuarinas to Wreck Beach where the remains of two shipwrecks can be inspected. Walk through Princetown and finish at the impressive 12 Apostles, a group of limestone sea stacks that are constantly changing. We will collect you at 4pm to take you back to Apollo Bay arriving at approximately 5.30pm.

Walking: Moderate / 20 kms / 6-7 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Pack free walking at your own pace, with who you want, when you want
  • Private vehicle transfers in the company of our friendly knowledgeable Auswalk driver who knows the area intimately, plus all luggage transfers
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in rooms with ensuites
  • Cooked breakfasts, two-course dinners and substantial walkers lunches
  • National Park fees
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • 24/7 support with our local partner network on the ground
  • Enjoy Auswalks nearly 30 years of experience in organising these types of holidays

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

From Apollo Bay it is on to Cape Otway where you will either stay at the Great Ocean Eco Lodge or the historic Cape Otway Lightstation. Both properties offer something a little extra, an opportunity to learn all about the conservation efforts at the Eco Lodge on a guided evening walk or the exclusive use of the Lightstation’s environs are special starts to your walk. The accommodations are more than comfortable and all rooms have ensuites.

The Aire Valley Guest House and Great Ocean Walk Retreat are the next stop where you’re in for a showcase of regional produce for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At Aire valley you get to take advantage of Suzie’s organic garden.

When we stay at remote retreats and guest houses the meals are prepared by your expert hosts or a local caterer. The days start with a cooked breakfast and end with a 2 course meal. Each day you’ll be provided with a substantial walkers lunch and the opportunity to enjoy it whilst taking in some of the most breathtaking views in the world. A walkers lunch is varied and may include a high protein type salad, roll or a wrap, muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit.

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

GENERAL INFO

Travel down on the Great Ocean Road to the start of the walk. You will have to arrive by 12:00 midday on your first day to commence the walking. This walk is for people that are wanting to condense the number of nights on the walk and/or are looking for a bit of a challenge.

Each day we move your luggage ahead for you to the next accommodation. All you need to carry is a daypack with what you need for the day. We provide comprehensive walk notes for you. It’s easy to find the way on this track but with our notes you’ll also receive lots of information to help you better appreciate the flora, fauna, history and geology you’re experiencing along the route.

We’ve mapped a point-to-point walk to maximize the highlights, staying in different accommodation on the route. This means more variety, less backtracking and time spent in a vehicle and more time to relax at the end of the day. You’ll walk an average of 18kms each day, with some optional side walks for those wanting to extend themselves.

The walking terrain is varied following clifftops, wide forest tracks, rough trails, beach traverses, including Wreck Beach and tracks shaded by the forest canopy. It’s mostly easy going, flat stretches, with some steady, challenging climbs and long downhill descents. The walk is moderate to challenging with some longer days, these provide a great opportunity for fit walkers to challenge themselves.

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

WEATHER

December through February is usually warm to hot with excellent swimming weather. Book well in advance for January due to the summer school holidays as the Great Ocean Road walk gets very busy. 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 to 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.

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
  • 1 Feb 2019 - 15 Dec 2019
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2095

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $495
  • 16 Dec 2019 - 31 Jan 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2195

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $565
  • 1 Feb 2020 - 15 Dec 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2095

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $495
Overview

OVERVIEW

This is your chance to walk the walk and unplug on Australia’s most iconic coastal walk. We’ve pieced together the best of the track, following the coast through the Great Otway National Park but also via mountain ash forest and over some of the grandest of sea cliffs in Australia. The brilliant diversity of landscapes work in concert with the fauna and flora to make this walk very special.  The energy and power of the massive swells are ever present as are the koalas and other fauna that populate this area. Walking into the 12 Apostles makes for a fine end to an amazing walk.

Highlights:

  • Private transfers along the track from our Auswalk van and driver
  • Traverse inaccessible pristine beaches and witness the awesome power of the Southern Ocean
  • Ample opportunities to spot wildlife in their natural habitat: kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, koalas, black cockatoos, sea eagles, wedge-tailed eagles and even whales and dolphins
  • Walk the: Twelve Apostles, Castle Cove, Shelly Beach and the Gables, as well as Wreck Beach and more
  • Enjoy a hot shower, 2 course dinners, cooked breakfasts and a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
6 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 2095

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 535

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
APOLLO BAY TO SHELLEY BEACH

The walk starts in Apollo Bay, on the Great Ocean Road in the morning. Leave the tourists behind as you meander along the coast. The track follows the coast before heading inland through the forest; be surprised if you don’t spot at least a couple of koalas around Shelly beach. This is also a great place to spot echidnas, wallabies, seabirds, dolphins and in season whales.

Walking: Easy to moderate / 10 km / 6.5 -8 hrs
We can add another 12 kms onto this day to shorten day 2, this will give you more time at the lighthouse if you wish

Meals: Walkers lunch and 2 course dinner

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lighthouse or Ecolodge in ensuite rooms

DAY 2
SHELLEY BEACH TO CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE

From Shelly Beach, you make your way up through magnificent Mountain Ash forest and then down to the delightful Blanket Bay, an ideal place for a swim. From Blanket Bay the track contours through coastal forests and along the cliff tops to Parker Inlet – a picture-postcard setting and definitely one of our favourite places! An optional side-trip to Crayfish Bay is also a highlight.

The track continues through Manna gum forests that are home to large numbers of koalas, eventually emerging at Cape Otway Lightstation.

Walking: Moderate to challenging / 23 kms / 6-8 hrs / plus optional 1 hr walk
This day can be split into two parts, 14kms and 10kms, if you wish which adds another nights’ accommodation to the trip, making it a 7 day trip.

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and 2 course dinner

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lighthouse or Ecolodge in ensuite rooms

DAY 3
CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE TO CASTLE COVE

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 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.

Walking: Moderate / 15.5 kms / 5 hrs / plus 2 kms (50 mins) optional walk

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and 2 course dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse or Retreat in ensuite rooms

DAY 4
CASTLE COVE TO MILANESIA GATE

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 numerous grass trees. In the winter months, there are native orchids and masses of pink heath – Victoria’s floral emblem. Another highlight is the long, white, sandy expanse of Johanna Beach.

Walking: Moderate / 15 kms / 5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and 2 course dinner

Accommodation: Aire Valley Guesthouse or Great Ocean Walk Retreat in ensuite rooms

DAY 5
MILANESIA GATE TO GABLES

Milanesia Beach is one of those secret beaches, not many people get to and one of the most special places on the walk. It is only accessible on foot. From here the track continues along the cliff tops, and you can see all the way back to Cape Otway lighthouse. The walk is characterised by high sea cliffs, breathtaking views and coastal forests which lead you to Moonlight Head. The last 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.

Walking: Moderate to challenging / 18.5 kms / 5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and 2 course dinner

Accommodation: Aire Valley Guesthouse or Great Ocean Walk Retreat in ensuite rooms

DAY 6
GABLES TO 12 APOSTLES

From the Gables, it is another walk through a grove of casuarinas to Wreck Beach where the remains of two shipwrecks can be inspected. Walk through Princetown and finish at the impressive 12 Apostles, a group of limestone sea stacks that are constantly changing. We will collect you at 4pm to take you back to Apollo Bay arriving at approximately 5.30pm.

Walking: Moderate / 20 kms / 6-7 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Pack free walking at your own pace, with who you want, when you want
  • Private vehicle transfers in the company of our friendly knowledgeable Auswalk driver who knows the area intimately, plus all luggage transfers
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in rooms with ensuites
  • Cooked breakfasts, two-course dinners and substantial walkers lunches
  • National Park fees
  • Enjoy worry-free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • 24/7 support with our local partner network on the ground
  • Enjoy Auswalks nearly 30 years of experience in organising these types of holidays
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

From Apollo Bay it is on to Cape Otway where you will either stay at the Great Ocean Eco Lodge or the historic Cape Otway Lightstation. Both properties offer something a little extra, an opportunity to learn all about the conservation efforts at the Eco Lodge on a guided evening walk or the exclusive use of the Lightstation’s environs are special starts to your walk. The accommodations are more than comfortable and all rooms have ensuites.

The Aire Valley Guest House and Great Ocean Walk Retreat are the next stop where you’re in for a showcase of regional produce for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At Aire valley you get to take advantage of Suzie’s organic garden.

When we stay at remote retreats and guest houses the meals are prepared by your expert hosts or a local caterer. The days start with a cooked breakfast and end with a 2 course meal. Each day you’ll be provided with a substantial walkers lunch and the opportunity to enjoy it whilst taking in some of the most breathtaking views in the world. A walkers lunch is varied and may include a high protein type salad, roll or a wrap, muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit.

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

General Info

GENERAL INFO

Travel down on the Great Ocean Road to the start of the walk. You will have to arrive by 12:00 midday on your first day to commence the walking. This walk is for people that are wanting to condense the number of nights on the walk and/or are looking for a bit of a challenge.

Each day we move your luggage ahead for you to the next accommodation. All you need to carry is a daypack with what you need for the day. We provide comprehensive walk notes for you. It’s easy to find the way on this track but with our notes you’ll also receive lots of information to help you better appreciate the flora, fauna, history and geology you’re experiencing along the route.

We’ve mapped a point-to-point walk to maximize the highlights, staying in different accommodation on the route. This means more variety, less backtracking and time spent in a vehicle and more time to relax at the end of the day. You’ll walk an average of 18kms each day, with some optional side walks for those wanting to extend themselves.

The walking terrain is varied following clifftops, wide forest tracks, rough trails, beach traverses, including Wreck Beach and tracks shaded by the forest canopy. It’s mostly easy going, flat stretches, with some steady, challenging climbs and long downhill descents. The walk is moderate to challenging with some longer days, these provide a great opportunity for fit walkers to challenge themselves.

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

WEATHER

December through February is usually warm to hot with excellent swimming weather. Book well in advance for January due to the summer school holidays as the Great Ocean Road walk gets very busy. 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 to 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.

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
  • 1 Feb 2019 - 15 Dec 2019
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2095

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $495
  • 16 Dec 2019 - 31 Jan 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2195

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $565
  • 1 Feb 2020 - 15 Dec 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2095

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $495

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