Self-guided

OVERVIEW

This is the way to hike the Great Ocean Walk, taking the time to truly enjoy the region. This is our most iconic coastal walk, for good reason, traversing one of Australia's most dramatic coastlines from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles through the Great Otway National Park.

The 104 km walk meanders its way through Manna gums with koalas only a few feet from the track to traversing massive sea cliffs, cliffs that have made this location famous.

There are plenty of days when the ocean's azure sparkle looks spectacularly inviting, but when you witness the awesome power of the Southern Ocean's tidal assault, you'll see why this coastline is known as the Shipwreck Coast. There are ample opportunities to spot wildlife in their natural habitat, ranging from kangaroos, echidnas and koalas to black cockatoos, sea eagles and whales.

Highlights

  • Step through giant Mountain Ash forest, beneath the tallest flowering plants in the world
  • Spotting a koala or three!
  • Cape Otway Lightstation
  • Mesmerising cliff top walk to Parker Inlet
  • Stunning views as you progress along the track at Castle Cove and at The Gables
  • The pristine nature and deafening surf of Johanna Beach
  • The imposing Twelve Apostles

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
8 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Walks that are longer than 12km with varied terrain. A moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience is recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 2875

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 955

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

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8

DAY 1
ARRIVE APOLLO BAY

The walk starts in Apollo Bay, on the Great Ocean Road any time after 2 pm. There is the option this afternoon to walk 8kms (2hrs) to Shelly Beach to shorten Day 2 – must be arranged at time of booking. There is also an optional walk to Mariners Lookout  which we provide detailed notes on, for panoramic views over the ocean and Apollo Bay village. The other option is to explore the quaint village of Apollo Bay or sit or walk on the gorgeous beach adjacent to the town.

Walking: Easy / 8  or 8.6 km / 2.5 hrs /  optional

Accommodation: Motel in Apollo Bay in rooms with ensuites

DAY 2
APOLLO BAY TO BLANKET BAY

Today’s walk can be shortened if you wish by walking the 8kms to Shelly Beach on Day 1 making today’s walk 15.4kms. It is here that we leave the tourists behind as you begin the Great Ocean Walk along the coast away from Apollo Bay. The track hugs the coast at first before heading inland through tall eucalypt forest and patches of rainforest. Toward the end of the day, we walk through Mountain Ash forest the tallest flowering plant in the world. Wildlife here is abundant and this is an excellent day to spot black wallabies and koalas along the trail. The walking finishes at delightful Blanket Bay – an ideal place for a swim.

Walking: Moderate / 15.4 – 23.4 km / 6–7 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course dinner

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation and Bimbi Park in rooms with ensuites

DAY 3
BLANKET BAY TO CAPE OTWAY LIGHTSTATION

From Blanket Bay, the track contours through coastal forests and along the clifftops to Parker Inlet – a picture-postcard setting. 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. The afternoon is free to explore the lighthouse, museum and displays.

Walking: Easy / 10.3 km / 3 Hrs / optional 1 hr walk

Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course dinner

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation and Bimbi Park in rooms with ensuites

DAY 4
CAPE OTWAY LIGHTSTATION 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 continues through the wind-sculpted sand dunes and along the clifftops to the Aire River estuary and wetlands. The stunning coastal scenery on the route to Castle Cove is just one more of the highlights today.

Walking: Moderate / 15.5 km / 5.5 -6.5 hrs / optional 2km walk

Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course dinner

Accommodation: Chi Farm or the Retreat in rooms with ensuites

DAY 5
CASTLE COVE TO MILANESIA GATE

Today’s section of the Great Ocean Walk 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 and the massive surf.
Walking: Easy to Moderate / 15.2 km / 5 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course dinner

Accommodation: Chi Farm or the Retreat in rooms with ensuites

DAY 6
MILANESIA GATE TO THE GABLES

Milanesia Beach is one of those secret beaches not many people get to, as it’s kilometres off from any real access point other than by foot – and what a special place it is. From here the track continues along the clifftops 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. But it is at the Gables that you get the panoramic views up and down the coast, a great way to end the day.

Walking: Moderate / 15 km / 5-6  hrs

Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course dinner

Accommodation: Chi Farm or the Retreat in rooms with ensuites

DAY 7
THE GABLES TO 12 APOSTLES

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.  The Great Ocean Walk finishes at the impressive Twelve Apostles, a group of limestone sea stacks that are constantly changing. At the end of the walk, celebrate your achievement without having to worry about travelling back to Melbourne this evening.

Walking: Moderate / 20.1 km / 6.5 -7.5 hrs

Meals: Breakfast and walkers lunch

Accommodation: Port Campbell in Motel in rooms with ensuites

DAY 8
BACK TO APOLLO BAY OR CAMPERDOWN (ONWARDS TO MELBOURNE)

After breakfast, you will be transported back to Apollo Bay (if you arrived by car) or to Camperdown for public transport connections.

Meals: Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 8 day pack free walking holiday
  • Great Ocean walk end to end & return transfer to Apollo Bay.
  • 7 nights’ accommodation with ensuites
  • Breakfasts, two-course dinners and substantial Walkers Lunches
  • We shift you along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating much more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • Bag transfers and 24/7 support with our Auswalk’s driver and local partner network on the ground
  • National Park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag and container

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

All of the accommodations are more than comfortable and all rooms have ensuites. Your first night will be spent at a comfortable property in Apollo Bay. Then it’s on to Cape Otway where you will stay at the historic Cape Otway Lightstation or Bimbi Park. The exclusive use of the Lightstation’s environs after it closes is a special highlight of your walk. If we can’t get you into the light station, we have you stay next door at Bimbi Park which is located in a beautiful bush setting and gives rise to the opportunity for further exploration of the area and for close encounters with koalas and kangaroos.

Chi farm or the Great Ocean Walk Retreat is the next stop where you’re in for a showcase of regional produce for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Finish your experience off with the Portside Motel or the Loch Ard Motel. Both properties are in the centre of the quaint town of Port Campbell.

We sometimes have to swap accommodations around or out for others that are of equal standard. We will advise you when this occurs.

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 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).

 

  • NIGHT 1

  • NIGHTS 2 & 3

  • NIGHTS 4, 5 & 6

  • NIGHT 7

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

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DISTANCE - ABOVE AVERAGE

Distance training is a major consideration in your overall training program. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 17-25 km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row. Take every opportunity you can to walk. If you have a fitness watch or phone, you should try to reach >15,000 steps every day.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - ~AVERAGE

Elevation training should be a consideration in your overall training program.

Try to include some form of elevation in more than 40% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

TERRAIN

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

UNEVEN TERRAIN

Preparation for hiking on uneven terrain demands a blend of physical and mental readiness.

Begin with balance-enhancing exercises, such as one-legged stands and stability ball workouts, laying a groundwork for stability and coordination. Strengthening the lower body is especially important, achieved through the incorporation of squats, lunges, and step-ups. Gradually increase the complexity of the terrain on which you walk, moving from gravel paths to rocky trails. Cultivate mindfulness during your practice, directing focused attention to both your immediate surroundings and precise foot placement.

The importance of suitable footwear cannot be overstated; prioritise options that offer robust support and reliable grip to navigate varying terrains with confidence. Build endurance through consistent hikes, progressively increasing distance and difficulty.

GENERAL INFO

Travel down on the Great Ocean Road to the start of the walk. Arrive anytime after 2pm when your room is ready for check in. There is plenty of time to explore Mariners Hill or walk to Shelly Beach to shorten Day 2. You will need to organise this before departure so we can have you picked up.We include accommodation for you in Apollo Bay the night prior to your walk so that you can start the walking feeling refreshed after a great breakfast and a picnic lunch in your day pack, ready to go.

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 15–16 km 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, a shaded forest canopy. It’s mostly relatively easy-going, flat stretches, some steady, challenging climbs and long downhill descents. The walk is moderate to challenging with some longer days. This is a great opportunity for fit walkers to challenge themselves.

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

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

The walk starts in Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road and ends in Port Campbell.

Arriving / Departing via Public Transport 

This is a combined train and coach service operated by PTV. You will first need to take a regional VLINE train from Melbourne to Geelong. In Geelong you will take a coach to Apollo Bay Visitors Information Centre the entire journey will take around 4hrs. From here its a short walk to your first accommodation. You can plan your journey and purchase tickets here. After breakfast on the last day of your trip we will transfer you to Camperdown Station for train connections back to Melbourne.

Arriving / Departing via Private Vehicle – Self Drive 

If you are driving you can park your car at your first accommodation in Apollo Bay. Please note prior to commencing your walk you will need to move your car from the carpark to the street – the street in front of your accommodation is safe and unmetered.  After breakfast on the last day of your trip we will transfer you back to your car in Apollo Bay.

** Important note: If you have opted to walk to Shelly Beach on Day 1 – you’ll need to start walking around 12pm to ensure you’re at the pick up point on time.

If Flying into Melbourne Tullamarine / Geelong Avalon 

If you are flying into Melbourne Airport, there is a direct coach service that will transfer you to Geelong Train Station. The trip from Melbourne Airport to Geelong takes around 1 hour will Gull Airport Service. You will need to make a booking directly with them.

If you are flying into Avalon Airport, Avalon Airport Shuttle meets every flight that arrives into Avalon. They will transfer you to Geelong Train Station which will take around 30 minutes. This journey needs to be pre-booked. Please check online for the most up to dates prices and times.

Private Transfer 

Private transfers are subject to availability please ask you destination consultant at time of booking. Private transfers work best for groups of 4 or more.

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 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.

climate graph for the Great Ocean Walk

Source; BOM

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section 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
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Feb 2024 - 15 Dec 2024
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2875

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $955

    SCHOOL HOLIDAY SURCHARGE APPLIES

  • 16 Dec 2024 - 31 Jan 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $3750

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $1675
  • 1 Feb 2025 - 15 Dec 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $3020

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $1000

    SCHOOL HOLIDAY SURCHARGE APPLIES

REVIEWS

Customer Reviews

5
  1. Rod C

    20 January, 2023 at 1:07 PM
    5

    The walk (116km in total) and scenery were spectacular. Accommodation and food good and the service was faultles (pickup and delivery to airport and accomodation each day) and nothing was a hassle (even picking up drink orders and other items).

  2. Gail D

    14 July, 2022 at 2:18 PM
    5

    Well organized, great accommodation and food.

  3. Vivien H

    8 July, 2022 at 9:21 AM
    5

    Very well organised. Our drivers – Jenny and Johnnie were friendly, informative and on time. Many thanks to them. Accommodation at Bimby very pleasant Great Ocean Retreat was wonderful. Really enjoyed the walk and will recommend it to others

  4. Michelle K

    5 July, 2022 at 2:36 PM
    5

    We highly recommend Auswalk and the Great Ocean Walk. It was very well organised and seamless. It is the ONLY way to see the Southern Victorian Coast. We were not particularly ‘fit’ people and easily managed the walk finishing earlier than the recommended times.

  5. Jan T

    5 July, 2022 at 1:06 PM
    5

    It was a terrific few days away, walk, food, accommodation just excellent. Could not fault anything, relaxing, bus were always there when needed. It all worked like a dream. Can’t wait until our next walk.

  6. Margaret L

    5 July, 2022 at 1:18 PM
    4

    Accommodation and meals excellent. Transport with John and Georgie efficient and lovely to hear stories of the area from locals passionate about where they live.

  7. Louise B

    5 July, 2022 at 10:53 AM
    5

    We appreciated every aspect of the Great Ocean Walk – the walk itself was spectacular, the notes were comprehensive, the accommodation was excellent and the food was superb. It was a very memorable experience and we thank the team for making it all easy to do.

  8. Jane L

    5 July, 2022 at 10:46 AM
    5

    Our GOW adventure with Auswalk was wonderful from start to finish. We had excellent communication in the lead up with great problem solving (twice our booked walks were cancelled with Covid and storm damage.) The self guided walking notes never let us down. They were always reliable and accurate and the maps were detailed and clear. The accommodation was comfortable and clean. We were delighted with the quality of the food: 3 excellent meals each day, some of them home cooked (in the retreat at Glenaire) and easy for us to heat and serve. Our transfer drivers were all wonderful, full of interesting local knowledge, flexible and reliable. We were very grateful for all the special care and effort that went into making our walk a really memorable time.

  9. Kylie D

    1 July, 2022 at 12:16 PM
    5

    Stunning views, pristine beaches, peace, quiet, tranquillity. Flora and fauna abound, with the track to yourself, it’s lovely to have birds happily sitting on a branch watching. We loved our accommodation and support crew were amazing. The food was incredible. Cannot recommend enough.

  10. William & Lynn

    1 July, 2022 at 12:53 PM
    5

    Just completed the GOW in Victoria. The organisation, accommodation, transfers and food packages were all first class. We would highly recommend Auswalk for future holidays. We were also very blessed to have the perfect walking weather. Thanks again Auswalk.

  11. Paula B

    1 July, 2022 at 12:41 PM
    5

    Our first walk with Auswalk and we were incredibly impressed. This is a highly professional company that looks after its clients extremely well. The communication prior to the walk was outstanding. We felt very well prepared for our Self Guided Great Ocean Road Walk. The maps and walking notes were accurate and very helpful. We stayed at some amazing places along the way with incredible catering. Transfers and pick ups were well coordinated. A spectacular and memorable walk. Thanks Auswalk!

  12. Michelle S

    1 July, 2022 at 12:37 PM
    4

    We had a fabulous time on our walk enjoying the outlooks along the way. The accommodation & food supplied was fantastic. A lovely surprise returning from a walk to find a fridge full of food choices.

  13. Dianne M

    11 February, 2021 at 12:07 PM
    5

    SO impressed with Auswalks. Everything was so well organised, professional and first class. From the great communication with them to the wonderful trip notes, the transport, fantastic accomodation and yummy food. Overall, I couldn’t fault anything. I will definitely be doing more walks with them. Not going to go anywhere else now!

  14. Lisa D

    11 November, 2020 at 1:29 PM
    5

    My husband and I have been fortunate to have completed a number of 100km + treks all over the world. It is our view that the Great Ocean Walk, as assisted by Auswalk,is an absolute world class experience. We recently completed our 6th G0W,over 5days and have found that as we continue to challenge ourselves with these inspiring treks,we are completing them with greater ease than 10 years ago!(We are now in our 60’s). There are many other reasons we keep coming back to the Great Ocean Walk. Among them are: *awesome wilderness of south western coast of Victoria,including our charming indigenous wildlife, *genuinely warm country hospitality provided by B’n’B hosts, *hearty meals including deserts and afternoon treats to die for, *cosy fireplaces to snuggle next to after challenging days on track, *GOW departure point at Apollo Bay is only 3 hours drive from Melbourne. We are already anticipating our next trip in a couple of years! Lisa.

  15. Glynne F

    11 November, 2020 at 1:38 PM
    5

    We had a magnificent trip on the Great Ocean Walk. Transport, accommodation and organisation by Auswalk was superb. Even the weather was kind. I highly recommend the experience.

  16. Dougalbird

    21 October, 2018 at 8:46 AM
    5

    An absolutely first class guided tour of a beautiful scenic walk from Sunday – Saturday along this amazing walk. Nature is represented on this walk in so many ways. Long empty beaches with estuaries to cross, surging waves to dab a toe in, clifftop heathlands, rainforests, forests and views from Apollo By to Port Campbell to leave you sighing…
    We saw lots of koalas, Eastern grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies, red necked wallabies, seabirds of all kinds, a shyechnida, a couple of snakes keeping out of our way and so much more. The two guides were extremely experienced, professional and informative. We heard of the history of the making of the Great Ocean Road, the shipwrecks, The Lighthouse at Cape Otway stories, and many more. Flora and fauna and the long history of the rock formations along the way. All questions were answered perfectly and we all learnt a tremendous about about southern Victoria. The guides helped enormously with any feet issues, gear ware and organised the best food for our lunches in the bush! I would 100% recommend Auswalks for this walk, and any of their other walks(the walkers in th group had done several Auswalk walks and all agreed they were the best, with lots of variety of destinations.)

  17. Robin K

    5 December, 2015 at 9:05 PM
    5

    My wife and I recently completed the Great Ocean Walk, a self-guided walk provided and organised by Auswalk.

    We’ve walked all over the world – Nepal, Argentina, Peru, Scotland and other places – this trip was the best organised and by far the most comfy. Ok not exactly cheap but some of the places we stayed like the Aire Valley Guesthouse were just fabulous and the walking was packed with fauna and flora.

    I strongly recommend them!

  18. Janine S

    29 November, 2015 at 8:53 PM
    5

    We have just returned from hiking the Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste trail in the W.A. This is a fabulous way to see some of Australia’s most beautiful coastline and Auswalk Walking Holidays made it even more enjoyable with the wonderful accommodation and hosts, great food and wine available in the beautiful Margaret River region. We chose the self guided option and this was really great fun, the maps and instructions provided and suggestions were reassuring and accurate- especially when you are out there by yourself, it was like we had a personal guide. We just had the best holiday- the long sandy beaches, the beautiful forests, the sculptured coastal gardens, the limestone cliffs and orange boulders, the crystal clear greeny/blue water- we felt very privileged to be walking through this great place. We are now planning our next hike with Auswalk. We can’t thank Auswalks enough for such an experience.

  19. Reg J

    31 January, 2015 at 9:34 PM
    4

    We have done active adventures with companies around the world. We found Auswalk to be an outstanding provider. We opted for a self-guided hike on the Great Ocean Walk. Their trip notes, maps, etc were excellent. One best indicators was speaking to their vendors. They booked us into excellent accommodations. Each of these providers work with other operators, but each of them highly recommended Auswalk and indicated that they were by far and away the best operator they dealt with. I reviewed our hike separately under the Great Ocean Walk.

  20. Ellen B

    23 July, 2014 at 9:37 PM
    5

    We did the self-guided Great Ocean Walk in March and it was a wonderful highlight of our visit to Australia – one of our most memorable travel experiences ever. The walking notes were excellent, quite invaluable on days when we saw only a handful of people on the trail. (One day, we met only five people; 20% of them took a picture of us with our camera.) The beaches were spectacular. The accommodation was terrific, often too small to handled the guided walking groups, but always with delicious meals. Abby and Peter shuttled us to and from the days’ start and end points reliably and offered sage advice; wonderful guys. Auswalk did everything to support our week – great troubleshooting when needed. Though we were on our own, we felt they were never far away.

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Overview

OVERVIEW

This is the way to hike the Great Ocean Walk, taking the time to truly enjoy the region. This is our most iconic coastal walk, for good reason, traversing one of Australia's most dramatic coastlines from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles through the Great Otway National Park.

The 104 km walk meanders its way through Manna gums with koalas only a few feet from the track to traversing massive sea cliffs, cliffs that have made this location famous.

There are plenty of days when the ocean's azure sparkle looks spectacularly inviting, but when you witness the awesome power of the Southern Ocean's tidal assault, you'll see why this coastline is known as the Shipwreck Coast. There are ample opportunities to spot wildlife in their natural habitat, ranging from kangaroos, echidnas and koalas to black cockatoos, sea eagles and whales.

Highlights

  • Step through giant Mountain Ash forest, beneath the tallest flowering plants in the world
  • Spotting a koala or three!
  • Cape Otway Lightstation
  • Mesmerising cliff top walk to Parker Inlet
  • Stunning views as you progress along the track at Castle Cove and at The Gables
  • The pristine nature and deafening surf of Johanna Beach
  • The imposing Twelve Apostles

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
8 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Walks that are longer than 12km with varied terrain. A moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience is recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 2875

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 955

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.

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Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8

DAY 1
ARRIVE APOLLO BAY

The walk starts in Apollo Bay, on the Great Ocean Road any time after 2 pm. There is the option this afternoon to walk 8kms (2hrs) to Shelly Beach to shorten Day 2 – must be arranged at time of booking. There is also an optional walk to Mariners Lookout  which we provide detailed notes on, for panoramic views over the ocean and Apollo Bay village. The other option is to explore the quaint village of Apollo Bay or sit or walk on the gorgeous beach adjacent to the town.

Walking: Easy / 8  or 8.6 km / 2.5 hrs /  optional

Accommodation: Motel in Apollo Bay in rooms with ensuites

DAY 2
APOLLO BAY TO BLANKET BAY

Today’s walk can be shortened if you wish by walking the 8kms to Shelly Beach on Day 1 making today’s walk 15.4kms. It is here that we leave the tourists behind as you begin the Great Ocean Walk along the coast away from Apollo Bay. The track hugs the coast at first before heading inland through tall eucalypt forest and patches of rainforest. Toward the end of the day, we walk through Mountain Ash forest the tallest flowering plant in the world. Wildlife here is abundant and this is an excellent day to spot black wallabies and koalas along the trail. The walking finishes at delightful Blanket Bay – an ideal place for a swim.

Walking: Moderate / 15.4 – 23.4 km / 6–7 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course dinner

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation and Bimbi Park in rooms with ensuites

DAY 3
BLANKET BAY TO CAPE OTWAY LIGHTSTATION

From Blanket Bay, the track contours through coastal forests and along the clifftops to Parker Inlet – a picture-postcard setting. 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. The afternoon is free to explore the lighthouse, museum and displays.

Walking: Easy / 10.3 km / 3 Hrs / optional 1 hr walk

Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course dinner

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation and Bimbi Park in rooms with ensuites

DAY 4
CAPE OTWAY LIGHTSTATION 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 continues through the wind-sculpted sand dunes and along the clifftops to the Aire River estuary and wetlands. The stunning coastal scenery on the route to Castle Cove is just one more of the highlights today.

Walking: Moderate / 15.5 km / 5.5 -6.5 hrs / optional 2km walk

Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course dinner

Accommodation: Chi Farm or the Retreat in rooms with ensuites

DAY 5
CASTLE COVE TO MILANESIA GATE

Today’s section of the Great Ocean Walk 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 and the massive surf.
Walking: Easy to Moderate / 15.2 km / 5 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course dinner

Accommodation: Chi Farm or the Retreat in rooms with ensuites

DAY 6
MILANESIA GATE TO THE GABLES

Milanesia Beach is one of those secret beaches not many people get to, as it’s kilometres off from any real access point other than by foot – and what a special place it is. From here the track continues along the clifftops 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. But it is at the Gables that you get the panoramic views up and down the coast, a great way to end the day.

Walking: Moderate / 15 km / 5-6  hrs

Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and two-course dinner

Accommodation: Chi Farm or the Retreat in rooms with ensuites

DAY 7
THE GABLES TO 12 APOSTLES

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.  The Great Ocean Walk finishes at the impressive Twelve Apostles, a group of limestone sea stacks that are constantly changing. At the end of the walk, celebrate your achievement without having to worry about travelling back to Melbourne this evening.

Walking: Moderate / 20.1 km / 6.5 -7.5 hrs

Meals: Breakfast and walkers lunch

Accommodation: Port Campbell in Motel in rooms with ensuites

DAY 8
BACK TO APOLLO BAY OR CAMPERDOWN (ONWARDS TO MELBOURNE)

After breakfast, you will be transported back to Apollo Bay (if you arrived by car) or to Camperdown for public transport connections.

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 8 day pack free walking holiday
  • Great Ocean walk end to end & return transfer to Apollo Bay.
  • 7 nights’ accommodation with ensuites
  • Breakfasts, two-course dinners and substantial Walkers Lunches
  • We shift you along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating much more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • Bag transfers and 24/7 support with our Auswalk’s driver and local partner network on the ground
  • National Park admission
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag and container
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

All of the accommodations are more than comfortable and all rooms have ensuites. Your first night will be spent at a comfortable property in Apollo Bay. Then it’s on to Cape Otway where you will stay at the historic Cape Otway Lightstation or Bimbi Park. The exclusive use of the Lightstation’s environs after it closes is a special highlight of your walk. If we can’t get you into the light station, we have you stay next door at Bimbi Park which is located in a beautiful bush setting and gives rise to the opportunity for further exploration of the area and for close encounters with koalas and kangaroos.

Chi farm or the Great Ocean Walk Retreat is the next stop where you’re in for a showcase of regional produce for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Finish your experience off with the Portside Motel or the Loch Ard Motel. Both properties are in the centre of the quaint town of Port Campbell.

We sometimes have to swap accommodations around or out for others that are of equal standard. We will advise you when this occurs.

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 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).

 

  • NIGHT 1

  • NIGHTS 2 & 3

  • NIGHTS 4, 5 & 6

  • NIGHT 7

Fitness Guide

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

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DISTANCE - ABOVE AVERAGE

Distance training is a major consideration in your overall training program. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 17-25 km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row. Take every opportunity you can to walk. If you have a fitness watch or phone, you should try to reach >15,000 steps every day.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - ~AVERAGE

Elevation training should be a consideration in your overall training program.

Try to include some form of elevation in more than 40% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

TERRAIN

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

UNEVEN TERRAIN

Preparation for hiking on uneven terrain demands a blend of physical and mental readiness.

Begin with balance-enhancing exercises, such as one-legged stands and stability ball workouts, laying a groundwork for stability and coordination. Strengthening the lower body is especially important, achieved through the incorporation of squats, lunges, and step-ups. Gradually increase the complexity of the terrain on which you walk, moving from gravel paths to rocky trails. Cultivate mindfulness during your practice, directing focused attention to both your immediate surroundings and precise foot placement.

The importance of suitable footwear cannot be overstated; prioritise options that offer robust support and reliable grip to navigate varying terrains with confidence. Build endurance through consistent hikes, progressively increasing distance and difficulty.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

Travel down on the Great Ocean Road to the start of the walk. Arrive anytime after 2pm when your room is ready for check in. There is plenty of time to explore Mariners Hill or walk to Shelly Beach to shorten Day 2. You will need to organise this before departure so we can have you picked up.We include accommodation for you in Apollo Bay the night prior to your walk so that you can start the walking feeling refreshed after a great breakfast and a picnic lunch in your day pack, ready to go.

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 15–16 km 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, a shaded forest canopy. It’s mostly relatively easy-going, flat stretches, some steady, challenging climbs and long downhill descents. The walk is moderate to challenging with some longer days. This is a great opportunity for fit walkers to challenge themselves.

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

HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY

The walk starts in Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road and ends in Port Campbell.

Arriving / Departing via Public Transport 

This is a combined train and coach service operated by PTV. You will first need to take a regional VLINE train from Melbourne to Geelong. In Geelong you will take a coach to Apollo Bay Visitors Information Centre the entire journey will take around 4hrs. From here its a short walk to your first accommodation. You can plan your journey and purchase tickets here. After breakfast on the last day of your trip we will transfer you to Camperdown Station for train connections back to Melbourne.

Arriving / Departing via Private Vehicle – Self Drive 

If you are driving you can park your car at your first accommodation in Apollo Bay. Please note prior to commencing your walk you will need to move your car from the carpark to the street – the street in front of your accommodation is safe and unmetered.  After breakfast on the last day of your trip we will transfer you back to your car in Apollo Bay.

** Important note: If you have opted to walk to Shelly Beach on Day 1 – you’ll need to start walking around 12pm to ensure you’re at the pick up point on time.

If Flying into Melbourne Tullamarine / Geelong Avalon 

If you are flying into Melbourne Airport, there is a direct coach service that will transfer you to Geelong Train Station. The trip from Melbourne Airport to Geelong takes around 1 hour will Gull Airport Service. You will need to make a booking directly with them.

If you are flying into Avalon Airport, Avalon Airport Shuttle meets every flight that arrives into Avalon. They will transfer you to Geelong Train Station which will take around 30 minutes. This journey needs to be pre-booked. Please check online for the most up to dates prices and times.

Private Transfer 

Private transfers are subject to availability please ask you destination consultant at time of booking. Private transfers work best for groups of 4 or more.

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 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.

climate graph for the Great Ocean Walk

Source; BOM

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section 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

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Feb 2024 - 15 Dec 2024
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2875

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $955
  • 16 Dec 2024 - 31 Jan 2025
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $3750

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $1675
  • 1 Feb 2025 - 15 Dec 2025
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $3020

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $1000
Reviews

REVIEWS

Customer Reviews

5
  1. Rod C

    20 January, 2023 at 1:07 PM
    5

    The walk (116km in total) and scenery were spectacular. Accommodation and food good and the service was faultles (pickup and delivery to airport and accomodation each day) and nothing was a hassle (even picking up drink orders and other items).

  2. Gail D

    14 July, 2022 at 2:18 PM
    5

    Well organized, great accommodation and food.

  3. Vivien H

    8 July, 2022 at 9:21 AM
    5

    Very well organised. Our drivers – Jenny and Johnnie were friendly, informative and on time. Many thanks to them. Accommodation at Bimby very pleasant Great Ocean Retreat was wonderful. Really enjoyed the walk and will recommend it to others

  4. Michelle K

    5 July, 2022 at 2:36 PM
    5

    We highly recommend Auswalk and the Great Ocean Walk. It was very well organised and seamless. It is the ONLY way to see the Southern Victorian Coast. We were not particularly ‘fit’ people and easily managed the walk finishing earlier than the recommended times.

  5. Jan T

    5 July, 2022 at 1:06 PM
    5

    It was a terrific few days away, walk, food, accommodation just excellent. Could not fault anything, relaxing, bus were always there when needed. It all worked like a dream. Can’t wait until our next walk.

  6. Margaret L

    5 July, 2022 at 1:18 PM
    4

    Accommodation and meals excellent. Transport with John and Georgie efficient and lovely to hear stories of the area from locals passionate about where they live.

  7. Louise B

    5 July, 2022 at 10:53 AM
    5

    We appreciated every aspect of the Great Ocean Walk – the walk itself was spectacular, the notes were comprehensive, the accommodation was excellent and the food was superb. It was a very memorable experience and we thank the team for making it all easy to do.

  8. Jane L

    5 July, 2022 at 10:46 AM
    5

    Our GOW adventure with Auswalk was wonderful from start to finish. We had excellent communication in the lead up with great problem solving (twice our booked walks were cancelled with Covid and storm damage.) The self guided walking notes never let us down. They were always reliable and accurate and the maps were detailed and clear. The accommodation was comfortable and clean. We were delighted with the quality of the food: 3 excellent meals each day, some of them home cooked (in the retreat at Glenaire) and easy for us to heat and serve. Our transfer drivers were all wonderful, full of interesting local knowledge, flexible and reliable. We were very grateful for all the special care and effort that went into making our walk a really memorable time.

  9. Kylie D

    1 July, 2022 at 12:16 PM
    5

    Stunning views, pristine beaches, peace, quiet, tranquillity. Flora and fauna abound, with the track to yourself, it’s lovely to have birds happily sitting on a branch watching. We loved our accommodation and support crew were amazing. The food was incredible. Cannot recommend enough.

  10. William & Lynn

    1 July, 2022 at 12:53 PM
    5

    Just completed the GOW in Victoria. The organisation, accommodation, transfers and food packages were all first class. We would highly recommend Auswalk for future holidays. We were also very blessed to have the perfect walking weather. Thanks again Auswalk.

  11. Paula B

    1 July, 2022 at 12:41 PM
    5

    Our first walk with Auswalk and we were incredibly impressed. This is a highly professional company that looks after its clients extremely well. The communication prior to the walk was outstanding. We felt very well prepared for our Self Guided Great Ocean Road Walk. The maps and walking notes were accurate and very helpful. We stayed at some amazing places along the way with incredible catering. Transfers and pick ups were well coordinated. A spectacular and memorable walk. Thanks Auswalk!

  12. Michelle S

    1 July, 2022 at 12:37 PM
    4

    We had a fabulous time on our walk enjoying the outlooks along the way. The accommodation & food supplied was fantastic. A lovely surprise returning from a walk to find a fridge full of food choices.

  13. Dianne M

    11 February, 2021 at 12:07 PM
    5

    SO impressed with Auswalks. Everything was so well organised, professional and first class. From the great communication with them to the wonderful trip notes, the transport, fantastic accomodation and yummy food. Overall, I couldn’t fault anything. I will definitely be doing more walks with them. Not going to go anywhere else now!

  14. Lisa D

    11 November, 2020 at 1:29 PM
    5

    My husband and I have been fortunate to have completed a number of 100km + treks all over the world. It is our view that the Great Ocean Walk, as assisted by Auswalk,is an absolute world class experience. We recently completed our 6th G0W,over 5days and have found that as we continue to challenge ourselves with these inspiring treks,we are completing them with greater ease than 10 years ago!(We are now in our 60’s). There are many other reasons we keep coming back to the Great Ocean Walk. Among them are: *awesome wilderness of south western coast of Victoria,including our charming indigenous wildlife, *genuinely warm country hospitality provided by B’n’B hosts, *hearty meals including deserts and afternoon treats to die for, *cosy fireplaces to snuggle next to after challenging days on track, *GOW departure point at Apollo Bay is only 3 hours drive from Melbourne. We are already anticipating our next trip in a couple of years! Lisa.

  15. Glynne F

    11 November, 2020 at 1:38 PM
    5

    We had a magnificent trip on the Great Ocean Walk. Transport, accommodation and organisation by Auswalk was superb. Even the weather was kind. I highly recommend the experience.

  16. Dougalbird

    21 October, 2018 at 8:46 AM
    5

    An absolutely first class guided tour of a beautiful scenic walk from Sunday – Saturday along this amazing walk. Nature is represented on this walk in so many ways. Long empty beaches with estuaries to cross, surging waves to dab a toe in, clifftop heathlands, rainforests, forests and views from Apollo By to Port Campbell to leave you sighing…
    We saw lots of koalas, Eastern grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies, red necked wallabies, seabirds of all kinds, a shyechnida, a couple of snakes keeping out of our way and so much more. The two guides were extremely experienced, professional and informative. We heard of the history of the making of the Great Ocean Road, the shipwrecks, The Lighthouse at Cape Otway stories, and many more. Flora and fauna and the long history of the rock formations along the way. All questions were answered perfectly and we all learnt a tremendous about about southern Victoria. The guides helped enormously with any feet issues, gear ware and organised the best food for our lunches in the bush! I would 100% recommend Auswalks for this walk, and any of their other walks(the walkers in th group had done several Auswalk walks and all agreed they were the best, with lots of variety of destinations.)

  17. Robin K

    5 December, 2015 at 9:05 PM
    5

    My wife and I recently completed the Great Ocean Walk, a self-guided walk provided and organised by Auswalk.

    We’ve walked all over the world – Nepal, Argentina, Peru, Scotland and other places – this trip was the best organised and by far the most comfy. Ok not exactly cheap but some of the places we stayed like the Aire Valley Guesthouse were just fabulous and the walking was packed with fauna and flora.

    I strongly recommend them!

  18. Janine S

    29 November, 2015 at 8:53 PM
    5

    We have just returned from hiking the Cape Leeuwin to Cape Naturaliste trail in the W.A. This is a fabulous way to see some of Australia’s most beautiful coastline and Auswalk Walking Holidays made it even more enjoyable with the wonderful accommodation and hosts, great food and wine available in the beautiful Margaret River region. We chose the self guided option and this was really great fun, the maps and instructions provided and suggestions were reassuring and accurate- especially when you are out there by yourself, it was like we had a personal guide. We just had the best holiday- the long sandy beaches, the beautiful forests, the sculptured coastal gardens, the limestone cliffs and orange boulders, the crystal clear greeny/blue water- we felt very privileged to be walking through this great place. We are now planning our next hike with Auswalk. We can’t thank Auswalks enough for such an experience.

  19. Reg J

    31 January, 2015 at 9:34 PM
    4

    We have done active adventures with companies around the world. We found Auswalk to be an outstanding provider. We opted for a self-guided hike on the Great Ocean Walk. Their trip notes, maps, etc were excellent. One best indicators was speaking to their vendors. They booked us into excellent accommodations. Each of these providers work with other operators, but each of them highly recommended Auswalk and indicated that they were by far and away the best operator they dealt with. I reviewed our hike separately under the Great Ocean Walk.

  20. Ellen B

    23 July, 2014 at 9:37 PM
    5

    We did the self-guided Great Ocean Walk in March and it was a wonderful highlight of our visit to Australia – one of our most memorable travel experiences ever. The walking notes were excellent, quite invaluable on days when we saw only a handful of people on the trail. (One day, we met only five people; 20% of them took a picture of us with our camera.) The beaches were spectacular. The accommodation was terrific, often too small to handled the guided walking groups, but always with delicious meals. Abby and Peter shuttled us to and from the days’ start and end points reliably and offered sage advice; wonderful guys. Auswalk did everything to support our week – great troubleshooting when needed. Though we were on our own, we felt they were never far away.

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