Self-guided

OVERVIEW

The Great Ocean Walk is our most iconic coastal walk, for good reason, as it traverses 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. You’ll walk through giant Mountain Ash forest, beneath the tallest flowering plants in the world and on along some of the most remarkable pristine beaches in Australia.

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 eternal tidal assault, you’ll see why this coastline is known as the Shipwreck Coast. There are also ample opportunities to spot wildlife in their natural habitat, ranging from kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and koalas to black cockatoos, sea eagles, wedge-tailed eagles, dolphins and whales.

Highlights include the 12 Twelve Apostles, plus more stunning views as you progress along the track at Castle Cove and at the Gables, as well as Wreck and Johanna beaches. This is some of the most remote and remarkable terrain you’re likely to ever navigate. The pristine nature and deafening surf make Johanna Beach one of the ultimate beach walks.

The Great Ocean Walk is also available as a 6-day group-guided walk or a shorter, 4-day highlights self-guided walk.

WALK OVERVIEW

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

Grade 3 – Moderate

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

PRICE FROM
$ 2795

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 855

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 7
  • Day 8

DAY 1
ARRIVE APOLLO BAY

Start in Apollo Bay, on the Great Ocean Road any time after 2 pm. Optional afternoon walk to Mariners Lookout for panoramic views over the ocean and Apollo Bay village.

Walking: Easy / 8.6km / 2.5 hrs

Accommodation: Motel in Apollo Bay in rooms with ensuites

DAY 2
APOLLO BAY TO BLANKET BAY

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. Wildlife here is abundant and this is an excellent day to spot black wallabies and more along the trail. The walking finishes at delightful Blanket Bay – an ideal place for a swim.

Walking: Moderate / 23.4km / 6–7 hrs

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

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lighthouse or Ecolodge in rooms with ensuites

DAY 3
BLANKET BAY TO CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE

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 or spend time at the eco-lodge.

Walking: Easy / 11km / 3 Hrs / optional 1 hr walk

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

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lighthouse or Ecolodge in rooms with ensuites

DAY 4
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 continues through the wind-sculpted sand dunes and along the clifftops to the Aire River estuary and wetlands. Stunning coastal scenery awaits on the route to Castle Cove.

Walking: Moderate / 17.5km / 5.5 -6.5 hrs / optional 2km walk

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

Accommodation: Guesthouse or 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.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 15km / 5 hrs

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

Accommodation: Guesthouse or 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 – 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.

Walking: Moderate / 17 km / 6-7  hrs

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

Accommodation: Southern Anchorage 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 / 20km / 6.5 -7.5 hrs

Meals: Cooked 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: Cooked 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
  • Cooked 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 either be 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 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. Where you can enjoy the benefits of Suzy’ cooking and her organic garden.

Finish your experience off with Southern Anchorage and then the Portside Motel. Both properties are conveniently located, Southern Anchorage on a beautiful bush setting on the edge of the national park and Portside Motel in the centre of the quaint town of Port Campbell.

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 cooked breakfast and end with a 2-course meal accompanied with a glass of wine (or a beer) if you so choose. 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).

By the way, the former Head Ranger who was pivotal in the designing of the track also guides your tour at Loch Ard Gorge on the last morning. He’s a wealth of knowledge and also great company so you can look forward to a fascinating morning of walking and exploring.

GENERAL INFO

Travel down on the Great Ocean Road to the start of the walk. You don’t have to arrive early in the morning on your first day. 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, 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.

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.

INSURANCE

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

INFORMATION PACK

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

CONTACT

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

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Feb 2019 - 15 Dec 2019
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2795

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $855
  • 16 Dec 2019 - 31 Jan 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2855

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $855
  • 1 Feb 2020 - 15 Dec 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2795

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $855
  • 16 Dec 2020 - 31 Jan 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2955

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $955
Overview

OVERVIEW

The Great Ocean Walk is our most iconic coastal walk, for good reason, as it traverses 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. You’ll walk through giant Mountain Ash forest, beneath the tallest flowering plants in the world and on along some of the most remarkable pristine beaches in Australia.

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 eternal tidal assault, you’ll see why this coastline is known as the Shipwreck Coast. There are also ample opportunities to spot wildlife in their natural habitat, ranging from kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and koalas to black cockatoos, sea eagles, wedge-tailed eagles, dolphins and whales.

Highlights include the 12 Twelve Apostles, plus more stunning views as you progress along the track at Castle Cove and at the Gables, as well as Wreck and Johanna beaches. This is some of the most remote and remarkable terrain you’re likely to ever navigate. The pristine nature and deafening surf make Johanna Beach one of the ultimate beach walks.

The Great Ocean Walk is also available as a 6-day group-guided walk or a shorter, 4-day highlights self-guided walk.

WALK OVERVIEW

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

Grade 3 – Moderate

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

PRICE FROM
$ 2795

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 855

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 7
  • Day 8

DAY 1
ARRIVE APOLLO BAY

Start in Apollo Bay, on the Great Ocean Road any time after 2 pm. Optional afternoon walk to Mariners Lookout for panoramic views over the ocean and Apollo Bay village.

Walking: Easy / 8.6km / 2.5 hrs

Accommodation: Motel in Apollo Bay in rooms with ensuites

DAY 2
APOLLO BAY TO BLANKET BAY

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. Wildlife here is abundant and this is an excellent day to spot black wallabies and more along the trail. The walking finishes at delightful Blanket Bay – an ideal place for a swim.

Walking: Moderate / 23.4km / 6–7 hrs

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

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lighthouse or Ecolodge in rooms with ensuites

DAY 3
BLANKET BAY TO CAPE OTWAY LIGHTHOUSE

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 or spend time at the eco-lodge.

Walking: Easy / 11km / 3 Hrs / optional 1 hr walk

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

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lighthouse or Ecolodge in rooms with ensuites

DAY 4
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 continues through the wind-sculpted sand dunes and along the clifftops to the Aire River estuary and wetlands. Stunning coastal scenery awaits on the route to Castle Cove.

Walking: Moderate / 17.5km / 5.5 -6.5 hrs / optional 2km walk

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

Accommodation: Guesthouse or 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.

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 15km / 5 hrs

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

Accommodation: Guesthouse or 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 – 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.

Walking: Moderate / 17 km / 6-7  hrs

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

Accommodation: Southern Anchorage 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 / 20km / 6.5 -7.5 hrs

Meals: Cooked 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: Cooked 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
  • Cooked 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 either be 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 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. Where you can enjoy the benefits of Suzy’ cooking and her organic garden.

Finish your experience off with Southern Anchorage and then the Portside Motel. Both properties are conveniently located, Southern Anchorage on a beautiful bush setting on the edge of the national park and Portside Motel in the centre of the quaint town of Port Campbell.

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 cooked breakfast and end with a 2-course meal accompanied with a glass of wine (or a beer) if you so choose. 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).

By the way, the former Head Ranger who was pivotal in the designing of the track also guides your tour at Loch Ard Gorge on the last morning. He’s a wealth of knowledge and also great company so you can look forward to a fascinating morning of walking and exploring.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

Travel down on the Great Ocean Road to the start of the walk. You don’t have to arrive early in the morning on your first day. 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, 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.

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.

INSURANCE

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

INFORMATION PACK

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

CONTACT

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

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Feb 2019 - 15 Dec 2019
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2795

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $855
  • 16 Dec 2019 - 31 Jan 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2855

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $855
  • 1 Feb 2020 - 15 Dec 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2795

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $855
  • 16 Dec 2020 - 31 Jan 2021
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2955

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $955

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