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. 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.
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 trip starts in Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road. There are various ways to get the start, you can use public transport (a train to Geelong and a connecting bus to Apollo Bay). 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.
The holiday finishes with a transfer back to your car or to Camperdown for public transport connections back to Melbourne. More detail regarding transfers is available, so please contact us.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.