OVERVIEW

The Great South West track has got to be Victoria’s best kept secret – a 250km continuous loop of untouched environment, from dramatic isolated coast with massive limestone cliffs and pristine beaches, to meandering rivers and remote bushland teaming with wildlife. Aboriginal heritage sites, the mighty Southern Ocean and freshwater lakes make this one of the most varied walks in Australia. This walk is a “Symphony in Four Movements”, depicted beautifully in this video.

The first stage is the picturesque Glenelg River, which stretches out as it nears the coast then carves its way through a spectacular limestone gorge. Then it is onto the pristine sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and freshwater lakes of Discovery Bay Coastal Park. The grand finale is the Three Capes and Bays section where the track hugs the clifftop all the way.

Highlights

  • Remote pack free walking
  • Your likely to have this outback paradise all to yourself
  • Rugged, wave-bashed headlands are the highest in Victoria
  • Whale spotting in season & colony of Australian fur seals at Cape Bridgewater year-round
  • Huge variety of landscapes and habitats making this an easy place to spot kangaroos, echidnas, koalas, emus and much more
  • Small family run accommodations and country hospitality

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
$ 2395

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 425

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
PORTLAND WALK ALONG THE FORESHORE

The walking trip starts in Portland any time after 2pm. There is no scheduled walk today, but there’s plenty of walking options to take up, including exploring the old historic buildings on the foreshore. There’s also a beautiful beach walk or the informative Maritime Discovery Centre to explore.

Walking: Optional easy walking available

Accommodation: Lorelei B&B Portland

DAY 2
GLENELG RIVER SECTION FROM MOLESIDE TO SAPLING CREEK

Hike the picturesque Glenelg River section of the Great South West Walk from Moleside Creek to Sapling Creek. The track follows the contours of the river almost all of the way with many opportunities to take a swim.

Walking: Moderate / 27.6km / 5.5–6.5 hrs / shorter 18km option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and a 2 course dinner

Accommodation: Nelson Cottage

DAY 3
SAPLING CREEK TO NELSON ON THE GLENELG RIVER

Today’s walk finds its way through the Glenelg River Gorge and continues to aside the river all the way into the settlement of Nelson. The character of the river changes dramatically through the gorge as it widens nearing the coast. Here you’ll see boat sheds that have been converted into waterfront houses. From here we walk into our accommodation.

Walking: Moderate / 24.4kms / 6–7 hrs / shorter option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Nelson

DAY 4
DISCOVERY NATIONAL PARK NELSON TO LAKE MONIBEONG

We walk out of your Nelson accommodation out of town via Oxbow Lake and out of Lower Glenelg National park into Discovery Bay National park.  From here on its a beautiful beach walk on hard sand in Discovery Bay. For the afternoon, head back onto the track inland, parallel to the coast, emerging at a huge freshwater lake. This can be a moderate to challenging walk at high tide.

Walking: Moderate / 21.7kms / 6–7 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and a two course dinner

Accommodation: Nelson

DAY 5
THREE CAPES SECTION FROM BRIDGEWATER LAKES TO BRIDGEWATER BAY

Today’s walk is one of the best. We begin the walk on the Three Capes Section of the track on a track that hugs the cliff the entire way with photo opportunities aplenty. As you walk we pass by blow holes and a “Petrified Forest”. The last section of the hike today is called “Enchanted Walk” where vines of bower spinach are decoratively draped over limestone boulders and twisted moonah trees.  Today we have the pleasure of walking in to your accommodation at Bridgewater Bay.

Walking: Moderate / 16.5km / 5–6 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and a two-course dinner

Accommodation: Bridgewater Bay

DAY 6
BRIDGEWATER BAY TO CAPE NELSON LIGHTHOUSE

From your Bridgewater Bay accommodation, we continue on the beach for a short while and then back up on a clifftop track with superb views over the beach and the huge swells of the Southern Ocean.  Keep an eye out for whales. We end at Cape Nelson Lighthouse where there’s a cafe, so why not reward yourself at the end of today’s hike with a nice cold beer or if its cooler, warm yourself up with a coffee.

Walking: Moderate / 19km / 4.5–5.5 hrs….

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and a two-course dinner

Accommodation: Bridgewater Bay

DAY 7
CAPE NELSON LIGHTHOUSE TO PORTLAND

The final section of the Great South West Walk continues from Cape Nelson all the way into Portland.  The walk hugs the cliffs via Yellow Rock and Cape Sir William Grant, an endangered Australasian gannet colony and the Portland Battery. Then it’s back to the B&B in Portland where you can relax. Portland is quite big for a country town so you can enjoy many of the things that large town might offer, like a massage or having a choice of a variety of eating establishments.

Walking: Moderate / 23km / 5.5–6.5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Portland

DAY 8
PORTLAND AND END OF WALK

Your walking holiday finishes after breakfast in Portland. If you loved this area you could consider walking the whole track, its only 250kms.

Meals: Cooked breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 8 day pack free walking holiday
  • The Great South West Walk highlights
  • 7 nights’ accommodation with ensuite (except at Nelson)
  • Cooked breakfasts, two course dinners and substantial Walkers Lunches
  • Luggage transport and vehicle transfers
  • We shift you along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • National Park admission
  • Enjoy worry free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case , insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • 24/7 support from Auswalk’s transfer company and representatives on the ground

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

This hike has you supported all the way. We have you walk in and out of remote towns and stay at small bed and breakfasts and lodges. Your hosts have been with us for decades. Denis at Bridgewater is a real character so be prepared.  John, Trish and Roger have also been part of our team for nearly twenty years. They love accommodating and feeding our walkers. All of the rooms all have ensuites except at Nelson Lodge. Nelson Lodge was an old police station and has real character and it is most likely that you will have the place to yourself. The views from Sea View Lodge at Bridgewater make you feel like you never left the track.

The food is prepared by your hosts and the local restaurant at Bridgewater where the food is prepared by a chef.

Each day whilst you’re walking you’ll be provided with a substantial Walkers Lunch and get to eat it at a fabulous location on the track. 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

This trip starts and finishes in Portland, which is a 5-hour drive from Melbourne. If you prefer, you can fly to Portland from either Melbourne or Adelaide. There are also public transport services from Melbourne. Contact us for more details.

We have rated this walk as moderate as some days are quite long. Full day walks average about 22km, 5 to 7.5 hours walking each day. The walking is mostly flat over reasonably well-walked paths, bush tracks and with some sandy sections.

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

WEATHER

This walk can be done any time of the year except for the winter months of June, July and August. September to April is the ultimate time of the year for walking. Sea breezes usually keep the temperatures comfortable in summer, although there can be a period of quite hot weather, especially during February.

Warning about tide times – we may have to be a little flexible with your start date to make sure that the walking on the beach at high tide is avoided.

This walking holiday includes some sections of beach walking, so you need to take into account the tide times when choosing a starting date. To check tide charts, go to the Bureau of Meteorology and select your location as Portland. We can assist you if you need help understanding the charts.

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 Apr 2020 - 31 Mar 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2395

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $425

    8 day itinerary

  • 1 Apr 2021 - 31 Mar 2022
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2495

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $455

    8 day itinerary

REVIEWS

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  1. Kevin S

    17 October, 2018 at 4:28 AM
    5

    We did the 8 days, Great South West Walk, that follows the Glenelg River and the south-west coastline. While I love walking along rivers and pathways through bushland I found on this occasion the highlights were equalled by spectacular views and interesting insights into the formation of the landscape along the coastline. The variety and notes provided by Auswalk were informative. The advice they provide on what to bring, such as cameras and what to be careful about was sound. I would suggest that you have your camera handy at all times – so many times I was too slow to catch a photo of a kangaroo, wallaby or another of the natural wildlife. The hosts at the various locations were outstanding.

  2. Karen B

    29 November, 2016 at 5:40 AM
    5

    I have just completed a 7 day guided walking trip, including 4 days on the Great South West Walk. Auswalk guided tour has selected 4 sections (from the 250 km walking track) to walk on this tour and they were outstanding. Two days walking along near Glenelg River and two days along the tops of the cliffs looking out over the Southern Ocean. Three travel days over the week provided opportunities to visit and walk around local destinations, attractions and wildlife colonies in the south west corner of Victoria and into South Australia. All the details and logistics were handled by Auswalk, leaving the walkers to thoroughly enjoy each day. Good company with like-minded people, good food, very comfortable accommodation and great guides made for a sensational trip ( my 10th with this company)

  3. leonies700

    25 November, 2016 at 2:08 PM
    5

    My sister-in-law and I completed the Auswalk 8 day self-guided Great South West Walk on Tuesday.
    Tucked away on the Victorian/SA coastal border, this beautiful walk is like a well-kept secret. Spectacular cliffs, quiet forest, deserted beaches, clear lakes, abundant wildlife and stately river.
    Photos advertising this walk do not represent a rare highlight or two. The scenery constantly changes and is consistently magnificent.
    Auswalk are friendly to deal with and very well organized. We could tell there are years of experience behind the planning of our walk. Our comfortable accommodations at Portland, Nelson and Bridgewater each had their own unique charm. The owners have longstanding relationships with Auswalk and that knowledge and experience shows.
    The meals were great; when you are walking you especially look forward to what is in that insulated lunch-bag! The walk notes and kit were also excellent.
    This is a great way of having a comfortable hiking holiday with someone else doing the planning. You really do unwind. Life becomes simple. Rest, Eat, Walk (with beautiful scenery all around you), Rest, Eat, Sleep. All the hard stuff has been done by Auswalk.
    Many thanks for a wonderful experience.

  4. JmRToM

    28 October, 2016 at 6:47 AM
    5

    We have just completed the GSWW self guided walking holiday staying at B & B’s each night. Auswalk staff before and during the walk were so helpful, supportive and generous with their time. There were some ‘interesting’ moments due to significant weather patterns that had caused flooding in some areas and the staff at Auswalk kept us up to date with information and other options. We always felt so safe and supported that no matter what the weather threw at us we knew Auswalk had an eye out for us. This holiday was amazing plus awe inspiring experience on so many levels and Auswalk were the key part in bringing it all together. We will certainly be doing more walks with Auswalk and would highly recommend them to anyone considering this type of holiday. Thanks so much to everyone at Auswalk.

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Overview

OVERVIEW

The Great South West track has got to be Victoria’s best kept secret – a 250km continuous loop of untouched environment, from dramatic isolated coast with massive limestone cliffs and pristine beaches, to meandering rivers and remote bushland teaming with wildlife. Aboriginal heritage sites, the mighty Southern Ocean and freshwater lakes make this one of the most varied walks in Australia. This walk is a “Symphony in Four Movements”, depicted beautifully in this video.

The first stage is the picturesque Glenelg River, which stretches out as it nears the coast then carves its way through a spectacular limestone gorge. Then it is onto the pristine sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and freshwater lakes of Discovery Bay Coastal Park. The grand finale is the Three Capes and Bays section where the track hugs the clifftop all the way.

Highlights

  • Remote pack free walking
  • Your likely to have this outback paradise all to yourself
  • Rugged, wave-bashed headlands are the highest in Victoria
  • Whale spotting in season & colony of Australian fur seals at Cape Bridgewater year-round
  • Huge variety of landscapes and habitats making this an easy place to spot kangaroos, echidnas, koalas, emus and much more
  • Small family run accommodations and country hospitality

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
$ 2395

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 425

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
PORTLAND WALK ALONG THE FORESHORE

The walking trip starts in Portland any time after 2pm. There is no scheduled walk today, but there’s plenty of walking options to take up, including exploring the old historic buildings on the foreshore. There’s also a beautiful beach walk or the informative Maritime Discovery Centre to explore.

Walking: Optional easy walking available

Accommodation: Lorelei B&B Portland

DAY 2
GLENELG RIVER SECTION FROM MOLESIDE TO SAPLING CREEK

Hike the picturesque Glenelg River section of the Great South West Walk from Moleside Creek to Sapling Creek. The track follows the contours of the river almost all of the way with many opportunities to take a swim.

Walking: Moderate / 27.6km / 5.5–6.5 hrs / shorter 18km option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and a 2 course dinner

Accommodation: Nelson Cottage

DAY 3
SAPLING CREEK TO NELSON ON THE GLENELG RIVER

Today’s walk finds its way through the Glenelg River Gorge and continues to aside the river all the way into the settlement of Nelson. The character of the river changes dramatically through the gorge as it widens nearing the coast. Here you’ll see boat sheds that have been converted into waterfront houses. From here we walk into our accommodation.

Walking: Moderate / 24.4kms / 6–7 hrs / shorter option available

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Nelson

DAY 4
DISCOVERY NATIONAL PARK NELSON TO LAKE MONIBEONG

We walk out of your Nelson accommodation out of town via Oxbow Lake and out of Lower Glenelg National park into Discovery Bay National park.  From here on its a beautiful beach walk on hard sand in Discovery Bay. For the afternoon, head back onto the track inland, parallel to the coast, emerging at a huge freshwater lake. This can be a moderate to challenging walk at high tide.

Walking: Moderate / 21.7kms / 6–7 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and a two course dinner

Accommodation: Nelson

DAY 5
THREE CAPES SECTION FROM BRIDGEWATER LAKES TO BRIDGEWATER BAY

Today’s walk is one of the best. We begin the walk on the Three Capes Section of the track on a track that hugs the cliff the entire way with photo opportunities aplenty. As you walk we pass by blow holes and a “Petrified Forest”. The last section of the hike today is called “Enchanted Walk” where vines of bower spinach are decoratively draped over limestone boulders and twisted moonah trees.  Today we have the pleasure of walking in to your accommodation at Bridgewater Bay.

Walking: Moderate / 16.5km / 5–6 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and a two-course dinner

Accommodation: Bridgewater Bay

DAY 6
BRIDGEWATER BAY TO CAPE NELSON LIGHTHOUSE

From your Bridgewater Bay accommodation, we continue on the beach for a short while and then back up on a clifftop track with superb views over the beach and the huge swells of the Southern Ocean.  Keep an eye out for whales. We end at Cape Nelson Lighthouse where there’s a cafe, so why not reward yourself at the end of today’s hike with a nice cold beer or if its cooler, warm yourself up with a coffee.

Walking: Moderate / 19km / 4.5–5.5 hrs….

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and a two-course dinner

Accommodation: Bridgewater Bay

DAY 7
CAPE NELSON LIGHTHOUSE TO PORTLAND

The final section of the Great South West Walk continues from Cape Nelson all the way into Portland.  The walk hugs the cliffs via Yellow Rock and Cape Sir William Grant, an endangered Australasian gannet colony and the Portland Battery. Then it’s back to the B&B in Portland where you can relax. Portland is quite big for a country town so you can enjoy many of the things that large town might offer, like a massage or having a choice of a variety of eating establishments.

Walking: Moderate / 23km / 5.5–6.5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Portland

DAY 8
PORTLAND AND END OF WALK

Your walking holiday finishes after breakfast in Portland. If you loved this area you could consider walking the whole track, its only 250kms.

Meals: Cooked breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 8 day pack free walking holiday
  • The Great South West Walk highlights
  • 7 nights’ accommodation with ensuite (except at Nelson)
  • Cooked breakfasts, two course dinners and substantial Walkers Lunches
  • Luggage transport and vehicle transfers
  • We shift you along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • National Park admission
  • Enjoy worry free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case , insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • 24/7 support from Auswalk’s transfer company and representatives on the ground
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

This hike has you supported all the way. We have you walk in and out of remote towns and stay at small bed and breakfasts and lodges. Your hosts have been with us for decades. Denis at Bridgewater is a real character so be prepared.  John, Trish and Roger have also been part of our team for nearly twenty years. They love accommodating and feeding our walkers. All of the rooms all have ensuites except at Nelson Lodge. Nelson Lodge was an old police station and has real character and it is most likely that you will have the place to yourself. The views from Sea View Lodge at Bridgewater make you feel like you never left the track.

The food is prepared by your hosts and the local restaurant at Bridgewater where the food is prepared by a chef.

Each day whilst you’re walking you’ll be provided with a substantial Walkers Lunch and get to eat it at a fabulous location on the track. 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

This trip starts and finishes in Portland, which is a 5-hour drive from Melbourne. If you prefer, you can fly to Portland from either Melbourne or Adelaide. There are also public transport services from Melbourne. Contact us for more details.

We have rated this walk as moderate as some days are quite long. Full day walks average about 22km, 5 to 7.5 hours walking each day. The walking is mostly flat over reasonably well-walked paths, bush tracks and with some sandy sections.

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

WEATHER

This walk can be done any time of the year except for the winter months of June, July and August. September to April is the ultimate time of the year for walking. Sea breezes usually keep the temperatures comfortable in summer, although there can be a period of quite hot weather, especially during February.

Warning about tide times – we may have to be a little flexible with your start date to make sure that the walking on the beach at high tide is avoided.

This walking holiday includes some sections of beach walking, so you need to take into account the tide times when choosing a starting date. To check tide charts, go to the Bureau of Meteorology and select your location as Portland. We can assist you if you need help understanding the charts.

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

MAP

Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Apr 2020 - 31 Mar 2021
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2395

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $425
  • 1 Apr 2021 - 31 Mar 2022
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $2495

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $455
Reviews

REVIEWS

Customer Reviews

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  1. Kevin S

    17 October, 2018 at 4:28 AM
    5

    We did the 8 days, Great South West Walk, that follows the Glenelg River and the south-west coastline. While I love walking along rivers and pathways through bushland I found on this occasion the highlights were equalled by spectacular views and interesting insights into the formation of the landscape along the coastline. The variety and notes provided by Auswalk were informative. The advice they provide on what to bring, such as cameras and what to be careful about was sound. I would suggest that you have your camera handy at all times – so many times I was too slow to catch a photo of a kangaroo, wallaby or another of the natural wildlife. The hosts at the various locations were outstanding.

  2. Karen B

    29 November, 2016 at 5:40 AM
    5

    I have just completed a 7 day guided walking trip, including 4 days on the Great South West Walk. Auswalk guided tour has selected 4 sections (from the 250 km walking track) to walk on this tour and they were outstanding. Two days walking along near Glenelg River and two days along the tops of the cliffs looking out over the Southern Ocean. Three travel days over the week provided opportunities to visit and walk around local destinations, attractions and wildlife colonies in the south west corner of Victoria and into South Australia. All the details and logistics were handled by Auswalk, leaving the walkers to thoroughly enjoy each day. Good company with like-minded people, good food, very comfortable accommodation and great guides made for a sensational trip ( my 10th with this company)

  3. leonies700

    25 November, 2016 at 2:08 PM
    5

    My sister-in-law and I completed the Auswalk 8 day self-guided Great South West Walk on Tuesday.
    Tucked away on the Victorian/SA coastal border, this beautiful walk is like a well-kept secret. Spectacular cliffs, quiet forest, deserted beaches, clear lakes, abundant wildlife and stately river.
    Photos advertising this walk do not represent a rare highlight or two. The scenery constantly changes and is consistently magnificent.
    Auswalk are friendly to deal with and very well organized. We could tell there are years of experience behind the planning of our walk. Our comfortable accommodations at Portland, Nelson and Bridgewater each had their own unique charm. The owners have longstanding relationships with Auswalk and that knowledge and experience shows.
    The meals were great; when you are walking you especially look forward to what is in that insulated lunch-bag! The walk notes and kit were also excellent.
    This is a great way of having a comfortable hiking holiday with someone else doing the planning. You really do unwind. Life becomes simple. Rest, Eat, Walk (with beautiful scenery all around you), Rest, Eat, Sleep. All the hard stuff has been done by Auswalk.
    Many thanks for a wonderful experience.

  4. JmRToM

    28 October, 2016 at 6:47 AM
    5

    We have just completed the GSWW self guided walking holiday staying at B & B’s each night. Auswalk staff before and during the walk were so helpful, supportive and generous with their time. There were some ‘interesting’ moments due to significant weather patterns that had caused flooding in some areas and the staff at Auswalk kept us up to date with information and other options. We always felt so safe and supported that no matter what the weather threw at us we knew Auswalk had an eye out for us. This holiday was amazing plus awe inspiring experience on so many levels and Auswalk were the key part in bringing it all together. We will certainly be doing more walks with Auswalk and would highly recommend them to anyone considering this type of holiday. Thanks so much to everyone at Auswalk.

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  • 13 night’s accommodation in 3 star character filled hotels (an upgrade to 4 star and better accommodation is available.)
  • Breakfast on every day of the walk
  • 24/7 support from our people on the ground
  • Our comprehensive set of notes, detailed walking itineraries, integrated maps and insider tips (where to get the best tapas plus a lot more)
  • Total walking distance of 230km, a real challenge
  • All transport on and off the track including luggage transfers
  • Take advantage of nearly 30 years experience in organising self-guided walking holidays

Abel Tasman Walk End to End

Self-guided

Abel Tasman Great walk end to end. Stunning views over golden beaches, estuaries, coves & native forest. Unparalleled opportunities to swim.

Self-guided 6 Days From $2255 Easy to Moderate What's Included

Abel Tasman Walk End to End

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What's Included
  • Full access to the Abel Tasman National Park and its beauty
  • 5 nights accommodation in beautiful lodges including 4-star Awaroa lodge
  • Walk the entire track end to end pack free
  • A la carte meals at Awaroa Lodge including 2-course dinners
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 walkers lunches and 3 dinners
  • Comprehensive track notes, map case, insulated lunch bag and container
  • Enjoy the 26 years of our experience in organising self-guided walking holidays

Flinders Island 7 DAY

Group-guided

High peaks thrust themselves out of the sea, rocky remote coastlines, serene river estuaries, native forest, red lichen granite boulders & pristine beaches.

Group-guided 7 Days From $3095 Easy to Moderate What's Included

Flinders Island 7 DAY

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What's Included
  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • The best Flinders Island walks available including exclusive access to walks across private land
  • All transport on the island
  • 2 engaging, knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • 6 nights’ comfortable accommodation with ensuite rooms
  • Daily meals including walkers lunches and chef-prepared breakfasts and dinners
  • National Park admission
  • Exclusive Flinders Island track access
  • Auswalk guide pack including notes, maps, lunch bag and container

Three Capes, Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur

Self-guided

Three Capes, Cape Hauy and  Cape Raoul, Waterfall Bay, Fortescue Bay and Port Arthur. Dramatic coastline of sea caves and towering sea stacks.

Self-guided 4 Days From $1795 Moderate What's Included

Three Capes, Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur

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What's Included
  • All transport including private transfers to and from Hobart
  • Genuine all inclusive pack free walking holiday
  • 3 nights’ comfortable accommodation with ensuites
  • Chef prepared restaurant meals
  • Cooked breakfasts and walker lunches
  • Auswalk guide pack including comprehensive walk notes, maps, lunch bag and container

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