5 days, 4 nights
Duration

The Great Ocean Walk is one of Australia’s most iconic hikes. And if you are new to walking or hiking, and are keen to give it a go, then this is the perfect trip for you.

It doesn’t matter what your motivation is. You may be on a weightless program, or coming back from illness or injury, you may have reached the stage where you want to do something for yourself or you’re simply not confident in walking alone. Whatever your reason, this trip will give you the support, guidance and friendship you need to feel empowered and gain that sense of achievement.

The spectacular walk weaves its way through national parks full of tall forests, wild rocky shores and windswept cliff-tops, presenting amazing views. If you have driven the Great Ocean Road you are in for even more of a treat, walking it gives you a unique perspective which cannot be appreciated from a vehicle window.

We have handpicked our three favourite day walks, averaging 10km/day over three days. You get to see the best bits. You probably won’t notice how far you’ve walked as you’ll be distracted by the natural scenery around you and the friendships you make with your fellow walkers. Only day-packs to be carried.

At night we’ll stay in shared apartments/cottages, with comfy beds and warm showers, no need to do it too tough! There is an option to be catered for or you may self-cater using the full kitchen available to you.

Want to see Melbourne? Ask us about the option of staying for the weekend before or after the walk.

 

TOUR DATES 30 April – 4 May 2018

14 – 18 May 2018

TOUR COST A$995 per person on twin/triple/quad share

A$400 own room

DURATION 5 days/4 nights
MEALS A$190 4B, 3L, 3D
INFO Sharon Thrupp +61 437967819
EMAIL tour@eknotravels.com.au

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DestinationAUSTRALIA
Day 1
Meet at the Melbourne airport at mid-day, meet your fellow travelers, sit back and enjoy the 3hr drive to Castle Cove in a private vehicle. We’ll stop for lunch at Colac and a supermarket shop to collect supplies. We’ll arrive late afternoon at our accommodation. Rest of day at leisure.
Day 2
After breakfast we’ll drive to Blanket Bay. We’ll follow a boardwalk to Point Lewis Lookout, for your first glimpse of the rugged coastline. Then we’ll wander through coastal forests to Parker Inlet. Here you will get your feet wet on an unbridged river crossing. The next few km have your camera ready to take photos of some of the cliff edge views. We’ll finish our walk at the Otway Lighthouse (entry $20), spend some time learning about our fascinating history

Hike: 11km, Blanket Bay to Cape Otway

Day 3
Today we are almost guaranteed to meet some Koalas lazing in the low hanging branches of the eucalyptus trees, before we start our walk. From here we head inland climbing up and around the headland through spinifex forests. There will be some hills today so you have the choice of a short or longer walk. We’ll take a break at our accommodation. You can decide to take the next section off or push on with us to Johanna Beach. Through heathlands and forests we’ll make our way to one of the best beaches on the walk. Prepare to get your feet wet again before leaving the beach to return to our accommodation.

Hike: Aire River – Castle Cove (6km) or Johanna Beach (13km)

Day 4
If the tides allow us, today we’ll head to the most exciting part of the walk; Wreck Beach. Starting at Gables Lookout, it’s just a short walk to the top of the steps to Wreck Beach, it’s important we get the timing right as its 366 steps down to the beach, that’s too many steps to come back up if the tide is in! This beach is seriously impressive with its towering cliffs, intriguing rock formations and half buried anchors from seafaring tragedies. There will be some rock scrambling, so we’ll need to work as a team and help each other. We’ll head back to the car along the inland route. Our final destination is the 12 Apostles, and the lesser, but somewhat more spectacular Loch Ard Gorge.

Hike: 8km Gables Lookout circular walk

Day 5
After breakfast we’ll depart at 8.15am to allow us to be back at Melbourne Airport by mid-day. Not ready to leave yet? Take the option to stay for a weekend in Melbourne, just ask if you’d like assistance If you’re not a Victorian, you might assume the weather on the Great Ocean Walk will be similar to Melbourne, and although the weather is changeable by the hour, as it does in the capital city, the natural air-conditioner of the Bass Strait keeps the extreme highs and lows at bay. The graph may help you decide your preferred time to join us on the Great Ocean Walk.

INCLUDES

Private group transfer to/from Melbourne Airport (mid-day only)

Daily transfers to/from GOW each day

Fully hosted walk each day by local guide

Eco accommodation with shared bedroom/bathroom facilities (max 4 person per bedroom/bathroom)

All linen and towels

Maps/trip notes/packing suggestions

Meals (Extra payment 4B, 3L, 3D)

EXCLUDES

Meals (2L, 1D)

Flights to/from Melbourne

Travel insurance

OPTIONAL EXTRA

  • Got a friend or partner who’d like to join you but doesn’t want to walk? Ask us about options we can offer them.
  • Extend your holiday with a weekend in Melbourne. Assistance available with accommodation package
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