The Great Ocean Walk is one of Australia’s most iconic hikes. If you are new to walking or hiking, and are keen to give it a go, then this is the perfect trip for you.
The spectacular route weaves its way through national parks full of tall forests, coastal heathlands, wild rocky shores and windswept cliff-tops, presenting amazing views as nature truly unfolds at every step. If you have driven the Great Ocean Road you are in for even more of a treat, as walking it gives you a unique perspective of the remote and dramatic landscape which cannot be fully appreciated from a vehicle window.
We have handpicked our three favourite walks, averaging 13-20 kms a day over three days. This means that you get to see the best bits of the truly majestic coastline. These walks can be undertaken by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness, with an average walking pace of 3 kms an hour. It is not technically difficult, but the walk is certainly worth training for if you are not used to long distance walking. 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 will make with your fellow walkers. You will only need to carry your day pack with you and you will be fully supported with a hand-picked local guide. There will also be a support vehicle which will meet you along the way (usually at lunch if you want to take a break half way along).
At night we’ll stay in a holiday cottage in a relaxed rural setting at Glenaire (half way along the Great Ocean Walk) with a beautiful fire place, super comfy beds and warm showers. No need to do it too tough! You will only need to unpack once as we will stay in the same location for the duration of the walk. We will be driven by the support vehicle to the starting point each day, then met at lunch time and picked up in the afternoon. The accommodation includes a continental breakfast, lunch supplies to make your own lunch and a healthy and wholesome catered dinner. Whilst all food will be provided as indicated, help with preparation and cleaning up will be part of your experience.
It doesn’t matter what your motivation is. You may be on a weight loss 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 to gain that sense of achievement. Director Sharon Thrupp will be your support for the September and November walks, with local insiders Alan and Lynda being the walking guides.
If you have a private group then chose from one of our 3 private group departures and Alan and Lynda, our local insiders, will provide the pickups (if required) and guide you each day on the walk. All food will be provided for you.
Want to see Melbourne? Ask us about the option of staying for the weekend before or after the walk.
Hike: Blanket Bay to Cape Otway (11kms), Cape Otway to Aire River Camping Ground (10kms) – Total 21kms
Hike: Aire River to Castle Cove (6km) or Johanna Beach (13km) – Total 19kms
If the tides are right we’ll see anchors of two of the many ships which give the bay its name. The stopping point for lunch is the Princetown Recreation Reserve. Here you will be met by the support vehicle and you can choose to either walk on to the 12 Apostles (a further 7.6 kms away) or travel by vehicle. The 12 Apostles (although now only 7) will come into view as we approach the end of our walk at the visitor centre. After admiring the view and our sense of achievement we will be met and transferred back to our accommodation where a celebratory dinner is in order.
If you really want to treat yourself after all of your hard work we can arrange for a masseuse to come to the accommodation for an optional private massage.
Hike: Gables Lookout to Princetown Recreation Reserve (12 kms), Princetown Recreation Reserve to the 12 Apostles (7.5kms) – Total 19.5kms
Not ready to leave yet? Why not take the option of staying for a weekend in Melbourne, just ask if you’d like assistance with arranging accommodation, transport or activities.
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 is 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.
Private group transfer to/from Melbourne Airport (pickup 12pm on Day 1 and drop off 10:30am Day 5)
Daily transfers to/from the GOW each day
Met by the support vehicle each day at lunchtime
Opt out options midway through day if required – pickup in support vehicle at lunch time
Fully hosted walk each day by local guide
Holiday home accommodation in Glenaire with shared bedroom/bathroom facilities (2 per bedroom/bathroom and 1 bedroom with max 4 person with bathroom)
All linen and towels
Maps/trip notes/packing suggestions
Meals – 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Lunch on the first and last day
Flights to/from Melbourne
- Entrance fee to the Otway Lighthouse on Day 2 ($20)
- Massage on Day 4 ($100 an hour or part thereof)
- Download of the Great Ocean Walk App for Audio stories
- Got a friend or partner who’d like to join you but doesn’t want to walk? Ask us about the options we can offer them.
- Extend your holiday with a weekend in Melbourne. Assistance available with accommodation and transportation package.