Victoria: Great Ocean Walk

3 days / Guided walking

Melbourne to Melbourne

Victoria: Great Ocean Walk

Discover the rugged beauty and incredible diversity of scenery, plants and animals as you soak up the huge skies and wild nature of this iconic Victorian walk. Trek along windswept cliff tops and meander through tall forests and coastal heathlands to be rewarded with spectacular scenery and breathtaking locations only accessible by foot.

TRIP STYLE

Guided Walking

DURATION/LENGTH

3 days/30 kms

DATES

April 21, 2021

START/END POINT

Melbourne to Melbourne

GRADING

Easy

PRICE P/P TWIN SHARE

From AUD 1,150

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Perfect for a quick fix of nature, this trip starts and ends in the city of Melbourne and our experienced guide will take us to our starting point along the Great Ocean Road.

Highlights include, the wetlands around Princetown which support a wide variety of bird life, the Gellibrand River Estuary and Port Campbell National Park and the world famous Twelve Apostles. Here, we’ll be walking approximately 8–10 kms per day on a range of easy to moderate trails and beaches. This walk suits most people with a basic level of fitness. Staying two nights in Cape Otway in either our lodge or cabin accommodation, with breakfast, lunch and dinners included.

 

Day 1 | Parker River to Cape Otway Lightstation | 8 km / 3 hours

We head off from Melbourne and down the iconic Great Ocean Road stopping en-route at Anglesea for morning tea. We arrive in Apollo Bay around 11am and here we prepare for today’s walk.

Today’s walk is a delightful 8 km walk of moderately undulating terrain exploring the coastline of Cape Otway area encompassing Parker River Inlet, Point Franklin and Crayfish Bay. This is a delightful section, truly spectacular with the chance to see Koalas lazily grazing in the eucalypt forest. During our visit to the lighthouse our guides will recount stories of the Cape’s traditional owners, shipwrecks, the trials and tribulations of the colourful lighthouse keepers, the working of the light, World War II history, fascinating stories of the Telegraph Station, one of Australia’s most intriguing UFO mysteries.

Day 2 | Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head | 10 km / 3-4 hours

After an enjoyable breakfast, and lunch making we head off on the days’ walk. From Milanesia Gate we descend to a beautiful and remote beach. Isolated, rugged and hidden, Milanesia Beach receives few visitors and is all the more special for it. Look for the “beachcomber’s cottage” when you reach the beach. From here the trail continues along the high sea cliffs to Ryan’s Den with breathtaking views all the way back to Cape Otway, and west to Cape Volney. This is our lunch spot and it is one of the most scenic locations along the walk.

From Ryan’s Den the track continues through coastal forests that lead over Cape Volney to Moonlight Head (named by Matthew Flinders during a break in showery weather at night in April 1802). After a satisfying walk, we head back to our accommodation for pre-dinner nibbles and your guides will prepare a fabulous two-course dinner.

Day 3 | Princetown to Gibson’s Steps | Twelve Apostles: 8.5 km / 2-3 hours

Following breakfast, we will prepare our own lunch and trail mix before commencing our walk starting above the wetlands around Princetown which support a wide variety of bird life. We’ll go down through the Gellibrand River Estuary and reconnect with the Great Ocean Walk. We are now on the home stretch into Port Campbell National Park and the world famous Twelve Apostles soon come into sight. At Gibson’s Beach Car Park, we recommend, tides allowing, you descend Gibson’s Steps to view Gog and Magog (not strictly counted as two of The Twelve Apostles) up close from sea level.

The last kilometre of the Great Ocean Walk takes you through to the Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre where you can view The Apostles up close. We’ll have our lunch here and then head back to Melbourne via Colac where we stop at a local cafe for a cuppa before arriving back in the city at approximately 5pm.

Inclusions
• Return transfers from Melbourne CBD
• 2 nights accommodation
• Afternoon at the Twelve Apostles
• Visit to local Chocolatery
• 3 lunches, 2 breakfasts and 2 two-course dinners
• Trail mix, fresh fruit, pre-dinner nibbles
• Professional guiding and support each day
• All national park entry fees

Optional Inclusions
• Single supplement for your own room

Not Included
• Travel to trip’s starting point (Melbourne)
• Transfers not already outlined in detailed trip itinerary

THE WALKING
Although this trip is guided and you are part of a group, you are free to walk each day at your own pace and in your own time.

TRIP GRADE
Moderate – This itinerary is carefully designed for easy to manage walking days.

INSURANCE 
Insurance is compulsory for everyone who travels with Wandering the World. The insurance policy must include cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability. Wandering the World recommends insurance coverage for cancellation to be taken at the same time payment is made, as no exception to the cancellation provisions can be made.

BOOKING AND TRAVEL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Wandering the World’s full booking terms and conditions are available upon request and will also accompany your initial invoice for deposit.

“Walking the Great Ocean Road trail was a great reminder of something I was already biased about, Australia really is the best country on Earth! I couldn’t get enough of the incredible ocean views as I walked along the cliff tops looking down at long, pristine beaches without a sole on them. I was delighted to see a pod of dolphins swimming by, easily spotted in the turquoise blue water. I always get excited to see Australia’s unique and cutest creatures, and the echidnas making their way slowly across the track in front of me or little wallaby ears poking up through the bush were some feel good moments of the walk. Best of all, was knowing this fabulous walking, was right on my own doorstep”.  Karen, Wandering the World.