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The Great Ocean Walk

8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Walk from inn to inn along the iconic coast of Victoria
  • Spot wildlife such as koalas, wallabies, and seals
  • View the Twelve Apostles, a geological phenomenon
  • Visit the historical Cape Otway Lighthouse
  • Enjoy a mix of coastal, forested, and heathland walking
Experience the unique beauty of Victoria’s coastline on the 100 km Great Ocean Walk, one of Australia’s best long-distance adventures. Walk from inn to inn by way of sandy beaches, forested trails, and expansive clifftops as you make your way from the turquoise waters of Apollo Bay to the breathtaking Twelve Apostles limestone stacks. Learn about the history of the region through visits to Cape Otway Lighthouse, Wreck Beach, and Loch Ard Gorge, and spot wildlife such as sun-bathing seals and tree-dwelling koalas. Savor the taste of fresh, local food in your included meals each day.

What To Expect

This trip is suitable for experienced walkers looking for a self-guided coastal adventure in Victoria. You can expect varying difficulties on the walks each day ranging from 9 to 20 km / 5.5 to 12.5 miles over undulating terrain.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Avid Adventurers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Personal Growth
  • Coastal & Island

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Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate to difficult with walks ranging from 9-20 km / 5.5-12.5 miles each day. There are sections with steep ascents and descents along with several sections of soft sand walking over dunes. You can also expect a couple of water crossings and boardwalks. 

Navigation

As this is a self-guided walk you will be responsible for navigation, decision making and safety during your trip. You should be able to navigate easily with a map and compass. We supply you with route notes for the recommended routes, as well as access to our smartphone navigation app along with GPX tracks, so you will have no problem following the route each day. 

Accommodation Information

Overnight in hand-selected accommodations specifically chosen to minimize transfer times at the beginning and end of each day. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers and traditional hospitality. 

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers 

Single sleeping arrangements can be organized but please note this trip is not available to solo travelers.

Meals

This trip includes 7 breakfasts, 8 packed lunches, and 7 dinners at quality restaurants. 

Included
  • 7 Nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 8 Packed Lunches
  • 7 Dinners
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers to walks as listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to Apollo Bay and from Melbourne
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route

When To Go

You can start your adventure on any day between September and April. Generally speaking, the summer is the most pleasant time of year for hiking as there are plenty hours of daylight and warm daytime temperatures.

Weather and Climate

The warm season lasts from December to March, with an average daily high temperature of 21 degrees Celcius / 70 degrees Fahrenheit

Getting to the Start

By Air: The Melbourne Airport is the most convenient airport, with various international airlines operating here.

By Bus: From Melbourne, you can take a bus to Apollo Bay. This bus route requires a stop in Geelong. Timetables and tickets can be found on the V/Line website. 

Getting from the End

By Air: The Melbourne Airport is the most convenient airport, with various international airlines operating here.

By Bus: From Apollo Bay, you can take a bus back to Melbourne. This bus route requires a stop in Geelong. Timetables and tickets can be found on the V/Line website. 

Baggage Transfer

All luggage transfers are included. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh no more than 20kg.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

 

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Apollo Bay and walk to Shelley Beach 5.6 miles / 9 km Day 2 Shelley Beach to Blanket Bay 8.7 miles / 14 km Day 3 Blanket Bay to Parker Inlet 6.2 miles / 10 km Day 4 Cape Otway Lightstation to Castle Cove 10 miles / 16 km Day 5 Castle Cove to Milanesia Gate 9.3 miles / 15 km Day 6 Milanesia Gate to ‘The Gables’ 10 miles / 16 km Day 7 The Gables to Twelve Apostles 12.4 miles / 20 km Day 8 Port Campbell to Melbourne

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