4-Day Great Ocean Walk

On this self-guided trek, you'll experience the wildest 70km of the Great Ocean Walk from Cape Otway to the Twelve Apostles. 4 days.

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4-Day Great Ocean Walk

On this self-guided trek, you'll experience the wildest 70km of the Great Ocean Walk from Cape Otway to the Twelve Apostles. 4 days.

The Great Ocean Walk is like a behind-the-scenes version of the Great Ocean Road, so ditch the car and hike into a rugged wilderness brimming with breathtaking ocean views and loads of wildlife. This self-guided but fully-supported walk allows you to hike independently during the day, then arrive at camp where your tent has already been set up and a nutritious homecooked dinner awaits you. Watch the sun sink into the ocean, then fall asleep under a canopy of stars. Your Great Ocean escape includes:

  • 4 days of spectacular hiking on the Great Ocean Walk
  • 3 nights of bushcamping with sea views
  • All meals cooked fresh for you
  • All camping equipment and a full map of your trek
  • Tent set-up and take-down
  • Luggage transfer from camp to camp
  • Return transfer from Apollo Bay
  • All park and camping fees

Perfect for:
Hikers and adventurers who want the big trek experience made easy and enjoyable. All you have to do is walk—the rest is taken care of.

What to Expect

Monday: Cape Otway to Johanna Beach

Wake up in beautiful Apollo Bay and meet your transfer bright and early.

At the tip of Cape Otway you’ll leave your overnight bag with your host, load up your daypack, and begin hiking.

Meander through windswept dunes, coastal heathland and towering sea cliffs before stopping for lunch with the koalas at Aire River.

The trail rolls between inland forest and coastal heathland before emerging on the clifftop. Enjoy the excellent views and keep an eye out for Peregrine Falcons.

The day finishes at Johanna Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia.

Your hosts are waiting for you at camp with afternoon tea. Your tents are even pitched and ready!

Watch the sun dip into the ocean, then dig into a hearty dinner before heading to bed. You’ll sleep soundly tonight.

25km of walking, 7 – 9 hours (there’s a 14km option, too)

Tuesday: Johanna Beach to Ryans Den

Wake up to the sound of crashing waves and the call of coastal birds.

Leave your hosts to pack up camp while you hit the trail.

Spend the morning alternating between rolling farmland and the rugged Milanesia sea cliffs and beaches.

The trail dips and climbs, but every hill rewards you with spectacular views.

Milanesia Beach is a long expanse of clean sand backed by lush, green forest. Its remoteness and isolation makes it even more special.

Wrap up the day with a rambling walk along the high sea cliffs to Ryans Den campground.

Grab a snack and some tea, then spend the afternoon relaxing with a good book or taking in the view.

Dinner and sunset cap off the day, followed by a well-deserved night of sleep.

14km of walking, 4 – 6 hours of walking

Wednesday: Ryans Den to Devil’s Kitchen

Polish off some breakfast, then grab your daypack and get ready to tackle the wildest and most challenging section of the Great Ocean Walk.

Wind through coastal forests to Moonlight Head, then cut inland.

Round the head and emerge at the Gables Lookout. Perched atop one of the highest sea cliffs in Australia, you’ll be treated to spectacular views. It’s the perfect place for lunch.

Descend to the aptly named Wreck Beach where you can see the anchors from two shipwrecks.

If the tide is low, follow the beach the rest of the way to camp. Otherwise, take the new inland route for more ocean views.

Arrive at your last campsite of the walk. A hearty meal awaits you. Enjoy some stargazing, then fall asleep to the sounds of nature.

13km of walking, 5 – 6 hours

Thursday: Devil’s Kitchen to the Twelve Apostles

Wake up early to catch sunrise, then fuel up with breakfast.

Start the last leg of hiking on the clifftops. You’ll hug the coast tightly and have great views all day long.

Around Princetown you’ll traverse wetlands and cross the Gellibrand River. The wetlands are home to an endless variety of birdlife.

The homestretch leads you straight to the famous Twelve Apostles sea stacks.

Stop at the Great Ocean Walk viewing platform for the selfie of a lifetime, then descend a long staircase to check out the sea stacks from beach level.

The trail ends at the visitor centre. Pop into to the café for a hard-earned drink and toast to your adventure.

16km of walking, 4 - 6 hours

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, trail conditions, etc.

Accommodation

You’ll camp at official Great Ocean Walk hike-in campsites. These sites are not accessible by road. Each one has a shelter, picnic table, rain water tank and incredible sea views. The camps have 8 tent sites, sleeping a total of 16 – 24 people.

Don’t worry about setting up and tearing down camp each day—your host will do that for you!

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Prices include

  • Equipment
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described
  • Routes & Maps

Trip Photos

Location

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The Great Ocean Walk parallels the Great Ocean Road from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles. The trail has a distinct advantage as it hugs sections of coastline not visible from the road. Covering 104km of lush forests, limestone cliffs and sandy beaches, it’s one of the most diverse and breathtaking long walks in the country.

Along the way you’ll likely encounter lots of wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, black swamp wallabies, echidnas and endless birdlife. Don’t forget to scan the sea for whales, seals and penguins.

The walk ends near the Twelve Apostles, a group of limestone seastacks just offshore. The grouping is incredibly scenic—and famous—and makes for an awesome celebratory photo-op. Don’t count too closely, though—only eight of the seastacks remain standing today.

Start point?
You’ll meet your guide at the Apollo Bay Information Centre around 07:00 on Monday morning. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You’ll be dropped off back at the Apollo Bay Information Centre between 15:30 and 17:00 on Thursday. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Apollo Bay is roughly a 2 ½ hour drive from Melbourne. You can also take the V-line train from Melbourne Southern Cross Station to Geelong (1 hour), then transfer to bus 101 to Apollo Bay (2 ½ hours).

Because of the early start on Monday, it’s highly recommended that you arrive on Sunday and stay the night in Apollo Bay.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from Apollo Bay
  • Accommodation before/after the trip
  • Guide
  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day
  • Personal expenses

This trip will run with a minimum of 1 person and a maximum of 15. Although usually groups are between 8 and 12.

No, it’s not. Multiple groups can book the same dates, but the total group size will not exceed 15. You will all camp together in the evenings, but you don’t have to hike together during the day if you don’t want to. And no, you won’t have to share a tent with a stranger!

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip covers the last 70km of the Great Ocean Walk. This section is located on the wilder, more isolated west side of Cape Otway. You’ll hike through a wide range of landscapes, including rainforest and forests of mountain ash, wild coastal heathland, rugged rocky coasts, soaring cliffs, and long, white beaches.

The trail is well-maintained and you can walk at your own pace, so this hike is doable for anyone with a basic level of fitness. You’ll want to take some 12+km walks in the weeks leading up to the trip to prepare for the distances.

All food is included for the duration of the walk. Excludes Breakfast first day and dinner last day. Examples include:

Breakfast - muesli, cereal, toast, fruit, juice. Lunch - Wrap or vegetable slice. Plenty of snacks for the day, muesli bars, apple, cake, chips/crisps, fruit drink. Dinner - delicious home cooked meals, frozen and brought to camp. Pasta, curries, one pot dishes etc. Something sweet for dessert too. Tea and coffee are always available at camp.

All diets are catered for, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free etc. More specific diets have also been arranged. Just make a request at booking.

Spring offers mild temperatures and the best time to see wildflowers along the track. The weather is varied; you could be walking in mellow sunshine or wet gales. November tends to be a little drier and warmer with an average temperature of 15-20°C. Summer is of course much hotter with temperatures reach at least 35°C mid-day and a very mild 12°C on an evening. If you find yourself walking on one of the hotter days, be sure you are carrying sufficient water and take your time. Coastal weather tends to drop a few degrees cooler than inland so this will offer some light relief. During the Autumn months the weather tends to be beautifully clear with sunny days and temperatures of 18-23°C. Really ideal weather for walking. Winter has the highest rainfall as well as the coldest temperatures, but you may see the raging southern Ocean at it’s most impressive with giant winter swells. Temperatures drop to 10-15°C.

Your host will provide everything you need for camping, including:

  • 1- or 2-person tent
  • Air mattress
  • Sleeping bag and liner
  • Pillow
  • Headlamp
  • Rain poncho
  • Fly net
  • First aid kit
  • Personal locator beacon (PLD)
  • Official Great Ocean Walk map
  • Eating utensils

You’ll need to bring two bags:

  • Daypack: Containing personal gear, lunch, snacks, water, camera, etc. You’ll carry this bag with you each day.
  • Overnight bag: Containing camp clothes, camp shoes, sleeping clothes, etc. for nights. Your host will transfer this bag from camp to camp for you.

A full packing list will be sent to you after booking.


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