6-Day Great Ocean Walk

On this self-guided trek, you'll experience amazing views around every corner as you trek the entire 104km of the iconic Great Ocean Walk. 6 days.

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6-Day Great Ocean Walk

On this self-guided trek, you'll experience amazing views around every corner as you trek the entire 104km of the iconic Great Ocean Walk. 6 days.

The vast skies and wild nature of this iconic walk will astound you as you walk at your own pace around the entire 104km of the Great Ocean Walk, from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles.

Australian wildlife is certainly the nature of this adventure as you encounter endless opportunities to witness the native animals in their natural setting, both on land and out at sea.

Discover the region’s diversity of undergrowth and terrain as you weave your way through tall rainforest walks, coastal heathlands, rocky shores and windswept cliff-tops with amazing views that will leave you breathless.

This walk-on-the-wild-side includes:

  • 6 days trekking
  • 5 nights camping at official Great Ocean Walk campgrounds
  • Camping equipment and campsite set-up
  • All meals during the trek inc. snacks and drinks
  • Transfer back to Apollo Bay from The Twelve Apostles
  • An official Great Ocean Walk map
  • Entry to Cape Otway Lightstation
  • Transfer of your luggage/rucksack to each campground

Perfect for:
Beginners and experienced trekkers alike who fancy witnessing over 100km of priceless views and experiences. As long as you have a reasonable fitness level, this trip will be a great adventure for you.

What to Expect

Day 1: From Apollo Bay to Blanket Bay

You’ll meet at the Apollo Bay Visitors Centre around 07:00-07:30 this morning to officially start this iconic walk. Not long after today’s trek begins you’ll walk past farming pastures, along rocky headlands and sandy beaches.

Once you’ve negotiated crossing Elliot River, you’ll begin to head inland through tall rainforest with giant gumtrees as high as 85m tall. Now it’s time to keep your eyes peeled; this is koala territory and there are plenty to spot.

The first campsite is nestled among the trees at Blanket Bay, right next to the beach; perfect for a refreshing dip after a full day of walking. Find your tent already set up, grab some dinner and get some well-deserved rest.

22km hike

Day 2: Blanket Bay to camp at Aire River

Get up early and watch in awe as the sun rises above the ocean in front of your campsite. Today’s trek will take you through dense woodland before the trees break away to reveal sensational views of Parker Inlet as you descend to get a closer look.

The next stage of the walk is through coastal heathland with low shrubs and spectacular views of the Cape Otway Lighthouse sitting on the cliff edge over-looking the vast ocean. You’ll visit the lighthouse and discover the rich history of the area and its legacy, not to mention the top-secret Victorian bunker from World War II. Sit down and have lunch off the impressive menu at the on-site Light Keeper’s Café and be in awe of the outstanding views from the lighthouse balcony which hangs 90m above the Southern Ocean.

The last stretch to camp is mostly along clifftop with huge ocean panoramas. The campsite is located along a river just inland from the ocean; and if you weren’t lucky enough to spot koalas in the rainforest yesterday, you might just see one at camp tonight.

21km hike

Day 3: Johanna Beach and kangaroo spotting

Today will be a much welcomed shorter walk. You will be surprised how quickly the surrounding habitat changes, one minute you’re walking along heathland on a clifftop and the next you’re meandering around a forest gully.

You’ll finish today’s trek with a walk on Johanna Beach before finding your way to the campsite perched on top of a cliff with impressive ocean views and the beach you just crossed.

After a rest at camp and perhaps a cup of tea or coffee, it’s time for a treat (another treat that is); just a 5 minute walk out of camp is the best place to spot large mobs of kangaroos grazing and roaming in the beautiful rolling hills with a stunning sunset backdrop. Fancy it?

14km hike

Day 4: Milanesia Beach and wild terrain

After breakfast this morning you’ll continue the walk through the grassy hills where kangaroos often roam. Soon, with yet another dramatic change in habitat, you’ll find yourself walking through an invigorating eucalypt forest before reaching the beautiful and very remote Milanesia Beach. This will set you up nicely for the challenge ahead.

The next part of the walk will be a little more difficult as the terrain takes you up and down; but set against constant views of the ocean, matched with the wild and rugged terrain of grass, wildflowers, bushes and trees, the hard work is certainly worth it.

Tonight’s camp is possibly the most isolated campsite and is located on a high narrow point with an impressive view over the ocean – look forward to another amazing sunset tonight.

14km hike

Day 5: Wreck Beach and Devils Kitchen campsite

After the location of last night’s camp, it’s probably no surprise that today’s terrain will follow the challenging trend set by yesterday’s trek; but once again, there are plenty of rewarding view points and lookouts allowing you to look back at what you have accomplished.

You’ll arrive at Gables lookout which is one of the highest sea cliffs in Victoria, and from here you will make your way down to the wild and rocky Wreck Beach. Be ready for some haunting reminders of the treacherous nature of the sea as you’re met by multiple anchors and shipwrecks – you’ll be visiting at low-tide of course.

Making your way back up inland, you’ll reach your camp for the night, Devils Kitchen campsite. This popular campsite is nestled among the trees with spectacular views of Wreck Beach. Celebrate your last night with a delicious dinner as you watch the sunset over the ocean.

13km hike

Day 6: End of the line- the 12 Apostles

A lot of today’s hike is next to the ocean and will introduce you to many remote beaches, often deserted. Making your way through grassy forest gullies, you’ll soon reach river swamp lands near Princetown – a stark contrast to the perfect peeling waves you’ve just passed by.

You’ll stop for lunch at the Princetown Café and get ready for the final stretch of your journey and your first glimpse of the impressive limestone rock stacks that are the 12 Apostles. Enjoy your final photo opportunity at this iconic site before you are collected for the drive back to Apollo Bay.

16km hike

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, road 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 – 15 tent sites, sleeping a total of 16 – 30 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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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 start 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:

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

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.

The Great Ocean Walk is a breathtaking 104km stretch of varying landscape from rainforest to woodland, coastal heathland to rugged rocky coasts, soaring cliffs and long white beaches; or in simple terms - paradise.

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.

The walk passes a few campgrounds that have toilets. The longest interval without toilets is approximately 14kms. At the campgrounds you will be staying at there is a toilet, a shelter with a bench, seating and 2 - 3 walls. There are also tables near some of the campsites. There are no showers at the campgrounds.

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 (PLB)
  • 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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