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2-Day Great Ocean Walk

On this self-guided trek, you'll walk to the history-rich Cape Otway Lighthouse via a previously inaccessible route that reveals spectacular clifftop views you’ll never forget. 2 days.

Make your way from Apollo Bay to Cape Otway Lighthouse, Australia’s most important and oldest working lighthouse. First lit in the 1800’s, Cape Otway Lighthouse is steeped in history and hides within its grounds a secret World War II bunker waiting to be explored.

Aside from its historical charm, the lighthouse holds some of the most heart-pounding and awesome views of the entire Great Ocean Walk from its balcony, 90m above the Southern Ocean. With breathtaking views, rich history and native wildlife, this trip ticks a lot of boxes; and it also includes:

  • 2 days trekking
  • 1 night camping
  • Camping equipment, campsite set-up and a full map of the trek.
  • All meals during the trek inc. snacks, drinks, and a meal at the Light Keepers Cafe
  • Transfer back to Apollo Bay
  • Entry to Cape Otway Lightstation
  • Transfer of your luggage/rucksack to the campground

Perfect for:
Beginners and experienced trekkers alike. As long as you have a reasonable fitness level, this trip will be a great experience to tick off your list.

  • Camping
  • —Apollo Bay > Apollo Bay
  • Activity Type
    • Walk/trek from place to place, without a guide
  • Groups up to 15

Service

Saturday: From Apollo Bay to Blanket Bay

You’ll start your trek from Apollo Bay today, as you head off on the Great Ocean Walk to camp at Blanket Bay.

The trail starts by taking you the winding path to the beach-side suburb of Marengo; keep your eyes peeled as Marengo is home to a colony of Australian Fur Seals who you may just see hanging out on the rocks in the bay.

As you continue your journey the countryside becomes much more rural with beautiful views along the coast from perfectly placed rest benches so be sure your camera is never far from your hand.

Staying true to its diverse terrain, the trail will next take you through tall rainforest which is home to plenty of Koalas – a true reminder of where you are.

Finally, you will cross the Elliot River and follow the track to Blanket Bay where your camp will await you for a well-deserved nights rest.

7-8 hours trekking, 22 km.

Sunday: Hike to Cape Otway Lighthouse

You’ll set-off today with your end goal in sight – Cape Otway Lighthouse. With some great highlights along the way, the trek won’t be a difficult one.

You’ll have the challenge of the Parker River Crossing so have your waterproof boots at the ready (or at least a spare pair of socks). You’ll also get some early glimpses of the lighthouse, perched on the cliff in the distance. Last, but certainly not least, the trail will introduce you to Crayfish Bay – an awesome little hidden bay just 2km from the lighthouse; spare the time and you can often have this little slice of paradise all to yourself.

When you arrive at Cape Otway Lighthouse, the rewards are plentiful; take yourself back in time as you explore the top-secret Victorian bunker from World War II; enjoy a meal 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.

At the end of your time at Cape Otway Lighthouse, your host will arrive to transfer you back to Apollo Bay.

3-4 hours trekking and 2 hours exploring the lightstation, 10 km.

Accommodation

You’ll camp at Blanket Bay an official Great Ocean Walk hike-in hike-out campground. It offers a shelter, tables, rainwater tanks and incredible sea views. Blanket Bay is a calm sheltered bay suitable for having a dip right outside your campsite. The bay was actually used as a shipping port in the lighthouse’s early days in the 1800’s. Don’t worry about setting up and tearing down camp - your host will do that for you.

Location

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, Australian fur seals and endless birdlife. Don’t forget to scan the sea for whales, seals and penguins. The walk ends at Cape Otway Lighthouse, with grounds steeped in history, it marks the site of an Ancient Cultural Site and a hidden World War II bunker.

Start point? You’ll start at Apollo Bay.

Finish point? You’ll be dropped off back at the Apollo Bay at the end of day two.

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).

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

F.A.Q.

What extra costs are there?

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

How big will the group be?

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

Can I book on my own?

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

How fit or skilled do I need to be?

This trek is rated easy to moderate and is self-guided so you can go at a pace that suits you. As long as you are reasonable fit, no skill is required.

What’s the food like?

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.

What are the facilities like?

At Blanket Bay campsite there are non-flush toilets, shared picnic tables, beach access and shared fireplaces are available.

What’s the weather like?

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.

What kit is included?

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

What should I pack?

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.