Great Ocean Walk
(Ex Melbourne) Victoria - Mon 29th March 2021

Max Participants:
10
Location:
(Ex Melbourne) Victoria
Date:
Mon 29th March 2021
Start Time:
7:30am
End Time:
5:30pm
Duration:
7 Days
Non-Member Cost:
$2350.00 per person
Member Cost:
$2300.00 per person
Deposit Required:
$300.00
Single Supplement:
From $390.00 per person
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Adventurous Women and our partners at Park Trek invite you to take up the challenge and complete one of Australia's great journeys with us - The Great Ocean Walk!  The seven day end to end trip traverses the entire 105km coastal trail that winds its way from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles. Spot koalas and echidnas and stay at the iconic Cape Otway Lightstation. It will be an experience you will not forget.


Gallery

Stunning Coastal Vistas
Now that's an anchor!!!
Twelve Apostles
Off to Gibsons Steps
Lots of wildlife
Just another stunning view

Location

Please note map locations and route are approximate only

Itinerary

Depart Melbourne 7.30am from outside the National Gallery of Victoria, St Kilda Road.

We head off from Melbourne and down the iconic Great Ocean Road stopping en-route in Anglesea for morning tea and a comfort stop. Arriving in Apollo Bay we prepare for our afternoon walk.

The walk officially starts by the Visitor Centre in Apollo Bay and you will travel the entire 105 km journey of the Great Ocean Walk. The trail winds out through the town to the beach-side suburb of Marengo, named by a passing French explorer. Marengo is home to a colony of Australian Fur Seals who hang out on rocks in the bay.

At several points along The Great Ocean Walk we have the choice of walking along the beaches or rock platforms at low tide or following the inland trail. Due to the unpredictable nature of the tides our guides will make a decision which is the safest route for the day.

Continuing onwards the countryside becomes more rural farmland. The trail continues up a small hill with a stile to climb over a fence. There are good views along the coast looking south-west towards Cape Otway and north-east over the ranges surrounding Apollo Bay. There is a conveniently placed rest bench, followed by a steep descent past The Blowhole. We descend down to a beach where we typically rest before heading into a small section of delightful Otway rainforest. The area after Three Creeks Beach can get a bit boggy after rain so be prepared with appropriate footwear.

The trail enters low forest initially, and then starts to climb into the higher forests of the Great Otway National Park just above Shelly Beach. There is a junction on the trail which leads left down to Shelly Beach or right to the car park at Shelly Beach picnic area.

Then its onto our accommodation at Cape Otway Lightstation to relax while the guides prepare a delicious two-course dinner.

Meals: None included

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation/Bimbi Park

The first section of todays walk leads away from the coast and into the towering forests of Mountain Ash that characterise this part of the Great Otway National Park. At up to 65m high these are some of the biggest trees in Australia and walking through the heart of the giant forest is a wonderful experience, though there are some hills to be negotiated.

The trail rejoins the coast at Blanket Bay, an isolated stretch of coast that was one of the original ports for unloading supplies for the Cape Otway Lightstation. Blanket Bay is one of the few safe swimming locations along the walk.

The track then meanders along the cliff tops and through coastal forests to the quiet haven of Parker Inlet, where we finish our day out. Expect to see black wallaby, echidna, black cockatoo, rosella and other wildlife along the way.

Back to our accommodation at the end of the day, freshen up and enjoy a sensational two-course dinner prepared by guides

Meals: None included

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation/Bimbi Park

At Parker Inlet you can walk along the waters edge following rock shelves and beaches around Point Franklin or take the inland route. A worthwhile side trip is the short walk to idyllic Crayfish Bay, another safe swimming location. The trail then heads inland through manna gums to the Cape Otway Lightstation, which is Australia’s oldest continuously operating lighthouse.

The walk from the lighthouse to Aire River winds its way through wind sculpted landscapes of sand dunes, coastal scrub-land and magnificent calcified cliffs. At the Aire River Lookout there are great views down to the estuary where the Aire River meets the Southern Ocean and Glenaire Beach. It’s is a steady downhill walk to the Aire River Bridge which crosses the river to the picnic area where we have lunch and look out for koalas.

The trail continues through to Castle Cove following the cliff top, offering incredible views back along the coastline. After another fabulous day on the trail, we head back to our accommodation, settle in for the night and enjoy another fabulous two-course dinner prepared by the guides.

Meals: None included

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation/Bimbi Park

Located on a spectacular bend of the Great Ocean Road at Glenaire, Castle Cove is a beautiful beach surrounded by towering cliffs which have high archaeological significance, as dinosaur fossils have been found here.

From Castle Cove the track winds its way along the cliff tops, through heath-lands and forests, offering extensive views along the coast, the forest a mixture of manna gums, spring wildflowers and magnificent expanses of grass trees.

Eventually you will emerge onto the broad expanse of Johanna Beach and cross Johanna river. This beautiful beach is one of the best in Australia with superb views and enormous crashing surf.

The trail continues uphill as you walk high above the Johanna River valley farmland. Don’t forget to look back for spectacular coastal views. Some steep climbing through tea tree scrub and blue gum woodland to Milanesia Gate. Expect to see Eastern Grey Kangaroo in the grassy valleys out from Johanna Beach.

Meals: None included

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation/Bimbi Park

The walk from Milanesia Gate to Ryans Den is the wildest and most challenging section of the entire track. Isolated, rugged and hidden, Milanesia Beach receives few visitors and is all the more special for it. Look for the Beachcombers Cottage when you reach the beach. If time permits we will pause here and imagine life back then…

From here the trail continues along the high sea cliffs to Ryans Den with breathtaking views all the way back to Cape Otway, and west to Cape Volley.

Enjoy the view over lunch at the tip of Ryans Den hike-in campground before we continue along steep descents into valleys with sensational remote coastal sea cliff views and finish at Moonlight Head.

Meals: None included

Accommodation: Southern Ocean Villas or Loch Ard Motor Inn Port Campbell

After Moonlight Head the track dips down into a valley and follows a newly cut section of track which will lead to The Gables Lookout, perched on one of the highest sea cliffs in mainland Australia.

Continuing along the track through a grove of Casuarina trees you will come out near Wreck Beach where at low tide you can descend and see the anchors of two of the many shipwrecks that lie submerged along this coast (The Fiji and the Marie Gabrielle). From Devils Kitchen you will follow a new section of track that hugs the wild coastal cliffs towards Princetown where our days walking concludes.

This evening we will dine at a local hotel (dinner at guest own expense).

Meals: None included

Accommodation: Southern Ocean Villas or Loch Ard Motor Inn Port Campbell

Our walk starts above the wetlands around Princetown which support a wide variety of bird life. We walk down through the Gellibrand River Estuary and reconnect with the Great Ocean Walk on a new track section. This section replaces 1.5km of road walking with about 2km of pleasant walking through the coastal scrub and escarpment. We are now on the home stretch into Port Campbell National Park and the world famous Twelve Apostles soon come into sight.

The Great Ocean Walk now finishes at Twelve Apostles car park, and we recommend, tides allowing, you descend Gibsons Steps to view Gog and Magog (not strictly counted as two of The Twelve Apostles) up close from sea level.

The last few kilometres can be walked to reach The Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre where you can celebrate your achievements and view The Twelve Apostles up close.

We then begin our return journey back towards Melbourne, stopping enroute to eat our packed lunch along the way. Our arrival time in the CBD outside the National Gallery of Victoria (same location as pick up) is approximately 5pm

Meals: None included

Includes

Two experienced & knowledgeable guides

Twin share accommodation (single supplement available)

Afternoon at the Twelve Apostles

All transport and guiding with pick up and drop off in central Melbourne

Meals as per the itinerary

Plenty of trail mix, fresh fruit, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks

Experience the thrill of completing the stunning Great Ocean Walk

All national park entry fees

Excludes

Flights to/from Melbourne

Personal travel insurance

Items of a personal nature

Accommodation

During this trip we stay in either the Cape Otway Lightstation Cottages or at Bimbi Park on nights 1-4, then Loch Ard Motor Inn on nights 5 & 6.


Cape Otway Lightstation Cottages
These historic houses are located in one of the most spectacular settings found along the Great Ocean Road. Cape Otway Lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse  in mainland Australia and considered the most significant. Built in 1848, the lighthouse known as the ‘Beacon of ope’ sits 90 metres above the pristine ocean of Bass Strait.Fully self-contained, this renovated property with open plan lounge and large kitchen provides a great place for groups to enjoy this unique location. The Lighthouse Lodge houses 4 bedrooms and 2 shared bathrooms. You can choose a single supplement if you would prefer not to share a room, this means you would have one room to yourself in the Lodge and would be sharing the bathroom with one or two other guests. Hairdryers are unable to be used at the Light station as they require excessive electricity to operate. There is an emergency landline onsite, and our guides always carry a Satellite phone in case of emergencies. There is no WIFI and limited phone service at the Lightstation, a digital detox is something we promote on our Great Ocean Walk. 

 


Bimbi Park is in Cape Otway, the centre of the Great Ocean Road and the Great Ocean Walk, an area of magnificent forests, beaches, secluded bays and spectacular coastline. It is sheltered among tall manna gums far away from the wearing noise of towns and traffic. The grounds of the park are full of wildlife including koalas, echidnas, wallabies, kangaroos and up to 70 varieties of birds. We stay in comfortable deluxe cabin style accommodation where all linen is supplied.

 

Loch Ard Motor Inn is a stylish modern motel set in beautiful gardens with absolute beach front position. Each queen or twin-share suite has stunning ocean views and private balconies, air-conditioning, private bathroom, kitchenette and WIFI broadband to each room. Located only 50 metres from a safe swimming beach, restaurants, shops, cafes and the breathtaking 12 apostles are only 10 minutes away.


What To Bring/Wear

- Clothing for the duration of the trip

- A comfortable pair of walking shoes (runners or flat-soled shoes will not suffice except as something you can wear after a days activity)

- Toiletries and any personal medication.

- Walking poles (if you are comfortable with using these).

Note: Full details of what to bring will provided in the Trip Notes issued on confirmation of booking

More Information

Preparing for your walk:

If you are joining a combined Park Trek/Adventurous Women tour there are a few things to note. Most healthy adults can participate in our walking holidays. If you can walk upwards of 15 kilometres or more in a day, carrying a lightweight day pack, you will find our tours totally achievable. While we typically walk on well forged walking tracks, the quality and degree of difficulty can vary greatly. You may find some tracks rocky and lumpy underfoot, soft and sandy, or muddy and slippery. Sometimes there is the need to negotiate obstacles such as fallen trees, sections of scree or steep steps. Ensure you come along with, not only the right footwear, rain gear and clothing, but also the right frame of mind!  

Track Grading:

Grade 1 - No bush walking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.

Grade 2 - No bush walking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.

Grade 3 - Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bush walking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

Grade 4 - Bush walking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

Grade 5 - Very experienced bush walkers (specialised skills required if walking solo, including navigation and emergency first aid skills) Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km. 

 

After the Walk:

We aim to be back in Melbourne approximately 5.30pm, so if flying out after the tour please do not book flights before 7.30pm. 

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the Great Ocean Walk was a challenge and satisfying,lovely food proviced. Leaders made it a happy friendly time well supported, and thoughtful at all times.

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the Great Ocean Walk was a challenge and satisfying,lovely food proviced. Leaders made it a happy friendly time well supported, and thoughtful at all times.

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Nov 13 2014 by Janice M

Very well organised, stunning scenery,not too arduous walking.

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Very well organised, stunning scenery,not too arduous walking.

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Very well organised, stunning scenery,not too arduous walking.

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What a gem - serious bush walking wrapped around visits to a Belgian Chocolate Mill, tastings at a Cidery & the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa.Beautiful accommodation in the Daylesford Manor House, just a short walk from the town centre. Visits to the Convent Gallery, Amazing Mill Markets & the Secret Garden Plant Centre rounded off a very upmarket walking holiday with Adventurous Women.

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What a gem - serious bush walking wrapped around visits to a Belgian Chocolate Mill, tastings at a Cidery & the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa.Beautiful accommodation in the Daylesford Manor House, just a short walk from the town centre. Visits to the Convent Gallery, Amazing Mill Markets & the Secret Garden Plant Centre rounded off a very upmarket walking holiday with Adventurous Women.

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What a gem - serious bush walking wrapped around visits to a Belgian Chocolate Mill, tastings at a Cidery & the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa.Beautiful accommodation in the Daylesford Manor House, just a short walk from the town centre. Visits to the Convent Gallery, Amazing Mill Markets & the Secret Garden Plant Centre rounded off a very upmarket walking holiday with Adventurous Women.

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This was my first trip and I would not hesitate in travelling with AW again.

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This was my first trip and I would not hesitate in travelling with AW again.

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Cancellation & Refunds

In the event that you cancel your booking, the following charges apply as per the Terms & Conditions of our partnering company for this holiday, Park Trek Walking Holidays.

Notice of cancellation must be in writing, with an email as an acceptable form of communication, directly to Adventurous Women, with the following conditions:

60 days plus prior to trip departure you will forfeit your tour deposit.
59 to 15 days prior to trip departure you will forfeit your deposit and be refunded 25% of the balance of your tour cost if it has been paid.
Within 14 days of the trip departure you will forfeit 100% of the total tour cost.
No refund is available once the tour has commenced.

Update 19th September 2019 - ** Due to PayPal changing their policy to now retain fees even when we issue a refund we will be forced to pass this along. This means both partial and full refunds will be less the full fee charged by PayPal

Please ensure you read our complete cancellation policy  before booking