Map of Hike the Great Ocean Road including Australia

Explore coastal Victoria’s diverse and awe inspiring landscape.

Taking you from Melbourne to Cape Otway National Park and on to the famous 12 Apostles via fur seal colonies, beaches, forests, sea cliffs, lightstations and lookouts, this six-day hiking tour showcases why the Great Ocean Walk is regarded as one of the world’s best coastal treks. With two knowledgeable leaders to guide the way, you’ll experience a landscape that has been shaped by the elements over thousands of years, immerse yourself in local maritime history, and enjoy delicious picnic lunches surrounded by dramatic coastal scenery. If you love immersing yourself in nature, the Great Ocean Walk is calling your name.

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Start
Melbourne, Australia
Finish
Melbourne, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Original
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Code
PIXO
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 4, Max 14

Why you'll love this trip

  • Explore diverse and beautiful landscapes on foot – from pristine beaches and rocky terrain to stunning coastline, there’s always something amazing to look at.

  • Traverse this classic Victoria track with not one but two expert local leaders to share their knowledge about the region while taking care of the details along the way.

  • Hike through the mighty forests of Great Otway National Park where you’ll inhale the scent of eucalyptus as you make your way to pristine Shelly Beach.

  • Stride along the top of mighty sea cliffs and watch sunshine create dancing rainbows on the tumbling waters of Rainbow Falls.

  • With almost every meal included, you’ll enjoy wonderful fresh picnics in incredible locations, delicious breakfasts and hearty homecooked dinners.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a 104km walking trip so you will need to have good physical fitness to fully enjoy it.

  • On Days 2 and 3 we will walk over 20km each day so you will need to be confident that you can walk this distance two days in a row.

  • There is some driving included in each day as we will overnight in two places along the coast, rather than in a new place each night. Therefore, we need to drive to the start and then from the end of each day’s walking.

  • Walking along the Great Ocean Road means different terrain from sandy beaches to rocky paths. You must bring appropriate footwear and clothing to be able to tackle these famous paths.

  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

Welcome to Melbourne! Meet your group at 8am at a central CBD pick-up location and drive the scenic route to Apollo Bay via Anglesea and Lorne. On arrival, we’ll pick up lunch and other supplies before our first walk of the trip from Apollo Bay to Shelly Beach. Along the way, we’ll see fur seas seals at Marengo, travel through scenic farmland before making your way along the coastline through stunning stunted messmate and heath forests. From here, we’ll head into the mighty forests of Great Otway National Park where you’ll inhale the scent of eucalyptus as you walk to Shelly Beach. Then it’s a 40 minute drive to the Cape Otway Lightstation (or Bimbi Park), your accommodation, where a warm shower awaits and your guides will have a freshly cooked dinner for you to enjoy tonight – the dream of every hiker!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Great Ocean Road - Apollo Bay to Shelly Beach Hike
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It's an early morning pick-up at 8am in the Melbourne CBD and we'll be travelling from here straight to the start of our first walk. If you need to fly in the day before to make the early pick-up time, we'll be happy to arrange additional accommodation (pending availability).

Today’s total driving time is approximately 4 hours. Today’s total walking distance is 8.5kms (5.3 miles).
After breakfast, drive to Shelley Beach and get ready for the first of two big walking days in a row. Today we’ll head inland once again to walk through mighty Mountain Ash forests and up and down the undulating plains and plateaus which make Great Otway National Park such a rewarding walking destination. After you reach Blanket Bay, keep an eye out for black cockatoos, wallabies, and echidnas on your way along the tops of the cliffs before you reach the Cape Otway Lightstation and your nearby accommodation.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Great Ocean Road - Shelly Beach to Cape Otway Light Station Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 40 minutes. Today’s total walking distance is 24.5 kms (15.2 miles).
With your accommodation so close to today’s starting point, you won’t have to do much more than roll out of bed and lace up your hiking shoes and you’ll be on the trail. Today’s walk is another long one but you won’t mind a bit with such stunning and diverse scenery to enjoy. Along with rolling sand dunes, coastal scrub and sea cliffs up above Station beach and Rainbow Falls. The inland route today offers stunning scenery up and down the coastline all the way to Aire River. Around Aire River inlet the trail heads inland briefly before making its way back up top of the coastal dunes to Castle Cove. From Castle Cove the trail heads behind the dunes into sheltered coastal forests before arriving at Johanna beach for a short 2km beach section all the way to the end of today's walk.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Great Ocean Road - Cape Otway Light Station to Johanna Beach Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is 40 minutes. Today’s total walking distance is 23 kms (14.3 miles).
After you’ve enjoyed a delicious breakfast prepared by your guides, we’ll drive to Milanesia Gate for the start of our walk. Today’s hike showcases yet more spectacular highlights like Milanesia Beach, which is so isolated that it feels like this wildly rugged section of coastline is yours alone, and towering sea cliffs with views back to Cape Otway. From here, we’ll walk through coastal forests before we reach our pick up point at Moonlight Head. This afternoon we’ll move from our accommodation at Cape Otway to Port Campbell. As dinner is not included tonight, you’ll have the option to head out with your group to a local restaurant.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Great Ocean Road - Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 2 hours. Today’s total walking distance is 13 kms (8.1 miles).
We’ll start today’s walk along a newly cut section of the track which offers breathtaking views from one of Australia’s highest sea cliffs. After a walk through large stands of casuarina trees, we’ll come out at the aptly named Wreck Beach where the anchors from shipwrecks can still be seen at low tide. If you can see the anchors, we’ll continue along this route to the Devils Kitchen and onwards to Princetown. Otherwise, we’ll take the new high tide route to this afternoon’s pick-up. After a long day of walking, the seaside village of Port Campbell is the perfect place to spend the night once again.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Great Ocean Road - Moonlight Head to Gellibrand River Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s driving time is 1 hour. Today’s walking distance is 20 kms (12.5 miles).
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Princetown and walk along the Gallibrand River and on to the famous 12 Apostles. Originally known as the Sow and Piglets, these iconic limestone formations were renamed The Twelve Apostles as part of a 1920s tourism campaign, despite the fact there were only nine pinnacles. Now there are eight. With the rapid rate of erosion caused by the wind and sea, soon there will likely be even less so it’s lucky you’re here to enjoy the view. At the end of the walk, we’ll drive back to Melbourne via Colac, arriving at approximately 5pm. No accommodation is provided tonight but if you would like to spend more time here, we can book additional accommodation for you (pending availability).
Included Activities
  • Great Ocean Road - Gellibrand River in Princetown to 12 Apostles Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today's driving time is approximately 3 hours. Today's walking distance is 8.5 kms (5.3 miles).

Meals

5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, walking

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Great Ocean Road - Apollo Bay to Shelly Beach Hike
  • Great Ocean Road - Shelly Beach to Cape Otway Light Station Hike
  • Great Ocean Road - Cape Otway Light Station to Johanna Beach Hike
  • Great Ocean Road - Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head Hike
  • Great Ocean Road - Moonlight Head to Gellibrand River Hike
  • Great Ocean Road - Gellibrand River in Princetown to 12 Apostles Hike

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Important notes

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1. FIRST DAY: Your adventure begins at 8.00am on Day 1 in Melbourne CBD. You will be picked up from the front of National Gallery of Victoria.

2. FINAL DAY: You are expected to arrive back into Melbourne CBD around 5pm and dropped off at the same location as the joining point.

3. A single supplement is available for this trip with no exceptions (subject to availability).

4. Due to limited availability for groups at Cape Otway Lightstation some tours will be staying at Bimbi Park.

5. The 6th of April departure will run on a slightly amended schedule with first night spent at the Best Western Apollo Bay, then two nights at Bimbi Park/Cape Otway and final two nights in Port Campbell.

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