Great Ocean Walk Tours

Walk the entire 104 km Great Ocean Walk, one of Australia’s most iconic trails, over seven days with Inspiration Outdoors on this guided walking tour. – 7 days ex Melbourne, moderate terrain, 104km

We make an end to end walk on Victoria’s iconic Great Ocean Walk achievable and enjoyable on this 7-day guided tour. Walking through spectacular tall forests, coastal heathlands, wild rocky shores, river estuaries and windswept cliff-tops presenting amazing coastal views. Nature truly unfolds around every bend. Carry only a day pack as you enjoy the amazing sights of one of Australia’s greatest multi-day walks.

We complete the entire Great Ocean Walk as a series of day walks, returning to comfortable accommodation each night.  By not camping or carry a heavy pack, our tour allows people with a moderate level of fitness to complete the walk. Preparation will make the experience all the more enjoyable. Excellent home-made food, comfortable lodge style accommodation and knowledgeable guides will complement your trip.

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Our Great Ocean Walk Guided Walking Tour at glance:

  • Approx 104km of moderate walking with the option of shortening some days for those who are looking to take a rest.
  • Tour starts and finishes in Melbourne
  • Lodge accommodated
  • 7 days, 6 nights
  • All meals included except for lunch on the last day
  • Transport in fully air conditioned bus
  • Small Group Size (max 12)
  • Walk the trail at the most comfortable time of year
  • 2 professional, knowledgeable and passionate guides who are wilderness first aid trained

Join Inspiration Outdoors on a Great Ocean Walk tour this year and tick this amazing walk off your bucket list.

From $2,745.00 AUD per person
(single supplement $480.00)
Tour Length:
7 days (start and finish in Melbourne)
Distance walked:
100 km
Moderate to challenging; See FAQ

26. Sep - 2. Oct 2022
5 - 11. Oct 2022
14 - 20. Oct 2022
23 - 29. Oct 2022
1 - 7. Nov 2022
28. Feb - 6. Mar 2023
7 - 13. Mar 2023
14 - 20. Mar 2023
21 - 27. Mar 2023
11 - 17. Apr 2023
18 - 24. Apr 2023
25. Apr - 1. May 2023
2 - 8. May 2023
9 - 15. May 2023
16 - 22. May 2023
23 - 29. May 2023
12 - 18. Sep 2023
19 - 25. Sep 2023
26. Sep - 2. Oct 2023
3 - 9. Oct 2023
10 - 16. Oct 2023
17 - 23. Oct 2023
24 - 30. Oct 2023
31. Oct - 6. Nov 2023
7 - 13. Nov 2023
14 - 20. Nov 2023
21 - 27. Nov 2023

Highlights of this walk

Complete one of the world’s great coastal walks with Inspiration Outdoors on a seven-day tour with six days of walking. The Great Ocean Walk meanders 104 km between Apollo Bay and the world famous 12 Apostles, sometimes along the beach, sometimes along cliff-tops, sometimes through tall forests, but nearly always with a view of the wonderful Great Ocean Road coastline.

Walking Tour Itinerary

A guide will accompany you each day as you walk between 9 and 20 km. There’s no easy days on the Great Ocean Walk; but, with a moderate level of fitness, they are all enjoyable! There are some steep sections, and a bit of beach walking, which can be challenging, so we recommend training.

Each day we will resume the walk from where we finished the previous day. Please note that on some days there are options to walk half a day; and you are always welcome to take a day off. The itinerary may alter depending on local conditions and weather.

Day 1: Drive from Melbourne. Walk Apollo Bay to Shelly Beach

Day 1: Drive from Melbourne. Walk Apollo Bay to Shelly Beach

9 km

We depart Melbourne CBD at 8am, heading for the spectacular Great Ocean Road and Apollo Bay – the start of the Great Ocean Walk. Enjoy the first of many fresh picnic lunches for the week, get to know your walking companions and see if you can spot some Australian Fur Seals out on the rocks.

The walk today is relatively easy with  some short sections of beach walking and a few hills. Keep an eye out for Koalas near Shelly beach!

Note, as we walk on the first afternoon, please wear your hiking clothes on the bus and bring your day pack ready to go. After our walk the bus will meet us at Shelly Beach carpark and we will drive to our accommodation in Apollo Bay.

Day 2: Shelly Beach to Parker Inlet

Day 2: Shelly Beach to Parker Inlet

19 km

Today the walk starts off by heading away from the coast and into towering forest of Mountain Ash, a characteristic feature of this part of the Great Otway National Park.

There are a few hills to negotiate before re-joining the coast at Blanket Bay. Blanket Bay is one of the few safe swimming locations along the walk.

After a relaxing lunch at Blanket Bay the track then meanders along cliff tops and through coastal forests to Parker Inlet. Look out for black wallabies, echidnas, black cockatoos and other wildlife along the way. We end out walk at the top of Parker Hill.

Day 3: Parker Inlet to Castle Cove

Day 3: Parker Inlet to Castle Cove

23 km

Our path this morning will take us inland through manna gums towards Cape Otway. The trail then heads back to the coast and we pass Crayfish Bay with it’s magnificent turquoise water. As we get closer to Cape Otway we begin to see glimpses of the lighthouse in the distance.

From Cape Otway the track winds its way through wind sculpted landscapes of sand dunes, coastal scrubland and magnificent calcified cliffs. As we come closer to Aire River Valley we will get some fantastic views down to the estuary where the Aire River meets the Southern Ocean and Glenaire Beach.

From Aire River we head inland for a bit, climbing up and around the next headland before rejoining the coastal track, with sweeping views of the rugged coastline. We end our day at Castle Cove lookout, surrounded by towering cliffs which have high archaeological significance.

Day 4 Castle Cove to Milanesia Track

Day 4 Castle Cove to Milanesia Track

17 km

A very varied day today, as we walk from Castle Cove along cliff tops, through heath-lands and forests, occasionally emerging to breathtaking views along the extensive coast. There are beautiful expanses of grass trees and, in spring, wonderful wildflower displays. You may be lucky to see Peregrine Falcons along this section.

Eventually the path emerges onto Johanna Beach, where we walk along one of Australia’s best beaches with superb views and enormous crashing surf. From Johanna Beach the path heads through rolling hills inland, where you can expect to see Eastern Grey Kangaroos, towards Milanesia Track.

Day 5: Milanesia Track to Gables

Day 5: Milanesia Track to Gables

16 km

The first highlight today is Milanesia Beach, which is one of those secret beaches not many people get to. The track then cuts through and alternates between farmland and isolated beach and sea cliffs with a roller coaster of ups and downs to reach Ryan’s Den. From here you’ll have breathtaking views all the way back to Cape Otway and west to Cape Volney.

From Ryan’s Den the trail then continues through coastal forests over Cape Volney towards Moonlight Head. After a steep climb up to Moonlight Head the track dips down into a valley which will lead us to The Gables Lookout. The Gables lookout is perched on one of the highest sea cliffs in mainland Australia, where will end today’s walk.

Day 6: Gables to Gibson Steps

Day 6: Gables to Gibson Steps

18 km

Today we will continue our walk from The Gables through a grove of casuarina trees to Wreck Beach. Here, at low tide, you can see the anchors of two of the many shipwrecks that lie submerged along this coast. The high tide route will take us to Devils Kitchen. From Devils Kitchen the trail hugs and meanders along the wild coastal cliffs, nicely protected by beautiful coastal heath, all the way to Princetown.

The wetlands around Princetown support a wide variety of bird life, where we will cross the Gellibrand River on a trestle bridge to embark on one of our last sections to the 12 Apostles. A pleasant walk through coastal scrub and escarpment will start to reveal stunning views of the looming Apostles. We will end our walk today just before Gibson steps.

Day 7: Gibson Steps to 12 Apostles. Drive to Melbourne

Day 7: Gibson Steps to 12 Apostles. Drive to Melbourne

2 km

This morning we take the short walk from Gibson steps to the Twelve Apostles visitor centre – the end of the Great Ocean Walk!

Here you’ll have time to wander the boardwalks and viewing platforms before the rush of the crowds.

We head to Loch Ard Gorge for morning tea, before taking the inland route back to Melbourne. Pick up some take-away lunch (own expense) on the way and we will arrive back in the city by late afternoon.

Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.
Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.


For the Great Ocean Walk guided tour, we stay for the first night at Apollo Bay Motel, the next 4 nights are spent at Johanna Seaside Cottages, then the last night is at a motel in Port Campbell. We stay at three locations to ensure shorter drives to the start of the walks as we go along. Staying for a good chunk of time in Johanna means you can unpack and relax for the majority of the tour.

At our first nights stay at the Apollo Bay motel we stay in twin share private rooms with an ensuite.

At the Johanna Seaside Cottages we spread out over several 2 – 4 bedroom cottages with shared bathrooms. We will come together in one of the houses for breakfast and dinner each day. The cottages are nestled along the coast beside the beach, with stunning sun-set views.  

The last night is spent at a motel in Port Campbell in twin share private rooms with an ensuite. We will enjoy a dinner out at a local restaurant.

Accommodation is allocated on a double or twin share basis. If you are a solo traveller we will room you with another solo traveller of the same gender. Limited single room supplements are available at an additional charge (please note that when staying in Johanna Seaside Cottages this will mean you will have your own room in a cottage but still share a bathroom).

What to bring

We will send you a full list of what to bring when you book. You don’t need much apart from clothes, a nice comfortable day pack and other personal effects.


All meals are included, with the exception of lunch on the last day, when you can pick up something on the way home.

Breakfast comprises cereals, fruit, yoghurt, toast, juice, tea and freshly brewed coffee.

Each day your guide will carry tea, coffee and a home-made cake for your morning tea. Fruit is also available.

On some days lunch is self-made from fresh breads, salads and meats. On other days, where there is vehicle access to the track, the bus will bring us a tasty and nutritious picnic lunch.

Enjoy pre-dinner nibbles with fellow guests each evening while your guides prepare a delicious two course meal for dinner.

Feel free to bring alcohol and additional snacks e.g. muesli bars, nuts, chocolate etc. There will be time for you to purchase additional alcohol and supplies during the week.

Please let us know of any dietary requirements before you book. We can happily adapt our menu to accommodate most dietary needs. Assistance is appreciated with clearing away and washing up.


An air-conditioned bus will take us from Melbourne to the Great Ocean Walk and back; and to and from the track each day. As the transport from Melbourne is provided at no additional charge, discounts cannot be offered to those who choose to make their own way there.

This walk includes

All meals, homemade from the best ingredients

We pride ourselves on providing you with fresh, wholesome food. Enjoy healthy breakfasts, delicious home-made morning teas, fresh picnic and packed lunches, fruit and hearty two course dinners each day.

All Transport ex Melbourne

Watch the scenery glide by from the comfort of our air conditioned vehicle.

Emergency support

Wilderness first aid trained guides carry radios, satellite phones and a full first aid kit so you can walk without worry.

Excellent itinerary and planning

Drawn from 22 years experience.

Two fun and professional Inspiration Outdoors guides

We'll feed you, tell you stories, help you achieve the walks safely and make sure everything goes to plan so that you don't have to worry about a thing

Great Ocean Walk FAQs

Where does the tour start from?

We depart at 8am from the Melbourne CBD. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off between 4:30pm and 5:30pm. If you would like to fly out on the last day of the tour you should be able to make a flight around 8pm.

DEPARTURES/ARRIVALS: We depart at 8.00am from Southern Cross Station. There is a loading zone out front of The Age building, which is opposite the south facing side of Southern Cross Station on Collins St. As you walk along Southern Cross Station on Spencer St heading towards Collins Street, cross the road at the lights and turn right up along Collins St towards The Age building. You will see a small park on your left, at the end of this little park and at the entrance of The Age building there is a Loading Zone, this is where we can park the bus.

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How challenging is this walk?

The Great Ocean walk certainly has it's challenges but we would class it as a moderate walk. There are hills, beach stretches and some short rocky sections, but all in all, the terrain is mostly moderate with moderate length walks.

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Where should I stay in Melbourne?

With an early departure, we recommend a night in Melbourne for those coming from interstate or overseas. We recommend to our guests the following hotels. All the below hotels are within easy walking distance from the pick up location.

- Best Western Melbourne City on Spencer St

- Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne on Spencer St

- The Great Southern Hotel Melbourne on Spencer St

* Please note that there may not be any shops or cafes open (especially for weekend departures) and we recommend organising breakfast the night before.

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About Walking Tours In General

How hard are the walks?

The difficulty of the walks ranges from tour to tour, from easy to challenging. We design all of our walking tours to be achievable for those with a moderate level of fitness. We do recommend doing some training before most tours, because physical activity is always more enjoyable if you are physically prepared. We will send you information about how to train when you book.

When on tour we find that a positive mental attitude is most important and that if you focus on the scenery, the company and the moment, and not on the kilometres, then you find yourself reaching your destination with little problem. You can always have a day or sometimes an afternoon off to relax if you feel like it. If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to complete a walk, give us a call on (08) 6219 5164 and we can talk you through it.

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Do I have to twin-share accommodation? Can I have my own room?

Our tour prices are based on rooms being twin share (two single beds in one room) or double (one double/queen bed in a room, shared by a couple). If you are travelling alone, we will place you in a room with someone of the same gender. If you have opted for a single supplement, this means you will have your own room but we won't always be able to guarantee your own bathroom and king/queen bed due to the types of accommodation we use for group bookings. Often we stay at 2 or 3 bedroom chalets so that we can cook and have a common area for the group to relax and mingle at the end of your days walk. If having your own bathroom is important, give us a ring and we will see if it is possible.

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Will I hold up the group if I’m a slow walker?

We find a lot of people who haven't been on a walking tour before worry about this, but it's rarely an issue. We keep a comfortable steady pace with plenty of opportunities to rest and take in the scenery along the way. Usually the group will spread out over a couple of hundred metres as we walk.

Normal walking pace on a formed surface like a road or footpath is around 4.5 - 6 km per hour and we tend to average just over 3 km per hour on bush tracks. It's not a stroll but it's not a brisk walk either. If you feel you may be slower than this, try some longer training walks to increase your walking fitness.

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What is the average age of Inspiration Outdoors’ guests?

About 80% of our walkers are aged between 45 - 75, but we welcome all adults on our tours. We get a roughly 60/40 female to male split.

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What’s the food like? Can you cater for my dietary needs?

We serve simple, nutritious and delicious food on tour, using fresh and local ingredients as much as possible. Of course, if you like, you can indulge in some less nutritious treats as well - you're on holiday after all and the team bake some mean cakes. Breakfast, home-made morning tea, lunch, fresh fruit, pre-dinner nibbles and a two course evening meal are all included. We are happy to adapt our menu to suit many dietary needs including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets - please ask when you book.

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Are your walking tours just for “bushwalkers”?

Our walks are for anyone who enjoys walking and nature - bushwalkers or not. Our walks are conducted in safe, supportive and fun environments and you don't need specialised equipment or experience to undertake them. We give you information about what you will need to bring and how you should prepare for each tour and we're always here to answer any questions or concerns.

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Do I have to walk every day on tour?

Of course not - it's your holiday and you should do what you feel! Relax at the accommodation, come for a drive, get dropped off in town or go for a stroll of your own. On some days there is also the opportunity to walk for part of the day. This last option depends on whether there is vehicle access to the track.

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What do I have to carry when I walk?

Very little. A water bladder or bottles, a rain jacket, some personal first aid supplies and, on some days, lunch. You will probably want a camera as well. We return to accommodation each evening so there is no need to carry a large backpack.

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Beautiful walks in the daytime, relax with fellow walkers each evening

As much as this walk is a fantastic outdoor experience, it’s also a social experience, giving you a chance to enjoy the companionship and support of like-minded people.

Enjoy a cuppa with a slice of home-made cake for morning tea and a fresh healthy lunch, surrounded by nature. Every day is finished off by a delicious and nutritious dinner together with the group.


From $2,745.00 AUD per person
(single supplement $480.00)

$350 deposit at time of booking

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- your guides are professional, friendly and hard working.
- your itinerary is well organised and thought out.
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Payment can be made by:

  • Direct deposit
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Can I cancel my booking?

If you need to cancel your tour;

  • 85 days or more, you will be refunded all monies paid, less a $50 administration fee.
  • 42 to 84 days prior to departure, you will lose your deposit
  • 28 to 41 days: 25% of full tour cost
  • 14 to 27 days: 50% of full tour cost
  • less than 14 days: 100% of full tour cost, no refund

If you have any concerns about cancelling, please take out travel insurance covering this contingency. This policy will be adhered to despite the most compelling and compassionate circumstances.

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