Great Ocean Walk 4 day guided walking tour

Four day guided walking tour on the Great Ocean Walk. Professional guiding, excellent catering and unique accommodation make this a must-do getaway. $1,350pp – 4 Days ex Melbourne, moderate terrain, 43km

Our highlights tour of the Great Ocean Walk takes in the most memorable parts of Victoria’s Great Ocean Walk. Each day’s walk is between 7 and 16 km, ranging from easy to moderate. There’s plenty of time to rest and relax, with morning teas and lunches out on the track, beautiful drives along the Great Ocean Road, and comfortable accommodation at the Cape Otway Light station – the best location along the Great Ocean Walk for sunsets over the Southern Ocean.

Your experience of southern Victoria is made all the better with the abundance of wildlife. Spot koala’s, echidnas and kangaroos up close!

We’ll look after you in every way, from the moment you board the mini-coach in Melbourne. Local expertise and attention to the finer points makes for a great physical experience and a grand social occasion. 

Add on a couple of day’s sightseeing or shopping in Melbourne and you’ve got yourself the perfect holiday!

Tour Length:
Four days.
Distance walked:
7 to 16 km
Difficulty:
Easy to challenging; See FAQ
Dates:
25 – 28. Oct 2018

Highlights of this walk

Take in the best of the Great Ocean Walk and skip the less scenic parts. Come away with beautiful memories and a real feel for the southern Victorian coast and this spectacular walk.

 

Walking Tour Itinerary

A guide will accompany you each day as you walk between 6 and 16 km. Please note that shorter options are available on some days. Preparing physically and having a moderate level of fitness will make your tour all the more enjoyable.

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

8 km

Departing from Melbourne 8:00am along the spectacular Great Ocean Road, we reach Apollo Bay by lunch time. Enjoy the first of many fresh picnic lunches for the week on the lawn at Marengo Beach, get to know your companions for the week and see if you can spot some Australian Fur Seals out on the rocks.

The walk today is relatively easy with mostly cliff-top and some beach walking. Keep an eye out for Koalas!

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 then we will drive to Cape Otway.

Day 2 Blanket Bay to Aire Inlet

Day 2 Blanket Bay to Aire Inlet

16km (6+10km options)

A short drive brings us to the start of the morning’s 6 km walk at Blanket Bay. This isolated part of the coastline has some of the only swimmable beaches along the Great Ocean Walk. We make our way through coastal forests and along clifftops to Parker Hill where the bus will be waiting.

From Parker Hill we’ll drive back to Cape Otway Lightstation and, for those with some fuel in the tank, we’ll head out for another beautiful walk from our front door and head out along the cliff-lines of Station Beach. The views here are superb and this section of the walk is all recently constructed and quite gentle.

By the end of our walk we’ll be down at one of the most scenic spots on the walk, the Aire River estuary, with the green rolling hills of the Otways as our backdrop. On our way back to the Cape Otway Lightstation we might stop for some up close and personal koala spotting.

You do have the option of foregoing the 1st (6 km) or 2nd (10 km) section of the walk if you feel you’ve walked far enough. 

Day 3 Milanesia to Moonlight Head

Day 3 Milanesia to Moonlight Head

11km

The walk today will start at Milanesia Gate from where we descend down to the first highlight of today, which is Milanesia Beach. This 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 roller coasters of up and down 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.

Day 4 Princetown to the 12 Apostles

Day 4 Princetown to the 12 Apostles

8 km

After packing up and departing Cape Otway Lightstation, we will make our way to the start of the walk in 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 12 Apostles. We will end our walk today at Gibson’s steps where you can choose to go for a dip if conditions allow.

From Gibson’s steps it is a very quick transfer to the 12 Apostles where you will have some time to explore and take pictures of these magnificent limestone stacks. You may even opt to go on a short helicopter flight to get a birds eye view.

After lunch and exploring the 12 Apostles area, we will make our way back to Melbourne, stopping en route for some afternoon tea.

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

Accommodation

For three nights we’ll stay at the old managers house at Cape Otway Lightstation. This is the best place on the Great Ocean Walk to watch the sun rise and set over the Southern Ocean. Each afternoon at 5 pm the grounds are closed to the public, leaving us to enjoy the serenity of the grounds to ourselves.

Accommodation is double or twin share. A single supplement may be available for $210, depending on bookings – please ask if interested.

What to bring

  • Camera and charger
  • Comfortable walking shoes/boots with good grip
  • Sun protection – hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Trousers/shorts and shirts for walking, preferably loose fitting, lightweight and quick drying
  • Long sleeved woolen sweater or polypropylene fleece
  • Several pairs of woolen walking socks (cotton is not ideal as it does not reduce friction and does not keep feet warm)
  • Beanie and scarf
  • Thermal top
  • Rain jacket
  • Casual clothes for wearing in the evenings
  • Comfortable casual shoes for wearing in the evenings
  • Torch/headlamp
  • Shower footwear (i.e. thongs)
  • Personal effects i.e. medication, bathroom needs, reading material
  • Walking poles if desired
  • A soft bag for luggage instead of a hard covered suitcase (suitcases are difficult to pack away and manoeuvre). If travelling as a couple, we prefer that you bring two smaller bags than one large one (for our back health).
  • Water bottles/camelback if you have them – otherwise we will provide you with disposable bottles to carry
  • A sense of adventure, curiosity and fun!

Food

Breakfasts are a continental affair with muesli, yogurt, freshly brewed coffee, tea, toast and other cereals all on hand. Each walker makes their own lunch from the smorgasbord of different food items put out by your guides and prepared freshly each day. There is also fresh fruit available plus a host of trail mix snacks to tuck into and replenish each day.

Dips and crackers are always put out prior to the evening meal. We also encourage you to purchase your own alcohol prior to the trip, or on day one in Apollo Bay. Dinners are prepared with fresh ingredients.

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

Transport

All transport, via air-conditioned mini-coach, is included. We depart from and return to the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road in Melbourne.

We recommend that if booking a return flight home from Melbourne Airport on the last day of this trip that your flight departs after 7.30 pm.

This walk includes

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All meals, including morning tea and snacks

We pride ourselves on providing you with fresh, wholesome food. Enjoy healthy breakfasts, delicious 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.

Delicious two-course dinners each evening

Whether we use a local caterer or cook for you ourselves, our food promises a delicious and satisfying end to the day.

Emergency support

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

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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?

This tour starts from the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda road. It is very central and easy to get to.

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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?

We recommend the Victoria Hotel, which was clean (though a bit old), in a great location and affordable.
From there you can walk to the pick up point in about 5 minutes.

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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?

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 give you a room with someone of the same sex. Sometimes, depending on the accommodation, it is possible to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have a room to yourself – please ask us if this option is available when you book.

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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. Our youngest guest has been about 35 and our oldest was 82. 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 Emily bakes a mean cake. 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 fresh healthy lunches, surrounded by nature. Finish each day with a delicious, nutritious dinner with the group.

What people have said

Thank you for a wonderful four days on the Great Ocean Walk. I thoroughly enjoyed it and your company and all aspects of your organization.  It was a treat and I am waxing lyrical to all who will listen!

Marion, Great Ocean Walk 2013

This was an excellent 4 day walk along the Great Ocean coast, with brilliant scenery unfolding at each turn. Aside from the scenery, the highlights were the wildlife — cutest koala mother and cub, and echidnas — and the cooking. It was well organised, had great accommodation and company and the walking pace suited a range of levels, with options to pull out early on most days. I thoroughly recommend this as a must do Australian walk.

Linley, Great Ocean Walk 2013

Pricing

AUD $1350 per person ex – Melbourne. Single supplement $210

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Payment can be made by:

  • Direct deposit
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Can I cancel my booking?

We hope that you do not need to cancel your booking. However, if you do, our cancellation fee, based on the notice given prior to the departure date, is:

  • More than 12 weeks: $50 administration fee
  • 6 to 12 weeks: loss of deposit
  • 4 to 6 weeks: 25% of full tour cost
  • 2 to 4 weeks: 50% of full tour cost
  • less than 2 weeks: 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.