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
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
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
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
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.