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3 Day Great Ocean Track

Highlights

  • Walk one of the most beautiful coastlines in Australia 
  • See sweeping coastal cliffs and rugged shores 
  • Trek through pristine a ecologically diverse forests 
  • A great weekender or great training for other expeditions 
  • Learn about the colourful local shipping and colonial history

Overview

FREE TREKS : Put together a trip of 8 people and You will travel for free. Or we can distribute the cost of your trip over the rest of the group to give them a discount. 

Would you like to do the entire Great Ocean Walk? Why not try our 7 day expedition!

Come and experience what is destined to become one of the world's great hikes - right on your door step. Opened in 2006, the new Great Ocean Walk spans 91 kilometres of one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in Australia. If you think you already know this area from driving the Great Ocean road think again!

The walk takes you to unspoiled and previously inaccessible terrain, far from crowds and traffic. Breathtaking coastal scenery, deserted wild beaches, sheer cliffs, historical lighthouses and shipwrecks, giant mountain ash forests, pristine river estuaries, abundant wildlife, dunes and coastal heathlands all await the adventurous trekker on this exciting expedition.

The Great Ocean walk extends from Apollo bay through the Great Otway National Park, to the famous Twelve apostles near Port Campbell. Along the way it traverses some of Australia's most amazing coastal scenery, cutting through the Otway National Park where mountains and forest plunge dramatically to meet the Southern Ocean. The trail is rich with wildlife as the Otway national park is home to over 60 threatened species, so expect to see Wallabies, Koalas, Echnida's and other iconic Australian wildlife on your hikes as well as abundant birdlife.

We have chosen the highlights of the walk for this event, offering some of the most spectacular and remote sections of the trail to showcase the wonderful diversity of scenery and habitats.

Itinerary

Day 1 Melbourne - Apollo Bay / Walk Blanket bay to Cape Otway 13km 

Day 2 Walk Cape Otway to Johanna 22km 

Day 3 Walk Milanesia Beach to Wreck beach then onto Twelve Apostles / Return to Melbourne 19km

Private Expeditions: If our dates don't suit and you have a group of 8 or more we can run this expedition on any date you wish.

Note 1: From mid November to mid January, millions of flies inhabit the track and make the walk very uncomfortable. We suggest not to walk in this period.

Note 2: This walk traverses the coastline of Southern Victoria with all of its ascents, descents and forested areas. The distances covered on some of the 3 consecutive hiking days exceed 20kms and walking on soft sand can make this tougher than the distances suggest. There are some very challenging sections throughout the walk and a reasonable level of fitness is required. Each day you'll be transferred back to base which means you'll only have to carry your day pack.

Routes

Day 1 Melbourne - Apollo Bay / Walk Blanket Bay to Cape Otway 13km (D)

7.30am pick up from the Melbourne Arts Centre, St Kilda Road. Transfer by minibus to Cape Otway, approx. 3.5 hours drive and stopping for early lunch in Apollo Bay.

Drive to Blanket Bay where we start walking our first section of the Great Ocean walk trail to Parker Inlet. The track meanders along the cliff tops and through coastal forests to the quiet haven of Parker's Inlet.

Expect to see Black Wallabies, Echidnas, Black Cockatoos, Rosellas and other wildlife along our route. Leaving Parker Inlet we have an optional hike to Crayfish Bay, before continuing along the track through manna gum forests. 

The walk emerges from the forest and into open terrain along the coast to the Cape Otway light house, which is Australia's oldest continuously operating lighthouse. It was built in 1848 and marks the entrance to the Bass Straits. A guided tour will reveal some of the remarkable stories of ship wreck along this wild coastline.

We will then be collected by minibus and driven to our accommodation at Cape Otway. We are staying in comfortable shared bunk house style accommodation in beautiful surroundings. After enjoying a wholesome dinner there will be opportunity to look around the nearby forest and watch the many Koalas that seem to become more active in the coolness of the night.

Accommodation: Cape Otway

Walking distance: approx. 13 km / 4 - 5 hours walking

Meals included: dinner only 

Day 2 Walk Cape Otway to Johanna 22km (B, L, D)

An early start today as we have a good days walk ahead of us along the magnificent stretch of coast from Station Beach to Johanna Beach. We walk through fields and sand dunes and descend to Station Beach, where we walk along a spectacular stretch of coastline with pounding surf. Time permitting we will visit the Rainbow Falls tucked away in a corner of the beach.

We then ascend back up to the escarpment overlooking the beach and walk along a narrow coastal path overlooking Station Beach. The path winds along the cliff tops and then wind sculpted sand dunes before descending to the beautiful Aire River estuary and surrounding wetlands. After stopping for a break at Aire River we head inland for a while climbing up and around the next point. The route takes us through Spinifex forests and then continues along the coastal path with sweeping views of the rugged coastline.

Expect some ups and downs with a little climbing before we get to our next break at Castle Cove. Located on a spectacular bend of the Great Ocean Road at Glenaire, Castle Cove is a beautiful beach surrounded with towering cliffs which have high archaeological significance, as dinosaur fossils have been found here.

Continuing on from Castle Cove we encounter some of the most spectacular coastal views of the entire walk. The track winds its way along the cliff tops, through heath lands and forests, occasionally emerging to give breathtaking and extensive views along the coast. The forest here is an interesting mixture with grass trees and manna gums. Eventually we emerge onto the broad expanse of Johanna Beach.

We finish the day by walking along this beautiful beach which must rate as one of the best in Australia for its views and crashing surf. We transfer back from Johanna Beach to our accommodation at Cape Otway for a second night.

Accommodation: Cape Otway

Walking distance: approx. 22.4 km walking / 7-9 hours

Meals included: breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

Day 3: Milanesia – Ryans Den; Pricetown – The Twelve Apostles; return to Melbourne

Our last day’s walk is one of the wildest and most challenging sections of the entire track. Depending on the weather, tides and wishes of the group we may vary the itinerary to suit. We walk in from the Great Ocean Road to join the track at a point where it cuts inland before returning to the coast and one of the walk’s highlights. Milanesia Beach is an isolated and hidden beach that receives few visitors and is all the more special for it. From here the trail continues along the high sea cliffs to our exit point at Ryans Den with breathtaking views all the way back to Cape Otway.The views back along the coast and over the high sea cliffs, bays and caves are truly amazing.

We hike out to meet our transport and drive down the coast for lunch at Princetown before embarking on the last section of the Great Ocean Walk, which although quite short, presents us with tantalising glimpses of The Twelve Apostles as we approach the walk-end viewing platform.

After a brief stop at The Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre we commence our journey back to Melbourne, stopping for dinner enroute (not included) arriving about 8:30pm.

Walking distance: 11km (3.5-4hrs)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Inclusions

  • Return transfers from Melbourne 
  • Experienced walking guides, first-aid trained 
  • Two nights accommodation, dorm style 
  • Support vehicle 
  • Luggage transfers each day 
  • Safety radios 
  • Park fees 
  • Water and snacks 
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 2 Dinners 

Exclusions

  • Beverages
  • Insurance

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