The Great Ocean Walk is an iconic walk located between Apollo Bay and the 12 Apostles.
The 100km walk hugs the rugged coastline, with some sections inaccessible from the road. We will weave our way through tall forests, coastal heathlands, beside wild rocky shores and along windswept cliff-tops presenting amazing views.
There are places on the walk where we will feel a million miles away from the world we left behind. Station Beach, Ryans Den, Devils Kitchen and Milanesia Beach are remote and rarely visited places. Moonlight Head has some of the highest coastal cliffs on mainland Australia.
The landscape and wild nature of this iconic long distance walk will engage our mind, body and soul. Wreck Beach features shipwreck anchors embedded in rock, a stark reminder to visitors how dangerous and powerful the Southern Ocean waves can be. Tall forests leading up to Cape Otway pass through wet fern and rainforest gullies sheltered by the world’s tallest flowering plant; the Mountain Ash Coastal heathland and sheltered estuaries of the Aire and Gellibrand rivers are home to a host of wildlife.
Connecting with the nature and landscape of this spectacular region will ensure – your Great Ocean Walk is an experience that will stay with you forever.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Trek with TrekFit Australia?”
Great question! Here at TrekFit Australia we pride ourselves on providing an experience for our clients that they will remember for the rest of their lives. We know that you have put many hours of training in so that you can complete this walk. So we want to make sure you succeed. We are here for you every step of the way. One of our experienced TrekFit Australia Guides will come with you on your trek giving you that personal experience to ensure you achieve your goals and dreams. Our Guides know the treks well and have completed them many times. This ensures you receive personal service by a knowledgeable and experienced Guide.
What do I have to carry each day?
We stay at the same accommodation each night, so you only have to carry your day pack while walking. In your day pack will be your lunch, snacks, water and wet weather gear.
How do I know if I’m fit enough?
The Great Ocean Walk requires a moderate level of fitness. Most days the total walking distance is anywhere between 10km to 16km. There are some steep hilly sections as well as flat sections. The track is very even underfoot and well maintained. TrekFit Australia have designed trek training programs to suit every level of fitness. These programs are designed to ensure you are fit and ready for your trek.
Arrive at Johanna accommodation and settle in for the night. We stay at the same accommodation for the entire week, so after each day of walking, we come back to a nice hot shower and a home cooked meal. (D)
Day 2 – Blanket Bay to Cape Otway Lighthouse
Today we commence our walk at Blanket Bay. The walk follows the coast line with some rocky platforms and spectacular views. At Parker Inlet we make the decision whether to follow the inland track or walk along the beach. This decision is subject to tides and weather conditions. We end our day of walking at the historic Cape Otway Lighthouse and we spend a couple of hours here before heading back to our accommodation. In total we walk approximately 11km today. (B,L,D).
Day 3 – Cape Otway Lighthouse to Aire River
Today we head from the Lighthouse to Aire River. Subject to tide and weather conditions, we may be lucky enough to walk along Station Beach. If not, we follow the inland track and experience amazing views. A big day of walking today, as we cover approximately 12km of coastline. (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Castle Cove to Johanna Beach
Today we follow the coastline to Johanna Beach. There is a long section of the walk today where we are down on the beach in some soft sand. It does get tiring on the legs, but it is such a beautiful section of the track. Approximately 14km of walking today. (B,L,D)
Day 5 – Milanesia Gate to The Gables.
Today’s walk is affectionately called “The Rollercoaster”. That is because the track is a serious of ups and downs. It is a great day of walking as we pass Bowker Point, Ryan’s Den Campground and Cape Volney. Approximately 15km of walking today. (B,L,D).
Day 6 – The Gables to The Apostles
As this is our last day, we pack up our accommodation and load all of our gear into our cars. We start walking at the Gables and head towards the famous landmark, the 12 Apostles. We are up on the rugged coastline today and it can get quite blustery up there. After we leave Gellibrand River, we will start to get views of the Apostles. The Twelve Apostles Marine National Park is on our left and we know now the end is in sight. We will spend some time at the 12 Apostles making sure we get some great pictures. A long 16km of walking today, but we are rewarded with a sense of achievement in having completed the Great Ocean Walk. (B,L).