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Walk the Great Ocean Road

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Walk the Great Ocean Road

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Description

Experience one of Victoria’s most famous areas, the Great Ocean Road, on this 4-day walking tour. Starting and finishing in Melbourne, you’ll get to drive part of this iconic stretch of road before arriving at the heart of the region. Enjoy spectacular daily walks with views of the towering clifftops, tumultuous Bass Strait and the beaches in between. Spend time walking through the nearby ancient rainforests, whose greenery provide a stark contrast from the dramatic coastline nearby. See iconic sites such as the Twelve Apostles, and the Cape Otway Lightstation, all the while being led by your local leader and a range of other expert guides, who’ll teach you about the natural landscape and history of the area.

Trip Name
Walk the Great Ocean Road
Last Updated
2020-11-30
Days
4
Capacity
10
Highlights
  • Visit the Cape Otway Lightstation, Australia’s oldest continuously operating lighthouse, with a local shipwreck historian.
  • Take an interpretive walk at Milanesia Beach with a local First Nations guide.
  • Walk on Castle Cove, a beautiful beach surrounded by towering cliffs where dinosaur fossils have been found.
  • Visit the world-famous Twelve Apostles and nearby Loch Ard Gorge.
  • This trip's not only good for you and the places you visit, it's also good for the planet, with a tree planted for every trip booked.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Melbourne - Apollo Bay
Welcome to Melbourne! Today will begin bright and early. Once on the bus, you’ll have a chance to meet your fellow travellers and local leader at the travelling ‘Welcome Meeting’ as you make your way to Lorne, your first stop along the spectacular Great Ocean Road, to stretch your legs. From here you’ll continue to Maits Rest, a perfect lunch spot surrounded by an ancient rainforest with giant Myrtle Beech trees. After lunch, you’ll begin your first 11-kilometre walk starting from Blanket Bay. The track meanders along the cliff tops and through coastal forests – expect to see black wallabies, echidnas, black cockatoos, and rosellas. Continue along the beach (tide permitting) to see some of the shipwreck relics in this area until you reach the Cape Otway Lightstation. Built in 1848, it is Australia’s oldest continuously operating lighthouse and marks the entrance to Bass Strait. You’ll be joined by a local shipwreck historian who will share fascinating stories about the Lightstation’s history. You’ll be staying in Apollo Bay, so after checking in to your accommodation you’ll join the group for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2 - Cape Otway to Aire River & Castle Cove to Johanna Beach
After breakfast at a local cafe you’ll begin your 17-kilometre walking day from Cape Otway to Johanna Beach. Walk past the pioneer cemetery and large sand dunes before reaching a narrow coastal path overlooking Station Beach, before descending to the beautiful Aire River estuary and surrounding wetlands. After stopping for a picnic lunch you’ll board the bus for a short drive to the start of your afternoon walk at Castle Cove. Castle Cove is a beautiful beach surrounded by towering cliffs where dinosaur fossils have been found! From here, the track winds its way along the cliff tops, through heathland and forests, occasionally emerging to give breath-taking and extensive views along the coast, before you emerge onto Johanna Beach. Tonight you will have a free night to explore the restaurants of Apollo Bay at your own leisure.
Day 3 - Milanesia Beach & The Gables to Port Campbell
After breakfast at a local cafe you’ll be joined by a local First Nations guide for the start of another 17-kilometre walking day, beginning with an interpretive walk at Milanesia Beach. Isolated, rugged, and hidden, Milanesia Beach receives few visitors and is all the more special for it. From here the trail continues along the high sea cliffs to Ryans Den with breath-taking views all the way back to Cape Otway. After a picnic lunch, you’ll continue through coastal forests that lead to the evocatively named Moonlight Head. From Moonlight Head the track dips down into a valley and ends at The Gables Lookout, perched on one of the highest sea cliffs in mainland Australia. If you’re visiting around September, you may be lucky enough to see one of the departing Southern Right Whales which frequent this coast in the winter months. Tonight, you’ll be staying in Port Campbell and will have dinner at either a local pub or brewery.
Day 4 - Twelve Apostles to Melbourne
This morning after breakfast at a local cafe you’ll set off for your final day of walking – a seven-and-a-half-kilometre walk starting above the bird-filled wetlands around Princetown. From here you’ll walk through to the Gellibrand River Estuary before embarking on the final leg of this journey into Port Campbell National Park, where the world-famous Twelve Apostles come into view. Tides permitting, you’ll descend Gibsons Steps to view two of the Apostles from sea level. Next, you’ll transfer to the Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre before heading to the spectacular Loch Ard Gorge and then back into Port Campbell where you can choose a lunch option that suits you. After lunch, you’ll head back to Melbourne (via a little chocolate treat stop!), arriving at approximately 5 pm when your trip comes to an end.

Trip Dates

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01-02-202104-02-2021AUD $ 1,381-
15-02-202118-02-2021AUD $ 1,381-
22-03-202125-03-2021AUD $ 1,381-
06-04-202109-04-2021AUD $ 1,381-
27-04-202130-04-2021AUD $ 1,381-
03-05-202106-05-2021AUD $ 1,381-
17-05-202120-05-2021AUD $ 1,381-
11-06-202114-06-2021AUD $ 1,381-
25-06-202128-06-2021AUD $ 1,381-
02-07-202105-07-2021AUD $ 1,381-
16-07-202119-07-2021AUD $ 1,381-
20-08-202123-08-2021AUD $ 1,381-
10-09-202113-09-2021AUD $ 1,381-
30-09-202103-10-2021AUD $ 1,381-
15-10-202118-10-2021AUD $ 1,381-
12-11-202115-11-2021AUD $ 1,381-
30-11-202103-12-2021AUD $ 1,381-

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights)

Transport

Private Vehicle,Walking

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