If you only have a short window of time to get away and are in need of a fix of nature, exercise and plenty of fresh air, then this trip is just for you. Over three days you’ll experience the most special highlights of the Great Ocean Walk, stunning scenery and a myriad of wildlife including koalas, echidnas and kangaroos.
This world-famous destination is just waiting to be explored on foot!
- Two nights’ accommodation at Cape Otway Lightstation or Bimbi Park
- Afternoon at the Twelve Apostles
- Visit to local Chocolaterie
- All transport and guiding (pick up and drop off in central Melbourne)
- 3 lunches, 2 breakfasts and 2 two-course dinners
- Plenty of trail mix, fresh fruit, pre-dinner nibbles, tea/coffee
2019 Trip Dates
- Please contact the Park Trek office for dates in 2019
Day One: Blanket Bay, Parker River to Cape Otway Lightstation
Walking distance: 11 km (approx. 4 – 5 hours walking) Grade – easy
Our Park Trek guides will collect you from outside the National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road (just outside the entrance to the gallery and the large pools) at 7.00am on the day of departure. Your Park Trek guides will drop you back at the same location upon completion of the tour.
We head off from Melbourne and down the iconic Great Ocean Road stopping en-route at Anglesea for morning tea. We arrive in Apollo Bay around 10.30am and here we prepare for today’s walk. The guides will also show you where you can purchase your own alcohol for the two nights we are staying at Bimbi Park.
Today’s walk is a delightful 11 kilometre walk of moderately undulating terrain exploring the coastline of Cape Otway area. Beginning at the Blanket Bay campground the walk begins on a boardwalk before climbing gently to Point Lewis lookout. We continue through coastal forest, crossing several creek footbridges before the steep descent to the beautiful Parker River Inlet. Continue along the cliff top passing above Crayfish Bay to finally arrive at Cape Otway Lightstation, one of the region’s most famous landmarks. Your Park Trek guide will lead off and along the way explain some the local history.
Here we will wander to the top of the lighthouse. From the top of this highpoint you can see over a vast area and enjoy the most spectacular scenery where waves crash over reefs and where the notorious Bass Strait meets the great Southern Ocean. The lighthouse is manned by a trained guide, who will greet you at the top of the tower.
Guides will recount stories of the Cape’s traditional owners, shipwrecks, the trials and tribulations of the colourful lighthouse keepers, the working of the light, World War Two history, fascinating stories of the Telegraph Station, one of Australia’s most intriguing UFO mysteries, and much more.
We then head back to our accommodation for some pre-dinner nibbles and your guides will prepare a delicious two-course dinner.
Accommodation: COL or Bimbi Park
Food included: lunch and dinner
Day Two: Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head, and Gables Lookout (Wreck Beach)
Walking distance: 15 km (approx. 8 hours’ walking) Grade – moderate
After breakfast and lunch making we head off on the days’ walk. From Milanesia Gate we descend to a beautiful and remote beach. Isolated, rugged and hidden, Milanesia Beach receives few visitors and is all the more special for it. Look for the “beachcomber’s cottage” when you reach the beach.
From here the trail continues along the high sea cliffs to Ryan’s Den with breathtaking views all the way back to Cape Otway, and west to Cape Volney.
This is our lunch spot and it is one of the most scenic locations along the walk. There are toilets here also. From Ryan’s Den the track continues through coastal forests that lead over Cape Volney to Moonlight Head (named by Matthew Flinders during a break in showery weather at night in April 1802).
From here we can continue onto Gables Lookout. We traverse through a section of farmland, over a stile and begin a descent through a delightful forested track. After crossing several bridges, over a short boardwalk and through a tea tree grove, we reach the junction of the Gables track. We head towards Gables lookout.
After today’s walk, we head back to our accommodation for pre-dinner nibbles and your guides will prepare a fabulous two-course dinner.
Accommodation: COL or Bimbi Park
Food included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day Three: Princetown to Gibson’s Steps / Twelve Apostles
Walking distance: 8.5 km (2.5 – 3 hrs walking) Grade – easy to moderate
After breakfast and lunch making we head out for our last day of walking. Our walk today starts above the wetlands around Princetown which support a wide variety of bird life. We’ll walk down through the Gellibrand River Estuary and reconnect with the Great Ocean Walk.
We are now on the home stretch into Port Campbell National Park and the world famous Twelve Apostles soon come into sight.
At Gibson’s Beach Car Park, we recommend, tides allowing, you descend Gibson’s Steps to view Gog and Magog (not strictly counted as two of The Twelve Apostles) up close from sea level.
The last kilometre of the Great Ocean Walk takes you through to the Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre where you can view The Apostles up close. We’ll have our lunch here and then head back to Melbourne via Colac where we stop at a local café for a coffee/tea before arriving back in the city at the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road approx. 5.30 pm.
Sole room occupancy is an additional $250
Thank you for such a great trip . I loved it. I found parts quite challenging but the rest I managed OK, albeit with a few groans whenever I saw an incline. The trip was incredibly well-organised and our guides Cindy and Ann did a brilliant job with the guiding, organising and cooking!
Accommodation was great too – loved the history and staying at the lightstation is wonderful and a first for me.