Park Trek » Great Ocean Walk – 4 day highlights tour
Park Trek walking holidays, Australia
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Duration: 4 days
Location: Ex Melbourne
Price: from $1,450 including GST
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4-day Great Ocean Walk

Park Trek has put together a highlights package of the Great Ocean Walk that gives you access to the best sites this great walk has to offer. Your four days will see you exploring beaches, coves, and spectacular cliff top vistas. During this trip we stay in the Cape Otway Lightstation Cottages. These historic houses are located in one of the most spectacular settings found along the Great Ocean Road.

Tour inclusions

  • Three nights’ twin share accommodation Cape Otway Lightstation (single supplement available)
  • Afternoon at the Twelve Apostles
  • All transport and guiding with pick up and drop off in central Melbourne
  • 4 lunches, 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Plenty of trail mix, fresh fruit, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks
  • Experience the best sections of the Great Ocean Walk
  • Private trips can be arranged with a minimum of 6 walkers.

 

Trip Dates 2019

  • Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 February – FULLY BOOKED
  • Wednesday 27th to 30th March – ONLY 3 PLACES LEFT
  • Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 December – NEW DATES JUST RELEASED

 

Itinerary

DAY 1

Day One: Marengo to Shelly Beach

Walking distance: 7 km (approx. 3 hours walking) Grade – easy

Depart Melbourne 7.30am from outside the National Gallery of Victoria, St Kilda Road

We head off from Melbourne and down the iconic Great Ocean Road stopping en-route in Anglesea for morning tea and a comfort stop. Arriving in Apollo Bay we prepare for or afternoon walk.

Today we begin at Marengo Beach – home to a colony of Australian Fur seals which hang out on the rocks in the bay. Your Park Trek guide will lead off and along the way explain some of the local history.

Following the GOW trail, we enjoy excellent views along the coast looking south-west towards Cape Otway and north-east over the ranges surrounding Apollo Bay.

We descend down to a beach for a rest before heading into a small section of Otway rainforest. The trail enters forest then starts to climb into higher forest of the Great Otway National Park just above Shelly Beach.

Delicious two-course dinner prepared by guides at Cape Otway Lightstation

Overnight Cape Otway Lightstation/ Bimbi Park/ Johanna Seaside Cottages

DAY 2 – Cape Otway to Castle Cove

Walking distance:10-16 km (approx. 5-6 hours walking) Grade – moderate

After breakfast and lunch making we hit the trail. Today’s walk begins from Cape Otway Lightstation (right at our front door!)The views are superb throughout this section of the walk.

The walk from the lighthouse winds its way through wind sculpted landscapes of sand dunes, coastal scrub-land and magnificent calcified cliffs. At Aire River Lookout there are great views down to the estuary where the Aire River meets the Southern Ocean and Glenaire Beach.

Following on from Aire Rive we have a further 6km walk through to Castle Cove. From Aire River the track heads inland for a while, climbing up and around the next headland through tea-tree forests, it then continues along the coastal path with sweeping views of the rugged coastline. Expect some ups and downs with a little climbing before you get to Castle Cove. Located on a spectacular bend of the Great Ocean Road at Glenaire, Castle Cove is a beautiful beach surrounded by towering cliffs which have high archaeological significance.

Sensational two-course dinner prepared by guides at Cape Otway Lightstation

Overnight Cape Otway Lightstation/ Bimbi Park/ Johanna Seaside Cottages

DAY 3

Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head

Walking distance: 10 – 14km (6 – 8hrs walking) Grade – moderate

After breakfast and lunch making we hit the trail and walk from Milanesia Beach, via Ryan’s Den to Moonlight Head.

From Milenesia 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.

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 usually our lunch spots and one of the most scenic locations along the walk.

From Ryan’s Den the track continues through coastal forests that lead over Cape Volney to Moonlight Head.

Two-course dinner prepared by guides

Overnight Cape Otway Lightstation/ Bimbi Park/ Johanna Seaside Cottages

DAY 4

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 on our last day walk which follows the cliff lines of the Great Ocean Walk finishing at the iconic Twelve Apostles.

The walk is easy to moderate nature, allowing plenty of time to soak up the views.

The walk starts above the wetlands around Princetown which supports a wide variety of bird life. We walk down through the Gellibrand River Estuary and reconnect with the Great Ocean Walk trail. We are now on the home stretch into Port Campbell National Park and the world-famous Twelve Apostles soon come into sight.

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 usually have our lunch here and then head back to Melbourne via the inland route.

Afternoon tea  (own expense)

Return to Melbourne (approx. 5.30pm)

Guest notes

Single supplement available for additional $210 for the three nights away.

Return flights need to be booked from 7.30pm onwards. We can pick up at Avalon Airport on the morning of Day 1, usually at around 8.30am.

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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.

Caroline – Great Ocean Walk