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Great Ocean Walk - 3 Days (Private Groups)

Explore the highlights of Victoria’s iconic Great Ocean Walk – 3-days, guided walk (private groups only)

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!

1995
3 days
34.5km
10
Melbourne
Melbourne
Grade 2 – 3
Not currently scheduling this walk for public departures

**Confirmed departure dates allow you to book worry free. If you have any issues booking any departure date, please email us at info@parktrek.com.au  or call us on 03 9997 0500.

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Our Tours Are All Inclusive! 

  • Small group (10 or less), day-pack only walking tour with magnificent walks and sightseeing.
  • Daily guided walks curated to immerse you in the region’s unique landscape, history, flora and fauna, highlights of the Great Ocean Walk.
  • Two Park Trek guides who are experienced, accredited and safety gear equipped. Our guides play a versatile role ensuring a seamless and enriching tour experience, they are our story tellers, our chefs, and our legends in the field!
  • Return transport ex- Melbourne and all tour transfers in our comfortable 12-seater mini-coach with luggage trailer.
  • Two nights comfortable twin-share accommodation (limited single supplements at additional cost), with ensuites if available and sustainably provided
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 two-course dinners, plus trail mix, nibbles, fresh fruit, snacks, tea and coffee, biscuits / cake and non-alcoholic drinks throughout.
  • Afternoon at the Twelve Apostles
  • Visit to local Chocolaterie
  • All national park entry fees

DAY 1 – Parker River to Cape Otway Lightstation

Distance: 11kms, 5 hrs walking approx.
Grade: 2 – 3, easy to moderate

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 away.

Today’s walk is a delightful 11 kilometer 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.

Here we will wander to the top of the lighthouse. From the top of this high point 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. 

Your 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. 

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

DAY 2 – Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head

Distance: 15kms, 8hrs walking approx.
Grade: 3, 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. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

DAY 3 – Princetown to Gibson’s Steps / Twelve Apostles

Distance: 8.5km, 3hrs walking approx.
Grade: 2 – 3, 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 kilometer 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.

*Walking times and distances may be adapted to the weather and groups needs based on guides discretion.

Each day we also provide fruit, snacks, tea and coffee and a nibbles platter.

Each evening after our days walking, we return back to our accommodation for some time to refresh and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Your guides will curate a beautiful nibbles platter for you, providing the perfect setting for a relaxing evening. During this time, they will also conduct a briefing, offering insights into the days experiences and outlining your upcoming adventures. Using a map of the area, your guides will illustrate the various regions and walks we are set to explore in the days ahead.

During this trip we stay in either the Cape Otway Lightstation Cottages or at Bimbi Park

Cape Otway Lightstation Cottages

These historic houses are located in one of the most spectacular settings found along the Great Ocean Road. Cape Otway Lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse on mainland Australia and considered the most significant. Built in 1848, the lighthouse  known as the ‘Beacon of Hope’ sits 90 metres above the pristine ocean of Bass Strait. Fully self-contained, this renovated property with open plan lounge and large kitchen provides a great place for groups to enjoy this unique location. The Lighthouse Lodge houses 4 bedrooms and 2 shared bathrooms. You can choose a single supplement if you would prefer not to share a room, this means you would have one room to yourself in the Lodge and would be sharing the bathroom with one or two other guests. Hairdryers are unable to be used at the Light station as they require excessive electricity to operate. There is an emergency landline onsite, and Park Trek always carry a Satellite phone in case of emergencies. There is no WIFI and limited phone service at the Light station, a digital detox is something we promote on our Great Ocean Walk.

Bimbi Park
Bimbi Park is in Cape Otway, the centre of the Great Ocean Road and the Great Ocean Walk, an area of magnificent forests, beaches, secluded bays and spectacular coastline. It is sheltered among tall manna gums far away from the wearing noise of towns and traffic. The grounds of the park are full of wild life including koalas, echidnas, wallabies, kangaroos and up to 70 variety of birds. We stay in comfortable deluxe cabin style accommodation where all linen is supplied.

For guests flying out of Melbourne on the last night of tour, please don’t book flights before 7pm.

Single Supplement: We have limited availability for Single Supplement on this tour. Please enquire about availability and additional cost for SS with our reservations team at time of booking. Please note; by booking a SS you will have your own room in a one or two bedroom cabin or cottage with shared bathroom and living areas. Not all our accommodations have a private ensuite option.

Whilst this is for private groups only, if you’d like to join us on a public departure, we have a 4 day Great Ocean Road Walking Tour which will showcase the best the Great Ocean Road has to offer in small groups of 10 or less.

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Great Ocean Walk Hiking Tour - 3 Days

Great Ocean Walk Highlights - Victoria - 3 day guided walking tour

From $1750

A fully guided, day-pack only, 3 day walking tour – 34.5 kms walking (approx.) Private Groups Only

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!.

Itinerary
Track Grading

No bush walking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.

No bush walking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bush walking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

Bush walking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

Very experienced bush walkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.

DAY 1 – 11km, 5 hrs approx.

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. 

 

Meals: lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation or Bimbi Park

DAY 2 – 15km, 8hrs approx.

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. 

 

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation or Bimbi Park

DAY 3 – 8.5km, 3hrs approx.

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. 

Accommodation

During this trip we stay in either the Cape Otway Lightstation Cottages or at Bimbi Park

 

Cape Otway Lightstation Cottages

These historic houses are located in one of the most spectacular settings found along the Great Ocean Road. Cape Otway Lighthouse is the oldest surviving lighthouse on mainland Australia and considered the most significant. Built in 1848, the lighthouse  known as the ‘Beacon of Hope’ sits 90 metres above the pristine ocean of Bass Strait. Fully self-contained, this renovated property with open plan lounge and large kitchen provides a great place for groups to enjoy this unique location. The Lighthouse Lodge houses 4 bedrooms and 2 shared bathrooms. You can choose a single supplement if you would
prefer not to share a room, this means you would have one room to yourself in the Lodge and would be sharing the bathroom with one or two other guests. Hairdryers are unable to be used at the Light station as they require excessive electricity to operate. There is an emergency landline onsite, and Park Trek always carry a Satellite phone in case of emergencies. There is no WIFI and limited phone service at the Light station, a digital detox is something we promote on our
Great Ocean Walk.

 

Bimbi Park
Bimbi Park is in Cape Otway, the centre of the Great Ocean Road and the Great Ocean Walk, an area of magnificent forests, beaches, secluded bays and spectacular coastline. It is sheltered among tall manna gums far away from the wearing noise of towns and traffic. The grounds of the park are full of wild life including koalas, echidnas, wallabies, kangaroos and up to 70 variety of birds. We stay in comfortable deluxe cabin style accommodation where all linen is supplied.

Inclusions

Tour inclusions

  • 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
  • All national park entry fees
Guest Notes

We drop back into Melbourne outside the National Gallery of Victoria at 5pm. If you are flying out that night you’ll need to book a flight out after 6.30pm.

A single supplement is available for an additional $270.00 for both nights. 

Preparation

Prepare for your walk

If you are joining a Park Trek tour there are a few things to note.

  • Most healthy adult can participate in a Park Trek walking holiday. If you can walk upwards of 15 kilometres or more in a day, carrying a lightweight day pack, you will find our tours totally achievable.
  • While we typically walk on well forged walking tracks, the quality and degree of difficulty can vary greatly. You may find some tracks rocky and lumpy underfoot, soft and sandy, or muddy and slippery.
  • Sometimes there is the need to negotiate obstacles such as fallen trees, sections of scree or steep steps.
  • Ensure you come along with, not only the right footwear, rain gear and clothing, but also the right frame of mind!

What you need to bring

  • Clothing for the duration of the trip
  • A comfortable pair of walking shoes (runners or flat-soled shoes will not suffice except as something you can wear after a day’s activity)
  • Toiletries and any personal medication.
  • Walking poles with a telescopic arm (if you are comfortable with using these).
  • Other items relevant to specific trips will be detailed in trip notes sent to you prior to travel.

Note: Full details of what to bring can be found in the downloadable trip notes.

Why book with us?
Our principles
  • We’ve been trusted for almost 25 years, and we commit to always improving our all-inclusive tours.
  • Our purpose is to provide memorable small-group experiences that seamlessly combine nature, landscape and wellness.
  • We advocate the health and wellness benefits of walking in nature. It is great for the body, mind and soul.
  • We are proud to be licensed and trusted by governmental bodies to undertake tours in sensitive locations.
  • We’ve been Advanced Eco-Certified by Ecotourism Australia for over 15 years and commit to “leave no trace principles”.
  • We are committed to reconciliation with First Nation’s peoples, our RAP was endorsed by Reconciliation Australia in 2023.
  • We build responsible local partnerships. We don’t own lodges, preferring to work with and contribute to local communities.
  • We seek to employ local guides and experts, to secure local knowledge and culture, and contribute to local communities.
  • Our guides craft our customer’s experiences and are paid and treated with the respect they deserve. We are proud of them. 
  • We thank our customers for their loyalty, and we will do everything in our power to earn and retain your trust.
Walking for wellness
  • We subscribe to the benefits of time in nature and the Five ways to wellbeing. They are:
    1. Connect with nature & others.
    2. Be active & healthy.
    3. Be mindful & in the moment.
    4. Keep learning.
    5. Be a good person.
  • Our small tours are designed so you can focus on nature, with only a light daypack, knowing our guides take care of the rest.
All-inclusive experiences
  • Our experiences are relaxed and friendly, accommodating like-minded guests with a passion for time in nature.
  • Our guests include single travellers, couples, families, friends and groups. We also do corporate and charity groups.
  • Best of all, with Park Trek, we take care of everything so you can relax and immerse in nature. Our tours include:
  1. All transport from pick-up to final day return.
  2. Experienced guides throughout your tour.
  3. Fully guided walking tours and interpretation.
  4. Unique, comfortable and clean accommodation.
  5. Thoughtfully planned itineraries.
  6. Excellent meals and snacks.
  7. A warm, friendly and social atmosphere.
Respecting our guides
  • Our guides are the in-field legends creating the wonderful experiences our customers enjoy. They are accredited and experienced, and they provide so much more.
  • We seek to employ local guides and experts to secure local knowledge and culture, contribute to local communities and reduce travel emissions.
  • All our guides are paid properly and treated with the respect they deserve. We take pride in their provision of a safe, social and healthy nature-based activity. 
Sustainable touring
  • Advanced Eco-Certified for over 15 years, Park Trek is committed to sustainable travel. This means:
    1. Minimising environmental impact.
    2. Helping others learn about environment.
    3. Achieving best practice and using resources wisely.
    4. Conserving our environment.
    5. Helping local communities.
  • We also recently partnered with GreenFleet Australia to offset our tour vehicle emissions.
  • We also subscribe to ‘Leave no trace principles’ in all that we do. These principles are:
    1. Plan and prepare – Communicate with park managers to be well informed and prepared.
    2. Travel on durable surfaces – We stay on tracks, boardwalks and hard surfaces to avoid damage.
    3. Pack in-pack out (dispose waste properly) – We don’t leave anything out there on the trail.
    4. Leave it as you find – We do not interfere with flora, fauna, natural objects or cultural artifacts.
    5. Minimise activity impact (or fires) – We limit or split up group to minimize our impact.
    6. Respect wildlife – We do not interfere with animals, and we respect their space.
    7. Be considerate – We respect our First Nations peoples, hosts, land managers and local.
Reconciliation commitment
  • Park Trek acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country and recognises their continuing connection to land, water, skies and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We support the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and through our endorsed Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) we are committed to reconciliation.
Supporting communities
  • The places we walk are often remote or rural. As visitors we rely on locals for accommodation, information and services.
  • To support local economies, we prefer local providers e.g.:
    • Accommodation – We favour locally owned accommodation, aligned with our values.
    • Eat & shop local – Most tours have at least one night out, and our guests often pick up locally made goods.
    • Local & indigenous guides – Many tours use local guides and knowledge e.g. bush tucker, culture, flora, fauna.
Homestyle, nutritious food
  • Like our experiences generally, the food we serve is homestyle, nutritious and healthy. We seek to support local producers and reduce food miles. While our guides may not be Michelin hatted, they take pride in preparing delicious, nutritious and plentiful meals to be enjoyed as a group dining experience.
  • Breakfast – Typically a continental spread of cereals, stewed fruit, yoghurt, toast and spreads. Coffee and tea are always available.
  • Snacks & nibbles – Guests prepare their own trail mix each morning from a self-serve trail mix selection. There will also be fresh fruit for the trail, and biscuits or fruit cake for tea breaks.

    Morning tea

  • Lunch – Can vary from day to day, and typically includes meat, salad, bread and wraps, albeit some days might include something different like roast chicken or a quiche.
  • Pre-dinner antipasto – Provided each evening, typically a selection of tasty antipasto delights, dips, cheese and crackers.
  • Dinner – A casual two-course meal generally prepared by your guides. Menus change with the seasons, and typically include a classic roast, hearty pasta, or sustainable fish or chicken. Dessert might include items like baked apples, pears in red wine or seasonal fruit.

    Dinner photo

  • Dietary requirements – We can cater for most dietary needs if advised before tour to enable preparation.
  • Alcohol – We are not licensed so we do not provide alcohol. However, guests may bring preferred drinks with them, or we can facilitate the purchase of local products on tour. If bringing bottled alcohol, please ensure it is well packed in your main bag to avoid breakages.
How to book with us
Bookings & payments

1 – BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Please read these booking terms and conditions carefully as they form part of an agreement between Park Trek Outdoor Experiences Pty Ltd (ABN 96 654 445 815) (“Park Trek”, “Park Trek Walking Holidays”, “us” or the “Company”) and the guest(s) referred to in the booking form (“you” or “guest”).

2 – HOW TO BOOK

You may check availability through our website or by calling or emailing our reservations team to enquire about the specific trip you are interested in. We will respond and advise of availability, or you may book directly thorough our website. Reservations are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Once we have assured you of availability, we will require a $300 non-refundable deposit per person ($500 per person for our Kimberley, Bibbulmun or Northern Territory trips) to confirm the booking. You can do this via credit card, debit card or direct deposit. We also require you to complete a booking form and send it through either at the time of making the booking and paying your deposit, or soon after to ensure we have all details required of you including emergency contact details, medical and dietary requirements, etc.

By making a booking, you agree and accept our terms and conditions, including the terms and conditions set out in this document.  If you are booking on behalf of another person, we rely on your authority to act on behalf of any other guest(s) on the booking and that authority will bind all such guest(s) to these terms and conditions.

All guests travelling who are aged 18 or over must complete their own booking form.  For guests aged less than 18, the booking form must be completed by a parent or legal guardian.

You are always welcome to call us prior to your departure with any questions.

3 – PAYMENT TERMS

All pricing is in Australian dollars and inclusive of any applicable GST.

DEPOSIT: As above, bookings are not confirmed until your booking has been received and a deposit ($300 per person, or $500 per person for Kimberley, Bibbulmun or Northern Territory trips) has been paid at the time the tentative booking is made.

FINAL PAYMENT: The balance of the trip price is payable to the Company at least 60 days prior to departure. For reservations made 60 days or less from the departure date, full payment is due at the time of booking. If for any reason your final payment fails to reach Park Trek’s bank account or card/payments service provider by the due date, Park Trek reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled and thus apply the relevant cancellation fee set out below.

Once you have paid the required deposit for your booking, any subsequent discounts or price reductions advertised by the Company or any third party will not be applied retrospectively.

Payment may be made by credit card, Australian debit card or via payments service providers authorised for use by Park Trek. We do not accept payment by any other method, including cheque or foreign debit cards.

Pricing (the “ins & outs”)

4 – PRICING (INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS)

Our trip prices are subject to variable and seasonal pricing, which is standard practice in the travel industry.  This means trip prices may vary at any time depending on demand, market conditions and availability. It is possible different guests on the same trip may have paid different prices. If you like the price you see, your best option is to book it at that time. If you cancel to take advantage of a cheaper price, full cancellation conditions and penalties apply (see clause 6 Cancellation by a Guest).

The most up to date trip pricing is available through our reservations team, and generally on our website, however it is subject to minimum numbers. Where minimum numbers are not met by the balance payment due date, a small group surcharge may be offered to ensure the trip’s operation (see clause 9 Minimum Numbers). The prices quoted cover (and only cover) the following:

  • pick up and return from the collection and return point designated by the Company;
  • transport to the start of the relevant trip experience, including, if applicable, any ferry transfers;
  • twin share accommodation during the trip;
  • food and non-alcoholic beverages on nights catered by our guides;
  • all national parks and reserves entry fees; and
  • qualified personnel for the duration of the trip.

Any other cost is to be borne by you. No price reduction is available for guests who either elect to bring their own food or drink or choose not to avail themselves of the food or drink provided.

Without limitation, the following items are excluded from the pricing:

  • travel insurance (which we recommend);
  • pre and post walk departure travel arrangements, including accommodation and transport to the collection point and from the return point designated by the Company; and
  • any expenses not defined as an inclusion in the pricing, including tips and gratuities, optional excursions and activities, personal clothing, medical expenses, items of a personal nature and emergency evacuations.

While Park Trek will endeavour to honour its pricing, sometimes increases are outside our control. Park Trek reserve the right to amend trip prices at any time. Amendments may be necessary for many reasons including, but not limited to, increases in Award wages or related wages on-costs, increases in the charges from ground operators, exchange rate fluctuations, increased fuel costs, increased airfares, other increased transportation charges, or the need to engage alternative air or ground operators. Any increase in trip prices must be paid prior to the departure date.

You may bring your own alcohol (within reason); however you are responsible for carrying and disposing of its contents (i.e. “Leave No Trace”).  Final approval for any alcohol brought with you will be at the absolute discretion of our guides on the day of departure.

Your guides have absolute authority concerning the consumption of alcohol (including BYO alcohol) by any guest and may prohibit continued consumption of alcohol if guest(s) appear (in the opinion of the guides) drunk or become violent, quarrelsome, disorderly or behave indecently. 

5 – SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Our standard advertised prices are twin share and are based on two people sharing a room. Single rooms may be available upon payment of an additional single supplement fee. Solo guests are of course welcome on guided trips, and if you wish to share a room, we will try to find a roommate of the same gender. Allocations will be made in the order bookings are received. If there is no one for you to share with, or if you prefer a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee.

Cancellation fees & refunds

6 – CANCELLATION BY A GUEST

If you wish to cancel your booking, you must notify the Company in writing as soon as possible. The date of cancellation is the date the Company receives written notice of the cancellation. Once the Company receives your notice, cancellations and refunds will take effect subject to the following:

For independent guestsif the cancellation is made:

  • more than 60 days prior to the scheduled departure date – you will forfeit your deposit;
  • between 60 and 30 days prior to departure – you will forfeit your deposit and be charged 50% of the full trip cost with the balance refunded to you; or
  • within 30 days of departure, no refund is available.

For bookings via third parties (e.g. online or third party agents) – you should refer to your booking agent first to ensure you understand their cancellation policy.

Cancellation by the guest will also take effect if:

  • you fail to arrive at the pre-arranged meeting place at the time stipulated by the Company; or
  • the final balance of the trip booking is not received by the Company as required under clause 3 Payment Terms.

No refund is available once a trip has commenced and, for the avoidance of doubt, if you:

  • voluntarily leave your trip after it has commenced, including (without limitation) for reasons of bereavement, injury or illness; or
  • are directed by the Company to leave or not commence your trip in accordance with these booking terms and conditions.

Please also note that any refunds are processed once a month, around the middle of each calendar month.  Refunds are inclusive of GST but are exclusive of any card surcharge and payment processing fees paid by you where these fees are not reimbursed to the Company by the relevant card, payments service or other service provider.

The Company reserves the right to not provide a refund if you arrive on the day of departure for any trip with inappropriate footwear or attire and are unable to join the trip (please refer to clause 13 Footwear and Attire).

COVID-19 disruptions

The COVID-19 pandemic is a Force Majeure Event. If we must cancel a trip due to a Force Majeure Event, you can choose from the following options based on the payments you have already made:

  • If you have only made a deposit on your booking, you can choose to transfer your deposit to an alternative trip of your choosing, subject to availability. No cancellation fee or penalty will apply. You may be asked to pay a surcharge/price difference where applicable on the full cost of your trip where new pricing applies.
  • If you have paid in full, we will transfer you to a future trip within the same season, subject to availability at no cost. You may be asked to pay a surcharge/price difference where applicable on the full cost of your trip where new pricing applies.
  • Alternatively you can opt to hold your credit with Park Trek until you decide which itinerary you would like to select. You may be asked to pay a surcharge/price difference where applicable on the full cost of your trip where new season pricing applies.

If Park Trek is unable to run the trip due to COVID travel restrictions (i.e. domestic border closures or quarantine periods between states) or if guests can’t travel due to COVID travel restrictions, please refer to the above listed options. Guests can choose the option that best suits them.

Please note that the above COVID-19 impact booking conditions apply to Park Trek tours only, please consult your airline and other travel suppliers about their transfer fees and charges.

We do not refund for any travel restriction associated with COVID-19, and fear of travelling is not a valid COVID related issue, and our normal conditions apply. We may allow you to substitute your tour place with another guest arranged by you. For these and other reasons we strongly recommend that all guests obtain suitable travel insurance prior to their trip.

Itinerary & tour changes

7 – BOOKING AMENDMENT BY A GUEST

If you wish to change your booking, you must notify the Company in writing as soon as possible. Once the Company receives your notice, the change will take effect subject to the following:

  • one amendment within the same tour season can be made to your original booking (subject to availability), up to 60 days prior to the date of the original scheduled departure, at no cost;
  • if the date change is made within 60 and 30 days prior (no changes are available within 30 days) to the date of the original scheduled departure there is a charge of $250 per person;
  • any subsequent change up to 60 days prior to the date of the new departure will incur a non-refundable fee of $150 per person (or $200 for any further change); or
  • if the date change is to another trip or tour season an additional charge of $150 per person may apply and you may incur additional costs for any difference in pricing and be required to pay those additional costs on the date the change is affected.

We will do our best to change your booking to your preferred date, but it may not always be possible. 

We understand sometimes circumstances may prevent you from joining your trip. For this reason, we strongly recommend that all guests obtain suitable travel insurance prior to their trip.

8 – CANCELLATION BY THE COMPANY

Our business is subject to the forces of nature, and all the uncertainty and unpredictability associated with it. This is the very nature of outdoor adventure. Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the service and experience offered in our brochure, website, or trip notes, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. Under no circumstances will we knowingly put at risk the safety, health or wellbeing of our guests or guides.

If we must change arrangements, we will endeavour to provide substitute arrangements of a similar standard. However, Park Trek is not liable for any itinerary interruptions due to a Force Majeure Event.

In the case of a Force Majeure Event, we may need to cancel a trip on short notice.  In some cases, this can occur after the trip has commenced. Your understanding and flexibility in this regard will be appreciated.

If we need to cancel a trip for any reason before it has commenced, we will provide you with the following options:

  • transferring to a replacement trip that complements your existing travel arrangements (subject to availability) or a to later departure date convenient to both parties;
  • a credit for the full value of the cancelled trip price to be applied against a future booking that can be used within 24 months; or
  • a full refund of the trip price, other than in the case of a Force Majeure Event.

Where your trip is cancelled by the Company, we will not be liable for any costs associated with travel to and from the designated trip departure pick up point. 

For these and other reasons we strongly recommend that all guests obtain suitable travel insurance prior to their trip.

9 – MINIMUM NUMBERS

Guided group trips require minimum numbers to operate, and this varies from trip to trip. We may elect, at our discretion, to operate trips with small numbers. If numbers are particularly low, we may also elect to operate the trip with just one guide. We also reserve the right to nominate a small group surcharge where a trip has not reached minimum numbers or to cancel the trip. In the case of a trip cancellation owing to small numbers you will be given the option of:

  • transferring to a replacement trip that complements your existing travel arrangements (subject to availability) or a later date convenient to both parties;
  • a credit for the full value of the cancelled trip price to be applied with a 10% discount against a future booking departure that can be used within 24 months; or
  • a full refund of the trip price, other than in the case of a Force Majeure Event.

You will not be entitled to claim any additional amounts or seek any compensation for any injury, loss, expenses or damage or for any loss of time or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation including but not limited to visa, passport and vaccination charges, gear purchases or non-refundable flights and taxes.

Pre-trip responsibilities

10 – TRAVEL INSURANCE

Park Trek strongly recommends that guests take out suitable travel insurance before or at the time of making any deposit or other final payments. When selecting a travel insurance product, please ensure it covers against, at a minimum, any loss associated with personal accidents or injury, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, cancellation for any reason including illness, bereavement, delayed flights, lost luggage and personal effects and events of Force Majeure.

11 – INDEMNITY AND WAIVER OF LIABLITY

All guests must sign and return an electronic or paper indemnity form prior to arrival or on the morning prior to departure of the trip.  This form indemnifies the Company, its officers, directors, employees, servants, agents or consultants or any of them from and against all costs, claims, actions, demands and liability whatsoever and howsoever arising from or in any way connected with the trip (including any transportation to or from the area in which the trip occurs) including such costs, claims, actions, demands or statutory duty or otherwise on the part of the Company, or any of its officers, directors, employees, servants, agents or consultants, and including any liability in respect of or related to your death, personal injury or loss of or damage to any property owned or possessed by you, but excluding any liability in respect of which the Motor Accidents Insurance Board (as applicable) is bound to indemnify the Company, its officers, directors, employees, servants, agents or consultants pursuant to the Motor Accidents (Liabilities and Compensation) Act 1973 of Tasmania (or any equivalent legislation applicable in any other state or territory). By signing the indemnity form, you will also give the Company various acknowledgements including confirmation that you have been informed of the most appropriate form of footwear for the trip you are undertaking, and that travel insurance has been recommended to you by Park Trek. Please note on some tours we engage third party providers to undertake certain activities, in which case those third-party providers may also require our guests to sign a further indemnity prior to undertaking the relevant activity.

12 – EVACUATIONS

In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, we may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the trip.  Where an evacuation is deemed necessary by the Company, the full cost of evacuation will be borne by the guest, including but not limited to helicopter costs, any associated staff wages and ground transportation costs. As Australian legislation may in some circumstances prohibit domestic travel insurance providing any financial reimbursement for ambulance or air ambulance services, we strongly recommend guests:

  • take out specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider; and
  • take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

13 – FOOTWEAR AND ATTIRE

On all trips guests are required (at a minimum) to wear supportive walking shoes or hiking boots with firm treaded soles.  New boots should be worn in prior to the commencement of the trip.  Waterproof or water-resistant boots are recommended. It is otherwise your responsibility to bring suitable clothing for your trip and our suggested packing lists will help in this regard. These recommendations are made in the interests of your safety and giving you the best chance to have the most enjoyable experience possible. Arriving on the day of departure for any trip with inappropriate footwear or attire may result in forfeiting your trip without refund. If you are unsure whether your footwear and attire is suitable for your intended trip, please contact our reservations team for further advice.

14 – HEALTH AND FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

Your safety is our first priority. It is your responsibility to carefully read the Park Trek trip notes and supporting information on our website and ensure you have adequate fitness for the proposed trip. You must be fit enough to walk several days in a row, and several hours per day. The routes our walks take could include rough and uneven tracks, sand, wading through rivers or creeks. challenging ascents and descents, heavy rain, strong winds, and high or low temperatures. Some training and preparation work is generally required prior to departure. The more physically prepared you are the more you will enjoy your trip. We are of course happy to discuss your suitability for our trips over the phone.

15 – PRE-TRIP INFORMATION, MEDICAL FORMS AND DOCTORS’ CERTIFICATES

To ensure maximum safety, comfort and enjoyment on your trip, guests must return to the Park Trek reservations team not later than 30 days prior to your trip’s scheduled departure date all required guest details and information. Guests with a pre-existing medical condition, including allergies, are required to disclose it (and any relevant medical action plans e.g. for asthma, anaphylaxis, epilepsy or diabetes) on their booking form and may be required to supply a doctor’s certificate or complete a confidential medical questionnaire. If you have any doubts or concerns or are 69 years of age or older, we recommend that you consult your General Practitioner (GP) before your trip to obtain a medical certificate confirming that you are in good physical condition and that there are no known ailments or pre-existing medical conditions likely to prevent you from completing your trip. Collecting this information assists us to ensure an enjoyable and trouble-free trip for all parties. A failure to provide the required information may result in a non-refundable cancellation of your trip. The Company reserves the right in its absolute discretion to refuse a guest from participating in a trip on medical or fitness grounds, or to require a medical clearance form signed by a GP to allow a guest to participate in a trip.

16 – DIETARY REQUIREMENTS AND ALLERGIES

Dietary requirements stating whether it is a food allergy, or a lifestyle, ethical or similar choice, must be clearly noted for all guests on the booking form. All allergies (food and non-food) must be listed on the booking form, stating the severity or grade (where known) of the allergy and whether you carry any medication or devices (e.g. EpiPens) for the allergy.  You will be responsible for bringing sufficient medications and devices to treat your allergies if required. We will endeavour to cater to your needs and provide you with a good range of dietary options, but we do operate in remote locations which can be provisioned infrequently and can have limited options to meet specific dietary or allergy requirements. If your dietary requirements and allergies are not disclosed at least 30 days prior to the date of your departure we may be unable to cater to your needs.  Should you need to cancel your trip because you have not disclosed dietary requirements or allergies in a timely manner, standard cancellation fees will apply (refer to clause 6 Cancellation by a Guest).

17 – GUIDE AND GUEST RESPONSIBILITIES

All our trips are group trips and guests need to be conscious of how their actions may impact others. Our guides are experienced and mature people who take their responsibilities seriously. They are responsible for all aspects of the trip including group safety, enjoyment and satisfactory operation of the trip. They have authority to do whatever is necessary to achieve these objectives, including not allowing you to participate in specific walks or other activities for the overall safety and/or interests of the group. You agree to abide with the guides’ decisions and directions.

It is your responsibility to behave sensibly on the trip and to not take risks. You should stay on marked trails or roads and take particular care to ensure you only use mobiles, cameras and other items when it is safe to do so. You acknowledge that you have the appropriate skills necessary to follow directions and you are responsible for your own conduct during the trip and agree to indemnify Park Trek against any consequent liabilities you may incur.

No guest should present for a tour if they are unwell, or have symptoms that may impact their ability to complete the walk safely having regard to their own interests and those of fellow guests and guides.  

If upon pick up at our meeting location on day one you are displaying any symptoms of illness, our guides may make a determination as to whether you are fit and healthy, and appropriately equipped, to attend the tour.  

Guides may choose to evacuate a guest off the tour if they have concerns about health or the ability of that guest to complete the walk safely having regard to their own interests and those of fellow guests and guides.  

In the event of the need to evacuate a guest from a tour, our team will reasonably assist in organising this (after having regard among other things to the interests of fellow trekkers and guides), however you will be responsible for any additional costs associated with the evacuation.  

Park Trek continues to follow government recommendations relating to COVID-19. It is however the duty of travellers to check requirements that must be fulfilled pre-travel or transiting.

18 – ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND CULTURAL RESPECT

Park Trek takes seriously its responsibilities for the groups we guide and the environmental and cultural landscapes within which we operate.  We adhere to and implement minimal environmental impact approaches to every trip and ask for you to consider the cultural requests and values of certain areas. If you should experience Australian Indigenous art sites or cultural sites as part of your trip, we ask you to treat such sites with respect and to not reproduce or publish any media of these sites except with the express permission of the traditional owners themselves. You will generally be briefed about such responsibility’s pre-departure, however prior knowledge and awareness is helpful.

Exclusions & liability limits

19 – EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY

Guests acknowledge that walking, swimming and other activities in outdoor environments are potentially dangerous activities and guests are undertaking such activities at their own risk. Guests also acknowledge and agree that they undertake such activities, voluntarily and absolutely at their own risk and with a full appreciation of the nature and extent of all risks involved in those activities. Guests acknowledge that the Company is supplying them with recreational services (i.e. services that consist of participating in a sporting activity or a similar leisure time pursuit, or any other activity that involves a significant degree of physical exertion or physical risk and that is undertaken for the purposes of recreation, enjoyment or leisure) for the purposes of applicable laws.

Guests agree to the fullest extent permitted by law to waive all of their legal rights of action against and fully release the Company and its officers, directors, employees, servants, agents or consultants from all liability arising from or connected with their death or personal injury howsoever arising out of or in relation to the participation by them in a walk or other associated activity including without limitation, liability for a negligent or tortuous act or omission, breach of duty, breach of contract or breach of statutory duty on the part of the Company, its officers, directors, employees, servants,  agents or consultants.  This waiver binds all guests and their legal personal representatives.

20 – LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

The Company does not exclude or limit the application of any provision of any statute (including the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)) where to do so would:

  • contravene that statute; or
  • cause any part of these booking terms and conditions to be void.

Except to the extent set out above in clause 19 Exclusion of Liability, and to the extent permitted by law, the Company excludes all:

  • statutory liability;
  • tortious liability (including negligence);
  • conditions and warranties implied by custom, the general law or statute; and
  • liability for all special, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damage and economic loss, loss of profits, loss of revenue, loss of bargain, loss of goodwill, loss of anticipated savings, or loss of use of products or equipment, arising out of or relating to these booking terms and conditions, the walk, or any failure to supply or delay in supplying the walk, whether or not the Company was aware or should have been aware of the possibility of such loss or damage.

The Company’s liability to guests for any breach of any express or implied provision of these booking terms and conditions is limited, at the Company’s option, to:

  • refunding the price of the goods or services in respect of which the breach occurred; or
  • providing, replacing or repairing those goods or providing those services again.

Guests agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Company and each of its officers, directors, employees, servants, agents or consultants against any losses, costs, claims, damages, expenses, liabilities, proceedings or demands which any of them may directly or indirectly incur or suffer as a consequence of any breach by them of their obligations under these booking terms and conditions.

Other matters

21 – ISSUES OR COMPLAINTS

We want to provide you with an enjoyable trip with us, however things may sometimes go wrong. We want any issues addressed as quickly as possible. If you have an issue during your trip, please advise your guide or the accommodation provider immediately. They will seek to resolve it so you can enjoy your trip. If the issue cannot be resolved, please contact the Park Trek office by phone or email.

22 – CONTACT WITH US

By ticking that you agree with the booking terms and conditions you have agreed to have contact from us. This is the most effective way for us to deliver what we do. We will send limited communications explaining what’s going on in regard to your trip and tour options generally. If you do not wish to have this contact, please let us know. Alternatively you will always have the option to unsubscribe later.

23 – JURISDICTION

This agreement and the rights and responsibilities of the parties will be construed and take effect in accordance with and be governed by the laws of Victoria.

24 – IMAGES

You consent to us using any images taken of you during the trip for advertising and promotional purposes in any medium we choose. You grant us a perpetual, royalty free, worldwide, irrevocable licence to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes. If you do not consent to have images of you used in this manner you must notify us in writing to that effect.

25 – ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

By booking with Park Trek, guests acknowledge and agree Park Trek has relied on representations by you, including in respect of your circumstances, travel insurance availability, age and medical condition and that the representations you have made are true, correct and complete in every respect.

26 – SEVERABILITY

If any term or condition in these booking terms and conditions is unenforceable or void by operation of law or as being against public policy or for any other reason, such term or condition shall be deemed to be severed from our contract with you or amended accordingly only to such extent necessary to allow all remaining terms and conditions to survive and continue as binding.

27 – PRIVATE AND PERSONAL INFORMATION

Any personal information that we collect about you will be handled in accordance with our Privacy Policy and may be used for any purpose associated with the operation of a trip. In making a booking you consent to your information being passed on to the relevant persons such as our agents, service providers or other suppliers to enable us to operate the trip or, if permitted by any relevant Spam laws, to send you marketing material in relation to our events and special offers. 

28 – PROMOTIONAL TERMS

From time to time, we may run promotions and special offers (Promotions) subject to both these booking terms and conditions and any additional promotion-specific terms that are incorporated into these booking terms and conditions by reference. You should ensure that you read the specific terms and conditions that apply to each Promotion. We reserve the right to cancel or change any Promotion at any time in our discretion. By purchasing a trip on a promotional basis, you agree and accept the terms and conditions of that Promotion. If there are any inconsistencies between these booking terms and conditions and the Promotion’s terms and conditions, the Promotion’s terms and conditions apply to your booking. Please note videos and images on our website may vary from current tour itineraries.

29 – BOOKINGS THROUGH AGENTS AND/OR THIRD PARTIES

If you book through an agent or third party, you should speak with your relevant agent or third party to ensure you understand how (if at all) their booking terms and conditions differ from those set out here.

30 – DEFINITIONS

“Force Majeure Event” refers to an event(s) or circumstance(s) which includes, but is not limited to, acts of God, natural threats (such as bush fires, impassable snow and unsafe sea conditions), fire, earthquake, flood, windstorm or other extreme weather events, civil commotion, riot, blockade or embargo, breakdown, union dispute, epidemic, pandemic, lack or failure of courses of supply, passage of any law, order, regulation, ordinance, proclamation, demand, requisition or requirement or any other act of any government authority, outside of the reasonable control of either parties whether or not foreseeable, which renders performance practically impossible.

(These booking terms and conditions apply to all bookings made on or after Thursday 31 August 2023)

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