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Great Ocean Walk - 4 Days

Explore the highlights of Victoria’s stunning and iconic Great Ocean Walk – 4-days, guided walk

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“While normally an independent walker, I adjusted my expectations for a guided and curated tour. I was not disappointed – the tour with Park Trek was well-organised with fun and professional guides, tasty food and well catered for a vego, with beautiful accommodation at Cape Otway lighthouse and walks I could complete at my own pace each day. The scenery was magnificent! Definitely recommend this tour!” – Sally, March 2024

Embark on a transformative 4-day Great Ocean Walk with Park Trek. A carefully designed journey immersing you in nature while prioritizing the health and wellbeing benefits of walking. Covering around 40kms, this fully guided experience captures the region’s highlights – from pristine beaches and secluded coves to breathtaking cliff-top vistas along the 105km Great Ocean Walk coastal trail.

Our experienced and accredited guides ensure a relaxed adventure, allowing you to indulge in the immense benefits of walking in nature with others. With only a day pack, unwind at unique accommodations – either Cape Otway Lightstation Cottages or Bimbi Park in Cape Otway. Our nutritious and homestyle meals contribute to your overall well-being, fostering a sense of community and connection. From carefully curated tours to provided transport, Park Trek invites you to discover the Great Ocean Walk’s wonders while enhancing your health and vitality. We look forward to walking with you.

2495
4 day
40km
10
Melbourne
Melbourne
Grade 2 – 3
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  • 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, flora and fauna, highlights including the best sections of the Great Ocean Walk and the Twelve Apostles.
  • Two talented, experienced, accredited and safety gear equipped guides to drive, care and cook for you throughout the tour.
  • Return transport, and all tour transfers in our comfortable 12-seater mini-coach with luggage trailer.
  • 3 nights comfortable twin-share accommodation (limited single supplements at additional cost), with ensuites if available and sustainably provided.
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 two-course dinners, plus trail mix, nibbles, fresh fruit, snacks, tea and coffee, biscuits / cake and non-alcoholic drinks throughout.
  • All National Park entry fees.
  • Carbon offset program per our sustainability principles.

DAY 1 – 7km, 3hrs approx.

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.

From here we will head off to our accommodation where guides will get dinner underway and put out the pre-dinner nibbles.

Meals: Lunch and dinner.​

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lighthouse / Bimbi Park

DAY 2 – 10 – 16km, 5-6hrs approx.

The 10km walk from the lighthouse to Aire River winds its way through wind sculpted landscapes of sand dunes, coastal scrub-land and magnificent calcified cliffs. At the Aire River Lookout, there are great views down to the estuary where the Aire River meets the Southern Ocean and Glenaire Beach. The wetlands look quite spectacular from this vantage point and it is a nice steady downhill walk from to the Aire River Bridge which crosses the river to the picnic area and toilets. At this point the Park Trek coach offer support for those who wish to wind up their days’ walking.

Following on from Aire River we have a six kilometer 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, and 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, as dinosaur fossils have been found here. At his point, you will have walked six to 16 kms.

A highlight of the day is a visit to Mait’s Rest rainforest walk on our return to Cape Otway (if time permits). Maits Rest is a comfortable 800m stroll through cool temperate rainforest, and a welcome
temperature change if the weather is warm.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation / Bimbi Park

DAY 3 – 10 – 14km, 7hrs approx.

The walk from Johanna Beach to Ryan’s Den is the wildest and most challenging section of the entire track. 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 arguably the most scenic location 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). For a lot of walkers this is as far as they want to walk for the day, making a total of 12 km. We might stop into Lavers Hill for a cup of tea/coffee on the way back home.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation / Bimbi Park

DAY 4 – 8.5km, 3hrs approx.

Our walk 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 on a new track section. 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, and 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 at here and then onto Winchelsea where we stop at a local café for a coffee/tea before driving back to Melbourne at an estimated arrival time of 5.00 pm

Meals: Breakfast and lunch.

Afternoon tea (own expense)

During this trip we stay in either the Cape Otway Lightstation 

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  in mainland Australia and considered the most significant. Built in 1848, the lighthouse known as the ‘Beacon of ope’ 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 Lightstation, 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.

We can pick up at Avalon Airport on the morning of Day 1, usually at around 8.30am.

Return flights need to be booked from 7.30pm onwards.

Single supplement available for additional $320 for the three nights away.

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