Great Ocean Road Walking Tours
Great Ocean Walk - 7 day
A fully guided, pack free 7 day walking tour – 105 kms walking (approx.)
Take up the challenge to complete one of Australia’s great journeys – The Great Ocean Walk.The seven day end to end trip traverses the entire 105km coastal trail that winds its way from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles. Spot koalas and echidnas and stay at the iconic Cape Otway Lightstation. It will be an experience you will not forget.
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.
Depart Melbourne 7.30am
Morning tea – Anglesea
Walk: Apollo Bay to Shelly Beach
The walk officially starts by the Visitor Centre in Apollo Bay and you will travel the entire 105 km journey of the Great Ocean Walk. The trail winds out through the town to the beach-side suburb of Marengo, named by a passing French explorer. Marengo is home to a colony of Australian Fur Seals who hang out on rocks in the bay.
At several points along The Great Ocean Walk we have the choice of walking along the beaches or rock platforms at low tide or following the inland trail. Due to the unpredictable nature of the tides our guides will make a decision which is the safest route for the day.
Continuing onwards the countryside becomes more rural farmland. The trail continues up a small hill with a stile to climb over a fence. There are good views along the coast looking south-west towards Cape Otway and north-east over the ranges surrounding Apollo Bay. There is a conveniently placed rest bench, followed by a steep descent past The Blowhole. We descend down to a beach where we typically rest before heading into a small section of delightful Otway rainforest. The area after Three Creeks Beach can get a bit boggy after rain so be prepared with appropriate footwear.
The trail enters low forest initially, and then starts to climb into the higher forests of the Great Otway National Park just above Shelly Beach. There is a junction on the trail which leads left down to Shelly Beach or right to the car park at Shelly Beach picnic area.
Meals: morning tea, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation or Johanna Seaside Cottages
Walk: Shelly Beach to Parker Inlet
The first section of today’s walk leads away from the coast and into the towering forests of Mountain Ash that characterise this part of the Great Otway National Park. At up to 65m high these are some of the biggest trees in Australia and walking through the heart of the giant forest is a wonderful experience, though there are some hills to be negotiated.
The trail rejoins the coast at Blanket Bay, an isolated stretch of coast that was one of the original ports for unloading supplies for the Cape Otway Lightstation. Blanket Bay is one of the few safe swimming locations along the walk.
The track then meanders along the cliff tops and through coastal forests to the quiet haven of Parker Inlet. Expect to see black wallaby, echidna, black cockatoo, rosella and other wildlife along the way.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation or Johanna Seaside Cottages
Walk: Parker River Inlet to Castle Cove
At Parker Inlet you can walk along the water’s edge following rock shelves and beaches around Point Franklin or take the inland route. A worthwhile side trip is the short walk to idyllic Crayfish Bay, another safe swimming location. The trail then heads inland through manna gums to the Cape Otway Lightstation, which is Australia’s oldest continuously operating lighthouse.
The 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. It’s is a steady downhill walk to the Aire River Bridge which crosses the river to the picnic area where we have lunch and look out for koalas.
The trail continues through to Castle Cove following the cliff top, offering incredible views back along the coastline.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation or Johanna Seaside Cottages
Walk: Castle Cove to Milanesia Gate
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.
From Castle Cove the track winds its way along the cliff tops, through heath-lands and forests, offering extensive views along the coast, the forest a mixture of manna gums, spring wildflowers and magnificent expanses of grass trees.
Eventually you will emerge onto the broad expanse of Johanna Beach and cross Johanna river. This beautiful beach is one of the best in Australia with superb views and enormous crashing surf.
The trail continues uphill as you walk high above the Johanna River valley’s farmland. Don’t forget to look back for spectacular coastal views. Some steep climbing through tea tree scrub and blue gum woodland to Milanesia Gate. Expect to see Eastern Grey Kangaroo in the grassy valleys out from Johanna Beach.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation or Johanna Seaside Cottages
Walk: Milanesia Gate to Moonlight Head via Ryan’s Den
The walk from Milanesia Gate to Ryan’s Den is the wildest and most challenging section of the entire track.
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. If time permits we will pause here and imagine life back then…
From here the trail continues along the high sea cliffs to Ryans Den with breathtaking views all the way back to Cape Otway, and west to Cape Volley.
Enjoy the view over lunch at the tip of Ryan’s Den hike-in campground before we continue along steep descents into valleys with sensational remote coastal sea cliff views and finish at Moonlight Head.
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Southern Ocean Villas or Loch Ard Motor Inn Port Campbell
Walk: Moonlight Head, Devils Kitchen to Princetown
After Moonlight Head the track dips down into a valley and follows a newly cut section of track which will lead to The Gables Lookout, perched on one of the highest sea cliffs in mainland Australia.
Continuing along the track through a grove of casuarina trees you will come out near Wreck Beach where at low tide you can descend and see the anchors of two of the many shipwrecks that lie submerged along this coast (The Fiji and the Marie Gabrielle). From Devils Kitchen you will follow a new section of track that hugs the wild coastal cliffs towards Princetown where our days walking concludes.
This evening we will dine at a local hotel
(dinner at guest own expense).
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner (own expense)
Accommodation: Southern Ocean Villas or Loch Ard Motor Inn Port Campbell
Walk: Princetown to Gibson's Steps Twelve Apostles
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. This section replaces 1.5km of road walking with about 2km of pleasant walking through the coastal scrub and escarpment. We are now on the home stretch into Port Campbell National Park and the world famous Twelve Apostles soon come into sight.
The Great Ocean Walk now finishes at Twelve Apostles 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 few kilometers can be walked to reach The Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre where you can celebrate your achievements and view The Twelve Apostles up close.
We’ll then begin our return journey back towards Melbourne, stopping enroute to eat our packed lunch along the way. Our arrival time in the CBD outside the National Gallery of Victoria (same location as pick up) is approximately 5pm
Return transfer to Melbourne CBD central drop off location.
During this trip we stay at Cape Otway Lightstation or Johanna Seaside Cottages on nights 1-4 and then Southern Ocean Villas on nights 5 & 6.
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.
Johanna Seaside Cottages
The cottages are situated in the heart of the GOR and offer a unique guest experience. Settled in the 1880s, the 260 hectare property is adjacent to Johanna Beach and offers great accommodation in a beautiful setting.
The fully self contained cottages include wood fires, spas and fully equipped kitchens. There is also an indoor heated pool onsite. Our groups use a combination of cottages depending on bedding configuration requirements.
Southern Ocean Villas
Located in a tranquil, landscaped environment on the edge of Port Campbell village, the villas are all fully self contained and ideal for small groups.
Each villa has an open plan kitchen and lounge/dining area along with a scenic outdoor deck. There is a separate laundry with washer and dryer and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Our groups usually stay in 3 bedroom, 2 bedroom villas for two nights.
- Three nights at Cape Otway Lightstation or Johanna Seaside Cottages and two nights at Southern Ocean Villas, Port Campbell.
- Afternoon at Twelve Apostles
- 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 two-course dinners included (dinner on last night at own expense)
- Tour the historic Cape Otway Lightstation
- All transport and guiding (pick up and drop off in central Melbourne)
- Plenty of trail mix, fresh fruit, pre-dinner nibbles, tea/coffee
- All national park entry fees
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.
Single Supplement is available for $550.00 for 6 nights.
2022 Trip Dates
- Saturday 12 to Friday 18 February
- Tuesday 22 to Monday 28 March - women's only (Adventurous Women) Join the waiting list
- Thursday 22 to Wednesday 28 September
- Thursday 13 to Wednesday 19 October
- Wednesday 16 to Tuesday 22 November
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.
- We are an Advanced Eco-Certified Tourism business. We are committed and aspire to environmental best practices in all that we do. We understand the impact our activities may have on the environment and we are committed to minimising that impact.
- To preserve the natural character and beauty of the places and landscapes our tours visit, we practice 'Leave no trace' and always seek to minimize our environmental footprint and prefer to support local communities for supplies and accomodation.
- We pursue environmentally and socially responsible partnerships with suppliers committed to sustainable business practices. Where possible, we purchase tour provisions from local businesses to reduce food miles.
- Our locally employed guides share their local cultural and historical knowledge. By employing local experts as guides, we support the local economy and open doors to authentic interactions with the local community.
- We take pride in providing a safe, social and healthy activity in our wonderful environment with like-minded travellers who enjoy the great outdoors.
- We know and advocate for the health and wellness benefits of walking in wonderful natural places. It is great for the soul ...
- Park Trek is passionate about providing unique and unforgettable nature-based walking holidays. We are committed to environmental best practice and constantly pursue opportunities to minimise environmental risks that the business may encounter.
- As an Advanced Eco-Certified organisation, we seek to guide walkers to beautiful and interesting locations all around Australia. However, we are also well aware of the impact this activity may have on the environment and the places we visit.
- To ensure we preserve the character and beauty of the places we visit and the environment, we seek to minimise our environmental footprint at all times and prefer to support local communities and providers.
- We stay in locally owned and operated accommodation on all tours and seek out environmentally and socially responsible partnerships with our suppliers - who create sustainable business through their efforts. We also prefer to purchase tour supplies and provisions from local businesses to reduce food miles.
- Our locally employed guides are able to share their cultural and historical knowledge of tour locations. By employing expert guides who live in the region where they lead trips, we both benefit the local economy and open doors to authentic personal interactions with the community.
- We are proud to be able to provide a safe, social and healthy environment for like-minded travellers to enjoy the great outdoors. We know and advocate for the wellness and health benefits of walking in beautiful places.
- Recognising that environmental concerns are a shared responsibility, all our guests are encouraged to observe the following simple principles when on the trail:
- Leave no trace - Leave everything as you found it. Do not disturb places of historical significance, Aboriginal sites, plants, animals or geological features
- Take all rubbish with you - Even discarded organic litter, such as apple cores or orange skin, can add nutrients which disturbs the native ecosystem e.g. aiding the spread of weeds
- Show respect - Care for, respect and appreciate the local wildlife, flora, fauna and Country
- Do not feed the animals - It can damage their health and make them dependent on humans for food
- Be quiet where possible - This reduces the chance of disturbing wildlife and increases the likelihood of seeing it
- Don’t stray from the track - Even if it is rough or muddy. Walking on the track edges and cutting corners on steep, zigzagging tracks increases erosion and visual scarring
- Avoid walking on sensitive vegetation - Stay on rocks and hard ground if possible. Swamp and bog plants, mosses and other soft vegetation are easily destroyed by trampling
- Use toothpaste and soap carefully - Only use such products if you are at least 50m from any waterways, to prevent possible harm to fish and other wildlife
- Do not damage or remove items - This applies to any native plant species, shells from beaches, coastal areas or cultural artifacts e.g. arts, items from inland middens
- Wear appropriate footwear - The right footwear for the terrain protects you and the environment. Lightweight hiking boots or shoes should generally suffice
Park Trek has been granted “Green Travel Leader” status with Ecotourism Australia. We have obtained this status through maintaining our eco-certification for over a decade.
Our Advanced Eco Tourism certification assures travellers that our products are underpinned by a commitment to sustainable practices, and high quality nature-based tourism experiences.
The advanced Eco Tourism Certification Program is a world first, and was developed to address the need to identify ecotourism operators genuinely committed to sustainable practices.
It recognises operators, like Park Trek, who are Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism providers who are committed to:
- Operating with minimal environmental impact
- Providing opportunities to learn about the environment
- Achieving best practice, using resources wisely
- Overall, contributing to conserve the environment and help local communities.
Most walkers are familiar with, and as an organisation we subscribe to the seven principles of ‘Leave No Trace’. These principles provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors. They are:
- Plan ahead and prepare – Through regular contacts with park managers we know the regulations and special concerns of the areas we visit.
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces – We stay on tracks and board walks if possible. When off the beaten track we try to stay on hard surfaces to avoid creating new tracks.
- Pack in-Pack out (Dispose of waste properly) – We do not leave anything on the trail. Any rubbish generated by us is always brought back out.
- Leave what you find - We leave areas as we find them. We do not interfere with trees or plants, we leave natural objects and cultural artifacts.
- Minimise impact of activities (or fires) – We limit walking group sizes to minimize our impact. Larger groups are often split into two parties.
- Respect wildlife – We do not interfere with animals in anyway, and avoid feeding or touching wildlife. When we encounter wildlife we do our best not to disturb them.
- Be considerate of others – We respect the wishes of our hosts, be it Indigenous Owners and People, land managers or locals. We respect other visitors we encounter on the trails.
The destinations we visit are often in remote or rural communities. As visitors we depend on locals to provide us with accommodation and other services. Therefore, to support the local economy we prefer to use local service providers e.g.:
- Accommodation – When looking for places to stay, we favour locally owned accommodation, and particularly those committed to sustainable environmental practices.
- Eat and shop local – On each tour we usually spend at least one night out, be it at a small cozy restaurant or at the local pub, and our guests often pick up locally made goods.
- Local and indigenous guides – Many tours incorporate local guides to help provide expert local knowledge. We often join local tours to learn about bush tucker, indigenous culture or local wildlife.
Many of our tours take place in sensitive protected areas, National Parks and World heritage-listed locations.
Only licensed Tour Operators, like Park Trek, with a proven record of operating according to best practice environmental standards are allowed to operate in such areas.
Each state has its own stringent conditions that tour operators must abide by. Park Trek is proud to be licensed to operate tours in National Parks and protected areas all over Australia.
Our guides undertake specialised training focused on Aboriginal culture and heritage and are certified to lead tours in iconic World Heritage sites such as Kakadu.
The food we serve is healthy, hearty and home style. Our menus are designed to showcase the fabulous regional produce.
Fresh local cheese, yoghurt, fruit, vegetables, fish and meats are used on our tours, supporting local farmers and minimising food miles.
We do not offer five-star dining, however our guides take pride in ensuring that all meals are delicious and plentiful, prepared with top quality fresh seasonal ingredients.
Breakfast - Typically a continental spread of cereals, stewed fruit, yoghurt, toast and spreads. Coffee and tea are always available at your base accommodation.
Snacks and nibbles – Guests can prepare their own trail mix each morning from the self serve trail mix selection. There will be fresh fruit for the trail, and biscuits or fruit cake for tea breaks.
Lunch - Can vary from day to day, and typically includes meat, salad, bread and wraps. Some days might include something different like a roast chicken or a quiche.
Pre-dinner antipasto - Provided each evening, typically including a tasty selection of antipasto delights, dips, cheese and crackers before dinner.
Dinner - A casual two-course meal prepared by your guides. The menu changes to take advantage of seasonal produce, and typically includes a classic roast lamb, salmon fillet or Thai chicken. Dessert includes things like maple baked apples, pears in red wine or seasonal fruit.
Dietary requirements – We can cater to most guest's specific dietary requirements if advised beforehand, and can prepare meals to meet individual needs.
Alcohol – While our tours do not include include alcoholic beverages, guests may bring beer, wine and other drinks along with them. If you are bringing bottled wine, please ensure it is well packed in your main bag to avoid breakages. There may also be an opportunity to buy local products while on tour.
Park Trek’s walking holidays are relaxed and friendly, accommodating guests of all ages. Our small group tours attract like-minded people generally aged upwards of 40-45 years.
Guests range from people travelling on their own, to couples, friends and groups. When you travel with Park Trek, all your tour needs are looked after. We provide:
- All transport from initial pick-up to final day drop off in comfortable mini-coaches
- Experienced and helpful guides for the duration of your tour
- Fully guided walking tours and interpretation along the trail
- Thoughtfully planned itineraries
- Excellent meals and snacks
- A warm, friendly and social atmosphere.
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 $250 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 ($250 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 direct deposit, 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.
We do not charge a fee for payments made via direct deposit, however for payments made via card there is a minimum 2% surcharge transaction fee.
All payment fees are subject to change. Fees specified on our website are generally most current.
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.
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 guests - if 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. Luxury Escapes, TripADeal, 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).
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.
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 $100 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. 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 with a 15% discount 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 15% 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Friday 22 April 2022)