Great Ocean Walk Highlights

4 Days

Physical Rating:
Moderate

2021 Departure Dates

19 – 22. Mar 2021
24 – 27. Mar 2021
2 – 5. Apr 2021
6 – 9. Oct 2021

Our highlights tour of the Great Ocean Walk takes in the most memorable parts of Victoria’s Great Ocean Walk. Each day’s walk is between 7 and 16 km, ranging from easy to moderate. There’s plenty of time to rest and relax, with morning teas and lunches out on the track, beautiful drives along the Great Ocean Road, and comfortable accommodation at the Cape Otway Light station – the best location along the Great Ocean Walk for sunsets over the Southern Ocean.

Your experience of southern Victoria is made all the better with the abundance of wildlife. Spot koala’s, echidnas and kangaroos up close!

We’ll look after you in every way, from the moment you board the mini-coach in Melbourne. Local expertise and attention to the finer points makes for a great physical experience and a grand social occasion.

Add on a couple of day’s sightseeing or shopping in Melbourne and you’ve got yourself the perfect holiday!

Great Ocean Walk Highlights Tour Inclusions

  • 2 friendly and professional guides
  • Private air conditioned bus
  • Small Group max of 14 guests
  • Pick up/drop off in Melbourne CBD

Meals:

  • 3 Breakfasts, 4 Morning Teas,  4 Lunches, 3 Dinners

Accommodation:

  • 3 nights at Cape Otway Lightstation

Optional

  • Helicopter flight over the 12 Apostles
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Day 1: Drive from Melbourne, walk Apollo bay to Shelly Beach

Departing from Melbourne 8:00am along the spectacular Great Ocean Road, we reach Apollo Bay by lunch time. Enjoy the first of many fresh picnic lunches for the week on the lawn at Marengo Beach, get to know your companions for the week and see if you can spot some Australian Fur Seals out on the rocks.

The walk today is relatively easy with mostly cliff-top and some beach walking. Keep an eye out for Koalas!

Note, as we walk on the first afternoon, please wear your hiking clothes on the bus and bring your day pack ready to go. After our walk the bus will meet us at Shelly Beach carpark and then we will drive to Cape Otway.

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

2

Day 2: Blanket Bay to Aire Inlet

A short drive brings us to the start of the morning’s 6 km walk at Blanket Bay. This isolated part of the coastline has some of the only swimmable beaches along the Great Ocean Walk. We make our way through coastal forests and along clifftops to Parker Hill where the bus will be waiting.

From Parker Hill we’ll drive back to Cape Otway Lightstation and, for those with some fuel in the tank, we’ll head out for another beautiful walk from our front door and head out along the cliff-lines of Station Beach. The views here are superb and this section of the walk is all recently constructed and quite gentle.

By the end of our walk we’ll be down at one of the most scenic spots on the walk, the Aire River estuary, with the green rolling hills of the Otways as our backdrop. On our way back to the Cape Otway Lightstation we might stop for some up close and personal koala spotting.

You do have the option of foregoing the 1st (6 km) or 2nd (10 km) section of the walk if you feel you’ve walked far enough. 

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

3

Day 3: Milanesia to Moonlight Head

The walk today will start at Milanesia Gate from where we descend down to the first highlight of today, which is Milanesia Beach. This is one of those secret beaches not many people get to. The track then cuts through and alternates between farmland and isolated beach and sea cliffs with roller coasters of up and down to reach Ryan’s Den. From here you’ll have breathtaking views all the way back to Cape Otway and west to Cape Volney. From Ryan’s Den the trail then continues through coastal forests over Cape Volney towards Moonlight Head.

Accommodation: Cape Otway Lightstation

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

4

Day 4: Princetown to the 12 Apostles

After packing up and departing Cape Otway Lightstation, we will make our way to the start of the walk in Princetown. The wetlands around Princetown support a wide variety of bird life, where we will cross the Gellibrand River on a trestle bridge to embark on one of our last sections to the 12 Apostles. A pleasant walk through coastal scrub and escarpment will start to reveal stunning views of the 12 Apostles. We will end our walk today at Gibson’s steps where you can choose to go for a dip if conditions allow.

From Gibson’s steps it is a very quick transfer to the 12 Apostles where you will have some time to explore and take pictures of these magnificent limestone stacks. You may even opt to go on a short helicopter flight to get a birds eye view.

After lunch and exploring the 12 Apostles area, we will make our way back to Melbourne, stopping en route for some afternoon tea.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Length and grade of walks adjusted according to fitness levels – where possible. We reserve the right to alter the tour itinerary at any time due to circumstances beyond our control. If this should occur we will do our best to offer a suitable alternative.

Secure your seat with a $350 deposit

Tour Price: $1,350 twin share

Single supplements available for an additional $210

Your tour balance will be due 6 weeks prior to your departure.

Cancellation Policy

  • 85 days or more, you will be refunded all monies paid, less a $50 administration fee.
  • 42 to 84 days prior to departure, you will lose your deposit
  • 28 to 41 days: 25% of full tour cost
  • 14 to 27 days: 50% of full tour cost
  • less than 14 days: 100% of full tour cost, no refund

If you have any concerns about cancelling, please take out travel insurance covering this contingency. This policy will be adhered to despite the most compelling and compassionate circumstances.

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