Great Ocean Walk – 3 Day Self Guided Tour
This tour is great for those private groups looking to hike and camp the Great Ocean Walk with the convenience of transport, equipment and meals taken care of without breaking the bank.
A sample itinerary is provided below but absolutely flexible for private groups.
3 Day – 2 nights – $449 per person – Self Guided
Transport – Return transport from Metropolitan Melbourne is provided.
Minimum Group Size – 4
Maximum Group Size – 10
Tour Runs – Year Round
Tour Inclusions – Camping equipment includes lightweight hiking tents, comfortable thermarests to sleep on. Kathmandu down sleeping bags with liners and most meals. Food is stored within the 65l Waeco fridge on board the van. A full camp setup including van with shade awnings and camp chairs is provided for your comfort. A weber BBQ is brought along for cooking.
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Day 1 – Blanket Bay to Aire River – 21km’s
– Departing Melbourne at 7:30am on Saturday we arrive at Blanket Bay at 11:30. Here you’ll be given your daypack complete with lunch, snacks and drinks. A detailed map will be provided before you depart for a 10.5km walk to Cape Otway Lightstation.
– From Blanket Bay it’s a relatively easy walk through dense gum forest that opens up to provide spectacular views of the ocean before descending to the serene Parker Inlet which makes the perfect place for lunch and chances are you’ll have the entire inlet to yourself.
– Depending on the tide and how adventurous you are feeling, there’s an opportunity to either walk the waters edge following rock shelves around Point Franklin or take the short steep climb out of the inlet. Once up on the cliff line it’s a slow descent down to Crayfish Bay where there’s a new section of trail that hugs the coastline to Cape Otway Lightstation.
– At Cape Otway Lightstation, there’s the option of doing a guided tour which includes an informative talk of the maritime history of the shipwreck coast whilst you enjoy tea and scones which go down a treat after an early afternoon’s walk. The talk and tour of the ground takes approx. 1h to 90 mins which gives you a good amount of time to rest before tackling the final 9.5kms to Aire River.
– The trail from Cape Otway takes you through dense scrub before opening up to awesome cliff top views of the Southern Ocean and eventually you’ll find yourself in awe of the stunning Station Beach. Depending on how you are going for time you have the option of walking along the beach or taking the inland route which runs parallel to the beach. The inland route is easier but in some sections is quite sandy.
– Not long after Station beach you’ll find yourself seeing the raw natural beauty of Glenaire Beach from the Escarpment Lookout. From here it’s a 1.5km descent down a sandy trail to the Aire River campsite. If you choose the camping option, your tent and camp chair will be waiting for you along with a camp fire and a cold drink. If you choose the accommodation option the van will be waiting for your arrival.
Day 2 – Aire River to Johanna Beach – 14km’s
– You’ll depart Aire River campground at approx. 8:30am and walk slowly uphill, taking time to stop and enjoy the views over Aire River. The trail then follows the cliff tops with numerous vantage points to take in the spectacular views over the southern ocean.
– At 10:30am we’ll arrive at our halfway point for the day which is Castle Cove. The trail runs parallel to the Great Ocean Road here and is a great place to take a short rest and have a quick bite to eat.
– From Castle Cove we depart on the final 7km’s of the walk with the trail winding it’s way along the coast which provides an amazing view looking back at Castle Cove & Aire River before heading inland through more dense forest.
– After a short while, the trail opens up to provide views of Johanna Beach your final destination. From here, the trail slowly descends down to the beach.
– The last 2km of the hike is along Johanna Beach which is often empty and the ocean swell here is particularly powerful which is a humbling experience as you walk along the sand. Guests will reach Johanna Beach campground at approx 1pm-2pm. Depending on preference we can camp at Johanna Beach or spend 2 nights at Aire River. The benefit of the Aire River campground is that it does allow fires which are lovely to enjoy in the evening. Because the walk finishes at approx. 2pm there’s a fair bit of time to relax in the afternoon and evening.
Day 3 – Wreck Beach to 12 Apostles – 18kms
– The recommended last day is 18km’s however depending on guests arrangements this can be tailor made to suit preferences (a popular way to finish is just to do the final 7km’s from Princetown recreation reserve to the 12 Apostles which means you get back to Melbourne earlier) The walk from Wreck Beach to the finish line at the 12 Apostles is absolutely awesome so if you have time and will, it’s absolutely recommended to cover the full 18km’s.
– Day 3 commences with packing up camp at either Aire River or Johanna Beach and on the way to Wreck Beach carpark there’s an opportunity to grab a coffee at the general store in Lavers Hill. The drive is approx. 45mins to Wreck Beach and on arrival, if the tide is low we have the option of walking along the beach where you can see the anchors of the Marie Gabrielle and Fiji which both succumbed along the Shipwreck Coast. If the tide is high we’ll take the inland route through dense gum forrest which has occasional clearings with awesome views out over the ocean before arrive at Devils Kitchen dedicated hikers campground which is only accessible by foot.
– From Wreck Beach/Devils Kitchen campground the trail hugs the coastline and provides amazing vistas out towards the 12 Apostles and slowly but surely the Apostles come into view as you peer out towards Gellibrand River and beyond to the finish line. The coastline here really is awe inspiring and the photo opportunities are incredible.
– After a 10km walk guests will arrive at Princetown Recreation Reserve where chairs will be waiting alongside sandwiches are drinks so you can enjoy a well earned break and recharge before tackling the final 7km to the 12 Apostles.
– The last 7km of the walk is along slightly rockier terrain and you’ll have approx. 90 mins to enjoy this coastline before arriving at the Gibson Steps and onto the final 1km to the 12 Apostles Visitor Info Centre. Most guests finish at the Gibson Steps and walk down onto the beach if the steps are open (often they are closed due to the large swell) Once at the info centre, guests have time to walk across to see the 12 Apostles from the boardwalk lookouts.
– At approx. 4pm in the afternoon we will depart for Melbourne, a trip which will take 3.5 hours. Guests can be dropped off anywhere in Metropolitan Melbourne.
What to bring
- Hiking boots
- Walking poles if you prefer them
- Day pack to carry whilst walking
- Overnight bag
- Rainwear & appropriate clothing for 3 days
- Music & books
- Favourite snacks (can be stored in fridge)
- Toiletries incl. baby wipes (no showers for 3 days)
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